Glenn Sabin is a Radical Remission survivor of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Diagnosed at the early age of 28, his doctors told him there was no cure for his type of cancer, so he went on a quest to find his own treatment. 25 years later, he has no evidence of disease – not even in his bone marrow!
Here is his story in his own words:
Diagnosed via PT/CT, xrays, blood and bone marrow biopsy by top oncologist-researchers at major cancer centers. Splenectomy (removal of spleen) at onset to de-bulk tumor burden – essentially removing 5lbs of leukemia cells. No conventional treatment of any kind to actually treat the cancer.
In 1991, I was a 28-year-old newlywed diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)–a disease doctors called “uniformly fatal.” Treatments could buy me some time, but there was no conventional cure. My prognosis was clear: I was going to die.
Although I continued to consult with cancer specialists and top oncologists, I made a monumental decision to become my own health advocate. While I continued to “watch and wait,” I would figure out how to stay alive.
No one could predict when a large-scale clinical trial would discover a cure for CLL, so I began my own, medically monitored and carefully researched lifestyle changes. I would go on to conduct my own, single patient clinical trial.
I become an “n of 1.”
Today, I am not only alive, but a 2012 biopsy at Harvard confirmed that my bone marrow contains no leukemic cells. My case is now part of the medical literature.
In the early 1990s, Glenn Sabin began to develop a comprehensive and highly personalized approach to managing his chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)–a disease his doctors said was incurable and would eventually take his life. Today, Glenn is alive and thriving and he has achieved a complete, medically documented remission of his CLL without conventional treatments.
Glenn’s remarkable case has been chronicled by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute oncologist Lee M. Nadler, MD, Dean for Clinical and Translational Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and his local Johns Hopkins oncologist Bruce R. Kressel, MD.
To say Glenn’s 1991 diagnosis was life-altering would be an understatement. Not only has Glenn overcome his cancer and become a staunch advocate of evidence-based, integrative medicine, in 2009 he sold his media and marketing company to launch FON Consulting–a business that supports integrative health and medicine enterprises and helps to accelerate their growth.
A past board member of The Society for Integrative Oncology and an author, speaker and collaborator, Glenn is a respected thought leader who works with passion and dedication to advance the field of integrative oncology.
DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED YOUR HEALTH CHALLENGE IN PARTICULAR, OR WHAT CAUSES IT IN GENERAL?
I may have been genetically predisposed for CLL. My lifestyle at the time – and years prior to the diagnosis – may have contributed as a ‘trigger’ for a genetic predisposition. But this is just a hypothesis.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As of April 2022, Glenn is thriving in health post-diagnosis. Read one of his latest blogs here!
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