Cancer Care

Scrap the War on Cancer, Start the War on Carcinogenesis

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 7, No. 1. , 2006

The ongoing, lavishly-funded “war on cancer,” is misguided because it is focused almost exclusively on genetics and end-stage high-tech treatments, while ignoring the biggest driving factor behind the cancer epidemic: environmental pollution. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, a pioneer in integrative oncology, issues a call to action to the medical community and health conscious citizens.

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Plant Medicines Offer Multiple Mechanisms Against Prostate Cancer

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 1. , 2006

Plant medicines can inhibit the growth of cancer through multiple biochemical mechanisms. A research team at the Columbia University Center for Holistic Urology is at the leading edge of science on herbal therapies for prostate cancer. The big stars are Zyflamend, a 10-herb anti-inflammatory combination, and Prostabel, a combo of Rauwolfia and Pau Pereira.

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Fermented Wheat Germ Extract Improves Immunity, Survival in Cancer Patients

By Dale Chenoweth | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 1. , 2006

A new medical food called Ave, and derived from fermented wheat germ, holds great promise as an adjunctive therapy for colorectal cancer, metastatic melanoma, childhood malignancies and other forms of cancer. Compounds in Ave starve cancer cells, enhance immune system activity, and reduce chemo-associated side effects.

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AHCC and GCP: New Options for Urologic Cancers and Immune-Mediated Disorders

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 6, No. 2. , 2005

Researchers from around the world gathered in New York to review current science on Activated Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) and Genistein Combined Polysaccharide (GCP), two compounds derived from Basidiomycetes mushrooms that are able to inhibit growth of prostate and bladder cancer cells.

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Botanical Medicines Improve Immune Function, Prolong Survival in Cancer Patients

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 6, No. 1. , 2005

Plant-based medicines including Bromelain (from pineapple), Chelidonium (a common Northeastern plant), and activated hexose correlated compound (derived from medicinal mushrooms) can strengthen immune function in cancer patients, leading to better treatment responses, longer survival and fewer recurrences. James Belanger, ND, a naturopathic oncologist, shares his approach.

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Endocrine Disruptors, Precocious Puberty & Reproductive System Cancer

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 8, No. 4. , 2007

Estrogenic and hormonally-active environmental toxins from plastics, pesticides, animal feed, and cosmetics play a key role in precocious puberty—on the rise in young girls—as well many forms of cancer, says Dr. Devra Lee Davis, of the University of Pittsburgh’s new Center for Environmental Oncology.

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Decrease in Breast Cancer Has Experts Asking, WHI?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. , 2007

The recent National Cancer Institute report showing a major downturn in breast cancer rates in 2003 had a lot of people saying “I told you so,” and attributing the downturn to a drop-off in hormone replacement therapy. But it may not be that simple. Dr. Tori Hudson offers her thoughts on this hot topic.

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Calendula Reduces Radiation Side Effects; Calcium &emdash; Vitamin D Improve Bone Mineral Density

By Tori Hudson, ND - Vol. 6, No. 1. , 2005

Roughly 80% of all women with breast cancer who are treated with radiation therapy experience skin damage at the irradiated sites. Topical preparations containing extracts of Calendula, a flower in the Marigold family, can prevent this radiation-induced dermatitis.

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Prostate Cancer Drugs Increase Risk of Osteoporosis, Fractures

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 6, No. 1. , 2005

Men with prostate cancer who are treated with androgen-suppressing GnRH analog drugs, are at markedly increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures compared with patients of similar age who are not taking these drugs. The longer a man is on a GnRH analog, the greater is his osteoporosis/fracture risk.

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Antioxidants During Chemotherapy Spur Controversy

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer

WASHINGTON, DC—Do antioxidants help or hinder conventional cancer therapy? The question is one of the most contentious in cancer care today, not to mention one of the hottest topics at conferences on natural medicine.

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