When you’re fighting cancer, it’s typically a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time and patience to conquer those cancer cells.
But two exciting new studies could help some folks who are running that race pick up the pace and cross the finish line. They each point to a way to make your current cancer treatment more effective to improve outcomes and save lives.
Unfortunately, chances are you’ll never hear about either of these options from conventional cancer experts. Because they’re not new drugs.
That means they don’t have million-dollar marketing budgets backing them. And there’s no profit potential for anyone involved in the cancer industry, from the drug companies to the hospitals.
But if you or a loved one are currently being treated with immunotherapy for cancer, you might want to consider asking your doctor about these two add-on options.
Neither is expected to take the place of your current treatment, of course. Instead, they have the potential to boost its effectiveness.
Making cancer treatment more effective
The cancer care industry is hiding a dirty little secret. The truth is not every cancer needs treatment, and not every tumor that needs treatment needs aggressive therapies.
But every case is different. And sometimes you DO need to break out the big guns, like immunotherapy.
In fact, nearly half of all cancer patients now qualify for this once “cutting edge” treatment. And two new studies have revealed ways that may make it more effective.
Either add-on solution could make it more likely for you to beat the cancer. Plus, they could help ensure you don’t need additional and even more aggressive treatments down the road.
2 natural choices to BOOST treatment
First up is plain old vitamin E. This simple nutrient appears to attach itself to certain cells in a way that can enhance a form of immunotherapy called immune checkpoint inhibitors.
In the new study, that action led to improved survival in cancer patients undergoing this form of immunotherapy for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and patients battling cancers of the breast, colon, and kidneys.
One important note: Unfortunately, Vitamin E didn’t appear to help patients being treated with chemotherapy.
The second study was on mice, not people. But so far, the results are also very encouraging because it’s revealed another potential weapon for folks who are having their cancer treated with immunotherapy.
Researchers found that omega-3 fatty acids like those you get in fish oil can enhance treatment so effectively that they can stop the spread of cancer by two-thirds.
Of course, one mouse study isn’t enough to base major treatment decisions on. But you already need omega-3 fatty acids in any case to build and maintain a healthy body. And most people don’t get enough from diet alone. This can be especially true for cancer patients who often have problems with appetite.
Plus, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen omega-3s go toe to toe with cancer. See my earlier report, “Cancer cells annihilated by THIS common nutrient,” for more.
If you’re battling cancer… or have a loved one fighting the disease… talk to your doctor about these potential add-ons to your treatment plan.
And if you don’t already have an integrative medicine or naturopathic physician on your care team, you might want to consider consulting one. They may be able to advise your oncologist on options like these. Plus, they can also help limit the toxic toll and side effects of standard cancer treatments.
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