Raelene Dojcinovic

Vice-Convenor

My name is Raelene Dojcinovic and I am a Registered Nurse. I also have a Diploma in Chemistry, a Graduate Certificate in Health Science and a Masters in Public Health

15 years ago when I was working in Intensive Care I was given my first real exposure to contemporary treatments of cancer.  It was during this experience I vowed I would never have extensive surgery for cancer as I was somewhat disturbed by what I saw. Following from this I diverted my career into drug and alcohol where I assess, treat and counsel people with drug and alcohol problems. I still do this today.

After working in critical care I became very scared of cancer. When my mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer she was given chemotherapy, which resulted in her nearly dying. After this, we were told there was nothing more that could be done, so I found myself intently searching for alternative treatments and this began my interest in this field. I bought her some laetrile (vitamin B17) but I  was never able to give it to her, as Australian Customs kept it when it hit the country. Sadly she died. In the last few years my husband and I have lost a few friends from cancer, which include brain cancer, anal cancer, pancreatic cancer and most recently, oesophageal cancer.

Recently I lost my two adored dogs to cancer, one with stomach cancer and one with lymphoma. When they had cancer, I desperately searched for alternative treatments but found that there was just not enough time. This experience did however, educate me greatly on alternative treatments. Last year, we lost my mother in law to breast cancer. She too was given chemotherapy, which resulted in her losing several kilograms in 7 days, something she never bounced back from.

But what affected me most was losing a close friend to oesophageal cancer last year. In the 12 months after she was diagnosed she did everything conventional medicine could throw at her. This included removing her whole oesophagus and pulling her stomach up to her chest to replace it. They cleared her of cancer after 12 months of mostly being in hospital. Two weeks after being told she was clear, she found out it had spread and was given just weeks to live. She had nothing left to do but try dietary changes. This kept her going for another eight months (seven months more than expected). During this 8 months she did a one hour bush walk each day and climbed Ayres Rock. She went from 49 Kgs to 56 Kgs. She was very proud she was doing so well, as she was told she should be dead. When she was doing so well, her medical team decided to give her more chemotherapy to get rid of some “spots” on her lungs that a new scan revealed. The oncologist did not even know if these spots were cancer. She experienced a fatal side effect from this round of chemotherapy and died in just a few days.

Witnessing these things and now understanding treatments more, has given me much conviction to understand cancer and understand alternative treatments. I was determined to no longer fear this disease, and to know there is a different path to follow should I or another person or pet close to me get cancer. I found CISS when my dog, my friend and my mother in law all had cancer, and was impressed by the knowledge and support this service gives. I felt I needed to be a part of this and became a committee member in April 2015.

My resolve for understanding more in this area continues, and I will be continuing my research into alternative treatments for cancer.

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