Bastos BJJ purple belt remains on the mat despite cancer diagnosis
A student from GMA Bastos BJJ Midland under Professor Bruno Bastos in Texas has persevered through one of life’s toughest obstacles– cancer. Purple belt Joe Mancaruso was recently diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer and given 9-12 months to live.
Instead of settling with his diagnosis, he took his health into his own hands by changing his diet and staying on the mat. The 56-year-old took one dose of the recommended drug to treat him and suffered side effects that included a seizure, chemo cough and he was forced to limit his exposure to people because his immune system was compromised.
With his ketogenic diet, supplements, exercise, sunshine and heat therapy, he is able to train Jiu-Jitsu four to five times a week as well as use kettlebells and travel.
In May 2013 I was given 9-12 months if I followed the protocal for stage 4 nsclc (non-smoker). I only did one of the recommended drugs (Alimta $10,000 a dose every 4 weeks), one night I had a seizure, I had chemo cough, had to limit my exposure to people because my immune system was compromised. After 3 rounds of Alimta i decided no more chemo. So tried several diets ending up following the ketogenic diet, supplements, exercise, sunshine and heat therapy.
When I asked the doctors at MD Anderson about diet, they had no recommendations. I asked then about the links between cancer and simple carbs and cancer they said that it was inconclusive. I could eat sugar and other simple carbs.
The more I researched, I felt there may be a connection. I eliminated sugar, pasta, rice, white flour, whole grains, potatoes and high glycemic fruits and vegetables from my diet and started a Ketogenic Diet.
1985-surgery testicular cancer
1986-surgery lymph node disection, 13 lymph nodes with tumors, damaged kidney, 4 rounds of chemo
1987-4 rounds of chemo
2013-Bronchoscopy, needle biopsy, collapsed lung, lung cancer stage 4 andenocarcinoma nsclc, foot surgery, chemoport installed, 3 rounds of chemo, chemo port removed