Cancer and Natural Medicine: A Textbook of Basic Science and Clinical Research / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is a critical and intelligent review on the subject of cancer and natural medicine. Since the clinical efficacies of the natural therapies discussed in the book are still largely unknown, this book is not written as a treatment guide. Rather, Cancer and Natural Medicine presents the current state of research and points to promising therapies and research needs. The language of the book is moderately technical. However, all technical terms and concepts are explained.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Patricia Blagman, EdD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This book offers a comprehensive review of anticancer effects of natural and dietary substances. The book also contains descriptions of cancer cell development, immune system functioning and the theory of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as the grounding for natural approaches to cancer treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a comprehensive review of basic principles of cancer and natural medicine, the latter from the TCM point of view.
Audience: The book is for practitioners, both oncologists and nononcologists, who seek understanding of the principles and pros and cons of natural agents found through cancer research.
Features: Each chapter is well outlined. Much of the material is presented in useful tables, graphs, and charts. The references are thorough and current. Twelve appendixes provide additional useful material.
Assessment: This well-researched work is an excellent reference for the potential use of natural remedies in cancer treatment. Comprehensive research on the anticancer properties of natural substances is presented. As well as a thorough description of cancer development and the role of the immune system in this disease and its treatment, the book contains a good overview of the philosophy of TCM. Useful appendixes include lists of Chinese herbs and their categories, cancer incidence and survival data, and antitumor effects of herbal products. The book is well researched, well organized, and well written.
Patricia Blagman
This book offers a comprehensive review of anticancer effects of natural and dietary substances. The book also contains descriptions of cancer all development, immune system functioning and the theory of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as the grounding for natural approaches to cancer treatment. The purpose is to present a comprehensive review of basic principles of cancer and natural medicine, the latter from the TCM point of view. The book is for practitioners, both oncologists and nononcologists, who seek understanding of the principles and pros and cons of natural agents found through cancer research. Each chapter is well outlined. Much of the material is presented in useful tables, graphs, and charts. The references are thorough and current. Twelve appendixes provide additional useful material. This well-researched work is an excellent reference for the potential use of natural remedies in cancer treatment. Comprehensive research on the anticancer properties of natural substances is presented. As well as a thorough description of cancer development and the role of the immune system in this disease and its treatment, the book contains a good overview of the philosophy of TCM. Useful appendixes include lists of Chinese herbs and their categories, cancer incidence and survival data, and antitumor effects of herbal products. The book is well researched, well organized, and well written.
Henry Dreher
Cancer and Natural Medicine is a remarkably useful compendium of theory and research on natural remedies for cancer....While the tone of the writing is scholarly, readers in search of information will be delighted to have clear explantations and trustworthy scientific sources in an area otherwise fraught with misinformation and hyperbole. Cancer and Natural Medicine is a well-organized treasure trove that marks a shift in the world of alternative cancer therapy from speculation to scientific investigations. -- Natural Health
Walter Felix Jungi
For an academically trained medical oncologist, this is an astonishing discourse... In fact, reading it is quite rewarding as it provides insight into the border zone between scientific and traditional cancer medicine....The textbook is a useful reference for people interested in natural medicine and especially Traditional Chinese Medicine. -- Annals of Oncology
David B. Clayson
John Boik deserves the accolades of the medical and scientific community for his efforts in assembling the present knowledge of natural therapies and combining it with current knowledge and beliefs about the mechanisms of cancer development. This soft-backed volume is well produced with masses of information tables and figures. It is exceptionally well referenced. Cancer Letters
Booknews
A reference manual for the use of natural therapies in cancer treatment reviewing cancer physiology, invasion, and metastasis based on scientific research data. The text uses the review as a background for identifying effective alternative treatments such as herbs, vitamins, Chinese medicine, antioxidants, psychotherapy, and meditation. The synthesis of conventional oncology and the biologic effects of natural therapies provides a balanced presentation for practitioners and researchers. Appendices include lists of herbs, study results, cancer overviews, and summaries of therapies. Oregon Medical Press is at 315 Tenth Ave. N., Princeton, MN 55371. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964828001
  • Publisher: Oregon Medical Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.99 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface (page xiii)

Chapter 1. Introduction (page 1)
Cancer Incidence and Mortality
The Use of Complementary Medicine by Cancer Patients
The Clinical Efficacy of Complementary Medicine in Treating Cancer
Research on Complementary Medicine
Summary

Chapter 2. Initiation, Proliferation, and Cell Death (page5)
Cell Initiation: cancer initiation and DNA damage, viruses, radiation, carcinogens
Cell Growth: cell proliferation, cell differentiation, tumor growth
Cell Death: apoptosis vs. necrosis, apoptosis and cancer, natural agents and apoptosis
Summary

Chapter 3. Angiogenesis (page 15)
The Mechanics of Angiogenesis
Angiogenic Factors: blood coagulation, inflammation, tissue repair
Angiogenic Factors and Neoplasia:
Natural Agents that Inhibit Angiogenesis
Neovasculature as an Anticancer Target: antiangiogenesis vs. antivascular therapies
Summary

Chapter 4. Invasion (page 32)
Connective Tissue, Proteases, and the Extracellular Matrix
Proteases and Protease Inhibitors in Neoplasia: natural inhibitors
Natural Agents that Facilitate Collagen Production
Summary

Chapter 5. Metastasis (page 37)
The Mechanisms of Metastasis
Cell Detachment and Intravasation
Migration Through the Circulation
Cell Arrest at a New Location
Extravasation
Induction of Angiogenesis
Summary

Chapter 6. Humoral Factors that Affect Neoplasia (page 43)
Sex Hormones
Eicosanoids
Growth Factors
Summary

Chapter 7. Effects of pH on Neoplasia (page 52)
The Regulation of pH
Cell Proliferation and pH
Low pH Treatments: hyperthermia, metabolic acidosis
High pH Treatments
Summary

Chapter 8. The Immune System (page 58)
Overview of the Immune System
Cancer Immunotherapy: active immunotherapy, passive immunotherapy
Natural Agents that Stimulate the Immune System
Natural Agents that Suppress the Immune System
Summary

Chapter 9. Treatment of Cancer by Conventional Medicine (page 80)
Treatment Modalities: radiotherapy, surgery, chemotherapy
Survival and Mortality: mortality rates, relative survival rates
Summary

Chapter 10. The Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (page 90)
Introduction
Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine: methods of diagnosis, symptom patterns
Causes of Disease: internal causes of disease, external causes of disease
Symptom Patterns and Cancer
Clinical Use of Chinese Herbs


Summary Chapter 11. Antitumor and Anticancer Effects of Botanical Agents (page 105)
Investigations of Plant Extracts at the National Cancer Institute
Antitumor Compounds Selected for Advanced Development in China
Antitumor Compounds of Interest
Chinese Herbs that Exhibit Antitumor Activity
Chinese Herbs that Exhibit Anticancer Activity
Summary

Chapter 12. Dietary Macronutrients and Their Effects on Cancer (page 129)
Types of Dietary Fat
Mechanisms By Which Dietary Fats May Promote Cancer
Mechanisms By Which Dietary fats May Inhibit Cancer
Macronutrients Other Than Fats
Summary

Chapter 13. Dietary Micronutrients and Their Effects on Cancer (page 142)
Vitamins
Metals: selenium, zinc, calcium
Summary


Chapter 14. Dietary Non-nutrient Factors and Their Effects on Cancer (page 148)
Non-nutrient Anticarcinogens
Phytoestrogens
Phytosterols and Saponins
Flavonoids
Protease Inhibitors
Isoflavones
Lignans
Summary

Chapter 15. Other Natural Agents (page 161)
DMSO: solvent activities, hydroxyl scavenger action
Cartilage: bovine cartilage, shark Cartilage
Digestive Enzymes: The Gonzalez program, wobe-mugos, bromelain Urea
Summary

Chapter 16. Physical and Psychological Therapies (page 169)
Physical Therapies: acupuncture, electrotherapy
Psychological Therapies: Western psychology, Eastern psychology
Summary

Chapter 17. Conducting Research on Natural Agents (page 176)
Research Design
Summary of Promising Agents
Discussions on Individual Agents
Multiagent Approach to Treatment
Laboratory Analysis
Summary

APPENDIX A: List of Chinese Herbs (page 199)
APPENDIX B: Herbal Formulas Mentioned In Text (page 208)
APPENDIX C: Cancer Incidence and Survival Data (page 211)
APPENDIX D: Studies on Platelet Aggregation and Fibrinolysis (page 214)
APPENDIX E: Natural Agents that Affect cAMP Levels (page 216)
APPENDIX F: Compounds Showing Cytotoxic or Antitumor Activity in Chinese
   Studies (page 217)
APPENDIX G: Herbal Products with Reported Antitumor or Anticancer Effects (page 220)
APPENDIX H: Overview of Selected Cancers (page 224)
APPENDIX I: Overview of Common Research Designs (page 241)
APPENDIX J: Less Promising Natural Agents (page 248)
APPENDIX K: Derivation of Concentration-time Curves for Rhein and Emodin (page 254)
APPENDIX L: Radiotherapy and the Use of Antioxidants (page 260)
References (page 262)
About the Author (page 300)
Index (page 301)

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