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The Immune System and Cancer Treatments

Updated on July 15, 2016
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The immune system is a system of biological structures and processes within an organism that protects againstdisease. To function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, known as pathogens, fromviruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism's own healthy tissue. In many species, the immune system can be classified into subsystems, such as the innate immune system versus the adaptive immune system, orhumoral immunity versus cell-mediated immunity.

Disorders of the immune system can result in autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases and cancer.[2][3]Immunodeficiency occurs when the immune system is less active than normal, resulting in recurring and life-threatening infections. In humans, immunodeficiency can either be the result of a genetic disease such as severe combined immunodeficiency, acquired conditions such as HIV/AIDS, or the use of immunosuppressive medication. In contrast, autoimmunity results from a hyperactive immune system attacking normal tissues as if they were foreign organisms. Common autoimmune diseases include Hashimoto's thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus type 1, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Immunology covers the study of all aspects of the immune system. Wikipedia

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Immune System Cancer Treatments

Alternative cancer treatments and the immune system offers a worthwhile proposition that needs to be further looked into. After researching various cancer treatment options, I came upon one that shows some promise: The immune system cancer treatment therapy, known also as Immunotherapy.

Developed by Dr. Joseph M. Issels of Germany around 1970, it involves stimulating a person's immune mechanism to eliminate cancer cells through their recognition by healthy immune systems cells.

It is normally reserved for cancer patients whose conventional cancer treatments have failed to eradicate or stop it's spread.

It involves traditional methods in conjunction with new radical ones such as "passing a patient's blood, via a closed system, through ultraviolet light which is supposed to boost the immune systems ability to recognize and eliminate the cancer". It also includes the use of vaccines."

The blood's monocytes are separated and cultured thus becoming dentric cells which in turn have the potential to invoke anti tumor responses". "The use of lymphokine cells,also known as LAK Cells, and come from stem cells, are stimulated to kill cancer cells". Also included is the use of natural substances and natural products.

According to Dr. Issel, a person's immune system does not recognize cancer cells as being different from regular cells, they in short "ignore them."

The treatment also includes reversing the causal factors that cause cancer in the first place, such as the elimination or moderation of activities that increase the propensity for cancer.

The Issel's cancer treatment method is basically a two pronged approach;

Non-specific Therapy whose goals are to eliminate the factors that lead to cancer, repair organs, normalized the body's systems and restore it's regulatory,defense and repair mechanisms.

Specific Therapy: whose goal is to treat/attack the specific cancer causing system, such as a tumor, through normally recognized cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.

Like anything that is of importance to you ,especially your health, no single piece of writing, advice or advertisement should be taken to be the ultimate authority.

Always seek multiple sources of advice and consult regularity with your doctor, as this article is only meant to inform others of alternative cancer treatments which are being discussed elsewhere.

* For further information regarding the Issels's treatment options visit from which the bulk of the material used here was taken.

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    • movingon down profile image

      movingon down 5 years ago from Northern California

      I recovered from chronic malignant Melanoma in the lymph system. A Miracle no! Thru a skilled Naturopath I took foods and supplements to rebuild my Immune System over 3 years. Treating the body so it can fight and kill cancers is the way nature intended. Killing healthy Immune cells with poisons and radiation is causing suffering and death over time.

      I just had my book published BEATING CANCER CAN BE FUN (Cancer fighting strategies for first time diagnosed cancer patients). It tells the whole story about my recovery, testimonials from others, and the MD

      researchers on Nutrition.

      The real "quacks" in America are the Oncologists, the pharma cos, and doctors who refuse to admit, in most cases, chemo does not cure cancer--but NUTRITION CAN.

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      Ravi 6 years ago

      thanx 4 such a nice blog

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      Artist-For-Hire 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Fascinating...thankfully very little experience with cancer so I had no idea. There is still so much to learn about the human body...what a marvelous wonder it is (until it turns on the owner). This article on Immunotherapy highlights the needs to question our Doctor's for a deeper understanding of treatments and options so that we can make a well informed decisions about our precious health.

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Thank you for a valid and interesting hub on this subject. My believe is that this form of treatment should also be used in brief, as a preventative also. Way to go!

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      If you read my hub about how Americans are used as human guinea pigs, then you know, I'm all for alternative treatments. Good article.

      voted up/very useful

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting and balanced. Just last year began learning of the newest focus on treating cancer via the immune system.