The statistics are shocking. Of the average 1,658,370 people newly diagnosed with cancer each year, 589,430 will die, according to Cancer.gov. Unfortunately, regardless of these numbers, the science of oncology advances much more rapidly than the practice of oncology. Physicians and health care practitioners everywhere have not only been faced with this widespread disease in their patients, but also have been affected in their personal lives as well. The overwhelming statistics have provided for much needed public awareness in the search for alternative treatments for cancer.
Integrative Cancer Therapy is a vital and ever-changing topic in today’s medical industry and preventive medicine thrives on cancer methodologies and treatments. Recently, there have been exciting advances in the treatment of advanced-stage cancers; all of which are vital to an integrative practitioner’s toolbox. The gap in updated cancer education has led to the growing necessity for Integrative Cancer Therapy education nationwide.
Why this Fellowship?
All practitioners, not just oncologists, have patients who are affected by cancer. The Fellowship in Integrative Cancer Therapy is designed to teach you cutting-edge methods needed to improve the quality of life for your patients. Cancer researcher and integrative medicine practitioner, Mark Rosenberg, MD covers everything from new protocols to methods of merging this new revenue stream into your practice. The innovative curriculum teaches cancer prevention methods, how cancer functions, reviews in-depth patient case studies, and provides a variety of integrative cancer treatment protocols you can implement into your practice. Cancer research is expanding every day; be at the forefront of science and education and be the difference your patients need.
Integrative Cancer Therapy Fellowship Modules:
Module I - Cancer Prevention
This module explores the predecessors and risk factors of cancer, including medications, environmental toxins, inflammation and even emotions. Methods for creating an anticancer environment are presented, as well as the positive roles of certain foods and nutrients. Also discussed are vaccines, screening tests and the epidemiology of known causes of cancer.
Module II - The Biology of Cancer
An understanding of normal cell biology is paired with an overview of apoptosis, cell differentiation, cell cycle deregulation, gene mutations and DNA repair mechanisms. A definition of cancer is presented, including its genetic basis and new strategies for underlying mechanisms. Other topics include carcinogenesis, angiogenesis, signal transduction mechanisms and methods for detection.
Module III - Immunology of Cancer
Current concepts in immunology are explored in this module, including available immunological tests, immunosuppression and cancer, the multifactorial basis of immunodeficiency, immunoregulatory cells and immunomodulatory factors. The roles of various cells are discussed, as well as treatment-induced immunosuppression, immunotoxins, interferon therapy and how tumors avoid the immune response.
Module IV - Targeted Cancer Therapies
Treatments for specific cancers are presented, including leukemia, breast and other female cancers, colorectal and other GI cancers, lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, head and neck cancer, melanoma and more. The module also comprises nanoparticle approaches to cancer, genetic tissue testing and the role of proteomics in cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Module V - Case Histories In Cancer Therapies
Case histories are reviewed to explore methods of preventing and treating therapy-induced conditions, such as cardiac toxicity, GI complications and kidney damage. The benefits of proteolytic enzymes and certain nutrients are discussed, in addition to integrative therapies for many forms of cancer and the role of antioxidants with chemotherapy and radiation.
Module VI - Integrative Cancer Therapies
Overviews of several integrative cancer therapies are presented, such as Hoxsey therapy, avemar therapy, protocell therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, photodynamic treatment, sonodynamic therapy and cancer pH manipulation therapy. Other topics include mind/body medicine, the role of exercise in cancer therapies, and bio-oxidative and ultraviolet medicine and cancer therapies.
Module VII - Dietary Treatments of Cancer
The negative influences of dietary components such as sugar, omega-6 fatty acids, iron and copper on the immune system of the cancer patient are reviewed. This module also conveys the importance of avoiding malnutrition and providing adequate hydration, as well as the role that diet plays in genomic methylation.
Module VIII – Nutritional Integrative Cancer Therapies
This module will review responsive evaluation criteria and how that relates to integrative care; palliative care options including cannabis, surgery radiotherapy, parenteral therapies that include hydration and nutrient support, radiation recovery , pain control, the use of ascorbate and other novel parenteral therapies. Additionally, provide an overview on assisted suicide. Additional therapies such as integrative infusion for complications with liver dysfunction, marrow suppression, neropathies in advanced cancer patients. Finally, a review of advanced nutritional support with advanced cancer patients such as enteral and supportive parenteral protocols.
Participants will leave the Fellowship competent to practice Integrative Cancer Therapies without supervision in his or her area of medical specialty.
Off-label pharmaceuticals will be included with each module
Open to physicians, physician assistant, nurse clinicians, pharmacists, D.D.S. and chiropractors.