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Alternative Cancer Treatments

Alternative Cancer Treatments are increasingly being used for treating 
cancer patients. The treatments are either used a sole therapy or in 
combination with traditional therapies to cure cancer. These treatments are 
based on the fact that our own Immune system provides the first and best 
defense against cancer. In alternative cancer treatments vaccines stimulate 
patient's immune system to recognize and destroy tumor cells. The 
treatments are customized according to the patient ailing with cancer.

Some of the therapies used in an alternative cancer treatment program 

1. Dendritic Cell Therapy

Cancer occurs when the immune system fails and comes across tumor cells. 
Macrophage or monocyte is an immune cell that comes in contact with th 
cancerous or precancerous cell. (Pre)cancerous cell signals the macrophage 
of any unhealthy cell. Macrophage breaks the cell into little pieces with the 
help of little packets of enzymes. The little pieces are then either moved to 
another type of immune cell or transformed to what is call a 'Dendritic Cell'. 
These cells are found in all tissues of the body. The very first dendritic cell 
discovered occurs throughout the skin and is called a Langerhan's cell. 
Dendritic cells are helpful in switching on an immune response and these 
stimulate the T-cells to become active against tumors.

Experiments have proved that these dendritic cells with tumor antigens can 
provide effective response against cancer. It is possible to produce large 
number of dendritic cells from the circulating blood of cancer patients, find 
source of tumor antigen and mature them.

Dendritic cell therapy is very effective when used with other types of 
immune therapies. The therapy itself is also useful for patients with high 
risk of recurrence once the tumor is removed by surgery.

2. Coley Vaccine
This Vaccine was developed by William Coley, a surgeon in 1893 at the New 
York Cancer Hospital. Coley discovered that when his vaccine caused a 
fever, the cancer shrank and number of immune cells increased 
dramatically. Usually, fevers are suppressed with medicinal drugs like 
acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen. But studies have shown that 
suppressing a fever not only makes the infection worse but also spreads it. 
Coley recognized the beneficial effects of fever in cancer patients. He also 
discovered that when he stopped injecting the vaccine too early, the cancer 
started growing again. Thus, immune cells could be stimulated to fight the 
cancer for a limited time only. So, he used repeated injections to stimulate 
the immune system continuously.

Though it is called Coley's vaccine, it does not work to prevent an infection. 
Rather, it induces an immune response. Similarly, Coley's toxins are not 
toxins though they contain endotoxins and exotoxins. Under the therapy, 
Coley's toxins are injected into the affected tissues. Injection makes the 
cancer tissue necrotic which is then removed by drains. Injections are 
repeatedly given either daily or after every two days, however this varies 
from person to person.

3. Heat Shock Antigen Cancer Vaccine
Immune therapies for cancer stimulate white blood cells to attack cancer 
cells. Vaccines reprogram patient's immune system to recognize and attack 
the cells having the cancer fingerprint. Heat shock antigen vaccine captures 
the particular cancer's 'fingerprint,' which contains unique antigens. The 
personalized vaccine treats immune systems of cancer patients with little or 
no side effects.

HSAV is made from patients' tumors and heat shock proteins that are 
produced by patients' white blood cells. Part or all of the cancerous tissue 
is removed through surgery. White blood cells contain heat shock proteins 
that are purified and mixed with purified antigens from the tumor. The 
mixture is filtered and put into vials. The final product is tested for quality 
and sterility.

4. Cytokines Cancer Vaccine Treatment
Cytokines, also known as immune hormones can both enhance and 
suppress immunity. For cancer treatments, cytokines enhance immunity. 
FDA has approved two cytokines, interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon-alfa 2b, 
to be used against certain cancers. Combinations of cytokines deliver 
better results. For example, Interleukin-2 stimulates white blood cells to 
divide. A very high dose of it will be required if it is used individually. 
However, that can cause negative side effects. The solution to this can be 
the use of natural combination produced by white blood cells. 
By using the combination, the dose of IL-2 can be lowered. Effects of heat 
shock protein vaccines and dendritic cell vaccines can be enhanced when 
given with natural cytokine combination.

5. Photodynamic Cancer Therapy
Photodynamic therapy is a revolutionary medical technology that uses light 
to induce reactions in patient's body. The therapy can destroy unwanted 
tissues without affecting normal tissues. A drug called a photosensitiser is 
injected into patient's body. The drug makes cells more sensitive to light 
and eventually destroys the cell. The drug has no effect until exposed to a 
particular type of light.

6. Immuno-Augmentive Therapy
The prime objective of IAT is restoring the immune system to enable it to 
destroy cancer cells. The therapy restores cancer patient's immune 
competency so that it can control cancer. Once the natural immune system 
is restored, patient's own body becomes capable of treating itself. IAT 
treatment is not a cure for cancer but a means of restoring natural balance 
of the system.
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