I finally talked to my oncologist Dr T on the phone yesterday. (He is usually very good about getting back to me-- this two-month delay is highly unusual and was due, I think, to three things: 1) He needed to look at the research. 2) He was visiting a daughter abroad for the holidays. 3) He is getting ready to retire in Feb. I know-- sad news for me, because he has been such a patient, reliable, reasonable guy to work with. Now I have to break in a brand new doctor!)
He read the journal reports on IV high-dose vitamin C (or as he consistently referred to it, ascorbic acid) and sees that they are promising. But these studies do not constitute clinical evidence, so he cannot recommend the use of ascorbic acid as a treatment for breast cancer at this point in time. He feels he does not have enough evidence to make a call in favor or against it.
Not a big surprise. It was a very civil discussion. And he does NOT object to having the Celilo Infusion Center leave my IV line intact after my monthly Zometa infusions so that I can go somewhere else that same day and receive an infusion of vitamin C! Dr T will write up an order indicating the same. So that is good news.
I meet with Joan Laurance, a local naturopath, who believes she can help with the infusions once she gets the protocol information from Dr. Standish at Bastyr. So. Onward! This may not happen til Feb, but I think its gonna happen.