Cancer Care

New Organization Promotes “Holistic Surveillance” of Prostate Cancer

By August West / Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010

The vast majority of men with prostate cancer do not need surgery, toxic drugs or other invasive treatments, according to Aaron Katz, MD, founder of the new Society of Integrative Oncology. He believes most can be safely treated for decades with dietary changes and intensive use of plant-based anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. The new organization’s prime goal is to educate doctors about the non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical options.

Open Mind & Open Heart Are Essential in Caring for People with Cancer

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Primary care doctors have a vital role to play in helping patients with cancer, even if they are not directly involved in treatment of the cancer itself. The key, says Dr. Isaac Eliaz, is for doctors to confront their own mortality and become comfortable with the reality of impermanence.

Oximation & Cancer: Rethinking the Pathogenic Paradigm

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
Cancer doesn’t “just happen.” It occurs in a physiological environment characterized by chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, pH changes, and ischemia. Interestingly, Candida albicans also thrives in and contributes to this inner environment. The good news is that this is reversible through hormone balancing, and dietary changes aimed at reducing inflammation.

Breast Cancer Cell Study Casts A New Light on Homeopathy

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
New findings that ultra-dilute homeopathic preparations could induce apoptosis in human breast cancer cell lines have energized the field of homeopathy, dashing critics' oft-heard argument that homeopathy—if it works at all—is naught but a "placebo effect."

CoQ10 May Have Role in Preventing Skin Cancer

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 1. Spring, 2004

Coenzyme Q10 is best known for its heart protective effects. But this compound is also a strong antioxidant, which can be absorbed through the skin, where it can reduce carcinogenic UV-mediated dermal damage.

Demise of PC-SPES Angers Prostate Cancer Patients

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

PC-SPES, a supplement advertised as a botanical medicine for prostate problems, was wildly popular among men with prostate cancer, largely because it seemed to work when pharmaceutical options did not. PC-SPES turned out to contain DES and warfarin, and was pulled from the market by California authorities, triggering outrage in the prostate cancer community.

Cruciferous Indole at the Crossroad of Estrogen Metabolism

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer

One of the keys to preventing estrogen-related cancers is to establish a healthy balance between estrogen metabolites. Cruciferous vegetables and specifically an indole phytonutrient called Diindolylmethane found only in these plants, can help to a great extent.

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.

Prostate Cancer Drugs Increase Risk of Osteoporosis, Fractures

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

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

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