What is Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT)?
Insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) is a low, targeted dose of chemotherapy that uses insulin as a biologic response modifier. At the Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine, board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Constantine Kotsanis provides this innovative cancer treatment with chemotherapy drugs, which are delivered at a much lower dose. The effectiveness of the lower dose is based upon physiologic evidence and clinical experience to be enhanced by using insulin to transport the chemotherapy drugs across the cell membrane into cancer cells (which may be considered an off-label use). The insulin helps to target the chemotherapy drugs to the cancer cells only. (Note: Off-label use of approved drugs is addressed in the Physician’s Desk Reference. It is permissible under FDA law. Insulin has a very long history of safety.)
Dr. Kotsanis' clinical experience also strongly suggests that this protocol helps to minimize the side effects associated with chemotherapy. The most notable impact reported by our IPT patients is the improvement in their quality of life. Prior to being accepted into our comprehensive cancer care program and beginning IPT therapy, potential patients must cooperate with an oncologist and a primary care physician. Dr. Kotsanis gladly coordinates with that team of physicians. The Kotsanis Institute is located in Grapevine, TX – close to the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) International Airport. Having been on staff at the Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine, TX for more than 30 years, Dr. Kotsanis has access to almost every kind of specialist. Make an appointment to see Dr. Kotsanis for your IPT consultation.
Types of Cancers IPT Responds to
When you select to have IPT treatments at the Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine, we will evaluate your medical history and the type of cancer you have to determine whether you're a candidate for this cancer treatment. While IPT has worked well with various types of cancers, we will look at your case to determine the best course of action. Dr. Kotsanis will take into consideration the stage of cancer you have, the virulence of your individual cancer cells, and any other factors. He will also work with your current oncologist and primary care physician for guidance on providing you with IPT.
Who Benefits from IPT?
If you have cancer, your quality of life can be significantly improved with IPT. Gentle treatment combined with nutritional therapy may sometimes preclude the need for additional surgery or radiation. If surgery or radiation is required, IPT may be administered simultaneously.
Our IPT Technique
IPT is administered the same way as conventional chemotherapy. You'll sit in a reclining chair as the chemotherapy agent is delivered through an IV. The treatment may take about 60 – 90 minutes.
There may be a few side effects of IPT treatments. Some patients experience nausea for a few hours after the first couple of appointments. Occasionally, white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets may drop. The number of IPT sessions you'll have will depend upon your medical profile and how well you respond to IPT. The frequency of treatments will also vary.
Cancer Support When You Need It Most
If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of IPT at the Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX, please reach out to us. If you are accepted into our comprehensive cancer care program, we'll discuss IPT therapy with your primary physician and oncologist as well. We want what is best for you! Call and schedule an appointment today.
Note: The preceding is for educational purposes only and is not meant to suggest any specific treatment nor is it meant to imply that we offer all of these treatments. They should not be considered as generally accepted alternatives to conventional medical treatment. All treatment decisions should be made by the patient in the context of trusted medical advice.