Researchers and medical professionals have just recently re-discovered the healing power of the immunepheresis cancer treatment by answering one of the most investigated questions about cancer itself-why the immune system is ineffective with the destruction of cancer cells. While applying immunology to the treatment of cancer is fairly new to the fight against cancer, this form of treatment has proven to be more effective and safe than other mainstream cancer therapies (eg. chemotherapy, radiation, etc.)
How Immunepheresis Cancer Therapy Works
Based on the research of many medical professionals, it is widely known that cancer cells do in fact create inhibitors to protect themselves from attack and destruction by the body’s natural defence system, the immune system. Immunepheresis cancer therapy works by removing these inhibitors directly from the patient’s bloodstream, which creates a natural immune system response that, in most cases, leads to rapid cancer tumor shrinkage. This treatment, which is much akin to dialysis, has been used in human clinical trials over the past 15 years involving hundreds of patients, with promising, consistent, and positive results.
Immunepheresis cancer treatment appears to be effective against a variety of cancer types, however, results may vary from patient to patient. Prognostic variables are (i) cancer stage and (ii) status of the patient’s immune system prior to treatment.
Most importantly, immunepherisis cancer treatment has shown results that are far better than radiation or chemotherapy when it comes to the
destruction of most malignant tumors. Most notably in patients with Stage IV cancer; multiple metastases and major tumor burden; prior chemotherapy; and prolonged conventional therapeutic cancer treatment options, Immunepheresis cancer treatment has shown positive clinical responses (>50% reduction in measurable tumor volume).
What Makes Immunepheresis Cancer Therapy so Beneficial?
i) Overwhelming effectiveness in treating various cancer types (common immunologic approach).
ii) High rate of cancer cell death achieved with virtually no long-term side effects to patient.
iii) No long-term damage to patients immune system (not so with chemotherapy).
iv) Short-term, mild side effects; much different in contrast to the side effects and damage patients endure with chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
v) Positive results with limited amount of therapy required.
vi) Response rate with patients who have exhausted all other treatment options.
vii) Lack of long-term complications (eg. secondary cancers) that are known to form after receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
Essentially, immunepheresis and other immune therapies have the great potential of eliminating virtually every cancer cell in the body over a period of time. However, with the newness of this type of immunology cancer therapy, long term response to therapy can be difficult to calculate.
The Immunepheresis Procedure
The Immunephersis cancer treatment procedure requires a standard dialysis central venous catheter to be surgically implanted into the patient. Blood is then withdrawn from the catheter through a tubing system which is fed to a machine that filters TNF inhibitors from the blood. The blood is then returned to the patient through the same catheter. The removal of the TNF inhibitors enables the immune system to effectively and freely attack the cancer cells in the patient. Patients who maintain low TNF inhibitor levels, the more effective the results are from this therapy. An average immunepheresis cancer therapy session will last 4-6 hours per day with doctors and nurses present for the full duration.
Patients will experience mild side effects that are short in duration; mild flu-like symptoms may also be present after treatment, as well as a mild fever and fatigue due to the immune unblocking. During this cancer therapy, the patient can sleep, eat and drink, talk, read, listen to music, and even watch television.
Immunepheresis cancer therapy is an obvious choice when compared to other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Even with Stage IV cancer patients, immunepheresis cancer treatment shows more positive results then would be expected from chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Immunepheresis cancer treatment is definitely a procedure that will make its way into the spotlight as a safe and effective alternative to other types of harmful, damaging cancer treatment options.