Cancer - Inflammation and Antioxidants


Cancer – Inflammation and Antioxidants

Medicine, is a science that is based on evidence.  More and more research is being conducted to investigate the role that inflammation plays in the process of developing diseases such as cancer.  Much of the current research is focused on the use of antioxidants to prevent the damaging effects of oxidation on the body’s tissues.   There is a positive association between non-specific inflammation and breast cancer development (Zhang SM, and Murri AM, and Pasanisi P)

Generally speaking, it has not become the standard of care to offer inflammatory marker testing in the process of doing a workup for cancer.  However, inflammatory markers are being explored as factors that might potentially be associated with the development of cancer as well as having possible consequences in the treatment of cancer.

Lab work is sometimes considered with patients, including:

  • Lipid panel
  • Homocysteine
  • CRP
  • Fibrinogen

The use of antioxidants with chemotherapy specifically, has been a hot-bed of controversy over the last decade.  Conventional oncologists speak of chemotherapeutic agents as working by causing oxidative damage to the cancer cell’s DNA.  Therefore, it is assumed that anything that may protect the cells from oxidative damage has the potential to interfere with chemotherapy (Labriola D,LivingstonR, et al.).

Interestingly enough, there is a good deal of published research on the topic of antioxidants in the prevention of disease as well as adjunct therapies to treat cancer.  Most of these studies show that the majority of antioxidants will do the following:

  • Reduce the side effects of chemotherapy
  • Contribute to the death of tumor cells.

What’s more, this discovery is evidenced with a wide range of chemotherapeutic agents and different types of antioxidants (Lamson DW, Brignall MS et al., and, Prasad KN, Kumar A, Kochupillai V et al.).

If you are interested in speaking with one of our doctors regarding natural treatments for cancer, please feel free to call: 707-292-8882.

TRU HEALTH Doctors and Physicians offer the following services for cancer treatment:  alternative cancer treatment, natural cancer treatment, holistic cancer treatment, breast cancer treatment, advanced alternative medicine, breast cancer classes and discussion groups.  Our doctors offer services to the following areas: Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Mill Valley, San Anselmo.

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