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Stage 4 Breast Cancer A New Immunotherapy Treatment Brings Hope to Stage 4 Cancer Patients

Immunology Strengthens Fight Against Stage 4 cancer and Stage 4 Breast Cancer
The field of cancer immunology is now more than 30 years old and has developed rapidly, particularly over the last 10 years. Immunotherapy, the use of the stimulated immune system to fight off disease, has branched out into different subsets including immune system growth factors, monoclonal antibodies, cellular therapies, and even combinations of two or more of these immunotherapy strategies. Recent advances in adoptive immunotherapy (focused on the expansion of specific disease-fighting white blood cells and their infusion into patients) have led to breakthrough discoveries that will profoundly impact the treatment of stage 4 breast cancer and other stage 4 cancer over the next decade.

A Look at Traditional Breast Cancer and stage 4 cancer Protocols

Breast cancer treatment in the early stages has, for quite some time, been focused on lumpectomy combined with radio and chemotherapy to increase survival. With late stage or Stage 4 Breast Cancer we typically see more of the same, however, it is not uncommon to see additional forms of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments if the patient had grown refractory (or is not responding to treatment) to the first regimen.

Immunotherapy for cancer and stage 4 cancer provides a complete new way of targeting metastasis and dealing with the primary site of the cancer all at one time. Data clearly shows that as tumors and cancer stages progress so do immune blocking mechanisms conjured (up regulated) by cancers to self-protect. By depleting such negative immune factors and rebuilding a specialized cancer vaccine that employs the body's own natural killer cells to fight - Envita has a powerful and innovative method to deal with stage 4 breast cancer and stage 4 cancer using the best immunotherapy.

Envita Leads the Field in Stage 4 Breast Cancer Immunotherapy

Multitudes of published studies have demonstrated the effects of adoptive immune therapy in cancer patients. Envita's renowned medical team assessed the best of these studies and focused on the strengths and weaknesses of each. Their findings established a protocol that incorporates only the best procedures for the expansion and application of cells as a powerful immunotherapy. Our protocols are based on the most recent published research in the field, from some of the most prestigious hospitals and universities in the nation and around the world. However, our treatment has been specially designed to deal specifically with stage 4 breast cancer and stage 4 cancer patients immune systems.

Cancer Killers for Stage 4 Breast Cancer and Stage 4 Cancer

It is common knowledge among scientists and physicians that three types of white blood cells can be activated by the immune system to kill cancer cells directly: cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), natural killer cells (NKs), and natural killer T cells (NKTs). These cells are found circulating in the body in low amounts; however, they are a major firstline immune system cancer defense. As cancer progress these cells can decrease in number and are often times being blocked by the cancer signaling. This plays an essential role in the progression of the disease. Envita has found an effective way to reverse this process.

Stage 4 Breast Cancer Patients and Understanding Natural Killer Cells

Over the past 20 years, scientific studies have repeatedly shown that breast cancer patients have significantly lower levels of natural killer cells than healthy individuals. 1-3 Additionally, NK and NKT function is observably lower in those with breast cancer, meaning that the immune system is severely impaired.2-5 Research also shows that progression of disease in these patients is associated with decreasing NK activity, and that people with a significant family history of breast cancer had lower NK cell activity than people with minor family history of breast cancer. 4,6 This strongly suggests that defects in NK activity itself may actually contribute to the onset of breast cancer.6 Not surprisingly, breast cancer patients typically have low levels of interferon-gamma, a major growth factor for NK cells that is naturally produced by the body.3

Natural Killer Cells Vital to Stage 4 Breast Cancer and Stage 4 Cancer Patients
Despite the impairments in NK and NKT cell number and function seen in cancer patients, these cells have been successfully expanded from patients via advanced laboratory techniques - providing the necessary cellular resources for effective immunotherapy.3,5 Published research from Stanford University, the Mayo Clinic, and Harvard University has recently illustrated and supported the importance of natural killer cells and natural killer T cells in patients with cancer. In fact, adoptive immunotherapy composed of NK cell infusions has the capacity to cause clinical regressions in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and leukemia. Moreover, NK cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes have also been utilized in breast cancer patients with clinical successes noted. 7,8 In patients with metastatic breast cancer, NK infusion was well-tolerated and resulted in complete response in 20% of patients.7 In 6 out of 16 patients infused with activated T lymphocytes, objective tumor regressions were observed. 8 In animal models of breast cancer, the anti-tumor effects of agents such as interleukin-2 and interleukin-12 were determined to be dependent on NK cells. 9,10 Additionally, the presence of activated NK cells and other tumor-fighting immune cells have proven to be key factors in the response of cancer patients to drugs such as thalidomide, Gleevec, and paclitaxel. 11-13

Envita's Two-fold Stage 4 Breast Cancer and Stage 4 Cancer Immunotherapy

Envita Natural Medical Center in its Mexico office is currently utilizing NK cells and CTLs as immunotherapy Treatment for cancer patients. Envita's proprietary immune therapy vaccine is called AAIT (for autologous adoptive immune therapy,) and there are 4 major cell types involved - the great majority being natural killer cells and T cells. The types of cells that make up Envita's treatment are listed below: Natural killer cells Natural killer T cells Cytokine-induced killer cells Cytotoxic T lymphocytes The vaccine(s) is compiled by growing a patients own antitumor immune cells into the billions. These cells are then analyzed for activation markers and tested for their ability to kill cancer cells in the laboratory, then re-infused into the patient. Enhancing the immune system is a major benefit to fighting cancer, but this vaccinedriven routine may be added upon through subtraction. Simply put, we can improve results by not only bolstering critical components of the immune system, but

simultaneously depleting it of negative factors that impede its functionality. Depleting the negative factors is extremely important. It is no secret that cancer cells effect the release of T-regulatory cells, or "negative T cells." The numbers of these cells correlate directly with specific cancer stages respective to each cancer type. The more advanced the cancer, the higher the Tregulatory cells. These cells block your bodys immune system ability to fight. The immune system is the first and last defense against cancer. Naturally, by stepping in and acting to deplete these cells along with other key enzymes that block critical immune system, cancer cell-killing action will be expedited exponentially. Imagine your immune system being targeted and ready to go, yet something in your body suddenly applies the brakes. This is in fact what most stage 4 breast cancer and stage 4 cancer patients are dealing with in regards to high regulatory T cells. Envita's treatment protocols build a targeted vaccine by using the body's most powerful cancer killers, but also depletes the portion of the immune system that inhibits the body from functioning efficiently in such regard. Case in point, there is no treatment (conventional or alternative) that can be effective in the later stages of cancer if these negative T-cells are not effectively down-regulated. Unlike other immune therapies found in the published literature, Envitas AAIT can be used as a stand-alone treatment. AAIT can also be given in conjunction with other therapies that will act to enhance the effects of cells once they are in the patient. This is a key improvement over many of the published studies in the scientific literature. Envitas AAIT therapy is not just focused on expanding cells in the laboratory; the ultimate goal is to also expand them and keep them activated after they are infused back into the body. Making AAIT next important piece to stage 4 breast cancer and stage 4 cancer therapy.

AAIT Available for stage 4 breast cancer at Envita Mexico

The activated natural killer cells in Envita's AAIT are considerably more effective in the realm of tumor obliteration than other similar treatments offered in Mexico or across the globe. Backed by scientific research and clinical results, Envita's AAIT offers a powerful option for Stage 4 Breast Cancer and stage 4 cancer patients who are looking to fight cancer while keeping their immune system intact. If you have any questions concerning Envitas AAIT, please consult with our team of physicians and patient educators. This particular therapy is offered in Envita Mexico's international cancer center. References 1) Balch CM, Tilden AB, Dougherty PA, Cloud GA. Depressed levels of granular lymphocytes with natural killer (NK) cell function in 247 cancer patients. Ann Surg. 1983 Aug;198(2):192-9.

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