My Mother Survived Cancer Without Chemotherapy

Mama was 60 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, stage IV.  She was irradiated only twice, had no chemotherapy whatsoever, but she lived for another 27 years!

Her left breast was hard as stone, with orange-peel skin, and retracted nipple when she had a radical mastectomy in 1973.  With all her lymph nodes positive, she was irradiated immediately, straight from the operating room, and then again, early the following morning, in spite of explicit instructions to the contrary. That was the extent of my mother’s orthodox treatment.  When asked how much time she had, the surgeon said he couldn’t give her a year, or a month…

Both physicians, my parents were aware of the hows and wherefores of chemotherapy and radiation, and were not disposed to go that route. More so as I had shared with them the hazards of radiation and the toxicity of chemotherapy that I had learned and seen as an Oncological Nurse-Intern at the James Ewing Hospital of the Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases in New York City in the mid-1960s.  Soon after the surgery my parents went to the U.S. for further consultations; the metastasis, along with the post-operative diagnosis, was confirmed.

As fate would have it, Dr. Manuel Navarro, Head of the UST Hospital’s Cancer Research Laboratory, was a contemporary of my parents at the UST College of Medicine, Class of ’39.  Dr. Navarro’s HCG urine titer, along with the Beard Anthrone Test, were already being used abroad to detect cancer and monitor response to therapy.  Dr. Navarro gave Papa and me copies of the book, World Without Cancer-The Story of Vitamin B17 by G. Edward Griffin.  My brother, an Internist, said he was familiar with the substance of the material; the study, dating back to the early 1900s, was touched on in med school.  Here was an alternative management, we had nothing to lose and everything to gain!

In World Without Cancer, Griffin summarizes the natural and non-toxic approach to managing cancer:

…avoid excessive damage or stress to the body, minimize foods that pre-empt the pancreatic enzymes for their digestion, and maintain a diet rich in all minerals and vitamins–especially vitamin B17.


To address the stress, my brothers and I took over the adminstration of coconut and rice lands that Mama had inherited from her parents.  We tried to either shield her from, or help her with, tenant problems and threats of land reform as much as we could.  Also she went back to playing the piano, something she truly enjoyed but had given up while raising 7 children.


Amygdalin – Vit B17 / trade name LAETRILE — 500 mg. capsule 3 times a day, 30 minutes after meals. (Formerly available only in selected health food stores in certain States in the U.S., it is now available on the internet, and even locally.) Amygdalin destroys cancer cells without damaging other body tissues.

Pancreatic Enzymes, specifically with chymotrypsin (for my mother’s advanced stage), 3 times a day, 1 hour before, or 2 hours after a meal, when stomach was empty, so enzymes would act on cancer cells, not food.  Pancreatin, naturally secreted by our pancreas, includes enzymes which not only digest or liquefy food, but also prevent and destroy cancer.

* A natural, well-balanced Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, once daily
* Vitamin E, 400 i.u. once daily
* Vitamin C, 1000 mg. twice daily with breakfast and dinner


Absolutely NO animal protein (uses up and creates deficiency of pancreatic enzymes that could otherwise act on malignant cells)
* Only Carbs, Fruits, and Vegetables (preferably organically grown, no fertilizers, no pesticides)
* Between breakfast and 1:00 p.m., limited quantity of fish and vegetable proteins
* Roasted apricot NUTS to snack on


Determined to win the battle, my mother willingly gave up her favorite pork and liver dishes: morcon, mechado, adobo with liver mashed into the sauce, kilawing laman-loob with labanos in loads of liver sauce, and last but not least, her favorite lengua.  She was allowed to have her vegetables sautéed with, but served without, pork, chicken, or shrimp.  In place of meat, she had tokwa and TVP (textured vegetable protein) served either sliced, cubed, chopped, or in chunks that my sister-in-law Cora cooked a la ‘bistik’, adobo, menudo, afritada, or whatever timpla she fancied.  Young cassava, a rich source of amygdalin, grated, steamed, then served with grated coconut and brown sugar was a regular snack.  She gave up her chocolates but not her cup of coffee au lait which she took either with her morning or afternoon snack.  And we would find her all sorts of edible seeds: apricot, apple, whatever, the more bitter, the better! She gritted her teeth, and stuck to the strict regimen.

My sibs and I, we all commiserated with Mama and even learned to eat, if not like, vege-meat, but it was Papa who went the whole nine yards, so to speak.  He had a heart problem and had been advised to watch his cholesterol, and so it was a good time as any to give up the egg yolks and meat dishes (he loved bulalo and adobo) and switch to fish and vege-meat, scrambled egg-whites and red rice.

It was the seventies, after all, and New Age doctors were talking “wholistic health” and “organic foods”; medical journals and other media carried stories (that he would read to Mama) extolling the health benefits from organically, naturally, grown fruits and vegetables and the toxic effects of preservatives, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers.  So we all gave up ice cream – too many chemicals, Papa said, including daw the makings of shoe polish! – and we went for buko sherbets instead.

A periodic urine titer using the Navarro HCG Urinalysis assessed / monitored her body’s response to the diet/enzyme/mineral-vitamin protocol.  And sure enough, in a year or so (if memory serves) her titer began to come in negative.  Only then was she allowed to feast on lengua, or morcon, but just for a meal or two, and just once in a while.


Except for a benign cyst found and excised from just above her collar bone a year after her mastectomy, my mother’s battle with the dreaded metastasis was quite successful.  The crucial factor, said Dr. Navarro, was that her healthy cells had not been damaged by the two exposures to radiation.  And because she had no chemotherapy whatsoever, Mama never experienced the rigors of nausea and vomiting, or the angst over losing her hair; best of all, she never lost her appetite.

Mama lived 27 more years! and I know she could have lived even longer. But in 1999 she started musing about how she had lived far too long, awed that she had managed to survive Papa by 10 years.  She said she just wanted to see the turn of the millennium and then it would be a good time to go.

She was totally blind by then.  I was in my teens when she started losing her central vision to optic nerve degeneration.  Aware that the active practice of medicine would become difficult for her with just peripheral vision, she went back to UST to earn her BS in Psychology so she could do Guidance and Counselling.  As her sight waned she started learning Braille and handicrafts that she could do by feel.  By age 70, and totally blind, she would sit by her radio listening to her favorite programs, while her hands busily, deftly crafted, out of gift ribbons, beautiful stemmed roses for family and friends.  When she’d run out of ribbons, she’d work on foil sheets from discarded cigarette packs, cut them into strips, and fashion them into shiny buntings and trimmings for our Christmas trees.   All by feel.

It was also around then that her mother, our Lola Concha, passed away, leaving behind three volumes of memoirs that go back all the way to the time of the friars, in Spanish, a language that none of my generation really speaks.  Mama had us taking turns reading out the manuscript into a cassette tape recorder that she learned to operate by feel, and then she started translating it into English, line by line, touch-typing on an electric typewriter.  Someone was always around to help her with the paper or warn her when she was at a page’s end, or read back to her what she had typed.  It was slow work, and she stopped often, out of frustration, not seeing what she was writing, but she would always go back to it eventually, through most of the ‘80s and ‘90s: a precious work of love, a story of family and roots that we treasure and hope to publish one day, God willing.

I don’t know when my mother decided to stop taking her Vit B17s, as well as the pancreatic enzymes; she would not say.  But stop them, she did.  She admitted as much when she asked me to come and check out a mass in her lower abdomen.  She died in February 2000 at age 87.  To her three sisters, and everyone who cried at her passing, I said, “Please be happy for her.  She now has 20/20 vision and looks down on us in full technicolor.”

In her memory, and in memory of the war she won against cancer, I speak up, every chance I get, on the merits of Vit B17 and the pancreatic enzymes.~~~


37 thoughts on “My Mother Survived Cancer Without Chemotherapy

  1. […] My mother’s therapy was, like VM’s (a positive mammo case) is, actually a combination of modalities. It all came together from Dr. John Beard’s 1902 proposal that cancer and trophoblast cells (precursor of placenta) were one and the same. Dr. Beard not only contended that all cancers are fundamentally the same, he also identified trypsin and chymotrypsin as the important pancreatic enzymes for cancer control, and showed how nature ‘assigned to the pancreas the vital job of preventing cancer by keeping trophoblast cells under control.’ [G. Edward Griffin, World Without Cancer, 97] ‘Dr. Beard … had suspected that there was a nutritional factor in addition to the enzyme factor but was never able to identify it.’ [G. Edward Griffin, WWC, 98] […]

  2. […]  doctors couldn’t give her a year, or even a month, but she lived another 27 years.  read My Mother Survived Cancer Without Chemotherapy in nancy the nurse’s […]

  3. suzy says:

    Hi May I humbly ask where can I buy pancreatic enzymes? I have problems with my pancreas. Kindly let me know where can I buy pancreatic enzymes. Thank you so much.

    • hello, suzy.
      if based in the Philippines, outlets of Healthy Options carry Ultra-Zyme and Pancreatin, both with proteases TRYPSIN and CHYMOTRYPSIN.
      however, depending on your need, Pancreatin also comes just as a Plain Digestive.
      just an email away,

  4. Tom says:

    Hello Nancy, just wanted to check if you have been able to read my mail last Sunday. Sorry for my persistence but i just have no one else to consult. Please reply soon. Respectfully, Tom.

  5. amoritta says:

    Hi Ms. Nancy. I’ve sent you an email today. I hope you can read it as soon as you can. I desperately need your help. Thank you.

  6. amoritta says:

    Hi Ms Nancy. I’ve sent an email today. I hope you can read it as soon as you can. I desperately need your help. Thank you.

  7. Albert Chong says:

    I contacted stage 4 prostate terminal cancer with cells spread to my backbone since May, 2014. I’m now 72. I was operated to remove my testes I week I was tested for cancer. PSA level was 0.01. I was very happy. Did not watch my diet. Continued taking pork, red meat occasionally, eggs and chocolates. Within a period of 2.5 years, PSA level increased to 1.85. All those I period I was on Bicalutamide 50 mg. I tab. A day. Half year ago Dr change my medicine to 2 tabs. 3 times a day. I forgot the medicine’s name. Then I read in internet. To control cancer cells is to starve them. Cancer is not a disease but lack in vitamin B17. I started on strict vegan diets with moderate amount of meat and eggs. I source my B17 from nuts and seeds, sesame and flak seeds powder. I started taking virgin coconut oil. All the while I was drinking raw jungle honey, which I’m a dealer. I also prepared honey ginger enzymes which consisted of ginger, garlic, lemon, Bragg apple cider vinegar. Surprisingly, PSA level, within a period of 3 months, dropped from 1.85 to 0.02.

    • that’s great, Albert!
      as you have well found out for yourself, cancer can be reversed by a simple lifestyle change. it’s all about nutrition, really.
      do keep in mind that a life-long commitment is vital to keep the scourge of malignancy at bay.

  8. Ella says:

    Great read! Thank you for sharing Nancy!

  9. joy turla says:

    what a wonderful story .. i am also on a cancer journey stage 4 colon cancer wilt liver metastasis and having my third cycle in chwmotherapy.. i am interested in the clinic of de navarro if it still exist so i can have a co consultation.

    • hello, Joy.
      am glad to hear how Mama’s story leads you to seek further in your quest to control your cancer.

      yes, drEfrenNavarro’s clinic is in Sta.Mesa, Manila.

      please call secretaryGrace at 02-714-7442 for directions on how to get to the clinic.

      may i suggest Dr. Philip Binzel’s Alive and Well for a good layman’s read.
      the book helps one understand what makes cancer tick, details what metabolic therapy is all about, and how this natural therapy works to control cancer.
      happily, the book is available on-line.

      i have 58 other posts, mostly on Cancer, though my November 11, 2015 post: After Surgery, Chemo and/or Radiation, What Next? might be of speciai interest to you.

      if i can be of further help, am just an email away, Joy.


      • Laurice says:

        I am inspired by your mothers cancer journey my mother will have her check up tomorrow more blessing and inspiration to the cancer patient seeking for their healing

      • thank you, Laurice. and am glad that you’re doing this for your mother.

  10. Robbin says:

    Hi nancy, nice to hear the story, my mom just diagnose with colon cancer , and i am very interested with the book world without cancer, which use vitamin b17 to cure it,
    I just wondering, where i can get the consultation for dr navarro in phillipines, to get the b17 theraphy,
    because to be honest i have no idea how many vit b 17 should i gave, and what else should i give, ( like pancreatic vitamin )since i dont know nothing about cancer.
    Thats why i would like to visit dr navarro clinics, if still available to bring my mom,
    If u have any information about the clinic , i will be apreciated…thank you alot nancy, thank for your kindness share the goodness…… Robbin

    • hello, Robbin.
      i am so glad that you are seeking natural metabolic therapy for your Mom.

      Although the elder and renowned Dr. Manuel Navarro has passed away, his son, Dr. Efren Navarro took over his father’s practice, and holds clinic in the same Sta.Mesa, Manila location.

      prescribed dosages for Vitamin B17, as well as the pancreatic enzymes for cancer control, are based on results of the Navarro HCG urine titer.
      it would do well to consider having the Navarro HCG titer done first.
      please check the Navarro Medical Clinic website for full information regarding urine collection for the HCG titer.

      please contact secretaryGrace at 02-714-7442 for local calls; dial 0632-714-7442 for international calls for further info, appointments, directions on how to get to the clinic from your location.

      one needs to understand what cancer is all about, Robbin.
      more than my mother’s story and how she lived 27 more years after her stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis, i have 59 other posts, practically all related to cancer.
      i hope that you’ll find time to read through them.

      yours to do with, Robbin.
      just an email away,

  11. Vilorna Imperial says:

    Hi Nancy. Thanks for the inspiration. I passed your story to a friend of mine who had undergone chemo and is still sick with cancer. We do intend to go to Dr Navarro. Thank you.

    • thank you, Vilorna.
      i pray your friend will find inspiration to read through the rest of my 60 posts. “Everyone has Cancer” and learning what cancer is all about is the first step to controlling its malignancy.

  12. Letty Pardiñas says:

    Dear Nancy,
    We have many kinds of fruits and cassava is very abundant here in our country. Would you know what particular local fruits are rich in B17 or nitrilosides? I am reading Griffin’s book, World Without Cancer. He says the seeds of peaches and apricots “are one of the most concentrated sources of nitrilosides to be found anywhere in nature.” Also what local grasses have this compound? Let’s all help to identify these so we can find an inexpensive treatment for cancer.
    Thank you for your blog. It gives a big hope to a lot of people. My mother has pancreatic malignancy and we’re doing the natural healing method of Dr Jaime Dy-Liacco (at a lower scale only since, at 88, she finds it difficult to follow all the protocols).

    With a grateful heart,

  13. Teresita Camilet says:

    Last feb. 21 na diagnozed ako na may invasive lobular carcinoma.nottingham grade 1. Ang advised ng surgeon ko masectomy. last march 22 naoperahan ako.tinanggal ang right breast ko. April 02 lumabas ung result ng biopsy ko dun sa mga maliliit na kulani.invasive ductal carcinoma with lobular features, 5.5cm,histologic grade 2(based on the nottingham modification of the bloom richardson criteria)
    Tubular formation 3
    Nuclear pleomorphism 2
    Mitotic figures 2___
    Last april 30 lumabas ung result ng immunohislogy consultation report. Positive ako sa Her2Neu.
    Ang advised sa akin magpa treatment ako for one year, every other 3 weeks + chemo na nag ko cost daw ng more or less 130thousand.
    Kailangan ko po ng maraming advise dahil wala po akong idea sa mga ito. Hindi rin po ako mayaman.kami po ung tipo ngmga tao na kailangan magbanat ng buto para mabuhay.
    Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng magbibigay
    ng payo sa akin. God bless po.

    • Cme says:

      Hello, try mo po tawagan ang clinic ni Dr. Efren Navarro, look for his secretary, Grace at 02-8-714-7442. Nasa Sta. Mesa po ang clinic ni Dr. Efren Navarro.

  14. Elaine says:

    I hope dr. Navarro can also help my mama.

  15. Alice says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

  16. Hannete says:

    May I humbly ask, san po makakabili ng vitamin b17?

    • Hello, Hannete. There are two you can try calling to inquire re availability of stock:
      *Manny dela Cruz @ 0922 850 9500 or 0997 6021280; and
      *Aling Loleng at Cash and Carry in Makati – landline only – 02 8856 5429 or 8856 6983.

      However, Hannete, Vitamin B17 works best with the enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin. The body’s first defence against disease are the white blood cells.The cancer cell carries a negative charge. The white blood cells also carry a negative charge. As similar polarities repel each other, the cancer cell is well protected. This is where the pancreatic enzymes come in… they eat away the negatively-charged protein coat of the cancer cell, leaving the cancer cell exposed to the attack of the white blood cells, and it dies. Please read my other posts for a better understanding of the hows and whereof metabolic therapy.

  17. Estrella says:

    Hi Nancy, my 2nd papsmear result revealed just today that I have squamous cell carcinoma. Do you think I have to undergo biopsy at once? But since Dr. Navarro can detect cancer thru urine test, in your honest opinion, what is the next step that I should undergo? I was quite devastated by the result today but I know the more I get affected the more it will weaken my immune system so I have to face this result head on and got inspired by your story. Your response is highly appreciated. Thank you so much & God bless!

    • I would rather have an HCG urine titre done by Dr. Navarro than an invasive biopsy, Estrella.
      It would help allay your anxiety to familiarize yourself with the how and whereof re cancer. I suggest listing down your questions and concerns, then reading through my more than 60 posts for vital information. However the HCG titre results may be, I would, first and foremost, considerk a life-style change. It would be beneficial in the long run. Wishing you well, take care.

  18. Jojo Afable says:

    Thank you for sharing your story of triumph against cancer. I’m thinking of taking Vitamin B 17 as I have read the myriad therapeutic benefits to cancer. However, due to numerous negative publications about Amygdalin, I’m having second thought.

    • To be truly enlightened, Jojo, and really understand whereof all the negativity comes from, I suggest reading G. Edward Griffin’s WORLD WITHOUT CANCER- The Story of Vitamin B17- Part I: The Science of Cancer Therapy; Part II: The Politics of Cancer Therapy. These 2 books led us to Metabolic Therapy using pancreatic enzymes, Laetrile, multivitamins/minerals, and Dr. Manuel Navarro’s Modified Diet… thus was my Mother’s cancer controlled for 27 years.

  19. Grace says:

    Hi Ms. Nancy. I would consider coming across your story as a blessing for me and for a workmate who is currently dealing with health issues. I have sent this link to her. As for my case, I have breast lumps for more than 3 yrs already and my last breast ultrasound was last 2020 which revealed at least 3 solid breast masses measuring 2-3cm. Sonologist interpreted the results as Birads 3 or “probably benign” findings.
    It has been 3 yrs since my last ultrasound and I’m still worried about the condition of my breast. Though I have fairly modified my diet somehow, I admit I sometimes get too complacent and tend to forget I have this health issue. I have researched about B17 and want to try it out. Would you know how much dosage can I take given my condition?

    • Hello, Grace. And thank you for sharing the link with your friend.
      My October 05, 2012 post: CYSTS deals with how i managed my 14 year-old daughter’s multiple breast cysts.
      For a better understanding of the hows and whereof of tumors, i suggest reading my February 06, 2011 post: Everyone has Cancer.
      That cancer cells and the placenta (which nourishes the fetus) are identical, in that both are trophoblast cells, comes as a surprise to most everyone.
      Am just an email away, Grace.

  20. Vivian Saulog says:

    Hi Nancy, I came across your post while researching about vitamin B17 on the internet. I sent you an email to ask a few questions as my mom is battling cancer as well. Hope to hear from you soon.


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