How cancer cells develop resistance

Study identifies how cancer cells may develop resistance to FGFR inhibitors A mechanism by which cancer cells develop resistance to a class of drugs called fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) inhibitors has now been uncovered by investigators. The researchers also found that use of a second inhibitor might improve the effectiveness of these drugs by possibly preventing resistance, and it recommends that clinical trials should be designed to include a second inhibitor. read more Dr. Stegall’s comments: One of the … Read More

Integrative Oncology – Complementary Therapies

What is Integrative Oncology? Integrative Oncology combines conventional oncology with evidenced-based complementary therapies. The main goal of Integrative Oncology is to reduce side effects of oncological treatments and to improve patient’s quality of life. In addition, patients should be empowered with the ability to cope with the cancer disease and to develop lasting and individual strategies to strengthen his physical and mental fitness and to facilitate healthy lifestyle changes. read more Dr. Stegall’s comments: This article cites a study showing … Read More

Integrative Oncology – The Healing Path

This week, we take a look at Integrative Oncology Types of Complementary Therapies People living with cancer may consider using complementary therapy in addition to standard treatments. Many people do this to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment and improve their physical and emotional well-being. Such approaches may also help improve recovery from cancer. However, talk with your health care team before adding complementary therapies to conventional medicine. They can help you add the right options for you in … Read More

Cancer Care – Maintenance Therapy and Radical Remmission

Understanding Maintenance Therapy Maintenance therapy is the treatment of cancer with medication, typically following an initial round of treatment. Maintenance treatment may include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or targeted therapy. Maintenance therapy is used for the following reasons: To avoid or slow the cancer’s return if the cancer is in complete remission after initial treatment. Being in “complete remission” means doctors cannot find cancer and you have no symptoms. Maintenance therapy can help keep the cancer from coming back. read more … Read More

After Cancer, remission, recovery, and long term care.

In this week’s series of posts, we focus on life after cancer treatment, including recovery, maintenance and remission. Cancer survivors: Care for your body after treatment After your cancer treatment, as a cancer survivor you’re eager to return to good health. But beyond your initial recovery, there are ways to improve your long-term health so that you can enjoy the years ahead as a cancer survivor. The recommendations for cancer survivors are no different from the recommendations for anyone who … Read More

High-Dose Vitamin C Cancer Therapy

Questions and Answers About High-Dose Vitamin C High-dose vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for patients with cancer since the 1970s. A Scottish surgeon named Ewan Cameron worked with Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling to study the possible benefits of vitamin C therapy in clinical trials of cancer patients in the late 1970s and early 1980’s. Surveys of healthcare practitioners at United States CAM conferences in recent years have shown that high-dose IV vitamin C is frequently given … Read More

Poly-MVA – An integrative approach to the treatment of cancer

What does Poly-MVA mean for the cancer patient? Poly-MVA is a liquid supplement, taken orally. The good news is, it is backed by good research data. Reputable physicians are using it with good result. It is not a drug, but a dietary supplement, so it is safe, non-toxic, no side effects. It can be taken orally, although the doctors who use it prefer to start intravenously, and only later do they switch to oral intake. According to posted literature, it … Read More

Recent Advances in the Use of Metformin in Cancer Treatment

Diabetes drug Metformin holds promise for cancer treatment and prevention Use of Metformin — commonly used as the front-line treatment for type 2 diabetes — improves survival for some breast cancer patients, and shows promise as a treatment for patients diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia, according to the results of two new studies presented by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. read more Dr. Stegall’s … Read More

The Integral Role of Nutrition in Cancer Treatment

– Following up on last week’s “The future of cancer treatment” series, this week we take a look at some of the best current treatment options… Nutrition in Cancer Care Healthy eating habits are important during cancer treatment. Nutrition therapy is used to help cancer patients get the nutrients they need to keep up their body weight and strength, keep body tissue healthy, and fight infection. Eating habits that are good for cancer patients can be very different from the … Read More

Promising new treatments in the fight against cancer

– The future of cancer treatment, part two The Promise of Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) are engineered molecules that can be introduced into T cells to enable them to target specific tumor antigens. CAR T cells targeting CD19 have shown promise in patients with relapsed and refractory B-cell neoplasms, including those with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Cancer immunotherapy aims to harness the antitumor potential of the immune system and translate … Read More