IBM Watson – The supercomputer that mastered Jeopardy and Chess – Takes on Cancer

IBM and American Cancer Society Want to Create the Ultimate Cancer Advisor IBM and the American Cancer Society are launching a new partnership that will combine the power of Big Blue’s cognitive computing platform, Watson, with the wealth of cancer research and patient support services provided by the non-profit organization. “Watson has read reams of oncology literature, but this phase is now about learning all the cancer advocacy literature and how to support cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers in their … Read More

Breast Cancer Research – New Tests and Treatments

UC Davis graduate develops new breast cancer test A new test for invasive breast cancer has been developed by Angela Courtney, a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of California, Davis. Courtney received her Ph.D. in integrative pathobiology from UC Davis in 2015, shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer herself. Determined to find a test that would allow women to detect breast cancer earlier and without the risks and cost of mammograms, Courtney focused on leveraging the body’s natural … Read More

Breast Cancer 2016: The latest in research and treatment.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women regardless of ethnicity and race. It can be classified into different types depending on where the disease started in the breast and the way it grows, among other factors. Breast cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Latest figures from 2013 show that 230,815 women and 2,109 men in the country were diagnosed with … Read More

CANCER IS A LONG JOURNEY

It has been said that a cancer diagnosis signals the first day of the rest of your life. Hearing the “C word” is shocking, scary, and anxiety-producing all at the same time. Many patients who have come to me with cancer diagnoses – recent or longstanding – have expressed frustration because they felt that their doctors did not adequately explain their diagnosis. They also frequently state that they wish that their doctor had explained more about what to expect with … Read More

CURCUMIN FOR CANCER

Patients frequently ask me which supplements are best for fighting cancer. Although I include various supplements in my treatment protocols, curcumin is always at the top of my list. Curcumin is the active ingredient of the spice turmeric. As opposed to some supplements, curcumin has been very well studied. In fact, curcumin has the strongest evidence base of any herb or nutrient when it comes to anti-cancer effects. Curcumin helps fight cancer in several ways: -It inhibits the proliferation of … Read More

VITAMIN D AND CANCER

Although it has vitamin in its name, vitamin D should really be thought of as a hormone due to its many important actions in the body. Vitamin D is well known as a strengthener of bones, but it also plays a role in brain, heart, and lung health. However, perhaps the most important role of vitamin D is its effect on the immune system. With regard to cancer treatment, vitamin D has been shown to enhance cancer cell death (known … Read More

WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY?

Informed and conscientious patients want to know more about their cancer treatment options. Sadly, most have only heard one side of the story. The truth of the matter is that there are many options when it comes to cancer treatment, and I believe that patients should have the freedom to choose the treatments which they feel are best for their specific situation. I offer what I consider to be the best option for many patients. Below is a Q&A with me which appears in the … Read More

DOES BACON CAUSE CANCER?

The recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding bacon causing cancer has created widespread fear among meat lovers. With any report of this nature, we must take a deeper look at the evidence to separate fact from fiction (and media sensationalism). We know that processed food is not ideal for our bodies. Processed food, by definition, is any sort of alteration to food which alters it from its native state. Processing is usually done in order to preserve … Read More

DIM FOR CANCER TREATMENT AND PREVENTION

Diindolylmethane, more commonly referred to as DIM, is a supplement you might not have heard of. Despite its lack of popularity, it is one of my favorite supplements due to its positive effects on hormones. How does DIM work? The body makes DIM from a substance called indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which is found in vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. Once the body has converted I3C into DIM, the body has a very powerful anti-cancer substance at its … Read More