Malignant Melanoma

Malignant MelanomaMalignant melanoma (MM) arises from the pigmented layers of the skin. It is generally considered to be more difficult to treat than the other skin cancers, but this is not true in the early stage, which has good response to conventional therapy. Melanoma usually develops on the upper backs of men and the legs of women, however, those with high exposure to sunlight also develop the tumor on the face, neck and back of the hands. Environmental agents considered causative are heavy metals (arsenic), tars and oils and radiation therapy itself. We have found viral components in most patients.

As melanoma spreads horizontally over the skin it is treatable, but becomes less so as it penetrates vertically into and beneath the skin. With deep penetration there is widespread risk of metastasis to subcutaneous tissues and spread via the blood and lymphatic vessels.

There are staging level systems to help devise therapy in conventional medicine and IRC finds those staging levels important to its protocols. Both the TNM and Clark levels can be found on this link. Usually patients come to the Immune Recovery Centers of America after failing conventional therapy. They often have had lymph node dissection which can limit some forms of immunotherapy. In addition to our program, outlined below, we believe that IAT (intra-arterial therapy), using chemotherapeutic agents, vaccines and immunotherapy offer promise for these patients.

Cancer, as with most chronic diseases, is usually “allowed” to exist and progress due to a failure of the immune system to perform its immune surveillance role. The initial immune failure may have been due to a combination of several factors, such as viral attack, heavy metal poisoning, environmental toxins among others. One factor, often overlooked, is diet. Excessive consumption of calories, particularly fats, increases the potential to develop prostate and other cancers. Diet can also suppress the immune system, as can stress. These causative factors can “punch holes” in the immune system, causing it to fail to adequately respond when aberrant cells spontaneously arise. When a small colony of cancer cells have become established they begin to protect themselves with a variety of mechanisms which include further suppression of the immune system (cancer-induced suppression), or immune tolerance of the tumor.

The IRCs' program is primarily directed toward correction and restoration of the immune function, which by its own nature will begin an attack on the tumor. This program can be supplemented by use of natural products and other agents with anti-cancer activity. The program is an individually designed four weeks intensive protocol which includes:

  • Detoxifying the body of heavy metals and toxins.
  • Reduction of the virus burden.
  • Restoration of the immune system (patching the holes).
  • Contra suppression of the cancer induced mechanisms of protection, tumor tolerance.
  • Specific stimulation of the restored immune system to elicit an immune attack on the tumor.
  • Addition of natural and other agents with anti cancer activity.
  • Adjunct use of acupuncture, lymphatic massage, and Chinese Medicine (pulse reading and herbal products).
  • Restoration of metabolic function through use of diet corrections, oral enzymes, and other natural supplements.