Colon Cancer Integrative Oncology
Integrative treatment of colon cancer is primarily focused to reduce side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, in order to have better tolerance, thus allowing chemotherapy cycles and radiotherapy to be completed without interruption.
Chemotherapy kills blood cells. It is necessary to control the immunity with white blood cell count test, since, if the count is less than 3000, chemotherapy is postponed until it reaches these levels. On the other hand, the immune system is important in the control of cancer growth and once the chemotherapy cycles have finished it is necessary to recover the normal values of white blood cells in the shorter possible time. There are Chinese Herbal formulas that boost the immune system. Intravenous vitamin C also helps to strength the immune system.
Side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue can improve with Chinese Herbal formulas addressed to strengthen the digestive system in conjunction with acupuncture. Intravenous vitamin C improves fatigue associated with the administration of chemotherapy.
In the treatment of colon cancer, it is very important to remove the cancer stem cells, so surgery is the treatment with the best prognosis. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are also addressed to kill cancer cells, but they cause significant side effects and weaken the body. Therefore, recovering and strengthening the body after these treatments, helps to prevent cancer recurrences.
The diet plays a very important role to remove toxicity of the treatments and improve the quality of life.
Scientific studies on the anticancer effect of some Chinese herbs, specifically in colon cancer, such as Herba Andrographitis that has demonstrated an anti-invasive effect of colon cancer cells. Scutellaria Barbata induces apoptosis or cell death in squamous cells of colon cancer and inhibits cancer growth by disrupting enzymatic pathways. Solani Lyrati induces apoptosis of colon cancer cells and Verbena Officinalis inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells in colon cancer.
High levels of vitamin D in the blood are associated with a lower incidence of colon cancer. Vitamin D has an immune system regulatory effect.
Scientific studies on the anticancer effect of Chinese herbs in colon cancer
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- Encalada, M. A. et al. 2015. Antiproliferative effect of phenylethanoid glycosides from Verbena officinalis L. on colon cáncer cell lines. LWT-Food Sci. Technol. 63: 1016–22.
- Hsu, S. C. et al. 2008. Crude extracts of Solanum lyratum induced cytotoxicity and apoptosis in a human colon adenocarcinoma cell line (Colo 205). Anticancer Res. 28: 1045–54.