Beyond the Magic Bullet: The Anti-Cancer Cocktail
A New Approach to Beating Cancer
Length: 208 Pages
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While the world continues to look for that one "magic bullet” that will defeat all cancers, the fact is that modern medicine may already have the arsenal of weapons it needs to conquer this deadly killer. Perhaps all that is required is an innovative strategy that uses our undervalued weapons in a far more effective way. In Beyond the Magic Bullet: The Anti-Cancer Cocktail, Dr. Raymond Chang takes a penetrating look at a bold new way of treating and defeating the disease with what is already available today.
The book begins by examining modern medicine’s use of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy in the war against cancer. It explains how conventional medicine now relies on a narrowly focused strategy of treatments that employs, at best, only one or two drugs or other therapies at a time. It then offers an approach based on the knowledge that certain off-label drugs and nutritional supplements are each somewhat effective against the disorder. By combining these therapeutic agents into a powerful "cocktail,” doctors have found that they can simultaneously attack the cancer on many different levels and at several different angles, with the goal of overwhelming it and halting its spread. Dr. Chang not only discusses the effectiveness of the cocktail, but also provides an assessment of each of the most valuable agents that are available for the battle.
The idea of the medical "cocktail” is not new. For over a thousand years, traditional medical systems throughout the world have effectively used the multi-agent approach to restore health. And today, the most successful treatments for HIV and Hepatitis C are based on this simple concept. By detailing how this strategy can be utilized in the war against cancer, Beyond the Magic Bullet leads the way to a bright new future of hope and healing.
Raymond Chang, M.D. received his medical degree from Brown University. After completing his post-doctoral work, he joined the staff of Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he remained until 1997. Since 1986, he has served on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Chang also founded the Institute of East-West Medicine, a nonprofit organization focused on integrating Eastern and Western healing systems. The author has lectured extensively on integrative oncology and alternative medicine for more than thirty years, and is currently the director of the largest database project on anti-cancer Asian herbs. Dr. Chang is in private practice in New York City.
Part 1: The Biology and Treatment of Cancer
1. The Complex Biology of Cancer
2. Conventional Cancer Treatments
3. Conventional and Cocktail Strategies For Cancer Treatment
4. The Pros and Cons of the Cocktail Strategy
5. Implementing Cocktail Therapy For Cancer
6. Putting It All Together
Part 2: Off-Label Drugs and Dietary Supplements List
About the Author
?Since the National Cancer Act declared "war” on the disease in 1971, cancer has been likened to an enemy that must be fought and defeated. Over the last several decades, billions of dollars have been poured into stopping cancer in its tracks and, today, there is a wealth of information about cancer biology and hundreds of cancer therapies. Yet, a cure has yet to be found. As the title of a 2008 Newsweek article summed it up, "We fought cancer . . . and cancer won.” This predicament has left many scientists and doctors wondering whether the time has come to rethink how the war on cancer should be carried out. Like any war, the war against cancer cannot be won with weapons and firepower alone; an effective strategy is also essential. And this may be the key that is missing.
The study of cancer is a science, but the treatment of cancer involves both science and strategy. While the science may be accurate, the dominant strategy for treating the disease has been largely influenced by medicine’s past success against infectious disease. The effectiveness of antibiotics in killing germs and curing infections shaped the way that doctors approached disease, including cancer, which was initially viewed as a foreign entity that invaded the body. Many believed that curing cancer depended on finding the right medicine to kill the cancer "bug.” And it was from this point of view that the hunt for a "magic bullet,” or single-solution cure, was born. In other words, it was assumed that cancer was like a vault with a single lock, and with only one key that could open it. If only the right key was found, then, like magic, the vault could be unlocked. The possibility that cancer had several "locks,” or even a combination lock, was not widely considered, nor was the idea that patients could have different sets of locks unique to their individual cancers. Instead, the simple "hit or miss” strategy persisted and dominated cancer treatment philosophy.
Today, however, there is a growing appreciation of the complex biology of the phenomenon known as cancer. As single-agent therapies continue to prove insufficient, it has become apparent that a single "key,” or magic bullet cure, may simply not exist for most cancers. Rather, the use of multiple "bullets” simultaneously to target cancer’s multiple dimensions and pathways may be a more appropriate strategy. This combination, or "cocktail,” strategy is neither new nor unique, though it has not been commonly practiced in Western medicine. In contrast, the strategy has been employed in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years in the form of herbal "cocktail” formulas, acupuncture, and other multidimensional treatment methods.
A turning point for Western medicine came in 1994 when Dr. David Ho, in what he referred to as a "Eureka moment,” applied the cocktail strategy to HIV therapy and, in turn, revolutionized treatment for the virus. Furthermore, in 1995, Dr. Ben Williams adopted this strategy to fight a deadly brain tumor, using a cocktail of conventional and alternative therapies. Williams’ "anti-cancer cocktail” was successful, and he has become cancer-free. These examples show that cocktail therapy is a viable strategy that has proven successful in many cases. Now, it is necessary to establish a logical basis for using cocktail therapy to treat malignant cancers of any type and at any stage. That is what this book hopes to achieve.
Divided into two parts, Beyond the Magic Bullet covers cocktail therapy both in theory and in practice. Part 1, "The Biology and Treatment of Cancer,” makes the case for cocktail therapy as a strategy that takes the biological complexity of cancer into full account. Chapter 1 provides an introduction to this complex biology, explaining the numerous ways in which cancer may arise and spread throughout the body. Conventional treatments for the disease are outlined in Chapter 2, including classical methods like chemotherapy as well as modern targeted therapies. Chapter 3 takes a look at the competing medical philosophies underlying conventional cancer treatment and cocktail therapy, the pros and cons of which are carefully weighed in Chapter 4. Finally, in Chapters 5 and 6, the actual practice of cocktail therapy is examined in more detail. Here, you will learn about the various "ingredients”--vitamins, herbs, supplements, pharmaceutical drugs, diets, spiritual activities, and more--that may comprise an anti-cancer cocktail. You will also become familiar with the treatment process, from choosing a doctor to the step-by-step implementation of therapy. This information will help you ensure the best possible cancer care.
Part 2 is split into two sections that list various pharmaceutical drugs and supplements that may be effective for treating and/or preventing cancer. When combined with conventional therapies, these agents may increase the odds of treatment success and survival. This list is neither comprehensive nor intended to replace the expert advice of a healthcare professional. Still, it can serve as a valuable resource when considering cancer treatment options. You can then refer to the Appendix to read three case studies demonstrating how anti-cancer cocktails have been safely and successfully implemented for three actual cancer patients. These cases highlight the potential of cocktail therapy in changing how we approach the treatment of cancer.
Beyond the Magic Bullet is not a self-treatment manual or a recipe book for cancer therapy, but rather a blueprint for a superior strategy. As cancer researchers continue to look for more effective treatments, cocktail therapy may be better able to slow down, stop, and even reverse the disease in the mean time. This book was written in hopes of giving patients an alternative by providing vital information to share and discuss with their physicians. If you or someone you love is affected by cancer, Beyond the Magic Bullet can be the "map” that assists you in navigating this complex and difficult disease.
I believe that cancer is curable, perhaps in our lifetime. I have full faith in the good work that my colleagues are doing today to discover better cancer treatments for tomorrow. At the same time, I believe that a radically different strategy is needed, because cancer simply cannot wait for clinical trials to be completed or for drugs and other therapies to be approved. Careful re-strategizing with our existing arsenal of treatments may produce dramatically improved results now. The time has come to think beyond the magic bullet.
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