Lung Cancer: A Comprehensive Insight and Innovative Treatment Approaches

Understanding Lung Cancer

Lung cancer, a predominant cause of cancer-related deaths globally, affected approximately 1.8 million individuals and resulted in an estimated 1.6 million fatalities in 2012. In the United States alone, it is diagnosed in about 230,000 patients annually, leading to over 140,000 deaths. Despite the alarming statistics, the silver lining is the gradual decline in lung cancer deaths, a testament to the decreasing smoking rates and advancements in medical science.

Types of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer, also known as bronchogenic carcinoma, primarily originates from the airways or pulmonary parenchyma. It is predominantly classified into two categories:

  • Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC): Constitutes about 10-15% of all lung cancer cases.
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): Encompasses roughly 85-90% of all cases.

Further, it is categorized into adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and large cell carcinoma based on the cells affected. Understanding the type of lung cancer is pivotal for determining the appropriate treatment and prognosis.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Lung cancer often manifests through various symptoms such as chest discomfort, persistent cough, breathing difficulties, and unexplained weight loss. Early diagnosis, facilitated through a range of imaging techniques like X-rays and MRI, can significantly enhance the treatment outcomes.

Conventional Treatment Approaches

The treatment plan for lung cancer is devised based on several factors including the type, size, and stage of the cancer, along with the patient’s overall health. The primary treatment modalities encompass surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. The final decision regarding the treatment approach rests with the patient, guided by the recommendations of the cancer care team.

Integrative Medicine for Lung Cancer

In addition to conventional treatments, integrative medicine offers a holistic approach to managing lung cancer, enhancing the body’s ability to fight the disease and manage side effects. Here are some innovative integrative treatments:

  • Autologous Immunotherapy: Utilizes the patient’s immune cells to target and eliminate cancer cells, enhancing the body’s natural defense mechanisms.
  • Pharmacological Immunotherapy: Involves the use of drugs to stimulate the immune system to fight cancer cells more effectively.
  • Dendritic Enhancers: Boost the function of dendritic cells, facilitating a more potent immune response against cancer cells.
  • Systemic Perfusion Hyperthermia: A technique that uses heat to enhance the efficacy of other cancer treatments.
  • Mistletoe: A natural remedy known to bolster the immune system and improve quality of life during cancer treatment.
  • Glutathione: A powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage and supports detoxification processes.
  • Personalized Nutrition: Tailored nutrition plans to support the body’s healing process and enhance overall well-being.
  • Vitamin D IV: Helps in modulating the immune responses and potentially inhibiting cancer cell growth.
  • Zinc: An essential mineral that plays a role in immune function and may help in slowing the growth of cancer cells.
  • Melatonin: A hormone that can potentially inhibit cancer cell growth and improve the efficacy of other cancer treatments.
  • Curcumin: A natural compound with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, known to inhibit cancer cell proliferation.
  • Sylimarin: A component found in milk thistle, known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, potentially protecting against cancer cell growth.
  • Vitamin E: An antioxidant that helps in protecting cells from damage and may have a role in preventing cancer progression.

Through a combination of conventional and integrative treatments, patients can hope for improved outcomes and a better quality of life during their fight against lung cancer.


The goal of cancer immunotherapy is to improve the body’s natural ability to find and destroy cancer cells. Successful immunotherapeutic approaches stimulate the natural defenses of the immune system and provide new ways to attack cancer. This is possible with comprehensive interventions that include cell therapy / immuno-pharmacological therapy in combination with nutritional, endocrine measures and supplements.

Dendritic enhancer or T-cell modulators

T-cell Modulators are peptide chains composed of tens of amino acids that appear to store all the experience of the immune system. The great intellectual leap to understand is that T-cell Modulators do not transfer antibodies nor create them directly, but its function is to educate, and teach the immune cells to recognize specific antigens that could happen to them unnoticed i.e. Lung malignant cells.

T-cell Modulators do not cure anything but work to make a “smarter” immune system so that it is the body itself eliminating disease. They are therefore vital in developing the strategies of the immune system against cancer.
T-cell Modulators contains several immunoactive components that have been shown to act synergistically in raising Dendritic and NK function and also effective as adjuvant therapy in Lung cancer treatments, elevating dendritic and NK function as much as 250%.


Hyperthermia involves the use of heat to directly treat a tumor or increase the vulnerability of cancer cells to other forms of treatment, such as immunotherapy, B17, vitamin C, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Liposomal Mistletoe

Mistletoe helps fight tumor-induced immune suppression. Natural killer cells (NK) are a type of white blood cell that looks for and destroys Lung cancer cells. Research has shown that NK cells can spontaneously recognize and kill a variety of Lung cancer cells.

Mistletoe has been called a “biological response modifier” due to its ability to improve various aspects of immune function. Studies show that it activates natural killer cells, T cells, macrophages and monocytes.
A special proprietary form of liposomal mistletoe created with nanotechnology has been created for use in our Lung cancer treatment approach.


Glutathione is the most important antioxidant produced by your body and a master detoxifier of every cell in your body. It prevents cellular damage caused by free radicals and peroxides.

Glutathione metabolism is able to play both protective and pathogenic roles. It is crucial in the removal and detoxification of carcinogens, and alterations in this pathway can have a profound effect on cell survival. However, by conferring resistance to a number of chemotherapeutic drugs, elevated levels of glutathione in tumor cells are able to protect such cells.

Personalized nutrition

A typical diet, characterized by dependence on animal products, refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats such as processed vegetable oils, can promote an inflammatory environment in the body. A pro-inflammatory diet has been associated with an increased risk of Lung cancer and an increased risk of death from Lung cancer.

We custom-make a diet targeted to enhance the immune system’s ability to heal and provide our patients with the right nutrition for their current and long-term needs.

Vitamins and supplements

Lung cancer patients who take supplemental vitamins, including vitamin C, are 22% less likely to have a recurrence of Lung cancer after treatment than those who do not take supplements. Women who take vitamin C after diagnosis are 15% less likely to die of the disease than those who do not take the supplement.


In one study, selenium levels were measured in the blood of 546 patients with a recent diagnosis of Lung cancer. Patients with the lowest levels of selenium were more than twice as likely to die during the five-year follow-up than patients with the highest levels. A second study found that Lung cancer patients with high dietary selenium intake were significantly less likely to die from the disease.
We use intravenous selenium as part of our Lung cancer treatment approach.

Vitamin D

An epidemiological study found that patients with lung cancer who underwent surgery during the summer and had higher vitamin D intake (greater than 596 IU daily) had a significantly longer period of recurrence-free survival and overall survival than those who underwent surgery during the winter and had low vitamin D intake (less than 239 IU daily and no vitamin D supplements).


A study of lung cancer patients found significantly higher 5-year survival rates and tumor regression rates in those who received melatonin each evening while undergoing chemotherapy compared with those who received chemotherapy alone.

Vitamin E

A large study on male smokers found that those whose blood levels of alpha-tocopherol were in the top 20% had a 19% reduction in the risk of developing lung cancer compared with those whose levels were in the bottom 20%.


A study of lung cancer patients compared with an equal number of healthy individuals found that those with the highest dietary intake of zinc (greater than about 12 mg daily) had a 43% lower risk of lung cancer.


Traditionally used in the treatment of certain liver diseases, silymarin is a mixture of flavonoids from the medicinal plant milk thistle. Several studies show that silymarin’s primary active ingredient, silibinin, possesses potent antioxidant properties that may prevent the formation of reactive oxygen species, subsequent DNA damage, and the growth of tumor cells (Kaur 2010; Dagne 2011; Li 2011). Studies have found that silibinin inhibits the growth of lung cancer cells.

It also appears to enhance apoptosis, or programmed cell death, of SCLC cells and reverse resistance to the chemotherapy drugs etoposide and doxorubicin (Adriamycin).

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