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Alternative Colon Cancer Treatments
 

Alternative Colon Cancer Treatments in Winnipeg

At our naturopathic cancer center we see all different types of cancers. Colorectal cancer is a very common one that responds dramatically to our natural therapies, whether it is ozone therapy, OncoTherm hyperthermia, naturopathic anti-cancer IV therapies including IV PolyMVA, IV ALA and many, many more IV therapies, Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapies and many other advanced natural treatments. Colon cancer patients not only experience these non-harmful effective therapies but more importantly experience the guidance of a naturopathic oncologist with over 20 years of experience who has worked with thousands of cancer patients to bring about protocols that are effective and non-harmful. Many patients know of alternative cancer centers in Mexico, the US and Europe but through our promotion are now learning of our cancer clinic that is much closer to home and much, much less costly than these other cancer centers. Our Center is ready to answer any questions you have or to book an appointment for you by calling 1-204-775-4539 or by emailing [email protected].

Why don’t patients learn of these therapies from their oncologists? The answer is simple; there is not an hour of training with natural medicines for any of our oncologists here in North America. Their training is simply with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapies and targeted therapies. Natural therapies are even discouraged by North American oncologists to the detriment of patient success simply because of lack of training. Often, because of lack of training a blanket statement of “There are no studies on natural medicine” is used despite hundreds of studies performed. German oncologists, however, have training in natural medicines and this is why, for example there are over 300 OncoTherm hyperthermia units in hospitals and medical clinics as they are used in cancer care treatments routinely.

Colon cancer therapies by oncologists here follow a very standard course of treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and possibly radiation therapy. Each of these has dramatic side-effects. Many of these surgeries lead to colostomy bags having to be used by patients. Chemotherpy involves FOLFIRI or FOLFOX combination therapies in which the patient wears a pump for a few days to deliver a short-acting chemo called 5-FU. Along with this, leucovorin and either irinotecan or oxaliplatin are used. These chemo agents cause many side-effects including nausea, fatigue, lowered immunity and red blood cell counts, and loss of sensation in the fingers and toes. While these chemo agents can be helpful, short term, to reduce tumor size, they later cause tumor resistance and a powerful increase in tumor growth and spread and leads to many deaths following chemotherpy treatment. We use therapies to avoid complications due to chemotherapy for our colorectal patients and we come up with an individual plan for each of our patients to have the best success with their cancer treatments.

You will see here the case of an advanced stage 4 colorectal cancer who remains free of disease following our naturopathic protocols alone: (Colorectal Cancer Naturopathy Case Study)

Naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a type of medicine encompassing holistic and individualized healthcare. Every person is assessed in a thorough manner and their needs are met based on their clinical presentation, physical exam findings, and health goals. Naturopathic Doctors take this approach with every patient and formulate a health care plan that is best suited to that person, rather than just looking at what is the best treatment for their condition. When it comes to Naturopathic cancer care, the same approach applies.

Naturopathic oncology offers alternative cancer treatments that boost the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  Such practises have been used to treat many different types of cancers including colorectal cancer which comes up as the third most common diagnosis and second most dominant type of cancers currently in both males and females. Colorectal cancer encompasses everything in the large intestine and rectum. Colon cancers can be sporadic, familial clustering, or inherited syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis and Lynch syndrome. Having colon cancer puts individuals at greater risk of other cancers including that of the small intestine. Prostate cancer is another common cancer and patients diagnosed have an increased risk of advanced colorectal neoplasms. Colon cancer patients can benefit from an approach that either combines conventional and alternative care or seek alternative cancer treatments on their own.

When it comes to colon cancer, screening after the age of 50 is a recommended guideline with fecal immunochemical testing done every 2 years. A screening colonoscopy is done if you have a family history of colon cancer and can be done every 5 or 10 years depending on the age of the relative at time of diagnosis. Colon cancer screening is very important as it saves lives through early detection of malignancy and can enable treatment when survival rate is more then 90%.

Colon cancer is generally diagnosed from colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy enabling tissue biopsy of cancer cells to conform carcinoma. Additionally, computed tomography (CT) of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis along with running a carcinoembryonic antigen on blood analysis are done before conventional treatments are suggested.

Conventionally, colorectal cancer is treated using surgery with potential addition of radiation and chemotherapy depending on the stage of malignancy and location of tumour. Local early-stage disease is treated using surgical resection either through open or laparoscopic surgeries and removes areas surrounding the tumour to prevent recurrence and improve outcome. Depending on the area of the colon removed, there can sometimes be need for a permanent colostomy especially in the area of the rectum, anus, and distal colon. With stage I disease surgical resection can be curative, but at stage III the 5-year survival rate goes down to only 20-50% using surgery alone. Adjunctive therapies include chemotherapy options of 5-Florouracil, Capecitabine, Irinotecan, Oxaliplatin, or Trifluridine-tipiracil are recommended in stage III colorectal cancer and higher for 6 months duration. Radiation is not often used in colon cancer although may still have a role before or after surgery to help shrink a tumor and prevent recurrence if needed.

Intravenous Vitamin C therapy

Alternatively, naturopathic medicine can deliver colorectal cancer treatments through diet and lifestyle changes, supplementation, and more advanced offerings including high-dose intravenous vitamin C, mistletoe therapy, and hyperthermia technology. When administered under professional care and guidance, alternative cancer treatments can be very safe and useful to eradicate malignancy, improve quality of life after diagnosis, and mitigate side effects of chemotherapy/radiation. Generally, these forms are much gentler on the body and can work as a sole therapy or in conjunction to conventional care.

High-dose intravenous vitamin C has been shown clinically and in research to be a potent anti-cancer therapy that is both safe and effective at removing tumour cells of many different types of cancer.
At much higher dosages then tolerated orally, intravenous high-dose vitamin C can have benefit for cancer in a few different ways. It has pro-oxidative cytotoxic agent effects, works synergistically with chemotherapies, limits side effects of conventional care, modulates the immune response, and prevents/changes different signalling pathways at the cellular level.

Mistletoe Therapy

Mistletoe therapy is another form of alternative therapy that has been effectively used in colorectal cancer. In research, mistletoe extract combined with chemotherapy and radiation showed better outcomes and fewer side effects compared to those without mistletoe. Tolerable amounts of mistletoe through intravenous administration were researched at 2000 mg for 9 weeks in advanced cancer.

Conclusion

Overall, when it comes to colon cancer, we want to look at ways to encourage not only survival but also quality of life in cancer patients. Alternative cancer therapies are effective alone as a complementary therapy for colon cancer patients by preventing the diminishing and adverse effects of standard conventional practises such as chemotherapy and surgical intervention. They have been both researched and clinically proven to be safe and effective to treat colon cancer.

Our Center is ready to answer any questions you have or to book an appointment for you by calling 1-204-775-4539 or by emailing [email protected].

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