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Carmel Valley, CA

Cancer & Immune Support Treatment in La Jolla, CA

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Cancer & Immune Support

Both Dr. Angela and Mark Stengler provide a very valuable service to patients dealing with cancer. They provide complementary care for patients going through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or other conventional therapies. Their nutritional therapy focuses on improving the patients' immune response. Dr. Stenglers' therapies improve detoxification which is vital for those receiving conventional therapies. They also focus on minimizing symptoms such as muscle wasting, fatigue, digestive upset, mood changes, and also hair loss.

Cancer Basics

Cancer is an umbrella term that refers to more than one hundred different kinds of diseases, which are usually identified according to the location where a tumor first appears. Nearly all the cells in our bodies must be replaced regularly. Some cells, like those that comprise the intestinal lining, die out quickly and are replaced every few days. In other parts of the body, the cells live for years before they divide and form new ones. Under special circumstances, such as an injury or illness, healthy new cells might grow more quickly than normal to replace those that are damaged. When the area is healed, the cell growth slows back down to its normal rate.

Cell Growth

Normally, the genes that control the growth of cells automatically know when to start and stop the replication process. But when those genes are mutated-- perhaps because of an inherited flaw or more frequently due to dietary and environmental factors-- cells may begin to multiply and divide at an unusually fast rate. Occasionally cancers are benign (meaning that they are non-cancerous and fairly harmless), as in the case of warts or uterine fibroids.

Malignant Growth

Other growths, however, are malignant. They draw nutrients away from the healthy tissues that surround them, and they interfere with the body's normal functions, to a possibly deadly extent. If a tumor continues to grow, its cells may spread through the blood vessels or lymphatic system to other parts of the body, where they create new tumors. Once this process, called metastasis, is underway, there is the danger of dying from the complications that can happen. Although a lot of cancers can be treated effectively when detected early, the sad truth remains that they are a leading cause of death in the United States. Every minute, another person dies of some form of the disease.


Dr. Stengler works with individuals who are under the primary care of an oncologist to provide supportive and complementary treatment. This involves supporting detoxification during chemotherapy and radiation, tissue healing after surgery, immune system improvement, and general body balancing depending on what weak organ systems are identified.

For further information about Dr. Stengler’s practice and his clinic in La Jolla, California, please visit our website at or give us a call at (760) 274-2377

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