Posts Tagged "targeted therapy"

Oncotype Dx Validated for DCIS

Posted on May 8, 2013 in Research

Newly diagnosed with DCIS? Wondering whether you’ll need radiation after surgery? Considering a lumpectomy versus a mastectomy? The Oncotype Dx test has been used to identify which breast cancers need chemotherapy. Now, a new version of the test helps determine which DCIS tumors need radiation therapy. Read the full story here. Oncotype Dx needs to be ordered along with your surgery or biopsy. The test looks at biochemical markers in the tumor tissue that can predict how the tumor will...

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How Can a Naturopathic Oncologist Help Me with My Cancer Care?

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 in Introduction to Integrative Oncology

A naturopathic oncologist can help you to: Understand your new diagnosis and choose the most helpful treatment options Increase the effectiveness of conventional cancer therapy while reducing side effects Prepare for surgery, and heal afterwards Rebuild health and detoxify after conventional cancer therapy Prevent cancer recurrence by targeting the tumor in ways that conventional therapies miss Create a cancer-fighting...

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Cancer Cell Signals Shield Tumor Cells from Chemotherapy

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 in Research

Why does cancer regrow after effective chemotherapy? Scientists at the Massachusetts of Technology find that, “cues coming from healthy cells in response to the stress of chemotherapy can protect their cancerous neighbors, allowing them (cancer cells) to persist in select refuge sites.” That stress cue is IL-6, a cellular messenger that stimulates inflammation and activates tumor growth signals such as NF-kappa-B.  Read the full story here. Many natural medicines effectively decrease IL-6, NF-kappa-B, and inflammation. For that reason, naturopathic oncologists often partner these natural...

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