Facebook Pixel
EmpowHER Guest

Has DCA been tried on stage 4 laryngeal cancer

By Anonymous October 6, 2014 - 9:26am
Rate This

Husband has had a laryngectomy Feb. 2014 then fistula repair in March 2014. He had one round of Cisplatin and 30 radiation treatments too. The cisplatin caused him congestive hear failure and nearly killed him. My sweetheart has been through so much. He is maintaining his weight, he looks good, pink cheeks etc. The cancer came back to the other side of the neck in August. They also saw something in the lungs on a scan but he had this sort of weird lung thing on an xray about 8 years ago and it turned out to be nothing to worry about. We are awaiting the results of an CT guided lung biopsy done on Oct 1, 2014. We are going to the head and neck clinic in Edmonton and I pray they know the answer to saving my husband, I love him so much. Blessings and kind regards.

Add a Comment1 Comments


Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for sharing your story.

Finding the right surgeon who can provide the most current available treatment offers the very best prognosis.Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare type of head and neck cancer, esthesioneuroblastoma. My journey lead me to well-known and highly skilled head and neck oncology surgeon who saved my life.

Anonymous, as you and your husband already know treatment for stage 4 laryngeal cancer depends on where cancer is found in the larynx.

Cancer in the supraglottis or glottis may be treated again with chemotherapy and surgical removal. As you mentioned your husband is not a candidate for radiation therapy.

Cancer in the subglottis may be treated with a laryngectomy plus total thyroidectomy and removal of lymph nodes in the throat. Usually radiation therapy is part of this treatment.

Check if there are any clinical trials for stage 4 laryngeal cancer in your area, and ask your husband's oncologist if he is a candidate.

Researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada, reported (in an article published in the January 2007 issue of Cancer Cell) that cancer cells rely on certain energy pathways that are different from normal cells, similar to the situation that occurs in what we medically call lactic acidosis.
DCA (dichloroacetate)can apparently convert the bad metabolic pathways into good ones.

Currently, there is an ongoing clinic trial entitled- Study of DCA (Dichloroacetate) in Combination With Cisplatin and Definitive Radiation in Head and Neck Carcinoma-by Sanford Health in North Dakota.

I will keep you and your husband in my prayers.


October 6, 2014 - 10:03am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.