Women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer face a different set of fears as they go through various stages of anxiety and acceptance. Many are in a state of denial at first. This can quickly turn to anger and a feeling that their world has been turned upside down. Eventually, reality sets in and treatment begins, which is when many women feel better and more in control of their disease because they are actively fighting it.
For those who choose a holistic cancer treatment approach to fighting breast cancer, where the advantages are discussed in the first part of this blog, they are presented with the following options:
Anti-tumor intravenous therapy – When nutrients are channeled directly into the bloodstream, the results are immediate, targeted and dramatic. Keep in mind, this methodology isn’t a treatment in and of itself. Intravenous nutritional therapy must be combined with other forms of treatment to be truly effective. But once it is combined with the correct, personalized medicine, then revolutionary treatment can begin.
Dendritic cell therapy – Dendritic Cell (DC) therapy represents a new and promising immunotherapeutic approach for treatment of advanced cancer as well as for prevention of cancer. Dendritic cell (DC) therapy based on the concept, that the body’s own immune system can effectively recognize and destroy cancer cells. By modification and programming the body’s defense system to attack residual cancer cells, it paves the way for cancer metastases. In this way, DC therapy is a complementary approach of current standard cancer treatments.
Advanced immunotherapy – Immunotherapy is a promising, new field of breast cancer treatment that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. Advanced cancer immunotherapy stimulates the body’s immune system and natural resistance to breast cancer, thus offering a gentler means of cancer treatment that is less damaging to the rest of the body. Surgery is generally (but not always) performed, prior to immunotherapy, to remove most of the tumor. Vaccination or immunotherapy prompts the immune system to kill residual cancer cells that persist after surgery and could result in the cancer recurring.
Micro-dose chemotherapy – This innovation allows physicians to test a tiny fraction—or microdose—of chemotherapy on a patient’s tumor to predict whether their cancer will respond before full treatment is prescribed.
Ozone therapy – Oxygen therapy introduces substances into the body that are supposed to release oxygen. The extra oxygen is believed to increase the body’s ability to destroy disease-causing cells. Some supporters claim that cancer cells thrive in low-oxygen environments. They believe adding oxygen to the body creates an oxygen-rich condition in which cancer cells cannot survive.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy – Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves the breathing of pure oxygen while in a sealed chamber that has been pressurized at 1-1/2 to 3 times normal atmospheric pressure. HBOT has emerged as an effective treatment for some patients who previously had little hope of recovering from late side effects of radiotherapy. Experts believe HBOT helps patients by stimulating growth of new blood vessels following radiation-induced damage.
Ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy – Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI) is a procedure that exposes the blood to light to heighten the body’s immune response and to kill infections. This means the fragments of the killed infecting agents create a safe, autogenous vaccination-like response. This further activates and directs your immune system to the specific infections your body is attempting to overcome. The net result is the induction of a secondary kill of these infecting agents throughout the entire body.
Far Infrared therapy – Hyperthermia or heat therapy using Far infrared (FIR) and other methods, is used worldwide in many different countries to help combat cancer tumors and metastases. This includes sarcomas, skin tumors and carcinomas of the breasts, prostate, ovaries, lung, stomach and skin. The temperature of the cancer tissue is elevated by heat energy – normally 107 to 113 degree range – to weaken and destroy malignant cells. In Japan, Far Infrared Radiation (FIR) has been in use as a very successful form of cancer treatment since at least 1990.
Autologous Immunogen Therapy (AIT) – The feasibility and immunogenicity of an autologous AT-2-inactivated DC vaccine has been demonstrated; supporting its potential use for therapeutic immunization of chronically infected individuals, including cancer patients.
Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) – Insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) refers to the use of insulin along with lower doses of chemotherapy to treat cancer. It is also sometimes used with other treatments for chronic diseases.
Most of us know women who have battled breast cancer. Advances in methods of detection and treatments have transformed breast cancer from what had been considered a dreaded disease to one that most women can and do beat. In fact, when breast cancer is found at its earliest, most treatable stage, a majority of women (98 percent) will go on to live full, healthy lives after treatment. So, it’s important to keep up with recommended screenings and exams.