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Life Extension Magazine April 2010
As We See It

So Many Needless Cancer Deaths


By William Faloon

The Supercharged Granulocyte

The Supercharged Granulocyte

Granulocytes are a type of immune cell that up until recently have not been considered particularly effective in killing cancer cells. In a discovery that made headline news around the world, Dr. Zheng Cui of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine developed a colony of mice with supercharged granulocytes that successfully fight off any form of virulent transplanted cancer.47 The supercharged granulocytes in these mice infiltrate tumor cells and destroy them. The mice exposed to these tumor cells are healthy, cancer-free, and have a normal life span.

This exciting cancer research project started serendipitously in 1999 when Dr. Cui was testing the effects of administering cancer cells to mice. He found that one mouse did not develop cancer no matter how many cancer cells he administered. Further research led him to discover that the mouse that appeared to be immune from cancer had an extra amount of potent granulocytes for specifically killing cancer cells without harming normal cells. When Dr. Cui administered healthy, potent granulocytes to mice with cancer, he cured them.48 Laboratory research showed that the granulocytes appeared to explode cancer cells like guided missiles!

Dr. Cui showed in laboratory experiments that immune cells from some people can be almost 50 times more effective in fighting cancer than in others.49 What that means is that these supercharged granulocytes can be harvested from healthy young donors and infused into cancer patients with curative intent. In response to these findings, the Life Extension Foundation is helping to fund a human clinical trial of this potential curative cancer treatment.

This new clinical trial will test this approach in humans with advanced cancer, including metastases, who have not been helped by conventional cancer therapies. The trial has received an IND (investigational new drug) status from the FDA and Institutional Review Board approval. The principal investigator/lead physician for this trial is Dipnarine Maharaj, MD, who has in-depth experience in stem cell transplantation, including transfusion of blood products, hematology, and oncology.

To obtain further information about participating in this new study, contact the non-profit arm of the South Florida Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Institute, 10301 Hagen Ranch Road, Suite 600, Boynton Beach, Florida, 33437, at 561-752-5522.

Designing an Individually Tailored Cancer Treatment

Designing an Individually Tailored Cancer Treatment

For decades, traditional medicine has made cancer treatment decisions based on the “one-size-fits-all” approach—whereby everyone with a particular cancer receives the same treatment. Tragically, this approach has failed to benefit the majority of women with metastatic breast cancer who received standard chemotherapy protocols. This approach refuses to acknowledge the individual differences inherent in the cancer that could have affected treatment. Now, exciting new advances in Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) technology can allow medical science to finally move away from this outdated approach and towards an individually tailored cancer treatment program.50

An advanced diagnostic blood test is available in Germany that not only detects the presence of circulating tumor cells, but performs a gene expression analysis to identify which treatments (including nutritional-based approaches) are most likely to be effective. The importance of testing circulating tumor cells is that these cells can be genetically dissimilar from the primary tumor. This means that even if your oncology surgeon was progressive enough to have analytical tests performed on your primary tumor, the cells that broke away may bear little resemblance and therefore require a very different treatment regimen.

In this issue of Life Extension magazine, we feature two articles describing the critical importance of circulating tumor cell testing in cancer patients. One of these tests is available in the United States while another is widely used in Europe. To find out how to obtain either of these circulating tumor cell (CTC) tests, refer to the two articles in this month’s issue.

Have We Aroused Your Appetite for Novel Cancer Treatments?

The Life Extension Foundation was established in 1980 to enlighten the world about innovative approaches to disease treatment that are overlooked by the medical establishment.

Our 30-year track record reveals our non-profit organization to be decades ahead of mainstream doctors in introducing lifesaving medical therapies.

I’ve provided just a few tidbits of information to arouse your appetite about the in-depth cancer treatments that are available to the enlightened cancer patient. To the detriment of most cancer victims, these technologies are too often ignored by practicing oncologists.

As a member of the Life Extension Foundation, you have the assurance that we will make every effort to guide you to the most avant-garde treatments in the event you develop cancer. I hope you understand how today’s cancer industry, which financially thrives on the sale of toxic/minimally effective patented drugs, wants this knowledge to be suppressed.

Saving One Life at a Time

Cancer is a complex disease that requires a multi-pronged effort to provide the best chances of attaining a cure, remission, or significant extension of life. Discoveries are occurring in the research setting, but the process by which they are incorporated into clinical oncology practice is excruciatingly slow. Through various clinical research programs Life Extension funds, access to novel treatments, along with state-of-the-art labs that analyze a patient’s cancer profile, are expedited. Our costs involved in funding these cancer research programs are significant, but we view the results as well worth the expenditure of our time and financial resources.

Saving One Life at a Time
Figure 1: Carcinogenic embryonic antigen (CEA) levels in a patient with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLS). The patient’s CEA dropped dramatically after initiating an integrative cancer care program.

A stage IV lung cancer patient with metastatic lesions to the brain came to us for help in October 2008. Therapy was initiated using conventional drugs (cisplatin and Alimta® (pemetrexed) combined with the immune enhancing agent Anvirzel™. Additional support against microbial infection was then introduced using Immune26®. Gc macrophage activating factor was later incorporated into this patient’s regimen to provide additional immune support.

This patient presented to us with a CEA tumor marker blood level of 498.2, indicating very advanced disease. After 11 months of treatment, the CEA reading is down to 17.9. The patient is not cured, but has responded remarkably well to this novel treatment, showing reduced size of cancer lesions. The chart below shows improvement in this patient in response to individualized aggressive treatment.

We have extensive detailed records that have been maintained during the entire treatment phase—this includes MRI scans, PET scans, pathology reports, blood tests, and reports of gamma knife procedures that have been performed at regular intervals. This patient would likely be dead now if not for the aggressive clinical study program we designed for him.

One compound we evaluated in this patient is Gc macrophage activating factor (Gc-MAF).

Published findings demonstrate complete remissions for the patients who participated in two separate trials on breast and prostate cancer. The mechanism of action of Gc-MAF is activation of the immune system (the macrophages) by the use of the Gc protein, which is often referred to as vitamin D binding protein. A large clinical study using Gc-MAF is being planned and will be announced in a future issue of Life Extension Magazine®.

For more information on customized cancer care and exciting research programs please contact Örn Adalsteinsson, PhD at International Strategic Cancer Alliance (ISCA) at 610-628-3419.

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