vitamin d cancerWe have known for quite a while that Vitamin D is a potent pro-hormone in the body, responsible for many beneficial effects. One of these effects is cancer prevention. Furthermore, the developing science is that it can prevent RECURRENCE also! The best plan is to maintain Vitamin D levels before any cancer is evident, but new research shows that higher levels achieved as soon as possible in the disease process can improve prognosis in the fight against cancer.

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Integrative Oncology as a concept which highlights the complementary benefits and divorces the fallacies of “alternative” cancer treatment is getting more exposure and gaining momentum within mainstream oncologic societies. This is critical so that oncologists within mainstream medicine gain appreciation for what can be done to improve cancer patients’ journeys through therapy.

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When facing a potentially deadly disease like cancer it is perfectly normal to seek out all “alternatives” and options. Ideally, your doctors, which hopefully includes a well trained oncologist, should be able to fill you in on what works and the best possible treatments. But can they or do they keep things from you?

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In the area of cancer prevention and nutrition much has been recommended but there are areas that lack optimal scientific data. This makes solid recommendations difficult and we have a lot of wanna-be guru conflicting “guessing” that sounds authoritative. But FIRST we need to apply the “precautionary principle”.

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Studies gone bad have alerted us to the fact that some supplements, especially in higher doses, can have no effect or even CAUSE cancer rather than help fight or prevent it.  The thought was simple and noble and is the reason we do clinical research studies rather than rely totally on animal studies or laboratory research in test tubes and Petri dishes.  What SHOULD work well might be disastrous.

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My patients ask me in person and my followers ask on line, what are the very best cancer fighting supplements out there? Which supplements really fight cancer? How much should I take of what? Some even bring a bag full of various mixes of supplements and botanicals for me to review with them, hoping to leave with “THE” answer.

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Every time I am asked about naturopathic (ND or NMD) doctors and whether my patients should seek one out, I say “it depends”. I have collaborated with naturopaths and like anything else in life, some are better than others and some are better trained than others. So, how is the public supposed to choose?

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Screenshot 2014-12-27 17.08.53BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers can reduce their risk of ovarian, Fallopian and peritoneal cancer by 80% by removing both ovaries and tubes. This has not been the understanding to date, but recent data presented at ASCO confirms this staggering risk reduction of the related cancers. Furthermore, there is a 77% reduction in risk of death from all causes.

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OncologyTimes_KingSpread_21x14.0.1.inddThe following is a press release from Caris Life Sciences about a breakthrough presentation of data at the recent American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting. In this study, the median overall survival was eight years longer in ovarian and fallopian tube cancer patients treated using Caris Molecular Intelligence profiling vs. those who did not. In a subset of patients who recurred, using this technology patients lived two and a half years longer. The details are summarized in the release as follows:

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