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March 20, 2014

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

At Issels, we stay open minded about new cancer treatments as many that have started as alternative therapies have become mainstream protocols. Could a promising new non-invasive lung cancer test be life changing for some? Find out in in the article below.

Lung cancer is a complex disease requiring a comprehensive approach, which we have embraced and fine tuned over the years to provide an improved prognosis and quality of life for our patients.

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



Researchers Discover Breath Test to Detect Lung Cancer

LungsLung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the U.S., killing more people than the next three most common cancers – colon, breast and prostate – combined. According to the American Lung Association, more than a quarter million new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. The difficulty of detecting lung cancer in its early stages and the invasiveness and cost of current diagnostic tests contribute to the deadliness of this devastating disease.

Only 15% of lung cancer cases are diagnosed early. When lung cancer spreads to other organs, the five year survival rate is a mere 3.5% compared to 52.6% when lung cancer is detected and treated while confined within the lungs. The discovery of a simple breath test that could lead to a new, non-invasive diagnostic test for lung cancer has the potential to increase lung cancer survival rates in the not-so-distant future. Scientists at the University of Louisville in Kentucky believe they can turn their discovery into a publicly available diagnostic test within five years, according to USA Today.

Expensive CT scans and invasive biopsies are currently considered the most effective means of diagnosing lung cancer. However, in recent tests Louisville researchers found elevated levels of four specific compounds in exhaled breath to be remarkably accurate in detecting the presence of lung cancer. The presence of elevated levels of just two of the four compounds was predictive of lung cancer in two-thirds of the patients studied. The absence of elevated compounds was also shown to accurately indicate that a mass in the lungs was benign. If brought to market, the simplicity and low cost of the breath test could lead to earlier and more successful treatment of lung cancer.

Integrative immunotherapy has shown to be effective for many lung cancer patients. Find out more on our website. We invite you to contact one of our patient care specialists today to talk about how the Issels core treatment program may be the right choice for your needs. We invite you to phone 1-888-447-7357 or visit us online at