Patients with advanced stage cancer
“I have exhausted conventional therapies and no additional treatments are being offered.”
We offer cancer treatments/therapies that may still be undergoing scientific research, and have varying levels of evidence to support their effectiveness. We focus on gentle treatments/therapies that target the cancer without damaging your body or compromising your immune system. Many of our therapies can treat the cancer and also improve quality of life at the same time.
“I am receiving palliative care, but I would like something to treat the cancer that can also enhance quality of life.”
Some therapies are designed to treat your cancer, but are generally considered non-curative. These may be labeled palliative, such as palliative chemotherapy. In other cases, palliative may refer to therapies that do not treat the cancer but only provide comfort measures / quality of life enhancements like boosting appetite or controlling pain. We offer treatment/therapies that are able to gently treat the cancer without the potential serious side effects of chemotherapy. Since these drugs work in different ways (e.g. blocking cancer cell glucose use, blocking blood vessel growth in tumours, enhancing natural anti-cancer immunity or triggering natural cancer cell death), they are gentler and also enhance quality of life while killing the cancer at the same time.
“I have a slow growing cancer or concurrent serious health problems and have been told not to take treatment until the cancer gets worse.”
Due to toxicity, which is common with conventional therapies, there may be more risk than benefit in treating patients with underlying health problems such as angina, stroke, advanced age, renal failure, heart failure, ongoing infection, organ transplant, bone marrow failure. Also, conventional chemotherapy generally works poorly on slow-growing cancers. In such cases, gentler therapies may be offered which have preliminary supporting scientific evidence for their effectiveness. Oncologists rarely offer such treatments because the formal research involving these drugs may still be in early stages. We have extensive clinical experience using such medicines and can advise if they are safe and potentially effective. The therapies we offer do not weaken the immune system, and in some cases will treat the cancer while simultaneously improving underlying health problems!
Patients with INTERMEDIATE STAGE CANCER
“I am between treatments and the cancer has regressed or is in remission, but I want to be proactive rather than watching and waiting.”
In some cases when patients are in remission after receiving conventional therapies, treatment is stopped completely and they are told to watch and wait. There are a few possible reasons for this. One reason may be that research may have demonstrated no improvement in survival, if treatment was continued while in remission, or the patients waited for a recurrence and then received treatment.
“I am receiving conventional treatment but I am experiencing serious side effects.”
Many patients who receive convention cancer therapies experience serious side effects that compromise their quality of life. Often there are ways to control or eliminate side effects that are not known to most physicians since they may consist of therapies that are non-traditional and are therefore not part of standard medical education. Various natural medicines have scientific evidence to support their benefits in controlling side effects of chemotherapy for example (without interfering with the chemotherapy itself).
“I am receiving conventional treatment which has a low proven success rate and I would like to combine it with something that may enhance the treatment.”
At some point in time, cancer may become resistant to therapy and few treatment options remain. Also, some rare cancers have limited scientifically proven treatment options with low average success rates. We have preliminary evidence which indicates that certain gentle medicines can significantly enhance conventional therapies such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Based on this information (as well as our experience) we may be able to offer you therapies/treatments that can be safely combined with traditional treatments.
Patients with EARLY STAGE CANCER
“I have just been diagnosed with cancer and I want to do everything possible to ensure optimal therapy.”
We believe that optimal cancer therapy is more choosing the right operation or getting the right chemotherapy. Cancer therapy should include the entire person and not just the tumour. Traditional therapies are often deficient in that sense. We focus on completing your therapy to ensure your physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and social well-being are addressed. We integrate natural therapies and other healing modalities into your care plan. With treatments starting at less than $5 per day, we can find therapies that are affordable for almost anyone.
“I have decided not to take conventional treatment after understanding the risks and benefits.”
Overall, we do not recommend replacing conventional cancer therapies with non-traditional therapies, since conventional therapies have been well-studied and are the most proven treatments available. However we recognize that for some patients, certain conventional therapies are unacceptable due to their philosophical disagreement with them or due to serious concerns for maintaining quality of life. We meet many patients who review the risks and benefits of conventional therapies in detail with their oncology physicians, and refuse them due to significant risks. We do have a number of therapies available to address this need. Patients must already be fully informed of the risks and benefits of traditional therapies before choosing this route. For example, “SAFE” chemotherapy may be appropriate, with preliminary data showing that it may offer an excellent chance of response or remission, even for early stage 4 cancers.
Patients with ACUTE & CHRONIC PAIN
Pain is an uncomfortable feeling and/or an unpleasant sensation in the body. The presence of pain often is an indication that something is wrong. Pain can appear suddenly or can come about slowly.
Each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Pain can be classified as acute pain or chronic pain.
Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain might be caused by many events or circumstances. Acute pain might be mild and last just a moment, or it might be severe and last for weeks or months. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months, and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed. Unrelieved acute pain, however, might lead to chronic pain.
Chronic pain persists despite the fact that the injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such a fear might hinder a person’s ability to return to normal work or leisure activities.
Common chronic pain:
Chronic pain might have originated with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there might be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. We have developed a series of treatments specific to pain mediation including the M-series treatments along with additional options made available to our members.
Our unique approach to cancer care allows us to address patient’s varied needs and care requirements by offering tests and treatments not available elsewhere.
Our care approach is based on exploring and offering a multi-pronged treatment plan which combines conventional naturopathic therapies with off-label and innovative treatments as needed. Our research shows that many promising cancer treatments do not make it to the mainstream due to numerous financial or administrative reasons. We endeavor to bring many such tests and treatments to our patients in a safe and timely manner.
All patients start with an in-depth assessment submission. We firmly believe that cancer treatment needs to be individualized to each patient’s unique needs.
Patients should be able to dictate and make informed decisions about their care. We encourage open discussion with our members and their families to understand their needs and customize the treatment plan.
Based on the members’ need, we can then organize tests and start treatment. Treatments can include standard conventional therapies which can be augmented with off-label therapies, if necessary. Naturopathic consultation with our naturopath can also be arranged to enhance your care.
Many patients choose to complement their existing treatments with other promising therapies, and we have seen encouraging results with different combinations.