Conventional Standard Therapies
Complementary and alternative Therapies
Active specific and nonspecific immune therapy
Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
Molecular targeting and Antiangiogenic therapy
Oxygen and ozone therapy
Diet and change of feeding habits
Quality control, documentation and research
1. Conventional Standard
Chemotherapy (with testing of chemotherapeutic sensitivity,
Hormonal therapy (in tissue expressing hormone
Pain therapy (medicinal, physical/physiotherapeutic and psychic)
Radiation therapy (in co-operation with external institutes
for radiation therapy)
Surgical intervention (e.g. removal of skin metastasis, metastasis
of lymphnods and extraction of samples for special investigations)
For the reduction of side effects of conventional,
tumordestructive methods, as in chemo or radiation therapy, these procedures
are complemented and enlarged by reconstructive methods, in order to
increase the body own defense mechanism and to reduce harmful free radicals
in healthy tissues (complementary cancer therapy). This enables not
only an improvement of quality of life and reduction of infections,
but also an increase of response rates to radiation or chemotherapy.
Applying the appropriate biological methods, such as immune therapy
and hyperthermia, resistance against chemotherapeutics can be reduced
("biomodulation") Considering chrono-biological rhythms (e.g.
circadian rhythm) the response rates on chemotherapeutics can be improved
2. Biological Therapies
The supplementary biological therapies on the one hand are designed
to reduce side effects and immunosuppressive consequences of tumor-
destructive therapies, like surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, and,
on the other hand, to prepare the body for an active defense against
cancer cells and against viruses and bacteria.
Supplementary physical-medical procedures, like hyperthermia and
light therapy (photodynamic therapy), are able to destroy directly cancer
cells in a less stressing way. The combination of tumor-destructive
and biological methods often can provide a better all over response
2.1 Active specific and nonspecific immunotherapy
2.1.1 Tumorautovaccination (ASI)
If we are able to take a probe of your tumor, we can
produce a vaccination from your own tumor cells. Together with a general
stimulation of your immune system, we can "immunize" you
against your own tumor (active specific immunization).
2.1.2 Fever-like whole body hyperthermia
We are inducing fever in your body for a couple of
hours. In this way we can widely activate (mobilize) and stimulate
(activate) all your immune system. Your body own defense cells are
trained to assume their function in cancer defense; at the same time
hidden infections of your organism will be detected and potentially
cured (e.g. viral infections).
2.1.3 Active non-specific immunotherapy
thymus, mistletoe, microbiological
Perhaps you have heard about the importance of the
thymus gland as a central control organ of your defense system and
the effects of thymus peptides and mistletoe extracts, to act as immunostimulators
and therefore to improve the cytotoxic activity of the cellular immune
system (anti-cancer activity). Thus, the thymus hormones and the mistletoe
agents, apart from other plant extracts (e.g. example echinacea, thuja)
and microbiological substances, play an important role in the general
activation, support and stimulation of your body own defense system.
2.1.4 Cytokine therapy and Bilogical
Response Modifiers (BRM)
The term BRM means "Biological Response Modifiers".
It is a collective term for agents which are able to act beneficially
on metabolic processes and defense mechanisms against cancer cells.
Thus, these substances, for example, can considerably reinforce the
efficiency of a chemotherapy. Cytokines, like interferon and interleukine,
are part of the signal pathways of the immune system.
The hyperthermia therapy plays a special role in
the BioMed Hospitals: It is well known, that tumor tissues are sensitive
to heat (endogenous: fever therapy, or exogenous: hyperthermia). Thus,
we are heating up targeted tumors using a short wave therapy (deep hyperthermia)
unit or a special water-filtered infra-red light (superficial hyperthermia).
In certain cases we have the possibility to apply another hyperthermia
procedure directly in your abdomen or bladder rinsing with heated liquid
in combination with a chemotherapy [intracavitary hyperthermic perfusion]).
We can combine hyperthermia with various other methods (e.g. chemotherapy
or radiation) and thus we are able to improve the efficiency in respect
to conventional methods. If tumors are disseminated to different organs,
we apply whole body hyperthermia (WBH) in combination with a chemotherapy.
The following hyperthermic therapies are applied:
Superficial hyperthermia (SHT)
Loco-regional deep hyperthermia (DHT)
Intracavitary hyperthermic perfusion therapy (ICHP)
Whole body hyperthermia (WBT)
High-frequency induced thermotherapy (HITT)
2.3 Orthomolecular Therapy
"Orthomolecular therapy" means the recovery
of normal, physiologic conditions of minerals, trace elements, vitamins,
amino acids and certain lipids in your body. Apart from the normalization
of regular metabolic processes, it is thus possible to increase the
antioxidative potential and so enable scavanging pv harmful free radicals
in the body, as well as the stimulation of the (re)differentiation of
malignant cells to benign cells.
By a special method (atomic absorption
spectroscopy) for the determi- nation of mineral and trace element concentrations
in your body liquids or cells, we opt for a targeted, individual supplementation
and enrichment of these substances. In this context the administration
of antioxidants, like vitamin A, C and E and beta-carotene, as well
as selenium, plays an important role for the restauration of the immune
system and therefor the diminution of damaged cells and shelter of organs
like bowels and heart from damage. These substances can also protect
against relapses or inhibit tumor growth (chemoprevention).
2.4 Enzyme Therapy
The therapy with proteolytic enzyme
combinations plays an essential role in biological cancer therapy. Enzymes
improve the flow properties of your blood, thus preventing thrombosis
and freeing your immune system from suppressing influences (e.g. immune
complexes or defense inhibiting proteins or peptides). Edemas and lymphoedemas
can be reduced as well. The enzymes probably also play a decisive role
in the settlement of cancer cells (inhibition of metastasizing) by digesting
adhesion molecules of the cancer cells. The massive side effects of
chemo and radiation therapy can be reduced considerably also by a combination
of enzymes. Clinical and practical investigations also show a marked
effective increase of cytotoxic activity of a chemotherapy by an enzyme
combination (this applies both to cytostatics and to antibiotics).
2.5 Differentiation Therapy
This term stands for the intention of
reconverting cancer cells into direction of "normal" cells
and, on the other hand, to protect normal cells from being generated
into cancer cells. Thus, for example, high dosage vitamin therapies
(vitamin A, beta-carotene, colecalciferol ) and butyric acid are applied.
These substances can protect against relapses or stop the tumor growth
2.6 Electrochemotherapy (Galvanotherapy)
A new therapeutical procedure for tumor
diseases, which are not treatable by surgery and/or by other methods.
Inserting fine needles into the tumor, this can be treated with a weak
current. In this way a tumor can be attacked directly (electrolysis).
This method is also called galvanotherapy.
2.7 Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy is a special light therapy.
Here the patient takes a light sensitive substance which predominately
accumulates within the cancer tissue. The radiation of these sites with
light can result in the direct destruction of tumors.
2.8 Molecular targeting Therapy
Clinical investigation with substances, like angiostatin
or endostatin, which inhibit the growth of tumor vessels, is just in
its beginning phase. Nevertheless today various agents are at our disposal,
which inhibit, in experiments, the growth of tumors, like extracts of
cartilage, extract of St. John's wort (hypericum), tamoxifen, thalidomid
and extracts from bacteria (e.g. Nocardia opaca).
2.9 Gene therapy
The genetic therapy must be considered as a pure
experimental therapy and at the moment has no clinical relevance. Nevertheless,
the physicians and scientific advisors of the BioMed KliniK are keeping
a close eye on all scientific projects. The introduction of an active,
specific immune therapy with plasmid DNA seems to be a promising therapeutical
In the BioMed Klinik psychotherapy assumes a special
importance. In clinical studies the importance of psychotherapy for
the improvement of the performance status, reduction of pain, improved
coping with cancer problems, as well as an significant prolongation
of survival rate can be shown.
Therefore the BioMed Klinik has a highly motivated
and above average team of nurses, psychologists, welfare workers and
physicians charged with these tasks. Psychotherapeutical methods includes
individual talks and group therapy, visualization (e.g. Simonton-Method),
progressive muscle relaxation (after Jacobsen), meditation, autogenic
training, therapeutical hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP),
Artistic work and music therapy complement the therapeutical
methods. Ergotherapy is used for purposes of rebuilding and maintenance
of independence in everyday life, and also for relaxing for the reduction
The ergotherapy above all includes motor-functional
therapy and training for sensibilization, e.g. by creative handling
of clay, stone and wood.
2.11 Oxygen and ozone therapy
Oxygen may help to improve your general performance
status. The multi-step oxygen therapy by Prof. M. von Ardenne is the
best known form of oxygen therapy, which can be offered. This method
allows you to have a direct influence on your general state of health.
Cancer cells are more aggressive in a environment low in oxygen.
You can directly strengthen your metabolism against
cancer cells by the oxygen therapy. According to individual requirements
we can apply either a multi-step oxygen therapy, intravenous oxygen
(oxyvenation), a haematogenic oxidation therapy (HOT) or ozone therapy.
2.12 Physical therapy
In our physiotherapy department which is of modern
design, we offer a widespread spectrum of important treatments, like
manual lymph drainage, a wide range of electrophysical methods (TENS,
Nemectrodyn, diadynamic flows, etc.), massage, inhalation and movement
therapies, as well as ergotherapy and balneo-physical treatments (baths,
Kneipp water treatment) applied by an oncologically experienced team.
2.13 Diet and change of feeding habits
The natural way of eating for overall health and disease prevention
and healing, which is based on scientific results, is extremely important
to us. The chief cooks of the BioMed Klinik and their staff are fully
conscious of this fact.
You will be really satisfied with the variety of
meals which activates your metabolism and which is mainly characterized
by the fact, that your body is freed from the burden of metabolic products.
A nutritional advice service gives practical training in cooking courses
and theoretical further education.
Phytoestrogens and antioxidants play an essential
role in prevention and growth control of cancer.
3. Pastoral care
For religious welfare representatives of the protestant and catholic
churches will be on hand for individual talks or common prayers services.
These services are organized by both christian churches.
Following the motto "listening - thinking - talking together"
and using special video documentaries in lectures we offer a wide range
of information about cancer diseases, introduction to the basics of
and importance of the body's own defense capacities, cancer prevention
and risk prevention, importance of psycho-physical context and development
of own, spiritual forces. During the information evenings our physicians
will answer the current questions of the patients.
5. Social-medical advice
The social-medical service gives you a hand on the return to everyday
life and will help you to integrate again in professional life.
6. Quality control, documentation
For the documentation of therapeutical results, above all concerning
life quality, survival rate and healing, the hospitals have separate
documentation departments. Moreover the hospitals are advised by a scientific
committee, which is formed from acknowledged immunologists, pharmaceutists,
biochemists and molecular biologists.
Ask for more Information:
BioMed-Klinik Bad Berzabern
Tischberger Str. 5-6
76887 Bad Bergzabern
Tel. +49-(0)6343-705-0; Fax +49-(0)6343-705-913