Indolent Cancer and Homeopathy

Researchers are concerned about the growing problem of people being overdiagnosed and overtreated for cancer. A group of scientists convened by the National Cancer Institute and chaired by a UC San Francisco breast cancer expert is proposing a major update of the way we approache diseases now classified as “cancer.

“By recognizing that cancer is not one disease, but a number of different diseases, we can individualize our treatment based on biology and avoid overtreatment,” said panel chair Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA, director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The authors recommend creation of a new classification for tumors that are indolent (unlikely to cause patients harm). For example, ductal carcinoma of the breast – currently considered the earliest form of breast cancer – would no longer be called cancer.

The recommendations include:

– Recognize that screening will identify indolent cancers.

– Change terminology and omit the word “cancer” from premalignant/indolent conditions;

– Convene a multidisciplinary body to revise the current taxonomy of cancer and to create reclassification criteria for indolent conditions;

– Develop, validate and adopt molecular diagnostic tools that identify indolent or low-risk lesions;

Cancer Biology and Homeopathy

This aspect of so-called cancer/tumor/ulcer i.e. indolent is well represented in homeopathy. I am highlighting certain rubrics in our homeopathic repertories where we are already following such classification taxonomy:

Boenninghausen’s Repertory (BBCR)

Skin; Ulcers; indolent (33 remedies) : agn., anac., ARS., Calc., camph., carb-an., Carb-v., CON., dulc., euph., graph., iod., ip., KALI-BI., kali-c., lach., Laur., LYC., merc., mur-ac., nit-ac., olnd., Op., Ph-ac., phos., plb., rhus-t., sec., sep., Sil., stram., Sulph., zinc.

Generalities; GLANDS; Hard; indolent (1 remedy) : calc-f.

Kent’s Repertory (KR)

Male Genitalia; TUMOR, indolent, testes (1 remedy) : tarent.

Male Genitalia; ULCERS; Penis; indolent (2 remedies) : sep., sil.

Extremities; ULCERS; Lower Limbs; indolent (4 remedies) : carb-v., hydr., Lach., still.

Skin; ULCERS; indolent (51 remedies) : agar., agn., alum., alumn., anac., Ars., ars-i., calc., calc-p., calc-s., camph., carb-an., carb-v., carbn-s., com., Con., crot-h., dulc., euph., fl-ac., graph., hippoz., hydr., iod., ip., kali-ar., kali-c., kali-s., Lach., laur., Lyc., mur-ac., nit-ac., olnd., op., petr., Ph-ac., phos., plb., psor., puls., rhus-t., sang., sars., sec., sep., Sil., still., stram., Sulph., zinc.

Boericke’s Repertory (BR)

Eye; CORNEA; Ulcers; indolent (4 remedies) : calc., kali-bi., sil., sulph.

Skin; ULCERS; Indolent, torpid (31 remedies) : anag., aster., bar-c., calc-f., calc-i., calc-p., carb-v., chel., con., cupr., eucal., euph., fl-ac., fuli., ger., graph., hydr., kali-bi., kali-i., lach., lyc., merc-s., nit-ac., paeon., phyt., psor., pyrog., sil., sulph., syph., syzyg.

Complete Repertory (CR)

EYE; ULCERATION; cornea; indolent (4 remedies) : calc., kali-bi., sil., sulph.

MALE; SARCOCELE; indolent (1 remedy) : tarent.

MALE; TUMOR; Testes; indolent (1 remedy) : tarent.

MALE; ULCERS; Penis; indolent (3 remedies) : ars., sep., sil.

EXTREMITIES; ULCERS; Lower Limbs; indolent (5 remedies) : carb-v., hydr., Lach., still., sulph.

SKIN; ULCERS; indolent (100 remedies) : agar., agn., alum., alum-p., alumn., ambr., ampe-qu, anac., anag., ant-c., arn., Ars., ars-i., ars-s-f., aster., bals-p., bar-c., bell., bry., calc., calc-f., calc-i., calc-p., calc-s., calc-sil., calen., camph., carb-ac., carb-an., carb-v., carbn-s., caust., cham., chel., chin., clem., com., Con., crot-h., cund., cupr., dulc., eucal., euph., fl-ac., fuli., ger., graph., hep., hippoz., hydr., iod., ip., kali-ar., Kali-bi., kali-c., kali-i., kali-s., Lach., laur., liatr., Lyc., mang., merc., mez., mur-ac., nit-ac., nux-v., olnd., op., paeon., petr., Ph-ac., phos., phyt., plb., polyg., psor., puls., pyrog., rhus-r., rhus-t., sabin., sang., sars., sec., sep., Sil., still., stram., sul-ac., sul-i., Sulph., syph., syzyg., thuj., verat., xan., zinc., zinc-p.

GENERALITIES; INDURATIONS; Glands; indolent (1 remedy) : calc-f.

Murphy’s Repertory (MR)

C; Constitutions; FIBRE, lax, constitutions; indolent enlargement of tonsils (2 remedies) : bar-c., kali-bi.

D; Diseases; GOITRE, thyroid; soft and recent; reddish, indolent, moveable, with bluish veins (2 remedies) : calc., calc-i.

D; Diseases; HERPES, simplex; indolent (3 remedies) : lyc., mag-c., psor.

D; Diseases; SARCOCELE, genitalia; indolent (1 remedy) : tarent.

G; Glands; INDOLENT, with syphilis (1 remedy) : Kali-i.

G; Glands; SUPPURATING, glands; indolent, with hard edges (1 remedy) : Kali-i.

G; Glands; THYROID, gland, remedies; goitre; soft and recent; reddish, indolent, moveable, with bluish veins (2 remedies) : calc., calc-i.

L; Legs; ULCERS; indolent (4 remedies) : carb-v., hydr., Lach., still.

M; Male; SARCOCELE, genitalia; indolent (1 remedy) : tarent.

M; Male; TUMOR; testes, indolent (1 remedy) : tarent.

M; Male; ULCERS; penis; indolent (2 remedies) : sep., sil.

S; Skin; ERUPTIONS; pustules; indolent (2 remedies) : kali-br., psor.

S; Skin; ULCERS, general; indolent (71 remedies) : agar., agn., alum., alumn., anac., anag., Ars., ars-i., aster., bar-c., calc., calc-f., calc-i., calc-p., calc-s., camph., carb-an., carbn-s., carb-v., chel., com., Con., crot-h., cupr., dulc., eucal., euph., fl-ac., fuli., ger., graph., hep., hippoz., hydr., iod., ip., kali-ar., kali-bi., kali-c., kali-i., kali-s., Lach., laur., Lyc., merc., mur-ac., nit-ac., olnd., op., paeon., petr., Ph-ac., phos., phyt., plb., psor., puls., pyrog., rhus-t., sang., sars., sec., sep., Sil., still., stram., Sulph., syph., syzyg., xan., zinc.

Although no physician has the intention to overtreat or overdiagnose cancer, screening and patient awareness have increased the chance of identifying a spectrum of cancers, some of which are not life threatening.

Here, I would like to emphasise that Homeopathy should be considered as a better alternative or complementary medicine to treat and prevent such indolent cancer or better to say such indolent medical conditions.




2 thoughts on “Indolent Cancer and Homeopathy”

  1. Thank you for this post. I know of a case of endometrial hperplasia where allopathic doctors calling it a pre-cancerous condition were pressuring the patient to get a hysterectomy. The patient is being treated with Homeopathy. There is now significant improvement and possibly total healing. The patient had a huge amount of distress due to the conflict she felt faced with the pressure to have a hysterectomy and her own inner sense and aversion of getting one. She had a lot of fear, worried that if she didn’t get the hysterectomy she might have or get cancer. This article is exactly what she felt is the case.

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