~Colorectal Cancer, Part 5 - Summary
When considering colorectal cancer treatment options, physicians and patients alike have to sort through much information. This protocol attempts to simplify and consolidate complicated scientific research into a multimodality treatment program. It discusses the integration of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, biological-response modifiers, supplementation, and dietary changes into a comprehensive approach to fight colorectal cancer.
As discussed in this article, the growth of cancer is based on many interactions occurring via numerous physiological pathways within the body. And despite huge strides in gaining molecular knowledge, there are still many unanswered questions regarding cancer's growth and development. What we do know is that the scientific literature supports an integrated approach to the treatment of cancer. The information put forth within this article reflects that research.
A number of published reports indicate that off-label drugs (such as cimetidine) and certain dietary supplements may improve survival in patients who have undergone conventional therapy. Please read this entire protocol before initiating the various recommendations because there are certain cautions to consider that should be discussed with your physician.
The following is a summary of what a colon cancer patient should consider as an adjuvant approach to conventional therapy:
Note: Some experts do not believe that curcumin, CoQ10, or even high-potency antioxidants should be taken during active chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
- Cimetidine, 800 mg each night for 12 continuous months (over the counter or by prescription).
- Curcumin, 900 mg, 4 capsules 3 times a day.
- Lightly caffeinated green tea extract, 350 mg, 5 capsules, 3 times daily with meals. If caffeine interferes with sleep, take decaffeinated capsules in the evening. Each capsule should contain at least 100 mg of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
- Se-methylselenocysteine, 200-400 mcg daily in divided doses.
- CoQ10, 100-300 mg daily.
- Fish oil, 8 capsules of a supplement called Mega EPA supply 3200 mg of EPA and 2400 mg of DHA.
- Vitamin D3, 4000-6000 IU, taken daily on an empty stomach with monthly blood testing to monitor for toxicity. Reduce dosage at 6 months.
- Water-soluble vitamin A, 100,000-300,000 IU daily, with monthly blood testing to monitor for toxicity. Reduce dosage at 6 months
- Vitamin E succinate, 800-1200 IU daily.
- Gamma E Tocopherol/Tocotrienols, 200 mg daily.
- Modified citrus pectin, 15 grams daily in 3 divided doses.
- Vitamin C, 4000-12,000 mg throughout the day.
- Whey protein concentrate-isolate, 30-60 grams daily.
- Life Extension Mix, 3 tablets 3 times daily.
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- American Cancer Society - http://www.cancer.org/ - (800) ACS-2345
- National Cancer Institute: Cancer Information Service - Toll-free: (800) 4-CANCER, (800) 422-6237
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- NCI Online/Internet - Use http://cancer.gov to reach NCI's Web site.
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