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James C.
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   Posted 1/8/2011 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
in another thread, he posted:

I am posting on behalf of a friend who had prostate cancer (had prostate removed) has been doing the raw food diet etc. but now has bone cancer pretty widespread ( skull etc.) . I read about the Dr. at McMaster U. in 2003 ? and wondered what the outcome of his trial on Tetracycline was ? My friend is willing to do anything ( is juicing etc.) . Is this old drug taken orally or by injection? and where can you get it? Would it have to be prescribed here in Ontario Canada? (If so good luck finding a Dr. who will sign a prescription for it for bone cancer. Possibly my buddy could eat a bunch of chocolate and get acne then get a prescription. (Not likely he is on morphine ) Any assistance or information on this would be greatly appreciated

Welcome to the Forum. I hope you can find answers for your friend here.
James C. Age 63
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4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 01/11-.09
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

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   Posted 1/8/2011 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW -
Before I realized that this post was on the current thread about tetracycline, I was off to find it to link to.
I've not seen any other material on this, but I would suspect it would not be difficult to get a prescryption for either of the two.
From my experience as a patient only - There is a risk of either kidney or liver damage (I don't remember which), and that leads me to have to have scheduled blood tests every six months, as I have been on one or the other for years. For the fair-skinned, you also have to stay out of the sun. Hat, long sleeve shirt, and sunglasses at all times when outside. At higher dosages, you get a higher probability of fungal infections, and bowel problems.
The question would be dosages. I have to think that dosages of a size to impact cancer progression would be high - raising the risks. But then the risks may not be significant in comparison.
I've taken both as 250mg capsules, and 100mg tablets (in a form that was intended for dental infections - when you need it, you take what they will give you).
Both of the two are commonly available and very inexpensive as generics in the US. I've also found both in Europe in some form when needed.

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   Posted 1/8/2011 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome aboard, glad you found us. Please keep us well posted.

david in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10
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