Category: chemotherapy

  • Topical Aloe Vera Gel for Lichen Planus

    We shouldn’t ever swallow aloe vera, but how does using it topically for a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease compare to steroids? Lichen planus is a chronic autoimmune disease, typically of our moist membranes, such as the inside of our mouth, but it can also affect other body surfaces, like our “skin, hair, nails and genitalia.” […]

  • Mr. Chiamaka from Nigeria Underwent Radiation Therapy along with Chemotherapy In India

    Introduction Chiamaka Ufuoma, 41, from Nigeria, was suffering from Oropharyngeal Cancer, which was diagnosed in Nigeria. The symptoms included sore throat and difficulty in eating. He took a few chemotherapy sessions in Nigeria but was not satisfied with the treatment. He decided to travel to India for further treatment. Chiamaka Ufuoma was looking for a […]

  • FDA turns down BeyondSpring chemo complication drug, asks for another trial

    BeyondSpring Pharmaceuticals said the FDA wants another clinical trial to demonstrate patient benefit for its drug, a small molecule developed to treat a dangerous and life-threatening complication of chemotherapy. Shares of the biotech plunged more than 60% after the FDA’s complete response letter was announced.

  • BeyondSpring faces a tough winter as FDA rejects its lead drug

    BeyondSpring’s hopes of an early Christmas gift from the FDA were dashed today after the regulator said it was unable to approve the company’s lead drug plinabulin as a treatment for low white blood cell counts caused by cancer chemotherapy. In a complete response letter (CRL), the FDA said that it would need a second […]

  • How Is It Possible That Mammograms Don’t Actually Save Lives?

    For every life saved by mammography, as many as two to ten women are overdiagnosed and unnecessarily turned into breast cancer patients with all of the attendant harms of chemo, radiation, or surgery, without the benefits. What was the impact of the 2009 shift in recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to […]

  • Why Doctors Should Not Encourage Breast Self-Exams

    Various health organizations offer clashing mammogram recommendations that range from annual mammograms starting at age 40 to eliminating routine mammograms altogether. Who can you trust? Clashing mammogram recommendations ranging from annual mammograms starting at age 40 to eliminating routine mammograms altogether are offered by various health organizations. It’s hard to know who to trust given […]

  • The Effects of Nutritional Yeast for Cancer 

    How can the beta glucan fiber in brewer’s, baker’s, and nutritional yeast improve wound healing and, potentially, anti-cancer immunity?  My video Benefits of Nutritional Yeast for Cancer opens with an image of an article titled “The Treatment of Inoperable Cancer.” It noted that “200 years ago it was observed that a certain number of malignant growths disappeared after an attack of erysipelas [a type of […]

  • Lycopene Supplements Put to the Test

    High doses of lycopene—the red pigment in tomatoes—were put to the test to see if it could prevent precancerous prostate lesions from turning into full-blown cancer. Back in 1980s, the Adventist Health Study found “strong protective relationships” against prostate cancer with increasing consumption of legumes, citrus, dried fruit, nuts, and tomatoes. In the 1990s, a […]

  • Are Avocados Associated with Greater Risk or Reduced Risk of Cancer?

    Avocado consumption can improve artery function, but what effect might guacamole have on cancer risk? In my last video about avocados, The Effects of Avocados and Red Wine on Meal-Induced Inflammation, I described their anti-inflammatory effects and cholesterol- and triglyceride-lowering effects, but what about the Are Avocados Good for You? video I did years ago […]

  • Dietary Cure for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

    What is the role of dairy- and yeast-exclusion diets on arresting and reversing an inflammatory autoimmune disease? A landmark study suggested that exposure to dietary yeast, like baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, and nutritional yeast, may worsen the course of Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune inflammatory bowel disease. The reason the researchers even thought to do the […]

  • A study to avoid chemotherapy in patients with early HER-2+ breast cancer

    MEDSIR, a global company dedicated to independent clinical research in oncology, has initiated the PHERGain II clinical trial to demonstrate that in patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer with a good prognosis, a chemotherapy-free therapeutic approach can be as effective as the current standard of care, which involves the use of this generally more toxic […]

  • Treating Advanced Prostate Cancer with Diet

    Dr. Dean Ornish showed that a plant-based diet and lifestyle program could apparently reverse the progression of prostate cancer for early stage, localized, watch-and-wait cancer. What about for more advanced stage life-threatening disease? Dr. Dean Ornish showed that a plant-based diet and lifestyle program could apparently reverse the progression of prostate cancer by making men’s […]

  • Be in the room: Turning patient engagement to patient centricity

    After three brushes with cancer, Robert Weker understands the patient journey more than many – and he is determined to put that experience to good use. The avid blogger and passionate advocate retired from his R&D role four years ago to focus on his own health, and now works full time on making sure the […]

  • Model-based Strategy to Guide the Choice of Clinical Doses for ADC

    Chemotherapy has been a powerful method for fighting cancer for decades. One of the most effective therapies available, it is also known for weakening the patient and causing harsh side effects like pain, nausea, and hair loss. This is because in its zeal to attack cancer cells, chemo also kills healthy cells. Enter antibody-drug conjugates […]

  • Food Combining for Prostate Cancer

    What would happen if you secretly gave cancer patients four of the healthiest foods? In my video Pomegranate vs. Placebo for Prostate Cancer, I discussed how pomegranate pills appeared useless in the treatment for prostate cancer, and the same disappointing results were seen with a pomegranate beverage, but that was just a pomegranate extract as […]

  • DuPont Announces Research Collaboration with Rutgers University

    DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DuPont) today announced a research collaboration in microbiome science with the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM) at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The two-year research partnership will focus on improving the benefit/risk ratio of chemotherapy by decreasing gut inflammation caused by chemotherapy to potentially improve response rates through modulation […]

  • Using Green Tea to Help Prevent Cancer and Treat Cancer

    Tea consumption is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and premature death in general, with each additional cup of green tea a day associated with a 4-percent lower mortality risk. So, perhaps “drinking several cups of tea daily can keep the doctor away,” as well as the mortician—but what about cancer? As […]