Integrative Cancer Support

Both Dr. Angela and Mark Stengler provide a very valuable service to individuals dealing with cancer. They offer complementary care for patients undergoing 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 undergoing conventional treatments. They also focus on minimizing symptoms such as muscle wasting, fatigue, digestive upset, mood changes, and hair loss.

Cancer Basics

Cancer is an umbrella term that refers to more than one hundred different types of diseases, which are typically identified according to the location where a tumor first appears. Almost all the cells in our bodies have to 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 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 healed, the cell growth slows back down to its normal pace.

Cell Growth

Usually, the genes that manage the growth of cells automatically know when to start and stop the replication process. But when those genes are mutated– perhaps due to an inherited defect or more generally due to dietary and environmental factors– cells might begin to multiply and divide at an abnormally fast pace. Sometimes 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 border them, and they hinder the body’s normal functions, to a potentially 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 risk of dying from the complications that can happen. Although many cancers can be treated successfully when found early, the unfortunate 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.

Treatment

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 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 Encinitas, California, please visit our website at MarkStengler.com or give us a call at (760) 274-2377.