The American Standard of Care considers IPT to be an "experimental” therapy, and therefore not “medically necessary,” despite the fact that IPT has been in use for more than 70 years, and is used as a standard form of cancer and central nervous system infection therapy all over Europe. Reimbursement very much depends upon your policy. We use standard drugs and standard coding, so the insurance codes are the same as those used for conventional therapy. Some patients find the drugs are reimbursed, but the insulin and complementary therapies are not.
Our charges are based on the assumption that your insurance will cover the cost of the chemotherapy drugs, and you will pay only a co-pay, since the medications are prescribed by our physicians and delivered to the office through a pharmacy. If you have no insurance, you will pay the pharmacy directly for the cost of the drugs
It depends upon what stage the cancer is in, and how aggressive the cancer is. Basic therapy includes the following:
The schedule may be modified, depending on the patient’s response to therapy. We will also use nutritional therapies, in addition to the IPT, again depending on the underlying state of health, and how much in the way immune system dysfunction the patient has had before starting IPT.
If the patient is very weakened, or already has a compromised immune system from prior therapy or illness, there may be some side effects - some drop in white blood cell count, some hair loss, some nausea - but far less than with standard full dose chemotherapy. However, in a patient whose immune system is not already compromised, there are minimal side effects. Sometimes a patient will complain of fatigue after the treatment. Other than a little fatigue for a day, we have seen no significant side effects to date.
We find it is more effective because IPT does not inflict severe damage to the immune system. The IPT therapy itself uses the FDA-approved chemo drugs, just like standard chemotherapy, but the drugs are more concentrated in the cancer cells because of the insulin which is administered.
Insulin is given to drop the blood sugar. Cancer cells require much more sugar to stay alive than the normal cells of the body. When the blood sugar has dropped (called the therapeutic moment), we administer both sugar and chemo drugs. The chemo drugs are dragged in to the cancers in far higher concentration than into normal cells, because the cancer cells are so avid for sugar.
First, we build up the body’s immune system and digestive tract so that it can withstand the poisons (chemotherapeutic agents) which we are giving it to kill the cancer. Standard chemotherapy only does the killing part, not the building up part.
Second, we use chemosensitivity testing to give us a better indication of which chemo drugs are more effective (rather than simply indicated by usual protocols) to kill the particular patient’s circulating tumor cells. It’s like being able to aim at dart board instead of just throwing darts at the whole wall.
Third, we insist upon lifestyle changes - because what you have done so far has brought you to where you are. These lifestyle changes include being open to change of eating habits, change of exercise habits, expanding your world view and your view of the illness and yourself.
Fourth, because treatments use lower doses of chemo agents than standard chemotherapy, we can do the treatments more frequently. Thus we are able to hit the cancer cells over and over, before they are able to regroup and begin to multiply again.
Fifth, quality of life is significantly improved. Since the side effects are minimal, you do not have to buy a wig, or miss out on activities because of vomiting or diarrhea, or have blood transfusions frequently, or break out in blisters, or develop sores in your mouth or ... or... or... In fact, you will be required to join a Quality of Life Study for which you will paid $100 per year, to document your quality of life periodically.
We charge a fixed price of $50,000.00 for the first 2 months of treatment. This includes the initial evaluation (with bioelectric scans), initial lab work, specialty lab work including chemosensitivity testing, functional evaluation of nutritional status, IPT treatments, nutritional IV treatments, detoxification treatments, individual guided imagery/Chiren biophotonic treatments, nutritional counseling and assistance, and group discussion sessions every 2 weeks.
After the first two months, therapy slows down to once a month for the first year, and occurs at progressively longer intervals for a total of five years.
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