A terminally ill mom — who’s kept her cancer diagnosis a secret from her toddler — has shocked doctors after her tumour shrunk by 75%, following alternative treatment in Mexico.
In October last year Kate Malvenan’s world came crashing down after doctors broke the horrific news that she had lung cancer and would survive only for six to 24 months.
The 40-year-old, who lives in Queensland, Australia, said she’s always taken great pride in maintaining good health.
She ate nutritious food and regularly worked out at the gym — while also being a strict non-smoker.
So, when she started feeling “a little run down” a few months before her cancer diagnosis, she simply put it down to a new intense fitness regime she’d been testing out.
“My hips, my lower back, my spine and my shoulders were all sore.
“I’d been training hard on a new fitness regime, so I put it down to that. But we now know these were the cancerous spots.”
In April last year the single mom-of-one started coughing up blood.
When she began experiencing chest pains in September she was sent for scans which revealed a large tumour on her lungs.
“The GP called me after hours and said it looked like cancer but didn’t know the extent of it and I was asked to go to the hospital the following day.
“Realising there was something wrong, my parents decided to fly in from the UK to be with me.”
Kate’s worst fears were confirmed a few days later on October 3, when her doctor broke the news that the deadly cancer had spread.
Doing anything and everything to stay alive
She was left reeling after three specialists told her she’d be dead in six to 24 months, but as the sole carer for her three-year-old daughter, Annabelle, the determined mom knew she had to do whatever was necessary to stay alive.
“I couldn’t understand how I could have a terminal illness when I felt healthy,” Kate said.
"My cancer had spread to my liver, lymph system, hips, spine, ribs and shoulders. When you’re told by all the specialists that you’re going to die you believe it.
“I was put on a target therapy drug called Alectinib, but was told it would only give me a two-year life expectancy and I needed to live much longer than that.”
A new hope
After a friend told her about an alternative cancer treatment centre called “Hope4Cancer" in Cancun, Mexico, Kate re-mortgaged her home and dug into her life savings to fund the three-week programme.
“I had no other choice. I decided I was going to do it. Two weeks later I was in Mexico.”
And following her first treatment in late October, Kate was amazed after scans revealed the tumour on her lung had shrunk by 75% — going from the size of an apple to the size of a grape.
There’s now no trace of cancer in her lymph nodes and limited cancer in her liver.
Kate underwent intense treatment for seven hours a day, six days a week at the clinic in Mexico.
Treatments focused on heat, light and laser therapies — including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, full body hypothermia, infrared lamp therapy, pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy, coffee enemas, saunas and vitamin C IV therapy.
She also followed a strict plant-based organic diet during the treatment and is still sticking to this eating plan.
After returning home from her first stint in Mexico in November, Kate underwent follow up scans at her local hospital in Australia — and says doctors were shocked at the remarkable results, which revealed her tumour had reduced by 75% with no trace of cancer in her lymph nodes.
Kate decided to dig into her life savings again and returned to Mexico in February for another round of intensive treatment.
“I was told by one of my doctors to go home, drink wine and spend time with my daughter before I died,” she recalls.
“There was no chance of staying alive. But now there is hope. The doctors here have said my results are remarkable and that I’m breaking all the rules.
“I’m very positive that with continued treatment my cancer will be 100% eradicated."
A mother's love
Kate has decided to keep her cancer diagnosis a secret from her daughter, as she feels it’s better to protect her from the dark and tragic realities of cancer.
“Annabelle has no idea about my cancer. She’s too little and didn’t need to know that I could die.
“I told her I was going on a long and boring trip to Bali for work, tears were flooding out of my eyes when I had to leave her. I didn’t know what I was going into and whether I’d come back alive.
“Without her I wouldn’t have the motivation or strength to fight."
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