Cancer patients receive chemotherapy, as a standard practice, to attack cancer and put it into remission.

In the process of receiving the chemotherapy, the immune system and organs are affected and healthy cells are also killed. The result can be that if cancer returns, the immune system is so weak, the patient is not strong enough to receive further therapies.

At Verita Life, the protocol is to provide low levels of chemotherapy but enhance its effectiveness, by using as little as 10% of what you would normally be provided, along with other integrative therapies. The clinic monitors your condition and blood to determine what adjustments need to be made to control and kill cancer cells while maintaining your immune system.

Broadly speaking Immunotherapy is a form of cancer treatment that involves the use of certain substances to rally the immune system to prevent or fight disease. These substances are typically biological response modifiers, or BRMs in short, and checkpoint inhibitors. Instead of directly attacking cancer cells an immune system that is primed with these modifiers and inhibitors uses its own immune cells to identify and destroy cancer cells. As the saying goes in Oncology, Immunotherapy treats the body and the body treats the cancer.

Various substances may be put to use in provoking an immune response. Checkpoint inhibitors (also referred to as checkpoint blockers) are drugs that are often used in Immunotherapy. They act as natural brakes to the immune system allowing T cells to recognise and attack cancerous tumours. T cells have a layer of protein on the surface that restrains them from attacking cancer cells. The Immunotherapy drugs referred to as checkpoint inhibitors disable this braking effect of the T cells’ surface proteins, in effect unleashing them on the cancer cells.

Treating Cancer with Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy as a stand-alone treatment has proven to be of great benefit to some patients, significantly reducing the size of the tumour as well as ensuring a patient’s longer survival period. This success rate is not as high as one would expect, however, with 20% to 40% of patients recording good results depending on the cancer being treated and the particular drug used. The challenge has thus far been to establish the cause of the divergence in results and to understand why some patients respond so positively to the treatment while others do not.

Latest Immunotherapy Research

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Pennsylvania and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy have shown that an individual’s patient’s blood is a data bank of information which provides reliable clues as to whether the patient will respond positively to Immunotherapy or not.  Blood contains biomarkers. These are substances in an organism whose presence may indicate the existence of some phenomenon such as disease or infection. In a study conducted by this team of scientists in which 47 patients with Stage 4 Melanoma (a cancer of the skin) were treated with pembrolizumab (a checkpoint inhibitor) the researchers were able to study which T cells showed signs of battle-readiness as a result of the injection of this drug.

The study concluded that the level of a particular protein produced by these immune cells (T cells) was a fairly accurate indication as to what the outcome of a therapy would be, while also taking into account the size and number of tumours. The presence or absence of this protein biomarker (determined by a simple blood draw) will be an essential part of future diagnoses and will help doctors determine whether to administer Immunotherapy or to prescribe an alternative treatment.

The ascendance of alternative cancer treatments has challenged previously held notions and changed the way cancer is viewed as a disease. The non-intrusive and non-toxic methods that are available in treating it have been particularly beneficial to patients. Immunotherapy is just one of these treatments. When a wide range of integrative cancer treatments are put to work, and given their non-toxic nature, a patient’s chances of recovery are significantly enhanced while at the same time boosting their immune system by using a holistic approach to treatment.

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The kitchen, chefs, nutritionists and the entire medical team and Verita Life clinics are fully competent in designing meal programmemes that keep your body healthy and strong. This includes a trained chef, anti-cancer nutritionist and a fully customized meal programme that guests can enjoy.

The food you eat is fundamental to your physical and mental well-being, it’s important that our patients feel like they are doing more than getting cancer treatments, that they are healing their bodies.

And a person that’s in good spirits will always recover faster.

What is Personalised Anticancer Diet ?

Food is life. A popular mantle that sits firmly at the heart of what integrative medicine is. It’s a part of who we are and introduces nothing that our bodies can’t handle. It joins an already cyclical process in the way we gain energy, the way we perform, and the way we fight disease.

The organic diet is derived from the principle that our bodies are more adaptive than the cancer that lives in it. Like us, cancer cells use glucose as fuel. This means a diet high in sugars will create an optimal environment for cancer to thrive and tumours to grow.

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Once reintroduced to the patient, the Dendritic Cells migrate to the lymph nodes where they acti-vate, multiply and increase immune response from T cells and B cells.

At Verita Life, immune therapy is a big part of our patient care regimen. Along with programmemes that combat cancer cells, we not only leave your natural defences intact but strengthen them through proven therapies and natural boosters.

Patients spend less time fighting the symptoms of their cancer treatment, and more time fighting the cancer itself. Along with Natural Therapies and Boosters, Verita Life equips you with the best tools possible.

We give your body what it needs to rid it from cancer.

WHAT IS DENDRITIC CELL THERAPY ?

The benefits of immunotherapy have been extensively researched in the past few years as a completely viable and safe alternative to conventional treatment methods. Dendritic Cells act as the liaison between your innate and your adaptive immune system.

Their main job is to help your system identify receptors in cancer cells, also called tumour antigens. The purpose of this immunotherapy is to activate multiple immune cells to bolster your natural defences against cancer cells. Dendritic Cell Therapy has become a pillar in alternative cancer care and has been adopted into many successful programmes across the world.

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Dendritic Cell Therapy is a powerful form of immune therapy used to fight cancer. The dendritic cell is the most potent of all antigen-presenting immune cells.
Their job is to break down cancer cells so the T-cells can then identify and attack them. Unfortunately Dendritic Cells are seldom active in adequate numbers to get this immune response in the face of an active cancer.

Dendritic Cell Therapy boosts the numbers by taking some immature Dendritic Cells from the patient’s own blood and cultivating, processing and activating them in the laboratory. It is a complex and highly special¬ised process that only a few laboratories can perform. Verita Life collaborates with a laboratory in Germany to assure the very best quality of cells.

This type of Dendritic Cell Therapy is a targeted therapy. The particular tumour markers are cul-tured as well as trained, and therefore are tumour specific. This is a more advanced procedure than just training the Dendritic Cells.

Cancer is a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body. This disease causes a malignant growth resulting from the division of abnormal cells. It can grow in almost any body part, even the ones we are too shy to talk about in public. This may include male reproductive organs.

TYPES OF MALE REPRODUCTIVE CANCER

Testicles

Testicles are contained in a sac called a scrotum, which hangs beneath the penis. These organs produce sperm and control the male hormones. Over 90 percent of cancers in the testicles start in germ cells, which make sperm. Most of those cases are in men from the ages of 18 to 45 with the average diagnosis age being 33.

Men may experience some pain and discomfort, a lump, swelling and aching in the lower abdomen during at the earlier stages of the development of Testicular cancer.

The American Cancer Society has approximated that a man in the United States has a one in 263 chance of contracting this cancer. Once diagnosed, the chances of survival are high as some cases have been treated successfully.

The Penis

Different kinds of cancers can develop within the Penis.  According to the American Cancer Society, the majority of Penile Cancers are in the flat skin cells that are found on the foreskin. These skin cells can also be found on the head of the penis, called the glans. The foreskin is normally removed during circumcision.

Like all cancers of the human body, the growth of these tumours can be cured if they are discovered early, as they tend to grow at a slow rate. Other types of cancer that may affect the Penis are melanomas, a form of skin cancer in the cells that produce skin pigment. Other types of cancer form in the Penis skin’s sweat glands, and in the connective tissue of the Penis.

Early signs include a lump or growth and change in skin colour. In some cases a rash may appear accompanied by a swelling or an unpleasant discharge under the foreskin in those men who are uncircumcised.

Statistics from the American Cancer Society show that Penile Cancer affects about one in 100,000 men in the United States, therefore it’s a very rare in occurrence.

Prostate

The Prostate gland is found around the urethra. This gland is what produces the ejaculate fluid – expelled when a man ejaculates. It also helps push out semen from the body.

Prostate Cancer fact sheet

Early symptoms of Prostate Cancer are among others a weak flow of urine, traces of blood in urine as well as the abnormal increased need to urinate. Victims may also experience back pain and erectile dysfunction.

In the United States, about one in seven men face a diagnosis in their lifetime, the most found male reproductive system cancer. Prostate Cancer is also the second most deadly after Lung Cancer. Despite its seriousness, most men diagnosed with Prostate Cancer do not die from it.

As much as it is a deadly cancer, more than 2.9 million men in the United States alone are living with it. A lot of these men may not even know that they have it, as many autopsies have shown that men who have died from other caused also had prostate cancer that did not affect them when they were alive.

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Obesity is increasingly becoming a public health nightmare; its prevalence has more than doubled in the last 40 years. It has been associated with the potential risks of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some forms of cancer.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world today. Doctors have warned against excessive body weight; it could lead to the increase in risk of developing cancer.

Obesity and Cancer Risk

Many people are unaware of the link between adiposity and cancer risk, and thus the need for a healthy lifestyle. Primary health care providers can be useful in preventing excess adult weight and subsequently reduce the risk of cancers.

A study published in the British Medical Journal found strong evidence supporting the association of between obesity and 11 types of cancer. These cancers were mainly digestive (pancreatickidney, biliary tract, oesophaguscolorectal, bone marrow and stomach cancers), and hormonal (ovarianbreast and endometrial cancer) in women.

The study was an umbrella review of 204 previous meta-analyses and systemic reviews on the possible link between high body fat level and cancer.

The results of the umbrella review categorised the association of obesity and risk of cancer as; 18 % highly suggestive, 25% suggestive, 20% weak, and 25% no evidence.

The researchers looked at the body mass index (BMI) and found that increases in BMI lead to a higher risk of developing cancers of the oesophagus, kidney, biliary tract, pancreas, and bone marrow. In men, for every 5kg/m2 increase in BMI, the risk of developing colorectal cancer increased by 9%, while for women the risk of developing postmenopausal breast cancer increased by 11%. The figures were higher for other cancers such as that of the biliary tract system whose risk increases by 56% for every 5kg/m2 increase in BMI.

One major limitation of the study is that it did not explain exactly how excess body weight is directly linked to cancer. One of the researchers, Gunter, proposed an explanation:  “We know that if you are overweight it causes lots of disruption of hormonal and metabolic pathways.” Notably, excess fat is linked to higher oestrogen levels, increased inflammation, and higher hormone levels which affect cell division mechanisms.

Obesity: Second biggest Preventable Cause of Cancer

Dr Rachel Orritt of Cancer Research UK notes that obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer second to smoking. She advises everyone to make lifestyle changes to help keep a healthy weight and to reduce risk of cancer.

The risk does not only concern obese people but also those who carry excess fat – many people fall under this category. This means that to lower the risk of cancer, people with higher risk levels could benefit from Personalised Anticancer DietPersonal Wellness and Education, and Detox Treatments.

More research is still needed to investigate the changes in body fat over time to determine the direct correlation between obesity and the risk of getting cancer or dying from it.

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Stomach Cancer Symptoms are, to use a boxing analogy, pound for pound, probably the most uncomfortable to bear among the cancers that afflict mankind. The symptoms go as far as mimicking the more unpleasant aspects of chemotherapy.

Main and Common Symptoms 

The first thing to look out for, and the easiest to ignore, is loss of appetite. We have all experienced some form of temporary aversion to food, which, thankfully, rights itself after a couple of days. Should it persist, however, it could well be a pointer to something more sinister.

Among the Stomach Cancer symptoms that are not so easily brushed aside is pain or persistent discomfort in the stomach area. Food-related stomach upsets will normally completely disappear after 48 hours. Any aches lingering beyond this period call for immediate medical attention. One might be tempted to ascribe the pain to ulcers, as many people do, but one should train oneself to be on the lookout for other imbalances in the body.

Feeling bloated is normally the undesired effect of overindulgence. However should one get this feeling after having a small meal, one should take note and look out for other corroborative symptoms of Stomach Cancer.

Vomiting blood or passing blood in the stool will drive most people to action (and rightly so) as this is a clear indication that all is not well in the tummy. These may be indications that one has Stomach Cancer.

Difficulty in swallowing (known as dysphagia), by itself, is unlikely to trigger any alarm bells beyond the discomfort itself. Taken in tandem with the other symptoms it calls for an urgent visit to the doctor as it also associated with this disease.

Dyspepsia or persistent indigestion does not always indicate the presence of Stomach Cancer but to allay one’s fears a visit to the doctor is recommended.

With the body taking a battering from all the symptoms described a feeling of lassitude is inevitable.

Other associated Stomach Cancer Symptoms

Other associated Stomach Cancer symptoms may overlap with indicators of other ailments such as colitis, leukemia or stomach ulcers. Or it could simply be a transient virus. This is why early screening is always the first and most crucial step in identifying the illness and commencing treatment immediately.

Cancer care normally calls for a multidisciplinary team to put together a treatment plan. A Stomach Cancer Patient, for instance, might need the services of a medical oncologist who, as the name suggests, deals with medication, a radiation oncologist (for radiation therapy), a gastroenterologist, whose area of specialization is the gastrointestinal tract, and of course a surgeon (or surgical oncologist) who uses surgery to treat cancer.

In the early stages of the cancer endoscopic mucosal resection is sometimes recommended. This is simply a non-surgical procedure and involves the removal of the tumour with an endoscope.

Alternative and Integrative Cancer Treatments 

Where the cancer is fairly advanced certain treatments, including, Integrative Treatment may be administered before surgery in an effort to shrink the cancer.

Partial Gastrectomy involves the removal of part of the stomach. The remaining part of the stomach is connected to the oesophagus or small intestine.

Gastrectomy entails the removal of the entire stomach. The surgeon will attach the oesophagus directly to the small intestine and the quality of life for the patient is severely compromised. A patient may experience the ‘dumping syndrome’ where food enters the small intestine too fast. This precipitates nausea, dizziness, diarrhea and cramps. The patient eventually learns what amounts of food to eat to maintain relative comfort. This will necessitate the consumption of many small meals throughout the day.

For patients who’ve already had partial Gastrectomy done and need more treatment, Verita Life offers a comprehensive Integrative Treatment package to help treat Stomach Cancer. Please contact us today if you have any questions.