Cancer Prevention Treatments

There are different treatment programmes to manage, prevent and control cancer. On this webpage quick guidelines will be given, highlighting the major nutrients in the prevention and treatment of cancer. These recommendations should not be implemented individually in aggressive cancers without careful consultation with the Health Renewal doctor.

In America, 4 million people who are being treated for cancer, will survive the disease and go on to live productive lives. The numbers that survive are still far too low at only about 44% as many patients and families are unaware of the depth of resources currently available to assist them fight this disease.

Mainstream medicine such as relying upon surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation may initially appear successful, but the indications of the disease process are less often addressed. Unfortunately, many cancer patients use alternative therapies, but report doing so without their oncologist's knowledge, stating they are "fearful of criticism or rejection by a physician" (Richardson et al. 2000).

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre has found that 99.3% of patients had heard of complementary medicine, and 68.7% of patients reported having used at least one unconventional therapy (Richardson et al. 2000).

The backbone of mainstream medicine is that research must be validated through clinical, controlled trials. Nutritional protocols often used multiple nutrients, which is a difficult model to apply in clinical trials. Testing a single nutraceutical denied the patient full support of nutritional pharmacology, an injustice when treating a seriously ill patient. Further, more trials are also very expensive.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1Should Cancer Patients Take Dietary Supplements?
  • 2What Diagnostic tools are available?
  • 3What supplementation can be used to prevent Cancer?
  • 4What are the three most important supplements to be taking:
  • 5What Should Cancer Patients Eat and what to eat to prevent cancer?
  • 6How does Cholesterol levels influence cancer?
  • 7What is the relationship between Stress and Cancer?

When the patient is under the watchful eye of a Health Renewal Doctor the correct supplementation will be advised and monitored. However, take note that the dosages required for treating cancer is larger than those required for prevention of cancer. The risk is multi-directional. Overdosing or under dosing, as well as a lack of patient awareness regarding the full potential of natural pharmaceuticals, hampers recovery.

It is important to measure the successes or losses in regard to treatment associated with tumor response. Evaluating tumor markers through blood tests provides a basis for calculating regression of the disease, and gives an indication of treatment response. Blood tests that include assessment of haematocrit, haemoglobin, liver and kidney function as well as toxicities and immunity of the body should be tested and monitored.

It is impossible to prescribe one supplement, hormone or drug. There are many approaches and combinations which will be decided by the Physician according to the individual patient's situation. Few oncologists aggressively seek to prevent recurrence once the primary disease appears to have been eradicated. However, the fact is that colonies of cancer cells can remain dormant in the body for years or decades before reappearing as full-blown disease that is highly resistant to treatment.


Preventive Dose

Cancer Adjuvant Dose


10 – 25 mg daily

20 – 50 mg daily


2 – 4 mg daily

6 – 12 mg daily


500 mg daily

2000 – 4000 mg daily


180 – 450 mg daily

900 – 1800 mg daily


500 mg daily

1000-2000 mg daily


400 mg daily of a BCM-95® extract with food

800-3600 mg daily of a BCM-95® extract with food

Coenzyme Q10

100 mg daily with food

200-400 mg daily with food

Green Coffee Extract(standardized to 50% chlorogenic acid)

400 mg three times daily, before meals

400 mg three times daily, before meals

EPA-DHA fatty acids

2000 – 4000 mg daily of fish oil concentrate supplying 700 – 1400 mg EPA and 500 – 1000mg DHA with food

4000 – 8000 mg daily of fish oil concentrate supplying up to 2800 mg EPA and 2000 mg DHA with food


600 mg daily with food

1200 – 4800 mg daily with food

Gamma Tocopherol

200 – 250 mg daily with food

400 – 1000 mg daily with food

GLA (gamma-linolenic acid)

300 mg daily with food

700 – 900 mg daily with food

Grape Seed Extract

100 mg daily

300 mg daily

Green Tea Extract

300 – 350 mg daily of EGCG

Up to 3000 mg daily of EGCG

Cruciferous vegetable concentrate

1 tbsp daily

1 – 4 tbsp daily

Indole 3 Carbinol (I3C)

80 – 160 mg daily

200 – 600 mg daily


25 – 50 mg daily

75 – 125 mg daily

Lipoic acid (Sodium R-lipoate)

240 – 480 mg daily on an empty stomach

600 – 1200 mg daily on an empty stomach


10 mg daily with food

15 – 45 mg daily with food


300 mcg-3 mg before bed

10 – 50 mg between 8 – 10pm

Panax ginseng

100 mg daily of standardized to contain 4-7% ginsenosides

200 – 600 mg daily of standardized to contain 4-7% ginsenosides


80 – 120 mg daily of punicalagins

280 – 375 mg daily of punicalagins

Proteolytic Enzymes

1 – 2 pills daily on an empty stomach of a formula containing pancreatin, papain, trypsin, and chymotrypsin

2 – 10 pills, 3 times daily on an empty stomach of a formula containing pancreatin, papain, trypsin, and chymotrypsin

PSK (Coriolus versicolor)

600 – 1200 mg daily of a 40% polysaccharide extract

3000 mg daily of a 40% polysaccharide extract


0.25-3 mg daily

1 – 3 mg daily


500 mg daily

1000 – 3000 mg daily


980 mg daily of standardized to contain 13.5% polysaccharides and 6% triterpenes

980 – 3000 mg daily of standardized to contain 13.5% polysaccharides and 6% triterpenes


200 mcg daily with food

200 – 600 mcg daily with food


225 mg daily

225 – 450 mg daily


400 – 800 mg daily (broccoli extract)

400 – 1600 mg daily (broccoli extract)

Vitamin C

1000 – 3000 mg daily

4 – 12 g daily

Vitamin D3

2000 – 10 000 IU daily with food, based on individual blood testing. Optimal blood levels of vitamin D are 50 – 80 ng/ml.

2000 – 10 000 IU daily with food, based on individual blood testing. Optimal blood levels of vitamin D are 50 – 80 ng/ml.

In too many cases the cancer re-occur after a period of time and scientists expect that exposure to physical and emotional stress factors can get the blame for this. It is therefore important for cancer patients to be vigilant in maintaining an environment without these stress factors.

A properly planned diet is very important for cancer patients. General guidelines on food that should be avoided:

  • Eat organic, where possible.
  • Eat regularly to maintain balanced blood glucose levels and avoid fluctuations.
  • Select foods characterized by color and texture.
  • Avoid synthetic and refined foods.
  • Avoid flour and flour based products.
  • Avoid sugar-containing foods as well as rice.
  • Avoid well done meats or over cooked meals.
  • Avoid foods with trans fatty acids.

General guidelines on food that should be part of the diet:

  • Fiber,
  • Vitamin-, and mineral-rich foods,
  • Vegetables.

Hypocholesterolemia (abnormally low levels of cholesterol) has been shown in several studies to be related to increased mortality from human cancer. (Siemianowicz et al. 2000). An article in Hematology and Oncology reported that 90% of 83 patients with acute myeloid leukemia were hypocholesterolemic (Zyada et al. 1990). Additionally, another article in the European Journal of Haemtology reported that remission in acute myelogenous leukemia was associated with a significant increase in cholesterol levels in those patients with low cholesterol concentrations or high leukocyte counts at diagnosis (Reverter et al. 1988).

Few events are as stressful as a diagnosis of cancer. As the stress level increases, the outpouring of the adrenal cortex hormone (cortisol) also increases.The onset of cancer appears similarly allied in humans, with the immune system highly responsive to emotional pitfalls. It is well established that when the individual is emotionally challenged, cancer has a significant advantage (Levy et al. 1987). Anxiety has a negative effect on the immune system and response and will also have a negative effect on the body to fight against the disease.

The following stress-associated situations and personality types are associated with breast cancer:

  1. The use of denial or repression as a coping strategy,
  2. An experience of separation or loss,
  3. A history of stressful life experiences,
  4. A tendency toward melancholy and hopelessness (this trait has, since antiquity, been associated with uterine and breast cancers),
  5. A personality type characterized by conflict avoidance. It is theorized that the genes that cause one to avoid conflict are the same genes that increase susceptibility to cancer (Goodkin et al. 1986; Darmon 1993).
  6. Also, psychological stress induces the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF-alpha, IL-6, and IL-10 (Maes et al. 2000), which play a role in malignancies.

Oncologists often suggest stress management, such as meditation, yoga and breathing exercises, guided imagery, or spirituality, to help calm and relax the patient. Because the cells responsible for cancer surveillance work best in an environment favouring confidence and calm, it is important that the message springing from our thoughts and transmitted to cells is commensurate with healing. Fright, pessimism, and melancholy send uncertain instructions and the cells respond with a feeble effort. The enduring message (fear or assurance, despair or hopefulness, laughter or tears) reflects our hour-to-hour psyche and sets the tone for health victories or failures.


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