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Healthy Gut Flora for a Successful Immunotherapy Outcome

It may be surprising how many people disregard the gut, especially when it comes to understanding how the immune system functions. But in today’s blog, you will have a better insight on why it’s important to take care of the gut flora and which bacteria specifically are essential components for the function of immunotherapy.

The gut plays a major role in the immune system, and here’s why.

To appreciate the role of the intestinal flora, it’s crucial to take in the complexity of how the digestive system functions and the benefits of certain bacteria and yeasts that aid in the digestive process. Having the appropriate bacteria and amount in the intestines is critical for the function of today’s current immune checkpoint inhibitors. This means that utilizing the powerful immunotherapy drugs while having a well-balanced and healthy digestive system will be immensely beneficial for the overall cancer treatment.

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Breast Cancer Survivor

Our patient Nevena Doric is a living example of resilience, strength, and hope. Fighting for her life every single day for the past four years, breast cancer along with chemotherapy and radiation was depleting her but she was still hopeful that there was another way to fight against this battle. Thankfully, she was guided towards Dr. Williams, who was able to deliver a better lifestyle for her and her family while helping her regain that inner strength that she has.

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How The Immune System Is Designed To Work To Target And Eliminate Cancer

Our bodies have their innate ability to heal on their own, given the right environment, and removing the body from harmful substances. The immune system has its regulatory cells, which help with overall body regulation and protecting the body’s immune system to attack itself. The immune system is a powerful way to combat many diseases and illnesses, however, cancer can be more intelligent in overtaking the body. If the immune system were to attack the body then it would cause autoimmune disease. You may be wondering how this relates to cancer?
Well, the situation gets complicated when the immune system gets tricked by cancer. Because cancer can grow out of healthy cells, the immune system fails in recognizing that it’s actually a cancerous cell rather than a true healthy cell. When this occurs, the body will enter into a state of unbalance.

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How Cancer Affects Your Immune System and What to Do About It

We know the immune system plays a key role in fighting off pathogens from entering the body. But it also fights the battles occurring within. It’s perhaps your biggest ally in helping your body fight disease. And understanding how your immune system joins forces with cancer treatment can give you a positive advantage.

Understanding the Role of Cancer Immunotherapy in Mexico
Your immune system targets disease and infection. It detects and destroys anything it sees as a threat. Some of these pathogens may include:

Bacteria
Viruses
Parasites
And

Unhealthy cells, including cancer cells!

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Antibiotic use before cancer treatment cuts survival time – study

According to a small but groundbreaking study, taking antibiotics in the month before starting immunotherapy dramatically reduces a cancer patient’s chances of survival.

Scientists at Imperial College London believe antibiotics strip out helpful bacteria from the gut, weakening the immune system. This appears to make it less likely that immunotherapy drugs will boost the body’s cancer-fighting capability.

How does immunotherapy work against cancer?
Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy that helps the body’s immune system fight a disease such as cancer. The body’s immune system is programmed to detect abnormal cells and prevent malignant growth. A sign that indicates an immune response against cancer cells is when tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) are found in and around tumors.

However, cancer cells have the ability to avoid immune response and survive through the following mechanisms:

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Cancer Treatment: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions (Part 2)

A cancer diagnosis is a very scary reality. Cancer continues to be a serious illness, but there is hope for patients for better treatment options today that were not available a decade ago. This article addresses common questions and concerns regarding cancer treatment, including difficult to treat tumors.

How Does Cancer Treatment Work at the Cellular Level
Immune checkpoint inhibitors offer a new alternative to cancer treatment. Oncologists use the treatment method to stimulate the body to attack foreign cancer cells while protecting normal, healthy cells.

It all occurs at the cellular level of the body. Checkpoints on certain cells are either activated or deactivated to stimulate an immune response against cancer cells. However, cancer cells can use these same checkpoints to avoid an attack from the immune system.

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Questions People Ask About Cancer (Part 1)

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer you likely have several questions. Common concerns are often regarding pain, hair loss, and treatment options. In this article we address answers to some common questions patients have after a diagnosis of cancer.

Can cancer treatments cause pain?
If you were diagnosed with cancer, you might understandably fear that you will be in pain. However, a diagnosis of cancer does not necessarily mean you need to live with pain. There are several treatment options that providers can now use to reduce or eliminate pain.

Both medication and non-medication options may be offered. The most crucial piece of information for treating pain comes from you, the patient. Be honest about any pain you are experiencing with your oncologist to develop a plan.

Cancer in itself may cause pain, but treatments necessary to treat cancer can contribute to increased pain.

According to the American Cancer Society, those with advanced cancer may experience more pain.

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What to Know About Side Effects For Cancer Treatment

Whether it is you or a loved one, a cancer diagnosis is a life-altering diagnosis to experience. You may have a lot of questions on the treatment options presented by the oncologist. One of the most common questions is: what will be the side effects of cancer treatment?

It is essential to have open and honest conversations with your oncologist. Finding a trusted cancer clinic for your care will be a priority. You will want to make sure the provider explains the benefits to therapies presented and possible outcomes and side effects.

Radiofrequency ablation for cancer and intratumoral immunotherapy are treatment options for cancer that may be unfamiliar. In this article, we will discuss the side effects of these cutting edge therapies.

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A Promising Future: Treatment Options for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Dr. Jason R. Williams of The Williams Cancer Institute was recently featured on the podcast “Targeted Talks”, along with medical oncologist Dr. George R. Simon, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The two discussed the importance community oncologists have on the future of treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

According to Dr. Williams, “every treatment option for non-small cell lung cancer now involves individualized immunotherapy.” Though oncologists had been resistant to including it in the plan of care for their patients, most have adapted as studies have revealed success, and more drugs are FDA approved.

Patients are asked as soon as they receive pathology reports whether they would like to start immunotherapy. There are limitations to success, as more data continues to be gathered on the subject. One promising option is the addition of cryoablation immunotherapy.