The Use of Immune Stimulation Therapy in Treating Cancer

At the Playas de Tijuana, Mexico-based Oasis of Hope Hospital, a world-class oncology team offers its patients a unique Total Cancer Treatment Care Approach that emphasizes alternative medicines and personalized healing modalities. The Total Cancer Treatment Care Approach integrates emotional and spiritual counseling with complementary conventional treatment options like immune stimulation therapy.

Immune stimulation therapy refers to a process of boosting the activity of the immune system and its components while simultaneously overwhelming the cancer-generated elements that attack immunity cells. The physicians at Oasis of Hope Hospital employ a number of agents, like the hormone melatonin, to increase the functionality and strength of immune system cells like cytotoxic T lymphocytes and natural killer (NK) cells. Research shows that when administered once daily, melatonin greatly encourages the survival rates of individuals suffering from cancer of the first, second, or third stages. The reasons for this include melatonin’s ability to cause antigen-presenting cells like dendritic to produce a protein molecule necessary for the creation of immunity cells.

Another immuno-supportive agent used at Oasis of Hope Hospital includes probiotic bacteria. Oasis of Hope Hospital’s physicians administer a specially created probiotic capsule covered with an enteric coating to cancer patients. The capsule’s coating allows the bacteria to avoid dissemination in the stomach acid and pass easily into the intestines. Once in the intestinal tract, these probiotics interact with dendritic cells there to grow and stimulate cytotoxic lymphocytes and NK cells.

Oasis of Hope Hospital uses the above immunity system support agents and several others, including supplemental selenium, the anti-ulcer drug cimetidine, and the amino acid glutamine.

Emotional Support, Laughter Therapy, and Cancer Treatment

A comprehensive, integrated treatment center for patients suffering from all kinds of cancer, The Oasis of Hope Hospital combines emotional support with its other therapies in order to optimize patient treatment. Emotional support includes the use of laughter therapy, an interesting new treatment that was studied for its impact on many serious conditions. Laughter therapy has a wide range of benefits, including bolstering the immune system, enhancing cardiovascular flexibility, developing the abdominal musculature, and raising the spirits.

Laughter therapy, also sometimes known as humor therapy, promotes overall health and wellness while also relieving the emotional and physical stresses that accompany cancer and cancer treatment for many patients. As early as the 13th century, doctors began using humor to distract their patients from pain, and beginning in the 20th century, doctors have carefully studied the precise physiological effects of humor and laughter on health. Studies have revealed that mirth can reduce the experience of pain, lower levels of stress hormones, and boost the immune system while simultaneously improving quality of life for the patient.

In conjunction with a regimen of other cancer therapies, laughter treatment relaxes the muscles, increases the flow of oxygen, releases endorphins, and balances the blood pressure. Often, laughter therapy is conducted in a group, encouraging patients to laugh and work together on their healing. Patients often enjoy these sessions, seeing them as a chance to escape from the often difficult emotions associated with dealing with cancer.