It is a common belief by many physicians, allopathic and holistic, that a person is always forming abnormal (cancer) cells and in a health individual, always destroying them. When health suffers, these cancer cells are left to run rampant and a person develops what we call cancer. It is often thought there is a genetic component to cancer, however diet and lifestyle play a major role in turning on cancer-fighting genes and turning off cancer-promoting genes. With the complexity of cancer, the health and function of all body’s systems is necessary. Everything must be functioning optimally to help one recover from cancer, fight cancer, (even if it is in combination with chemotherapy and/or radiation), and prevent cancer cells from forming. Antioxidants and other nutrients become extremely important, as do the functions of the immune system and the liver.
Depending on the type of cancer present (or no longer present), specific support is considered in addition to overall health. For example, a woman with breast cancer needs to properly have her estrogen levels and liver detoxification checked to make sure that not only is she not producing too much estrogen or other hormones, but that she is properly detoxifying those specific hormones. Nutrients such as vitamin B6, magnesium, and cysteine are considered, as well as a host of other nutrients depending on that individual. A man with prostate cancer should consider having his DHT (a component of testosterone breakdown) checked, as well as his estrogen levels as many men convert their testosterone into estrogen and there are prostate receptors on the prostate. Check out my article on this here. Supplements such as zinc and saw palmetto are sometimes advised and prove beneficial. Coriolus Versicolor, a mushroom extract, has been documented to block metastatic lesions.