The Use of Systemic Enzyme Therapy in Oncology

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Abstract: For Many years it has been a common practice for doctors to use forms of natural substances to provide relief of medical issues. Some Clinical studies are being conducted to determine if plant extracts containing proteolytic enzymes can be very useful in a therapeutic manner in response to cancer, and in recent times the use of other enzymes such as pancreatic enzymes have been common in the clinical trials of systemic enzyme therapy in oncology. The method of using enzyme therapy in the treatment of cancer can perhaps greatly lessen the harmful effects that other more conventional treatments such as Chemotherapy and radiation have had on patients such as these both have been known to lack selectivity in attacking the cancer cells and tumors. (Schepelmann) This harmful effect also in response the chemotherapy and radiation’s inability to work efficiently has greatly affects the normal tissue in the body, by damaging the normal tissue. The question is how does enzyme therapy work and in clinical trials how effective has the enzyme therapy been on the cancer in improving not only the quality of life of the patient but also the longevity of the patients life. Introduction: Dr. John Beard in 1906 proposed that enzyme therapy could be used in the treatment of cancer, this aroused some controversy in the world of medicine, however, Dr. Beard’s theory is now being put into practice and is a method used by many. (Beard) The enzyme therapy consists of the extraction and administration of the enzymes to the patients. (Gonzalez) The enzymes are extracted from the plants and are transformed into medicine such as fluorouracil, vinblastine, and cyclophosphamide. (Leipner) These are enemas, which are coated tablets. These are... ... middle of paper ... ...ce to systemic Therapy in patients with Breast Cancer.” Breast Cancer Chemosensitivity. Springer New York. 2007. Gonzalez, Nicholas James, and Linda Lee Isaacs. "Evaluation of Pancreatic Proteolytic Enzyme Treatment of Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas, With.." Nutrition & Cancer 33.2 (1999): 117. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 7 June 2010. Guang, Xu, et al. “Strategies for Enzyme/Prodrug Cancer Therapy” Washington School of Medicine. (2001): 3314-3321. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 10 June 2010. Leipner, Jorg, et al. “Systemic Enzyme Therapy in Oncology.” Department of Natural Medicine (2000) Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 7 June 2010. Schepelmann, Silke, et al. “Viral Vectors for Gene-Directed Enzyme Prodrug Therapy.” Institute of cancer Research. (2006): 647-648. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed June 11,2010).

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