A cancer diagnosis is life changing. Patients are immediately faced with making several important decisions in addition to facing a life threatening illness. Once a person is diagnosed, they are bombarded with treatment options suggested by their doctor, friends and family members. Determining treatment is an important decision, so you should be aware of all options.
While many believe that chemotherapy is the only option, there are several other cancer treatments to consider. Chemotherapy treatment requires the administration of powerful cell-killing agents in high doses to force the drug across the cancer cell membrane. Unfortunately, chemotherapy agents cannot discriminate between cancer cells and normal cells in the body causing a multitude of severe side effects including: anemia, hair loss, memory changes, nausea & vomiting, and pain. If you and your doctor agree that chemotherapy is your best treatment option, it’s important to consider Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT).
Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) is an innovative strategy for cancer drug delivery. With IPT treatments you can avoid the dose-related side effects of chemo, while increasing the effectiveness of cancer killing agents. Insulin is a powerful hormone that manages the delivery of glucose across cell membranes and into cells. Unlike normal cells, cancer cells have an appetite for glucose using it as a source of energy and burning through a great deal of it. Many cancer patients lose weight, because cancer cells require so much glucose they deprive normal cells of it, effectively starving them.
Recent findings published by the scientific medical literature report suggest that cancer cells create and secrete their own insulin, and have ten times the insulin receptors per cell than normal cells. With ten times the insulin receptors, the effect of administered insulin will be ten times higher on cancer cells than that of normal cells. This allows doctors to deliver an effective dose of chemotherapy drugs to the inside of cancer cells, using greatly reduced doses of the drugs, eliminating dose-related side effects.
The same mechanisms that are used by cancer cells to kill people are the same ones IPT manipulates to selectively potentiate chemo effects, and more effectively kill cancer cells. The side effects patients experience from chemotherapy result from actions taken against hair follicles, bone marrow, and cells lining the intestines and stomach. This causes hair loss, nausea, vomiting, and low blood cell counts. These cell types share a commonality with cancer cells which is that they are rapidly dividing.
The drugs administered during chemotherapy attack rapidly dividing cells without the ability to discriminate. In a tumor, cancer cells do not experience the rapidly dividing stage all at once, but instead take turns. When insulin is introduced it stimulates growth in the cells that were not yet in the growth stage. The metabolic modification by insulin renders more cells susceptible to a chemo attack, contributing to cancer cell death rate.
Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) causes blood glucose to go down in patients, causing hypoglycemia. However, hypoglycemia is an anticipated side-effect of insulin, which is rapidly and effectively controlled with intravenous glucose infusions administered at the appropriate time.
How Insulin Works in IPT
Insulin acts as a biologic response modifier in IPT treatment, modifying:
1. The biologic response of cancer cells so that it lowered doses of anticancer drugs, administered in conjunction with insulin, which kills cancer cells more effectively.
2. Insulin modifies the cell membrane allowing more anticancer drugs into the cells.
3. The growth of characteristics in tumors making more of the cancer cells vulnerable to anticancer drug effects.
4. The excess of insulin-sensitive receptors on cancer cell membranes create a clear difference between cancer and normal cells allowing treatment of cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
Thanks to the ability to differentiate and the modified biologic response insulin produces, conventional chemotherapy drugs are targeted more specifically and more effectively, with greatly reduced doses of cell-killing drugs. As a result, tumors shrink, cancer cells die, and other tissues are spared from side-effects.
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