Cancer, DEATHLY NO MORE!
IN APRIL 2016, I had the most traumatic experience on discovering that my mother had stage four cancer. Doctors had given up. But I didn’t. I continued trying to find the best treatment for my mother. And during my desperate hunt to save my mother’s life, I stumbled upon Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a new class of cancer treatment that is proving to be the rare solution to this killer of a disease. Scientists working on immunotherapy have basically taken a diverse route by tricking the body’s own defences into combating the rival cancer within. For centuries, this has been an aspiration of medical scientists, which has now gone on to become a reality. Immunotherapy with ‘dendritic cells’ is the most recent and exciting innovation with respect to cancer treatments. It is a combination therapy that helps body’s own defences fight cancer cells. It is infusing a new ray of hope for cancer patients. Countless research and treatment facilities worldwide are increasingly turning towards this dendritic cell therapy. In fact, even modern nations like USA have well accepted and approved of this treatment. I can very well understand the despair and fear of losing a loved one after my mother’s diagnosis. But I was extremely satisfied and convinced with the success rate of immunotherapy. It proved to be very helpful as my mother actually got rid of 80 percent of her cancer. Her miraculous treatment happened in Germany at the Laboratories Dr Gansauge (LDG). This is the clinic and lab where dendritic cells are created. I took my mother there and got her injected with the dendritic cells created out of her own blood. A single jab is needed in this new edition. Although the concept is not new in the country, it remains foreign to the prevailing system due to the lack of knowledge and feasibility, both from the doctor’s and the cancer patient’s end. Hence, to serve the cancer patients in India, I thought of bringing this medical innovation to the country myself. Moreover, it was my personal experience that motivated me to start LDG India in 2017. I am trying my best to bring the lab and this technology here in India soon. Till then, our clinic is sending blood samples of cancer patients to Germany for the creation of dendritic
cells, which we inject in patients here. By collaborating with the globally acclaimed medical facility of Dr Frank Gansauge, the patients don’t have to go to Germany anymore. Our clinic is the first to introduce this new version of immunotherapy in India. While there are other similar facilities available in the country, which give vaccination in six cycles, at LDG India, we will conduct the same treatment in only one cycle. Thereby slashing cost and making it affordable. Although the treatment by dendritic cells has been in India for a while, Dr Frank Gansuage’s version of a single shot is a great advancement in the immunotherapy prevalent in the country. Instead of being the first treatment for cancer, immunotherapy is often used when conventional therapies fail. Many patients have so far been cured under the supervision of the famed cancer specialists in the country. Except blood cancer, immunotherapy has been found efficacious in treating a number of cancers including skin, lung, kidney, breast, pancreatic, colon, ovarian and prostate cancer. This therapy has been approved in Germany and USA long ago and over 10 thousand patients have already benefitted from it. The fact of the matter is that this immunotherapy by dendritic cells should be the first in line treatment for cancer because nothing fights cancer better than the patient’s own innate defences i.e. his immunity. The ones who have undergone this treatment have got better results without chemo and radiation. But due to lack of knowledge and faith, patients do not go straight away for this treatment. It’s too bold and risky an option for them. That’s the reason why we advise them to take the shot while continuing with the conservative treatments. The effect is soon palpable. The efficacy of chemotherapy also increases with a considerable reduction in its side effects. The patient’s quality of life is enhanced to a huge extent. The outcome of this treatment is surely headed towards complete remission. This new version of immunotherapy by dendritic cells is already proving to be a game changer in cancer treatments in India and abroad.
HOW DOES IMMUNOTHERAPY WORK FOR CANCER?
It either trains the immune system to recognise the cancer cells and destroys it, or it stimulates the immune system to destroy the tumour cells by using antibodies. There are several types of immunotherapies. Passive immunotherapies (monoclonal antibodies) The different types of immunotherapies are based on the working principle of the human immune system, which produce antibodies when the body is infected by external bodies like bacteria, fungi etc. These types of antibodies are prepared artificially and are inserted in the body intravenously (through the veins). They work either by targeting specific harmful proteins on the surface of cancer cells, which are sometimes deserted by the immune system. Thereby helping the immune system recognise and destroy the cancer cells, or helping in blocking the cancer growth factor receptors (receptors that help in the growth of the cells). Also, monoclonal antibodies, which carry radioactive particles, help diagnose certain types of cancers like colorectal, ovarian and prostate cancer, with the help of special cameras. Some antibodies carry cancer drugs directly to cancer cells and destroy them by latching on to them. Non-specific immunotherapies These are usually given in chorus with other traditional treatments like chemotherapy. It is done either by using laboratory prepared interferons which slows down the growth of cancer cells, or by using interleukins, which destroy the cancer cells. Active specific immunotherapies This particular type of immunotherapy involves specific tumour antigens, which are infused using cancer vaccines. Either single or two or more of the above types of immunotherapies are used together depending on the need.
MAJOR BENEFITS OF IMMUNOTHERAPY
Highest success rates with no side effects like hair loss, infections, pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, weight loss, etc. Normal cells are not affected or destroyed during the treatment. No damage to the taste buds. Avoids conditions like O ste or ad io necrosis( bone death) Treatment available for all four stages of different types of cancer including pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, etc. Cheaper and affordable. Cancer is a lethal disease that is swallowing India silently. Even those types of cancer which were once known to be rare, are no longer rare. With this fatal disease on a rise, it is taking lives of many with each passing day. As per the reports, in India, approximately 4.5 lakh people are living with the disease, and there are more than seven lakh new cases being registered yearly, out of which 5,56,400 deaths are known to be cancer-related. It is also estimated that 71 percent of all cancer-related deaths are happening in the age group of 30 to 69 years. Considering the impact and progression of cancer, there has been no solid treatment to battle this deathly disease. But there finally seems to be some light at the end of this dark and dreadful tunnel in the form of immunotherapy.