Immunotherapy for Cancer Explained

Building Your Immune System to Fight Cancer
Building Your Immune System to Fight Cancer

While our Issels® center has been using immunotherapy to treat cancer for years, the term has come into mainstream use fairly recently. How much do you understand about this cutting-edge treatment and the science behind it? Here’s a helpful look at the definition of immunotherapy along with how and why it works.

What is immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy is simply summed up by its name: it involves cancer treatment by way of stimulating your body’s own immune system to fight the tumors. This can be done with methods that directly target the system, or via man-made substances that supplement the system’s natural tools.

How your immune system works

When bacteria and other foreign cells enter your body, it triggers a response from your immune system, which begins producing substances to fight the invading cells. This reaction can be seen in a number of symptoms, from the redness of a sore throat to the blemishes of acne.

Unfortunately, cancer cells have ways to “trick” the immune system. One is by creating cells that aren’t different enough from normal cells to be recognized as foreign. Another is by producing alternative substances that neutralize the immune response. Immunotherapy for cancer is designed to help your immune system target these cells and giving it sufficient strength to fight them.

Fighting cancer with non-toxic immunotherapy

Vaccines and Cell Therapies prepared from the patient’s own immune cells are just two of the non-toxic immunotherapy approaches available at Issels®. Visit our website for more information about our center, along with testimonials from the many patients we have successfully treated.

Eating Tips for All Phases of Cancer Care

Eating Tips for Cancer Patience
Eating Tips for Cancer Patience

Proper nutrition is the foundation of good health, and it becomes even more important if you have received a diagnosis of cancer. Unfortunately, side effects of the disease and its treatment interfere with your eating plan at a time when you need it the most.

How can you overcome the challenges of eating well during cancer care? Here are some tips to guide you through each phase.

Before treatment

  • Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about recommended foods and dietary supplements.
  • Start following a healthy diet immediately to boost your strength and reduce chances of infection.
  • Stock your kitchen with easy-to-prepare foods, including items like soup and broth that you can eat even when you’re not feeling well.

During treatment

  • Consume as much as you can during times when you have the greatest appetite. This will help sustain you during the periods when you don’t feel like eating.
  • Enlist help if you don’t feel up to cooking.

After treatment

  • Introduce a variety of foods back into your diet as much as possible for well-rounded nutrition.
  • Cook large batches of meals and freeze the extras for future use.
  • Reduce or eliminate your consumption of processed foods. Use low-fat preparation methods such as broiling, steaming and roasting.

At Issels®, we take your lifestyle and other individual factors into consideration when developing our personalized immuno-oncology cancer care programs. Contact us for more information about genomic testing, cancer vaccines and other elements of our non-toxic immunotherapy treatments.

Five Tips for Coping with Your Cancer Diagnosis

Tips For Dealing With Cancer
Tips For Dealing With Cancer

No matter how strong you are, there is nothing that can truly prepare you for a diagnosis of cancer. Once it’s happened, creating a plan of action helps you maintain a positive frame of mind that’s very important for your cancer care.

Here are five valuable tips for activities that reduce the mental and emotional upheaval and allow you to cope with your cancer diagnosis proactively.

  1. Gather as much information as you can.

Knowledge is power, and the more you educate yourself, the less helpless you will feel. If you would rather leave the decisions to your healthcare team, get whatever answers you need to feel comfortable about your cancer care.

  1. Explore support groups.

A cancer diagnosis can create a profound sense of loneliness. Alleviate the feeling by spending time among others who have been there before and understand your emotions. If necessary, check out a few different groups to find one where you feel comfortable.

  1. Reassess your priorities.

Spend time with people you care most about and participate in activities that give you the most satisfaction. This is where you will gain much of the emotional and spiritual sustenance to see you through.

  1. Take care of yourself physically.

Make sure you are getting enough rest and are following a healthy diet.

  1. Maintain your normal lifestyle as much as possible.

Consistency is comforting, but don’t be afraid to alter your routine when it’s beneficial.

Cutting-edge, non-toxic immunotherapy treatments are part of the effective cancer care programs at Issels®. Visit our website to learn more about our state-of-the-art cancer vaccines and other protocols.