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									Alternative Cancer Treatments
Alternative Cancer Treatments are increasingly being used for treating
cancer patients. The treatments are either used a sole therapy or in
combination with traditional therapies to cure cancer. These treatments
are
based on the fact that our own immune system provides the first and best
defense against cancer. In alternative cancer treatments vaccines
stimulate
patient's immune system to recognize and destroy tumor cells. The
treatments are customized according to the patient ailing with cancer.
Some of the therapies used in an alternative cancer treatment program
are:
1. Dendritic Cell Therapy
Cancer occurs when the immune system fails and comes across tumor cells.
Macrophage or monocyte is an immune cell that comes in contact with th
cancerous or precancerous cell. (Pre)cancerous cell signals the
macrophage
of any unhealthy cell. Macrophage breaks the cell into little pieces with
the
help of little packets of enzymes. The little pieces are then eithe r
moved to
another type of immune cell or transformed to what is call a 'Dendritic
Cell'.
These cells are found in all tissues of the body. The very first
dendritic cell
discovered occurs throughout the skin and is called a Langerhan's cell.
Dendritic cells are helpful in switching on an immune response and these
stimulate the T-cells to become active against tumors.
Experiments have proved that these dendritic cells with tumor antigens
can
provide effective response against cancer. It is possible to produce
large
number of dendritic cells from the circulating blood of cancer patients,
find
source of tumor antigen and mature them.
Dendritic cell therapy is very effective when used with other types of
immune therapies. The therapy itself is also useful for patients with
high
risk of recurrence once the tumor is removed by surgery.
2. Coley Vaccine
This Vaccine was developed by William Coley, a surgeon in 1893 at the New
York Cancer Hospital. Coley discovered that when his vaccine caus ed a
fever, the cancer shrank and number of immune cells increased
dramatically. Usually, fevers are suppressed with medicinal drugs like
acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen. But studies have shown that
suppressing a fever not only makes the infection worse but also spreads
it.
Coley recognized the beneficial effects of fever in cancer patients. He
also
discovered that when he stopped injecting the vaccine too early, the
cancer
started growing again. Thus, immune cells could be stimulated to fight
the
cancer for a limited time only. So, he used repeated injections to
stimulate
the immune system continuously.
Though it is called Coley's vaccine, it does not work to prevent an
infection.
Rather, it induces an immune response. Similarly, Coley's toxins are not
toxins though they contain endotoxins and exotoxins. Under the therapy,
Coley's toxins are injected into the affected tissues. Injection makes
the
cancer tissue necrotic which is then removed by drains. Injections are
repeatedly given either daily or after every two days, however this
varies
from person to person.
3. Heat Shock Antigen Cancer Vaccine
Immune therapies for cancer stimulate white blood cells to attack cancer
cells. Vaccines reprogram patient's immune system to recognize and attack
the cells having the cancer fingerprint. Heat shock antigen vaccine
captures
the particular cancer's 'fingerprint,' which contains unique antigens.
The
personalized vaccine treats immune systems of cancer patients with little
or
no side effects.
HSAV is made from patients' tumors and heat shock proteins that are
produced by patients' white blood cells. Part or all of the cancerous
tissue
is removed through surgery. White blood cells contain heat shock proteins
that are purified and mixed with purified antigens from the tumor. The
mixture is filtered and put into vials. The final product is tested for
quality
and sterility.
4. Cytokines Cancer Vaccine Treatment
Cytokines, also known as immune hormones can both enhan ce and
suppress immunity. For cancer treatments, cytokines enhance immunity.
FDA has approved two cytokines, interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon-alfa
2b,
to be used against certain cancers. Combinations of cytokines deliver
better results. For example, Interleukin-2 stimulates white blood cells
to
divide. A very high dose of it will be required if it is used
individually.
However, that can cause negative side effects. The solution to this can
be
the use of natural combination produced by white blood cells.
By using the combination, the dose of IL-2 can be lowered. Effects of
heat
shock protein vaccines and dendritic cell vaccines can be enhanced when
given with natural cytokine combination.
5. Photodynamic Cancer Therapy
Photodynamic therapy is a revolutionary medical technology that uses
light
to induce reactions in patient's body. The therapy can destroy unwanted
tissues without affecting normal tissues. A drug called a photosensitiser
is
injected into patient's body. The drug makes cells more sensitive to
light
and eventually destroys the cell. The drug has no effect until exposed to
a
particular type of light.
6. Immuno-Augmentive Therapy
The prime objective of IAT is restoring the immune system to enable it to
destroy cancer cells. The therapy restores cancer patient's immune
competency so that it can control cancer. Once the natural immune system
is restored, patient's own body becomes capable of treating itself. IAT
treatment is not a cure for cancer but a means of restoring natural
balance
of the system.
Om Prakash makes it easy and provides alternative cancer treatment for
treating cancer patients. To receive free part mini-course visit the
Alternative Cancer Treatments Website.

								
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