There are various very important aspects that emerge during our many discussions here, that are finally lost while I find them very valuable. As a result, I created this list in order to make sure we do not loose them. This is a list that will be alive and evolve:
- Using antiparasites/antibacterials prior to chemotherapy or other therapies
Some scientists across the world argue that tumors, specifically those of lungs but not only, may develop various bacteria/parazites that can lead to treatment resistance. Very recently, a breakthrough paper published in Science magazine is demonstrating exactly this fact: Potential role of intratumor bacteria in mediating tumor resistance to the chemotherapeutic drug gemcitabine http://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6356/1156 (Thanks Jandro for pointing this out). In line with this research, I would always consider using antiparasites (example Ivermectin) and/or antibiotics (e.g. Doxycicline) prior to a major anti cancer treatment.
- Stop any (alternative or not) treatment that can slow down cancer cells prior to chemotherapy
It is well know that many of the chemo therapies are more effective in fast dividing cells. A recently published PhD thesis (Ref.) demonstrated that using drugs effective in slowing down tumor development (such as Metformin) may be good as it slows down cancer but is NOT suitable when those drugs are taken a few days prior to chemo, as they may make chemo less effective. Instead, the same work demonstrated that if Metformin is stop for a few days before chemo and is added starting with exactly the same day of chemo, the chemo effectiveness increases. I expect the same rule should apply to other therapies that have the potential to slow down cancers: i.e. stop that treatment 3-4 days prior to chemo, and start again the same day with chemo.
- Cimetidine is a great anti-metastasis off-label drug, but it may make some conventional treatments ineffective
Indeed, Cimetidine is often used at clinics across the world as an anti mets drug. I do strongly believe in its potential. We did used Cim for about 3 years and I believe it is a major reason why we succeeded to keep a very aggressive cancer confined for all these years to the initial locations where it was first detected. Here is more about Cim potential (Ref.) However, due to its impact on specific enzymes responsible for drug metabolization, Cimetidine may reduce or increase plasma level of specific substances. For example, some hormonal treatments used to treat breast cancer patients, in order to be effective they need to be metabolized first, which will not happen if Cimetidin (or e.g. grapefruit juice) is used. Therefore, prior to use Cimetidine patients should discuss with their medical doctor potential interactions with current medication. The interactions between drugs can also be checked here http://reference.medscape.com/drug-interactionchecker?src=google
- Inflammation is essential for cancer development and any effective anti cancer strategy should address this aspect with anti inflammatory drugs and/or supplements, specifically prior to a surgery
Here is a nice video shared sometime ago by Meech which I find extremely valuable and should be viewed by anyone considering a surgical intervention https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8zVrYEW8vE&feature=youtu.be
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