Integrative cancer treatments
Comparison between classical and integrative therapies
The main treatment methods of traditional therapies in oncology have not changed for decades. For most types of cancer, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are among their most important pillars. However, both methods have a significant disadvantage; they cannot differentiate between healthy cells and dangerous cancer cells and cause strong side effects.
Fortunately, new integrative cancer therapies have been introduced in the last 20 years. The new, so-called targeted therapies recognize specific characteristics of cancer cells and therefore only attack them. Since they don’t affect healthy cells, the treatments are better tolerated. Of course, there are also rare, serious side effects here, but compared to traditional chemotherapy, the new substances represent significant progress.
Unfortunately, targeted therapies are costly and often not sufficient as a sole treatment. Therefore, they are mainly used as an additional option alongside traditional therapies.
With the help of the new possibilities, the therapy results have improved somewhat. However, the medium and long-term outcomes are still not good enough. Comparing the 5-year survival rate of cancer patients with the general population shows the current status of therapies.
While patients with certain tumours such as testicular and prostate cancer can be treated well and 90% of all patients are still alive after five years of disease, the situation with other cancers is not good at all. Only 20% of liver, lung and pancreatic cancer patients survive the 5th year.
What are the problems of classical therapies, and how can integrative medicine help?
Weakening of the immune system
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy primarily affect cells that divide quickly. Therefore, the primary damage suffers the hair follicles, mucous membranes and bone marrow. The latter is where the red and white blood cells, which make up the immune system, are produced. Therefore, damage to the bone marrow always leads to a weakening of the immune system. Since most cancer patients already have a weak immune system, this is particularly tragic.
Reduction in quality of life
Chemotherapies are toxic agents and can cause severe damage to organs. If essential organs such as the heart, kidneys, and liver are affected, the organism can often no longer maintain normal body functions. The patient’s quality of life decreases, and often the patient’s general condition is so severely affected that further therapy is no longer possible.
Adaptation of cancer cells
Another problem lies in the adaptability of cancer cells. After a few therapy cycles, cancer cells adapt to the therapy and become resistant. Although the side effects increase with each treatment due to organ damage, the effectiveness of the treatment decreases as fewer and fewer cancer cells die. In this case, doctors increase the dose or change the drug.
All these problems are difficult situations for every patient. Of course, he wants to keep fighting, but on the other hand, he doesn’t want to damage his body unnecessarily.
How integrative and alternative solutions can help?
Support of the immune system
Biological substances can stimulate the bone marrow to produce more immune cells. We can also help immune cells become more active and attack more cancer cells by changing the tumour environment. We also use therapies that ensure that cancer cells form specific proteins on their surface. These proteins then ensure that the immune cells recognize them as dangerous and eliminate them.
Improving organ function and quality of life
An improved organ function, e.g., the liver, means that cell toxins such as chemotherapy are broken down more quickly and excreted more effectively. This process automatically protects other organs since they are exposed to the cell toxins for a shorter time. Good organ functions ensure improved performance and increased quality of life.
Improvement in chemotherapy and radiotherapy
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can only kill a certain percentage of cancer cells. We use natural substances to weaken and kill cancer cells by removing cancer cell resistance.
It is also known that changing the tumour environment can improve chemotherapy and radiotherapy. With the help of our methods, we can influence the tumour blood flow, oxygenation, pH value, and many other factors to increase the effectiveness of traditional treatments.
Reduction of side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
Severe side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy are common reasons for discontinuing therapy. Several substances can reduce the side effects without weakening the main effect on the cancer cells. This enables the patient to maintain his quality of life as much as possible, even during heavy therapy.
Alternative cancer therapies
Thanks to our many years of experience, we have developed integrative and alternative therapy protocols for almost every type of cancer. If the traditional therapies do not work or the patient decides against such a treatment, we can work out an alternative therapy plan.
This includes attacking cancer with natural substances in combination with low-dose chemotherapy. The latter has few side effects, but its effectiveness must be increased with additional methods. The use of local hyperthermia can help here. It is a very well-tolerated method and can increase the effect of chemotherapy.
Integrative therapies play an important role in improving conventional medical treatments. We can increase their effectiveness and, at the same time, reduce their side effects. The goals are better therapy results, a higher quality of life and an improved immune system.
Our alternative programs are always considered when conventional medical therapies can no longer be used, for example, because the patient is too weak or decides on an alternative treatment.
In this case, we combine the best treatments that you can find worldwide in Complementary and Alternative Cancer Medicine.