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How Can Insulin Potentiation Enhance the Effectiveness of Cancer Treatments?

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Cancer treatment has seen remarkable advancements in recent decades, but most traditional cancer therapies — like chemotherapy – come with a number of unwanted side effects and even limitations in terms of efficacy. At Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX, our dedicated team is committed to offering the most innovative tools, treatments, and technologies available today that can help patients in their fight against cancer. Insulin potentiation therapy (IPT), in particular, is a unique treatment protocol that utilizes the hormone insulin to enhance the effectiveness of conventional cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, while also helping to minimize the adverse side effects of these therapies. Keep reading for more information on how IPT works to boost chemotherapy efficacy and more.

What is IPT cancer treatment?

Insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) is a therapeutic approach that relies on insulin — a naturally occurring hormone in the body — to selectively target cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissues. The principle behind IPT is based on the fact that cancer cells have a higher metabolic demand for glucose compared to normal cells. By administering insulin alongside chemotherapy or other cancer treatments, IPT capitalizes on this metabolic difference to increase the penetration of anticancer agents like chemotherapy into cancer cells through the cell membrane.

How is IPT performed?

During an IPT session, a patient receives a small dose of insulin followed by a reduced dose of chemotherapy or other medications. The insulin acts to temporarily lower blood sugar levels, which, in turn, triggers a state of heightened glucose uptake by cells, including cancer cells. This increased uptake makes cancer cells more vulnerable to the effects of chemotherapy, potentially enhancing the treatment's efficacy and reducing the required dosage of these strong drugs with adverse side effects.

What are the benefits of adding IPT to chemotherapy?

Generally speaking, minimizing the severity of chemotherapy or radiation side effects and improving the ability of cancer therapies to penetrate cells are among the primary benefits of adding insulin therapy to cancer treatment regimens. Some specific benefits of IPT for cancer patients include:

  • Targeted delivery of chemotherapy to cancer cells
  • Reduce damage to healthy cells
  • Easier delivery and penetration of cancer drugs to targeted cells
  • Lowers the required dose of chemotherapy and other cancer treatment agents
  • Minimizes unwanted side effects of cancer treatments
  • Improves overall quality of life during cancer treatment
  • May boost efficacy of cancer treatments

Can I get IPT instead of chemotherapy?

It is important to note that IPT is not intended to replace standard cancer treatments but rather to complement them and potentially enhance their effectiveness while boosting a patient's comfort and quality of life during their course of cancer care. Still, the addition of IPT to chemotherapy and other cancer care regimens has proven promising for enhancing treatment efficacy and driving positive patient outcomes across a diverse range of cancers and patient populations.

Bring everything to the table for the fight of your life with IPT during cancer treatment in Grapevine, TX

If you are facing chemotherapy or another cancer treatment, you deserve to have every possible tool, aide, and asset in your corner to boost your chances of a successful treatment, minimize damage to healthy cells, and reduce the uncomfortable and disruptive side effects of therapy — and IPT can help with all three. To get started with IPT alongside your cancer treatment, you'll need to have a collaborative consultation with your physician, oncologist, and our team at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX. Call us today to learn more about the compelling and potentially life-changing or even life-saving benefits of IPT.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.