Cancer Care Clinic

Adjunctive and Integrative therapies to aid in decreasing side-effects,
improve pain tolerance and enhance the efficacy of treatment
Cancer Care Clinic

Our naturopathic cancer care clinic is supervised by Dr. Allan Price ND, a leading Canadian practitioner in non-conventional cancer treatment and therapy.

Dr. Price believes as an evolving evidence-based speciality, naturopathic oncology treatment promises to be a rewarding consideration for every family having to deal with cancer.

Benefits of Integrative Naturopathic Cancer Therapy:

  1. Improve quality of life: by increasing energy, improving appetite, reducing nausea and pain, etc.
  2. Improve tolerance and reduce side effects: of conventional chemotherapeutic treatments
  3. Improve efficacy: of conventional chemotherapeutic treatments
  4. Increase survival rate while reducing cancer recurrence
  5. Education and support for you and your family

Our team strongly believes in the importance of integrating non-conventional and complementary oncology treatments having established evidence for safety & efficacy, with conventionally recommended treatments.

Conventional cancer treatment often includes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. By contrast, complementary cancer therapy includes biological immune modification, therapeutic nutritional support, enzyme therapy, diet therapy, detoxification of toxic accumulation, positive lifestyle reinforcement, stress control, counselling, biofeedback and prevention.

While additional information is still needed, many clinical trials have demonstrated positive improvement in treatment outcomes, which include:

  • improved overall quality of life
  • reduced rates of recurrence
  • reduced adverse reactions

How biological therapy works

Biological therapy for cancer is a type of treatment that uses the body’s immune system to kill cancer cells.

Biological therapy for cancer is used in the treatment of many types of cancer to prevent or slow tumor growth and to prevent the spread of cancer. Biological therapy for cancer often causes fewer toxic side effects than do other cancer treatments.

The goal of biological therapy

The goal of biological therapy for cancer is to induce your immune system to recognize and kill cancer cells.

Your body’s immune system fights invaders, such as germs, throughout your body. Your immune system should also recognize cancer cells as abnormal, but it doesn’t always do that. Cancer cells can develop an ability to hide from immune system cells. Or cancer cells can disable or inhibit immune system cells from acting.

In general, biological therapies work by:

  • Inducing the immune system to attack cancer cells. There are several ways biological therapy treatments can achieve this goal. As an example, chemicals that stimulate your immune system cells could be injected into your body. Or a sample of your immune system cells could be trained in a lab to attack cancer cells before being reintroduced to your body.
  • Making cancer cells easier for your immune system to recognize. Biological therapy can also target the cancer cells, turning on or off cell signals that help them elude the immune system cells. As an example, drugs called immune checkpoint inhibitors can target specific chemical receptors on cancer cells, blocking the signals the cancer cells send to suppress the immune system.

Several types of biological therapy exist, including:

  • Adoptive cell transfer
  • Angiogenesis inhibitors
  • Bacillus Calmette-Guerin therapy
  • Biochemotherapy
  • Cancer vaccines
  • Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy
  • Cytokine therapy
  • Gene therapy
  • Immune checkpoint modulators
  • Immunoconjugates
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Oncolytic virus therapy
  • Targeted drug therapy
  • Intravenous High Dose (Vitamin C) Ascorbic Acid Therapy
  • Viscum album (Mistletoe) Therapy
  • Ozone Therapy

Many types of biological therapy are available only in clinical trials. However, there are a number of treatments available at Pure Wellness Group that we can augment into a treatment plan.

Biological therapy for cancer is a very active area of cancer research

Goals and Outcomes of Integrative Cancer Therapy

When deciding which treatments are best for you, it is important to compare the treatment plans of various practitioners. Conventional practitioners view the tumours as the cancer while naturopathic doctors view the tumours as a symptom of the cancer.

Conventional medicine is based on removing or reducing the tumour at a cost to normal cells. This weakens the body in the process. Complementary practitioners focus on the cause of the tumour and measure the success of treatment through supportive therapies that help the body eliminate the tumour.

The goal of implementing natural and adjunctive cancer therapies is to support those who are undergoing conventional treatment for cancer. It helps in reducing the toxicity and damage caused by conventional treatments and to support healthy processes in the body.

Anti-Tumour Natural Therapies

Research is showing that some natural supplements and therapies can have cytotoxic or anti-tumour effect and prevent metastasis. These can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • EGCG (Green tea extract)
  • Curcumin (Turmeric)
  • Modified Citrus Powder
  • Melatonin
  • Intravenous Vitamin C
  • Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Injection

Mistletoe (pictured above) is an essential part of integrative cancer care. It is mostly used to improve quality of life, increase the tolerability of chemotherapy, and exert a possible benefit on tumor control and survival. Mistletoe extracts contain a variety of biologically active compounds such as lectins, viscotoxins, oligo- and polysaccharides and triterpene acids.

Intravenous Vitamin C

High dose intravenous Vitamin C therapy is gaining acceptance around the world as an additive treatment in cancer. New research has shown several mechanisms of actions leading to anti-cancer effects. Intravenous treatments with vitamin C can be used to enhance the effectiveness and reduce side effects of conventional treatments while also acting as a cancer inhibitory agent.

In large amounts, vitamin C is converted into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the blood, thereby acting as a potent free radical and becoming toxic to cells. Healthy cells have a high level of an enzyme called catalase which can protect against H2O2. Cancer cells lack a sufficient amount of this enzyme and are therefore damaged by the H2O2 produced via the vitamin C.

Eating Right (Diet Therapy)

One of the most crucial aspects in treating cancer is diet. Diet is a critical factor in the development of cancer and its prevention. Conventional treatments for cancer focus solely on treating the tumor or cancer cells with little emphasis on the whole health of the individual including their diet.

Most patients undergoing treatment are either not advised on what to eat or are told to eat as much as they can regardless the type of food. It is important to undertake specialized dietary changes that take into consideration current conventional treatments, your state of health and progression of the disease.

There exist 1000’s of positive studies supporting dietary modifications, methodology, timing and cycling concurrent with treatment. Scientific evidence dictates that integrating Diet Modification correctly into a treatment program is scientifically sound and has the potential to offer much benefit.

After Completion of Chemotherapy and Radiation

Despite notable improvements in chemotherapy and radiation technologies, these approaches continue to negatively impact the immune system, increasing the chance of cancer if the body is not supported after treatment.

Additionally, the immune system requires rebuilding and strengthening after these treatments. Complementary therapies work to detoxify the body and strengthen the immune system in order to overcome cancer, to dramatically reduce the possibility of recurrence and to improve quality of life.

Common concerns include weakness, fatigue, and lack of mental focus. Proper diet, exercise, nutrients, vitamins and minerals are important during and after chemotherapy and/or radiation to repair the body after it has been damaged during treatment.

Combining Natural Cancer Therapy with Conventional Treatments

Each patient is unique and therefore many factors need to be considered including: the type of cancer; the stage; what conventional treatments have or will been done, etc. There are a wide variety of natural treatments that do not interfere with conventional treatments.

Many reduce the damage done to healthy cells by conventional treatments, can directly attack the cancerous cells, and have been shown to be safe and effective, and can even increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation.

At Pure Wellness Group, we ensure the highest standards of research behind our treatments. There are many supplements claiming to be the “magic cure”. However, we utilize only supplements which have been scientifically studied and shown evidence of beneficial effects against cancer.

Supporting Your Immune System (Botanical Medicine)

Cancer can occur or increase because of an improperly functioning immune system. Therefore incorporating immune enhancing nutrients in your plan is an important step. Some among the cancer-fighting immune treatments are mushroom extracts and herbal remedies. These can be especially useful during chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

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