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Carmel Valley, CA

Cancer & Immune Support Treatment in La Mesa, CA

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Cancer & Immune Support

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

Cancer Basics

Cancer is an umbrella term that refers to more than one hundred different types of diseases, which are usually identified according to the area where a tumor initially appears. Almost all the cells in our bodies have to be replaced on a regular basis. Some cells, like those that make up 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 split and form new ones. Under special circumstances, such as an injury or illness, healthy new cells might grow quicker than usual to replace those that are damaged. When the area is recovered, the cell growth slows back down to its normal pace.

Cell Growth

Typically, the genes that manage the growth of cells automatically know when to start and stop the replication process. But when those genes are mutated-- possibly because of an inherited flaw or more generally because of dietary and environmental factors-- cells may start 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 pull nutrients away from the healthy tissues that surround them, and they disrupt the body's normal functions, to a possibly deadly degree. If a tumor continues to grow, its cells may spread via 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 many cancers can be treated effectively when caught early, the unfortunate truth remains that they are a leading cause of death in the United States. Every minute, another individual dies of some form of the disease.


Dr. Stengler works with people that are under the primary care of an oncologist to provide supportive and complementary treatment. This includes supporting detoxification during chemotherapy and radiation, tissue healing after surgery, immune system enhancement, 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 Mesa, California, please visit our website at or give us a call at (760) 274-2377.

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