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Blood Test to Detect Cancer

Can this blood test detect cancer?

For decades, doctors and scientists have sought ways to detect cancer with efficiency and accuracy, as soon as possible. Technology has made significant advancements over time and the area of oncology is no exception. Today, genetic blood testing is becoming a more commonly used way to spot early stage cancers and get them treated before it spreads; however, finding cancer this way is often best used with existing tumors. Non-invasive detection of early stage tumors can still be difficult to diagnosis with existing blood tests.

What is Targeted Error Correction Sequencing?

But, a new method of research called Targeted Error Correction Sequencing (TEC-Seq) is making strides to effectively detect cancer at early onset. The approach was created by a team of researchers and their findings were published in Science Transitional Medicine last year. As cancer takes over healthy cells, there are many changes in gene expression, specifically with DNA modification. The technique scans the blood for the DNA fragments that come from cancerous tumors.  The new method was used to look at 58 cancer-related genes. Researchers looked at 200 patients and it helped detect some cancers in stages 1 and 2 including breast, colon, ovarian, and lung cancer approximately 59% to 71% of the time. (1)

This new method could prove especially helpful when it comes to spotting early stage cancers, especially cancers that are difficult to catch when they initially start, such as ovarian cancer. Right now, only 1 in 5 ovarian cancers are caught early, which means that many women don’t find out that they have it until it is advanced. This will decrease the odds of survival.

Learn more about Genomic DNA Testing

Learn more about genomic DNA testing in relation to cancer diagnosis here. While more refining of this liquid biopsy needs to happen in the future to greater improve the detection rate, initial indicators show that the TEC-Seq could help doctors find cancer and diagnose it earlier. This will hopefully translate to healthier, cancer-free patients with higher survival rates.

  1. Phallen, al., “Direct detection of early-stage cancers using circulating tumor DNA.” Science Translational Medicine  16 Aug 2017: Vol. 9, Issue 403, eaan2415
    DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aan2415
    http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/9/403/eaan2415
    Accessed online February 14, 2018

Are Cancer Drugs Providing Value to Patients?

By Dr. Thomas Incledon

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for many. While there are many avenues of support and more and more research is being done every year on how to successfully treat cancer patients, there is still a lot of information to digest. Cancer medications are often a go-to route for many providers treating patients, but, are these cancer drugs providing real life-saving value to patients? Not necessarily, according to a report published in the Annals of Oncology.

In 2010, the government established the U.K. Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) to help patients with the costs of expensive cancer medicines that were not obtainable with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The initial budget was set at £50 million per year, but in total, £1.3 billion was spent in a 6-year time frame (2010-2016). The goal of the program was to improve accessibility to cancer drugs in addition to helping with the delay of getting drugs approved for use through NICE. The authors of the study looked at the potential value to patients through six criteria points, and they analyzed 29 cancer drugs that were approved for various types of cancer treatments.

Results showed that out of the 47 CDF-approved indications, only 38% were considered significantly advantageous toward overall survival. Twenty-six of the drugs were previously rejected by NICE for being not cost-effective enough to get approval. The report also concluded that many patients may have experienced more good than bad, and may have endured toxic side effects from the medicine they took. (1)

Cancer patients should be aware that “drug only” cancer treatments are not producing results on par with expectations. In fact, this mode of treatment may not be the best way to go. Individuals that have recently learned they have cancer should question the treatments that are offered by their providers and should seek a well-rounded treatment plan, rather than one that relies solely on available cancer drugs. Patients should instead ask about supplements, nutrition changes, exercise regimens and other lifestyle changes that can help with combatting cancer.

“Do patient access schemes for high-cost cancer drugs deliver value to society?—lessons from the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund. Accessed online January 26, 2018. https://academic.oup.com/annonc/article/28/8/1738/3768075?searchresult=1

 

Foam Rolling

Ready to (Foam) Roll

Almost every gym in America now has foam rollers, but not everyone knows what they’re used for or how to use them. We’ll briefly discuss the benefits of foam rolling, how to foam roll, and when to foam roll.

Benefit of Foam Rolling:

Foam rolling is a method of myofascial release which is a form of soft tissue therapy. It is similar to deep tissue massage, but generally not as deep (and not as painful).

To understand the benefits of foam rolling, it helps to think of your muscles like rubber bands (in fact, they have many similar properties). If you tie a knot in the middle of the rubber band it can’t stretch as far as if the knot weren’t there. Adhesions, scar tissue, and tightness caused

by trauma, inactivity, and even stress act as “knots” on your muscles; they prevent the muscle from elongating fully and/or properly and they can also cause pain. Foam rolling breaks up these “knots” and stimulates blood flow allowing the muscle to properly elongate. This provides many benefits including:

  • Injury prevention
  • Improved performance in the gym or in competition
  • Improved range of motion
  • Decreased pain
  • Stress and tension relief

How to foam Roll:

Foam rolling is pretty simple. You place the foam roller on the floor and then sit, lie, or situate yourself in some form on top of the roller so that you can apply pressure to a small area on your body – generally a muscle. You then roll back and forth over that area in small strokes – about 2-4 inches – for a few seconds, working your way up or down the muscle. If an area is particularly painful, you’ll want to spend a little more time foam rolling that area. As you progress, you can move to firmer foam rollers and/or implements that target a smaller area (like a tennis ball or baseball). Other effective myofascial release devices include The Stick and the Thera Cane.

The Thera Cane

 

When to Foam Roll:

Foam rolling can be performed during the warm up period before a workout to prepare the body for training. It can also be performed on off days, especially as part of a recovery session along with low intensity cardio, body weight exercises, mobility drills, and static stretching.

The next time you’re in the gym, grab a foam roller and give it a try. It’s gonna hurt a bit at first, but the benefits are well worth the effort.

About the Author

Recognized as one of the most complete non-toxic wellness clinics and alternative cancer treatment centers in the nation, Causenta offers an array of cutting edge technology, a state-of-the-art facility and personalized medical protocols not found anywhere else in the world.

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Instead of taking what we call the Band-Aid approach to your health and performance, we focus on discovering the ROOT CAUSE of what is holding you back.

For over 17 years, our highly experienced and trained doctors have combined traditional medicine and break-through therapies to provide patients the right treatment for even the rarest conditions.

  • Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy somewhere else are reporting little to no side effects when they’re working alongside our oncologist.
  • We have been able to permanently treat different kinds of neuropathy in as little as one day up to a week.
  • We have seen patients that haven’t been able to walk for years, walking out of our clinic in perfect balance.
  • Radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are always the last resort to treating cancer at Causenta.
Consumer dissatisfaction with U.S. healthcare system

Letter From a Doctor: Consumer dissatisfaction With U.S. Healthcare System

There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t hear a complaint from a client about how they had to spend hours waiting to see their doctor, how another clinic charged them a fee they weren’t expecting, or how their insurance company wouldn’t cover any of their expenses. Frankly, people are fed up with the current healthcare system in this country, and healthcare professionals aren’t much happier. Insurance coverage and reimbursement have been reduced to a juvenile game of offer/counter-offer based on complex algorithms and the subjectivity of claims officers. This has lead to a decline in the number of healthcare providers willing – or able – to put up with the status quo. Combine that with an increasing and aging population and you’re left with an inflated patient to practice ratio, increased wait times, and unhappy customers.

To illustrate this dissatisfaction, here is a recent story that a patient told me about his experience with another clinic:

I was referred to an imaging center to get a colonoscopy to see if I had diverticulitis. I contacted the imaging center and scheduled an appointment. I asked them how much the procedure would cost and whether my insurance policy would cover it. The representative at the imaging center told me that I would have to contact my insurance company.

I called my insurance company and they told me that they didn’t have enough information to help and that I would have to call the imaging center back.

I called the imaging center back and the rep I spoke to said that I would have to speak to someone in billing.

I was transferred to billing and they told me they couldn’t get me a price because they needed a CPT code.

I was transferred back to scheduling and I was told that someone would call me back three days before my test to let me know how much it would cost.

I never received a call.

On the day of my procedure, I checked in and was asked to sign a form agreeing that I would be responsible for all fees incurred from my procedure regardless of insurance coverage. I asked again what the cost would be and was told that my insurance company should have told me. I was left with an ultimatum; sign the form and pay an unknown amount of money out of my own pocket or cancel the procedure and jeopardize my health.

This is just one of a number of examples of how healthcare providers have forgotten who their clients are. In any business, common sense dictates that you take care of the people who give you money. Unfortunately, healthcare companies have forgotten that they need to take care of their patients, not the other way around.

There’s an old quip that states, “If you want to be successful, do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.” At Causenta, we strive to do the opposite. Our  clients don’t have to wait for hours to see a doctor. We disclose all fees associated with their treatmentbeforehand. We consult with their insurance provider to get them as much coverage as possible. The healthcare system is a mess, and we continually do our best to make things as painless as possible for our clients, because we’re in the business of taking care of them, not the other way around.