“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
At some point we’ve all heard this famous Aristotelian phrase, a concept applicable in many facets of life including cancer treatment. It’s no secret that our bodily systems are interwoven and interconnected. The nervous system, digestive system, immune system, and so on, are simply the functioning parts of one whole person. As such, these parts have a synergistic effect on one another, working in tandem when in harmony and impacting total health when even one system fails.
Understanding and applying this ancient concept is where modern cancer treatment also fails. Rather than considering the whole person, most therapies focus largely on treating isolated symptoms of disease. Additionally, negative treatment side effects that commonly result in higher stress levels, poor nutrition, low oxygen intake, and a compromised immune system only give cancer more fuel by contributing to a harmful internal environment.
An effective treatment approach, on the other hand, considers the compounding effect our bodily systems can have and aims for total health of the whole person, from physical symptoms to emotional and mental wellness. At Hope4Cancer, we’ve identified 7 Key Principles that work together to ensure every aspect of disease is thoroughly treated and that every patient receives the most complete treatment experience.
Whether you’ve found yourself on a healing path that utilizes conventional, integrative, or alternative treatments, these 7 Key Principles of Cancer Therapy should be addressed by every cancer treatment plan and are imperative for increasing your ability to overcome disease.
1. Non-Toxic Cancer Therapies
The problem with many traditional cancer therapies is their inability to distinguish between healthy and cancerous cells. Many healthy cells are destroyed on the path to kill cancer, leaving the body weak and susceptible to additional disease. Non-toxic cancer therapies, on the other hand, target only cancer cells and are able to minimize negative side effects while maintaining strength and overall health in the body.
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The immune system is the body’s natural defense mechanism, constantly scanning for problems and neutralizing potential threats. The presence of cancer itself is a sign that this system is not functioning properly, and standard toxic therapies leave the immune system even more devastated. By supporting the immune system rather than suppressing it, immunomodulation therapies such as Sunivera Immunotherapy and Helixor help repair and stimulate the body’s natural ability to protect itself.
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3. Full Spectrum Nutrition
The digestive system supports the immune system by sifting out micronutrients from the foods we eat. Full Spectrum Nutrition restores optimal digestive functioning by providing patients with a balanced intake of nutrients required for their individual bodies. Generally adhering to a diet as close to Mother Nature as possible, Full Spectrum Nutrition may also include juicing, herbal supplements, or nutritional IVs depending on specific needs of the individual.
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From food and water sources to air supply, we’re exposed to a number of contaminants on a regular basis. These toxins build up internally over time and inhibit the body’s ability to repair itself. Detoxification methods are necessary to cleanse the body of this toxic waste and recover normal functioning.
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Cancer cells thrive in low oxygen environments. Applied oxygen treatments such as Ozone Therapy or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy help to restore oxygen levels, improving metabolism and encouraging a healthy cellular environment. Additionally, oxygenation supports detoxification by preventing toxic buildup.
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6. Restore the Microbiome
The microbiome is a complex ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa within the human body. Many aspects of modern life have a negative impact on the delicate balance of microbes required for maintaining health. Poor diet, overuse of antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, and long-term stress can all tip the scale of harmful microbes, causing them to become aggressive and potential cancer threats. Therapies such as Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation, Sono-Photo Dynamic Therapy, and Full Body Hyperthermia remove these pathogenic influences and restore the microbiome to healthy functioning.
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7. Emotional and Spiritual Healing
Often times, cancer appears as a physical manifestation of deep emotional or psychological trauma. Whether caused by emotional roots or not, cancer itself is a stressful event to navigate in one’s life, and no treatment program would be complete without nourishing the mind and spirit as much as the body. Regular therapy sessions can help patients release suppressed emotions, create positive thought patterns and behaviors, and increase happiness levels on a regular basis. Likewise, spiritual practice in its many forms provides similar effects as a healthy coping tool.
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These 7 Key Principles of Cancer Therapy form the foundation of Hope4Cancer’s unique treatment approach. Since we’ve opened our doors in 2000, we’ve witnessed the difference this whole-body focus has made for thousands of patients. These tools address all the core roots of disease and simultaneously build up the mind, body, and spirit through treatment. No matter what your treatment protocol, these principles can and should be incorporated to ensure your best opportunity for successfully overcoming cancer.