Issels Integrative Oncology - individualized immunotherapy for over 60 years
December 5, 2013

Ilse Marie Issels, wife of Dr. Joseph IsselsDear Friend,

Making your own decision about which cancer treatment and facility is best for you is all about research, gathering information, talking to your oncologist, reading other people's stories, and then weighing your own personal needs.

It is important that the decisions you make about your care and cancer treatment be made based on your own individual needs not on those of a celebrity. Nicole Tupper in her YouTube video says it best "Make Issels your first choice not your last desperate choice."

Best Regards,
Ilse Marie Issels
Ilse Marie Issels
Wife and Collaborator of Dr. Josef Issels, Our Founder



Celebrity Cancer Choices Shouldn't Influence Your Treatment Decision

Probiotics may mitigate deadly effects of chemotherapyThe stars came out for cancer this past month in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Television stars appeared in public service announcements to promote cancer awareness. Celebrities from movies, TV and music appeared on talk shows and granted interviews to share their personal stories about cancer. But celebrity cancer support can be a two-edged sword.

When celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Sharon Osbourne and Wanda Sykes share their personal cancer stories, people listen and they start talking about cancer. When a celebrity comes out about their experience with breast cancer, it really invigorates the conversation, Nancy Healey, executive director of the Central and South Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, told the Asbury Park Press.

The downside is that the public often places undo importance on celebrity statements which can lead people to base their own cancer treatments on celebrity experiences. After Angelina Jolie discovered she carries the BRCA gene linked to increased breast cancer risk and went public with her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy, cancer treatment centers noticed an increase in mastectomy requests.

But, as Healey points out, "Breast cancer" is different for everyone. It is really a question of finding out what works for you. In other words, just because a certain cancer treatment worked for your favorite movie star or your best friend or your sister, doesn't mean it's the right choice for you.

A leader in individualized immunotherapy, Issels Integrative Oncology creates personalized cancer treatment programs that are as unique as each patient's response to cancer.

We invite you to contact one of our patient care specialists today to chat about how the Issels immunobiologic core treatment program may be the right choice for your health needs. We invite you to phone 1-888-447-7357 or visit us online at