Case 1 – mucositis
This female patient was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) at nearly 5 years of age (4 10/12). Two weeks after diagnosis, the family asked for complementary homeopathic treatment.
In the anamnesis digestive problems appeared to be the most troublesome complaint for the patient. She suffered from constipation and abdominal cramps.
Silicea C30 11 (size 2), 1×5 globules per day, was prescribed upon basis of totality of symptoms.
On the follow-up consultation two weeks later, her mother reported that the abdominal cramps had stopped and her appetite had improved. The therapy was paused.
Two weeks later, during the next cycle of chemotherapy (CTX) the girl developed mucositis and for pain-control she needed opiates intravenously. She had been on anti-mycotic therapy for four days, before she was seen by an iHOM-doctor again.
The mucosa of the mouth was thickly coated with thrush; the patient received sedative drugs but presented restless extremities and salivation.
Mercurius solubilis C200,11 1×5 globules (size 2) per day was given.
On iHOM-ward round the next day, the girl was sitting at the table playing puzzles. The mother reported, that after the intake of the globules last evening, there had been an episode of diarrhoea with a large amount of stool and the patient was sleeping afterwards. Opiates had been reduced already and this morning she asked for food for the first time since the start of mucositis.
The family was told to continue the homeopathic treatment until complete disappearance of mucositis symptoms.
In the next homeopathic control five days later, she had no present complaints and the remedy was stopped.