My wife has cancer; what can help?

poison

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So we found out she has cancer, for the second time. It's been 12 years since the first.

Obviously, I'm interested in alternative means in addition to the the doctor's orders. It's funny, I'm always keeping up on general health stuff, and I can recall probably 50+ instances where I read a study on something being studied for anti-cancer properties. of course now, I can't remember what they were.

I'm talking stuff like ashitaba, cat's claw, etc. If you guys have anything, please let me know. Understand I'm not a moron, and this will be with a dr's guideance. I'm not just going to take stuff; I'm simply interested in doing research on my own.

So please, if you got something, throw it out there! Thanks, guys! Give your loved ones a hug tonight.
 

poison

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I'd add Suma to that list. Paging Muscle Pharm. ;)

BTW, it's mucoepidermoid carcinoma.
 

Grant

Registered User
From a quick glance it seems that it is good mainly for hormone related cancers, but like I said, I just gave it a quick glance, it may be helpful.
 

Pseudonymous

New member
I'm a LEF member and recommend that you use them but be very critical/skeptical of what you read. They are the best single resource I know of and routinely publish articles supporting the new supplements that they produce. Each article in their magazine is immediately followed up with a massive advertisement for one of their supplements, and since each magazine is so packed with information, you get the impression that you should be dropping $1000+ on their supplements each month - just to survive. *I always end up buying my supplements elsewhere but I use their info as a guide*
I do not know if they produce supplements and then search for studies to back up their claims, or if they search the literature first and then make supplements based on what they find.

Having said that, Massive doses of C0-Q 10 and Ubiquinol are supposedly effective on certain types of Breast Cancer according to them. I take a high dose for cardiovascular reasons.

Here is a good reason to be critical of what you read - resveratrol, a wine extract, has been hyped as a magic bullet for the past year or so but the most recent studies are showing that the results attributed to its presence in wine might be due to a more general (less expensive/ less profitable) group of substances - phenolic phytochemicals (flavinoids in general). So I have just started taking a minimal medicinal dose of resveratrol along with a glass of wine and a general "wine extract" tablet from puritans pride every night before bed, just to cover all the bases.
 
Here is something from the Life Extension Foundation. I'll send you a few more links per PM.

Complementary Alternative Cancer Therapies

Natural Strategies for Boosting Resistance to Cancer


Prevention of Cancer Development and Progression


Natural strategies known to prevent the development and progression of cancer include:

* Calcium
* Carotenoids
* Curcumin
* Garlic
* Green and black teas
* Folic acid
* Melatonin
* Selenium
* Vitamin A
* Vitamin C
* Vitamin D
* Vitamin E
* Vitamin K.

Calcium. In clinical studies involving more than 1000 colorectal cancer patients, calcium supplements reduced the risk of cancer recurrence (Shaukat A et al 2005). Other studies show that calcium supplements generally reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer in the first place (Flood A et al 2005; Sandler RS 2005). This beneficial effect of calcium was noted for calcium obtained from both dietary sources and nutritional supplements (Flood A et al 2005).

Carotenoids. Clinical studies have found that supplementing with lycopene, a carotenoid that is abundant in tomatoes and tomato-based products, can protect against cancers of the prostate (Campbell JK et al 2004; Jian L et al 2005; Kucuk O et al 2002), colon (Nair S et al 2001), pancreas (Nkondjock A et al 2005), ovaries (Huncharek M et al 2001), breast (Toniolo P et al 2001), and bladder (Schabath MB et al 2004).

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, individuals seeking broad spectrum colon protection should also include foods rich in lutein (another type of carotenoid) in their diet (Slattery ML et al 2000). These include spinach, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, oranges, carrots, celery, and greens.

Curcumin, extracted from the spice turmeric, has preventive and therapeutic anti-cancer properties (Aggarwal BB et al 2003; Sharma RA et al 2004).

Curcumin can stop the growth of cancers of the prostate (Dorai T et al 2000; Dorai T et al 2004), colon (Narayan S 2004), and breast (Inano H et al 2000).

In a phase I clinical study of colorectal cancer patients, curcumin in doses of up to 3.6 grams a day improved some clinical markers and was not associated with any toxicities (Sharma RA et al 2004). Clinical studies have shown that curcumin in doses of up to 10 grams a day had no adverse effects in humans (Aggarwal BB et al 2003).

Garlic has long been known to have anti-cancer properties (Das S 2002; Khanum F et al 2004) due to its ability to disrupt the function of cancer-causing agents (Das S 2002).

Garlic consumption lowers the risk of developing a range of cancers, including those of the stomach, colon, mammary glands, cervix (Khanum F et al 2004; Sengupta A et al 2004), and prostate (Hsing AW et al 2002). Garlic-derived allitridum, taken in combination with selenium, protects against the development of gastric cancer (Li H et al 2004).

Various other garlic extracts, including aged garlic extract, allicin, and ajoene, have a range of cancer-preventive and therapeutic capabilities (Oommen S et al 2004; Tanaka S et al 2004; Xu B et al 2004).

Green and Black Teas. Catechins and theaflavins, compounds found in green and black teas, have anti-cancer properties (Yang CS et al 2005).

Clinical studies have shown that consuming five or more cups a day of green tea reduces the risk of developing breast cancer, and may help reduce the risk of recurrence in breast cancer survivors (Seely D et al 2005).

Consumption of green tea also significantly improves the survival of ovarian cancer patients (Zhang M et al 2004) and reduces the risk of developing cancers of the lung, breast, and prostate (Bonner MR et al 2005; Doss MX et al 2005).

Such is the strength of data demonstrating green tea’s potential in preventing cancer that Japanese researchers are trying to develop a strategy, based on green tea consumption, for delaying cancer onset in the Japanese population, as well as reducing the risk of recurrence in cancer survivors (Fujiki H 2005).

Folic Acid. The use of folic acid dietary supplements, or the adoption of diets rich in fruits and vegetables containing folate, is associated with a reduced risk of developing cancer, particularly colorectal (Martinez ME et al 2004; Strohle A et al 2005) and lung cancers (Shen H et al 2003). Sufficient intake of folic acid is also thought to protect against breast cancer (Zhang SM 2004) because folic acid guards against DNA damage and promotes gene stability (Strohle A et al 2005).

Melatonin. The hormone melatonin, produced by the pineal gland during night-time hours, has anti-cancer properties (Anisimov VN 2003; Sainz RM et al 2005).

The use of melatonin (20 mg a night) during chemotherapy improves survival and quality of life in lung cancer patients (Lissoni P et al 2003). Melatonin also reduces the growth potential of prostate and breast cancer cells (Sainz RM et al 2005; Shiu SY et al 2003).

Further evidence supporting melatonin’s role as a cancer-preventive agent comes from studies showing an elevated risk of breast cancer in night-shift workers and others who have lower levels of melatonin due to the disruption of their waking and sleeping cycles (Anisimov VN 2003). Interestingly, blind people, who generally have higher melatonin levels, have lower rates of cancer (Coleman MP et al 1992; Feychting M et al 1998).

Selenium supplements have cancer-preventive properties (Combs GF, Jr. 2005), particularly in reducing the occurrence of lung, colorectal, esophageal, and prostate cancers (Mark SD et al 2000). Indeed, low selenium levels are associated with a four- to fivefold increase in the risk of developing prostate cancer (Brooks JD et al 2001). Higher selenium levels are associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer (Brooks JD et al 2001). Because selenium levels decline with age, selenium supplements may be of particular benefit to elderly men (Brooks JD et al 2001).

However, the benefits of selenium supplements in preventing cancer appear to be cancer-specific, as some clinical studies have shown supplementation to be ineffective in protecting against basal and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin (Clark LC et al 1996). Indeed, selenium supplements may increase the risk of squamous cell carcinoma (Duffield-Lillico AJ et al 2003b).

In addition to their cancer-preventive potential, selenium supplements may enhance the effectiveness of conventional chemotherapy treatment (Vadgama JV et al 2000) and improve quality of life for patients undergoing radiation therapy (Hehr T et al 1997).
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Vitamin A derivatives, known as retinoids, protect against the development of various cancers, including those of the skin, breast, and lung (Clarke N et al 2004; Khera P et al 2005). Dietary supplementation with synthetic vitamin A for 12 months in liver cancer survivors prevented recurrence of this cancer (Takai K et al 2005). In addition to preventing cancer, vitamin A derivatives have been used to cure acute promyelocytic leukemia (Clarke N et al 2004).

Vitamin C. Long-term human studies have shown that vitamin C dietary supplements, when used in conjunction with other antioxidants, can reduce the risk of developing cancer (Hercberg S et al 2004). Similar results were found for cancers of the prostate (Meyer F et al 2005) and lung (Mooney LA et al 2005; Wright ME et al 2004).

Vitamin D. Moderate sun exposure causes the synthesis of vitamin D in the skin. This micronutrient is known to play a role in cancer prevention (Holick MF 2004; Kimlin MG et al 2004). Indeed, medical literature dating back more than 50 years affirms that regular sun exposure is associated with a substantial decrease in death rates from certain types of cancers (Ainsleigh HG 1993). It is estimated that moderate sun exposure without sunscreen—that is, enough to stimulate vitamin D production but not enough to damage the skin—could prevent 30,000 cancer deaths in the United States each year (Ainsleigh HG 1993). The sun’s most damaging rays occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., the hours demanding the greatest watchfulness.

Insufficient vitamin D levels are particularly associated with increased risk of developing breast, colon, and prostate cancers (Chen TC et al 2003; Studzinski GP et al 1995). Increased vitamin D levels, obtained through sun exposure, are associated with a reduced risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Hughes AM et al 2004). Vitamin D causes bones to release calcium and can thus lead to excessively high calcium levels (hypercalcemia); however, scientists are developing synthetic versions of natural vitamin D (deltanoids) that lack this adverse side effect (Agoston ES et al 2006; Guyton KZ et al 2003).

Vitamin E. Clinical studies have shown that vitamin E can reduce the risk of prostate and lung cancers, particularly when used in combination with selenium supplements (Helzlsouer KJ et al 2000; Woodson K et al 1999). Regular and long-term (over 10 years) use of vitamin E reduces the risk of death from bladder cancer (Jacobs EJ et al 2002). Similarly, the use of vitamin E supplements for longer than three years slightly reduces the risk of recurrence among breast cancer survivors (Fleischauer AT et al 2003).

In addition, animal studies indicate that vitamin E may have activity against colon cancer and melanoma (Barnett KT et al 2002; Malafa MP et al 2002b; Malafa MP et al 2002a).

Larger clinical studies are currently underway to further assess vitamin E’s protective role against prostate cancer (Fleshner N et al 2005; Lippman SM et al 2005).

Vitamin K has been shown in laboratory and animal studies to have anti-cancer properties (Lamson DW et al 2003). Results from a small clinical study indicate that vitamin K may protect women with viral liver cirrhosis, a known risk factor for liver cancer, from developing the disease (Habu D et al 2004).
Preventing Tumor Spread (Angiogenesis, Invasion, and Metastasis)

Natural strategies that arrest the spread of tumors include:

* Alpha tocopherol
* Curcumin
* Green tea
* Pomegranate extracts
* Soy (genistein).

Alpha-Tocopherol supplementation, which provides the biological activity of vitamin E, reduces levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a tumor growth factor that plays a critical role in the formation of new blood vessels by cancer cells and subsequent tumor invasion of other organs (Woodson K et al 2002). Indeed, levels of this cancer growth factor decreased by 11 percent in the supplemented group but increased by 10 percent in the non-supplemented group (Woodson K et al 2002).

Curcumin is known to arrest the growth of established cancer (Furness MS et al 2005) by interfering with the production of growth factors that cancer cells need to establish new blood vessels and thus invade other organs, a process known as angiogenesis (Arbiser JL et al 1998; Dulak J 2005; Furness MS et al 2005).

Green Tea. Epigallocatechin in green tea has long been known to have cancer-preventive properties (Cooper R et al 2005). Epigallocatechin prevents cancer cells from forming new blood vessels and thereby spreading to other organs (Jung YD et al 2001).

Pomegranate Extract. A laboratory study has demonstrated that extracts of the pomegranate fruit can prevent human prostate cancer cells from invading new tissues (Albrecht M et al 2004).

Soy (Genistein). Present in soy, genistein prevents any cancer cells that persist after surgery from invading new organs and spreading (Vantyghem SA et al 2005). This potential to arrest the spread of cancer is linked to genistein’s ability to reduce production of the growth factor VEGF, a prerequisite for cancer spread and invasion (Ravindranath MH et al 2004).

Enhancing the Immune System

A range of CAM therapies have been shown to boost immune function in cancer patients. These include:

* Fermented wheat germ
* Garlic
* Herbal medicines
* Mushroom extracts
* Immunonutrition
* Melatonin
* Probiotic bacteria
* Relaxation techniques
* Vitamin E.

Fermented Wheat Germ. Neutropenia, a condition characterized by low numbers of white blood cells known as neutrophils, is a complication of chemotherapy that leaves patients dangerously susceptible to infections (Mego M et al 2005). Supplementing with fermented wheat germ extract during conventional treatment reduces the occurrence of neutropenia (Garami M et al 2004).

Garlic supplementation boosts immune function in cancer patients (Patya M et al 2004) by improving the function of natural killer cells and lymphocytes (Hassan ZM et al 2003; Patya M et al 2004; Tang Z et al 1997).

Herbal Medicines such as echinacea, ginseng, and astragalus strengthen the immune system and may be beneficial to cancer patients (Block KI et al 2003; Suh SO et al 2002). Indeed, red ginseng boosts the immune system of gastric cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy after surgery (Suh SO et al 2002). Patients taking red ginseng had significantly higher overall survival (76 percent) than non-supplementing subjects (39 percent) at five years (Suh SO et al 2002).

Mushroom Extracts increase the activity of natural killer cells in gynecological cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy (Ahn WS et al 2004). A Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide extract known as ganopoly (1800 mg, three times daily before meals for 12 weeks) boosted natural killer cell numbers in advanced-stage cancer patients (Gao Y et al 2003).

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 68 patients with advanced (stage III or IV) non-small cell lung cancer, polysaccharide peptides (PSP) isolated from the mushroom Coriolus versicolor (340 mg, three times daily for four weeks) significantly improved blood leukocyte and neutrophil counts, serum IgG and IgM, and percentage of body fat compared to the control group (Tsang KW et al 2003).

In a case series of eight patients with various cancers (mostly stage II-IV), a combination of maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa) MD-fraction and whole maitake powder resulted in a positive response in 23 of 36 cancer patients. Cancer regression or significant symptom improvement was observed in 69 percent of breast cancer patients, 63 percent of lung cancer patients, and 58 percent of liver cancer patients. The study found a less than 10 percent to 20 percent improvement in leukemia, stomach cancer, and brain cancer patients. In addition, when maitake was taken in addition to chemotherapy, immune-competent cell activities were enhanced 1.2 times to 1.4 times compared to chemotherapy alone (Kodama N et al 2002).

Immunonutrition. Patients who undergo surgery to remove a tumor mass often suffer depressed immune systems following surgery, which slows their recovery and leaves them vulnerable to infection (Ates E et al 2004). Different forms of nutrition designed to boost the immune system assist the recovery of cancer patients after surgery (Ates E et al 2004; Braga M et al 2002; Song JX et al 2002). For example, patients administered nutrients containing fatty acids (with the aid of a feeding tube directly into the stomach) have a more rapid recovery of immune cell numbers (Ates E et al 2004). Oral supplements enriched with arginine and omega-3 fatty acids improved immune recovery and reduced infection rates (Braga M et al 2002; Song JX et al 2002).

Melatonin is a hormone with immune regulatory activities. Most cancer patients have low levels of melatonin (Bartsch C et al 1999). Melatonin supplements (10 mg a day) improve immune function in patients suffering from a variety of cancers, including gastric, renal, prostate, and bladder cancers, without any apparent adverse effects (Neri B et al 1998). Clinical studies support melatonin’s value, demonstrating that supplements of 20 mg a day can improve immune function in cancer patients, predominantly by enhancing the immunity driven by the two chief anti-tumor messengers, interleukin-2 and interleukin-12 (Lissoni P 2000, 2002).

Probiotic Bacteria. When cancer patients with neutropenia (low neutrophil counts) exhibit symptoms of infection such as fever, the condition of neutropenia is referred to as febrile neutropenia (Mego M et al 2005). The movement of bacteria through the intestinal lining is partly responsible for febrile neutropenia (Mego M et al 2005). Interestingly, scientists have demonstrated that colonizing the intestine with friendly probiotic bacteria reduced (by virtue of competition) infection from febrile neutropenia-causing bacteria (Mego M et al 2005).

Relaxation Techniques. Perhaps not surprisingly, clinical studies have now shown that humor and laughter have a positive effect on the immune system, characterized by increased numbers of natural killer cells (Bennett MP et al 2003; Berk LS et al 2001; Christie W et al 2005; Takahashi K et al 2001).

Other techniques such as massage and meditation that are designed to foster relaxation also improve immune system function in cancer patients (Hernandez-Reif M et al 2004, 2005; Hidderley M et al 2004). In fact, breast cancer patients participating in a massage therapy program had increased numbers of natural killer cells and lymphocytes (Hernandez-Reif M et al 2004, 2005).

Vitamin E. Short-term supplementation with high-dose (750 mg) vitamin E increases both the number and activity of lymphocytes in patients with advanced colorectal cancer (Malmberg KJ et al 2002). In addition, supplementation with vitamin E during chemotherapy reduces the loss of white blood cells (neutropenia) that is associated with chemotherapy (Branda RF et al 2004).
 

russianstar

Well-known member
Sorry to chime in, but cancer can only grow and increase in size because it feeds on sugar, using a supplement that stops your body absorbing sugar would be effective, i read the science magazine here in russia, and a break through has been made in this regards!! hope that helps, im sorry to hear about your wife, its a terrible disease, but there is a lot of hope, i know at least 5 people who have recoverd fully from cancer.
 

Force of Green

Well-known member
Sorry to chime in, but cancer can only grow and increase in size because it feeds on sugar, using a supplement that stops your body absorbing sugar would be effective, i read the science magazine here in russia, and a break through has been made in this regards!! hope that helps, im sorry to hear about your wife, its a terrible disease, but there is a lot of hope, i know at least 5 people who have recoverd fully from cancer.
I may be way off here, but doesn't almost every carbohydrate (aside from fiber) become sugar? What do you mean by stopping your body from absorbing sugar? Just eliminate sugar from your diet if that's the case, but it's not the case. If your body were unable to utilize sugar, you would die. The point of this thread is to help someone live a longer life.
 

jonny21

Registered User
Sorry to chime in, but cancer can only grow and increase in size because it feeds on sugar, using a supplement that stops your body absorbing sugar would be effective, i read the science magazine here in russia, and a break through has been made in this regards!! hope that helps, im sorry to hear about your wife, its a terrible disease, but there is a lot of hope, i know at least 5 people who have recoverd fully from cancer.
That does not sound ideal as muscle will then be targeted.

What is the grade of the tumor? Location?

Is she cachetic?

Glutamine is the primary amino acid used by many cancers/tumors. With aggressive tumors blood glutamine levels can be depleted by half.

EPA, DHA, melatonin
 

Force of Green

Well-known member
That does not sound ideal as muscle will then be targeted.

What is the grade of the tumor? Location?

Is she cachetic?

Glutamine is the primary amino acid used by many cancers/tumors. With aggressive tumors blood glutamine levels can be depleted by half.

EPA, DHA, melatonin
Would supplementing with glutamine be a catch 22? Would it salvage muscle, but also feed the tumor?
 

jonny21

Registered User
Would supplementing with glutamine be a catch 22? Would it salvage muscle, but also feed the tumor?
The tumor is going to get it regardless.

I do not have the studies available but studies have shown that glutamine supplementation (parenteral was used in study) benefited the host not the tumor. Dietary glutamine has been shown to improve immune status during administration and recovery from chemotherapy.

I write this in the assumption that the patient is receiving treatment and that the glutamine is being administered in conjunction with, not as sole treatment.
 

russianstar

Well-known member
I may be way off here, but doesn't almost every carbohydrate (aside from fiber) become sugar? What do you mean by stopping your body from absorbing sugar? Just eliminate sugar from your diet if that's the case, but it's not the case. If your body were unable to utilize sugar, you would die. The point of this thread is to help someone live a longer life.
Its cutting back on the amount of sugars your body takes in that inhibits the cancer from growing, therefore longer life, see the logic there? or maybe you cant?
 

stl123

Active member
So we found out she has cancer, for the second time. It's been 12 years since the first.

Obviously, I'm interested in alternative means in addition to the the doctor's orders. It's funny, I'm always keeping up on general health stuff, and I can recall probably 50+ instances where I read a study on something being studied for anti-cancer properties. of course now, I can't remember what they were.

I'm talking stuff like ashitaba, cat's claw, etc. If you guys have anything, please let me know. Understand I'm not a moron, and this will be with a dr's guideance. I'm not just going to take stuff; I'm simply interested in doing research on my own.

So please, if you got something, throw it out there! Thanks, guys! Give your loved ones a hug tonight.
Sorry, I don't have any info to offer here. However, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I sincerely hope everything goes well.
 

russianstar

Well-known member
That does not sound ideal as muscle will then be targeted.

What is the grade of the tumor? Location?

Is she cachetic?

Glutamine is the primary amino acid used by many cancers/tumors. With aggressive tumors blood glutamine levels can be depleted by half.

EPA, DHA, melatonin
Wich is more important? muscle or life, the breakthrough as regards the sugar feeding cancer study came 6 days ago.
 

Force of Green

Well-known member
Its cutting back on the amount of sugars your body takes in that inhibits the cancer from growing, therefore longer life, see the logic there? or maybe you cant?
LOL... I was groggy/grumpy from being called into open up the gym this fine, sunny Sunday.

Yeah, I see your logic. Maybe this is indirectly some benefit of the green tea extract since it has been studied to inhibit the enzyme that converts starch into sugar or something of that effect.
 

jonny21

Registered User
Wich is more important? muscle or life, the breakthrough as regards the sugar feeding cancer study came 6 days ago.
There is much more involved then blocking sugar absorption. There is a cascade of metabolic issues involved. Carbohydrate abnormalities are part of cancer cachexia. There is increased gluconeogenisis, decreased insulin resistance, and increased hepatic glucose production. Blocking absorption of carbohydrates in gut does not curb corticosteroid release and therefore blunt muscle breakdown for gluconeogensis. Not does it put right other metabolic issues.

Link the study and let's see the validity. BTW, 1 study does not mean much. Who ran the study? How many participants? Were they even human?
 

UNCfan1

Registered User
There is alot of great suggestions in here. OP if you don't mind me asking what type of cancer does your wife have? I am really sorry to here about it coming back, I couldn't think of what you guys are going through. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your love ones.
 
UNCfan1; said:
... OP if you don't mind me asking what type of cancer does your wife have? ...
I believe he mentioned it in post #2.
 

RenegadeRows

Well-known member
My girlfriend went to school for natural healing and she swears by this stuff called 'egyption mushroom'. You may want to google it or ask your doctors about it. Her doctor actually recommended it to her. I really don't know much about it, but It cleared up some growths she had on her kidneys. Apparently you let it sit in milk overnight and then drink the milk. Sounds pretty gross but she's told me it is very good for that sort of thing.

My prayers go out to you and your family sir.
 

poison

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Awesome replies, thank you guys. I'll adress some questions I have in a bit, I'm headed out right now.
 

poison

Board Sponsor
calorie restriction
Yes, that's an interesting proposition. I'm not sure how the doctors would feel. I need to look at it more.

As for curcumin, I recall studies showing that though it's generally anti-cancer and good for nearly everything (lol), it can cause existing cancers to proliferate? Anyone? I'll see if I can find the studies.
 

rabican

Member
Alkylglycerols are found in cow, sheep, and human's breast milk and shark liver oil. Alkylglycerols are the active ingredients that give breast-fed babies protection against infection until their own immune system is fully developed. Human's milk has 10 times more alkylglycerol than cow's milk and there is 1000 times more alkylglycerol in Shark's Liver Oil than in cow's milk.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_2001_April/ai_72297176
 

grila jujitsu

Well-known member
I wish you the best of luck and health. be strong.

Carotenoids show a prominent role in decreasing the incidence of various cancers.

Vitamin D has an important role to play in cancer prevention. Cancer rates are different at differnt latitudes of the globe. Rates of breast, colon and ovarian cancer are lower in sunnier regions of the world than in Northern climates where cold winters limit people's sun exposure. Sunlight triggers the synthesis of vitamin D in the skin, and people who get little sun exposure tend to have lower stores of the vitamin.

Green Tea has polyphenolic compounds such as EGCG that are protective against various forms of cancer.

Graviola fruit. The graviola tree, also known as soursop, grows in the Amazon jungle and some of the Caribbean islands.

Mangosteen has powerful xanthones.

AHCC -- Active Hexose-correlated Compound -- is a mushroom extract that has been tested as an immune enhancing, liver protective and anti-cancer agent.

Ashwagandha has many compounds that have been found to have activity against lung, colon, breast, and central nervous system tumors.

Cat's Claw -- extracts exert a direct anti-proliferative activity on MCF7 breast cancer cell lines.

Indole 3 Carbinol is available as a supplement.

Milk Thistle contains silymarin and other flavonoids that have been found to have anti-tumor action in bladder and prostate cancer cells.

Noni -- Noni fruit juice contains a polysaccharide-rich substance called noni-ppt with anti-tumor activity.

Reishi mushroom--water soluble extracts from Reishi inhibit colon tumors in mice. Reishi may be helpful in advanced-stage cancers and has shown activity against prostate cancer cells.

Agaricus mushroom

Resveratrol shows promise in neuroblastoma and breast cancer.

Maitake mushroom is often used in Japan

Calcium D Glucarate is a natural supplement

Calcium has been associated with a lower risk of colon cancer, so has vitamin D.

IP-6 -- Inositol hexaphosphate (IP-6), is a naturally polyphosphorylated carbohydrate found in beans, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds, wheat bran, and other high fiber foods. IP-6 has been reported to have in vivo and in vitro anticancer activity against numerous tumors, such as colon, prostate, breast, liver, chronic myeloid leukemia, and rhabdomyosarcomas. Significant human trials are lacking and hence we do not currently know whether taking IP-6 supplements is helpful in cancer prevention or therapy.

Melatonin, a pineal hormone, is a potent antioxidant and has been shown to inhibit estrogen-responsive human breast cancer cells and augment the effectiveness of tamoxifen.

Supplements that may be helpful for those on chemotherapy:
Carnitine improves fatigue in those who are undergoing chemotherapy.
Glutamine supplementation can lessen loss of protein in the muscle and protect immune and gut-barrier function during radio-chemotherapy in patients with advanced cancer.
SAM-e may have a protective effect in cancer chemotherapy-induced liver toxicity, do not use more than 100 mg a day.
 

poison

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I actually had cat's claw on hand, so she's taking it. Good list, thanks!
 

megadeth

Active member
Essiac...do a search.
 

Schmazz

Member
Although I know not many on here pimp their products, why not try Biotest's SuperFood? It's supposed to be packed full of anti-oxidants. Definitely seems like it would help.
 

AdelV

Well-known member
Olive Leaf extract?

Try the following, rare to find and $$$... but Im sure they are potent!

Ganoderma Lucidum

Ganaocelium

Reishi Gano


Acia Berry

:)
 

johnyq

Active member
I believe this applies directly to your wife's situation

Resveratrol causes COX-2- and p53-dependent apoptosis in head and neck squamous cell cancer cells.
Lin HY, Sun M, Tang HY, Simone TM, Wu YH, Grandis JR, Cao HJ, Davis PJ, Davis FB.

Signal Transduction Laboratory, Ordway Research Institute, Albany, New York.

Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) content is increased in many types of tumor cells. We have investigated the mechanism by which resveratrol, a stilbene that is pro-apoptotic in many tumor cell lines, causes apoptosis in human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma UMSCC-22B cells by a mechanism involving cellular COX-2. UMSCC-22B cells treated with resveratrol for 24 h, with or without selected inhibitors, were examined: (1) for the presence of nuclear activated ERK1/2, p53 and COX-2, (2) for evidence of apoptosis, and (3) by chromatin immunoprecipitation to demonstrate p53 binding to the p21 promoter. Stilbene-induced apoptosis was concentration-dependent, and associated with ERK1/2 activation, serine-15 p53 phosphorylation and nuclear accumulation of these proteins. These effects were blocked by inhibition of either ERK1/2 or p53 activation. Resveratrol also caused p53 binding to the p21 promoter and increased abundance of COX-2 protein in UMSCC-22B cell nuclei. Resveratrol-induced nuclear COX-2 accumulation was dependent upon ERK1/2 activation, but not p53 activation. Activation of p53 and p53-dependent apoptosis were blocked by the COX-2 inhibitor, NS398, and by transfection of cells with COX-2-siRNA. In UMSCC-22B cells, resveratrol-induced apoptosis and induction of nuclear COX-2 accumulation share dependence on the ERK1/2 signal transduction pathway. Resveratrol-inducible nuclear accumulation of COX-2 is essential for p53 activation and p53-dependent apoptosis in these cancer cells. J. Cell. Biochem. (c) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18446786?ordinalpos=9&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum


and a study basically summarizing some of the research on resveratrol's effect on cancer

New enlightenment of French Paradox: resveratrol's potential for cancer chemoprevention and anti-cancer therapy.
Liu BL, Zhang X, Zhang W, Zhen HN.

Department of Neurosurgery, Xijing Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, PR China.

Resveratrol is a phytoalexin produced by many plants, and the skin of red grapes is particularly rich in resveratrol which accounts for the "French Paradox". Besides its protection of the cardiovascular system, it can affect the processes underlying all three stages of carcinogenesis, involving tumor initiation, promotion and progression. It has also been shown to suppress angiogenesis and metastasis. The anti-carcinogenic effects of resveratrol appear to be closely associated with its capacity to interact with multiple molecular targets involved in cancer development, while minimizing toxicity in normal tissues as tested. By reviewing many in vitro and in vivo studies, also considering both the supporting and challenging evidences, we are provided with a theory in support of the use of resveratrol in human cancer chemoprevention, in combination with either chemotherapeutic drugs or cytotoxic factors for the highly efficient treatment of drug refractory tumor cells. Anti-carcinogenic potential for cancer chemoprevention and anticancer therapy, which is one of the pleiotropic effects of resveratrol, is so called a new enlightenment of French Paradox.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18381589?ordinalpos=25&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
 

papapumpsd

Well-known member
I HIGHLY recommend looking into Vitamin Research Products....it's a vitamin/supplement company composed of MD's, PhD's, and ND (doctors of naturopathic medicine) and they have their own line of very high quality products. vrp.com

You can also get their free hard copy newsletter which is awesome. They use REAL scientific studies and science in their products.
 
I HIGHLY recommend looking into Vitamin Research Products....it's a vitamin/supplement company composed of MD's, PhD's, and ND (doctors of naturopathic medicine) and they have their own line of very high quality products. vrp.com

You can also get their free hard copy newsletter which is awesome. They use REAL scientific studies and science in their products.
Also applies to The Life Extension Foundation... :)
 

Trauma1

Legend
I'd add Suma to that list. Paging Muscle Pharm. ;)

BTW, it's mucoepidermoid carcinoma.
I'm very sorry to hear about your wife's misfortune my friend. I wish her success in this battle and a speedy recovery. What is the current course of treatment, Radiation, Chemotherapy, or both? Also have they determined if there is metastasis with Lymph Node Biopsies, Bone Scan, or CT Scans?

One of my good friends that is also a nurse is the director of 3 cancer centers down here in volusia county, florida. She has MANY years experience with oncology. I'll ask her for some natural suggestions that have proven to be effective in treatments she's been a part of. I know a bit about oncology myself, but she is the master in the oncology department. :)
 

papapumpsd

Well-known member
...and AOR...and any number of supplement companies...according to marketing claims.
Nah, VRP isn't a sports supplement company whoring out POS products like so many out there. They're real scientists and physicians that use clinical data to create natural remedies. They don't make dip$hit claims on their products.
 

delsolrob

Board Sponsor
I'm not educated on the topic so I can't be of assistance with advice...but I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
 

TripDog

Bananas
Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid for Cancer

Is defined as any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream.


Cancer and Alpha Lipoic Acid

Free radical damage can promote the activity of a particular cell protein called NF kappa B. (NF-kB) NF-kB works to promote inflammation and genetic changes that have been linked with the development of cancer. Studies at the University of California at Berkley have found that when cells are bathed in Alpha Lipoic Acid, NF-kB is inhibited thus preventing cell mutations from replicating. Researchers believe that this has significant implications in inhibiting the formation of cancerous tumors.

http://www.nutraplanet.com/product/nutraplanet/na-rala-25-gm.html

Na-rala is the most potent form available.
 

aquanutz

Member
It's not really a supplement, quite the opposite actually, but I've read an article on starvation sending the human body into a 'survival mode' when undergoing chemotherapy and gives the doctors the ability to give higher amounts without damaging the normal cells (the ones that go into survival mode) while destroying the cancerous cells. I suggest you talk this over with the doctor before actually trying it.

Here is one of the articles that I have read on the subject:
http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_Starvation_Prior_to_Chemotherapy_May_Raise_Its_Effectiveness_15846.html

I'm horribly sorry for your bad news and I hope she recovers from this.
 

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