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Insulin Potentiation Therapy: FAQ

It can be daunting to sift through the wealth of information available online about integrative medicine. Our doctors hear lots of questions about the use of these popular approaches, such as insulin potentiation therapy, sometimes called IPT, as a cancer treatment option. They’ve compiled some of the most common questions to help address the concerns of cancer patients, as well as their friends and family, who may be researching integrative or complementary medicine.

If you don’t see your question answered here or you’d like to talk with one of our doctors, request a consultation online or call (602) 404-0400 to set up an appointment.

How does insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) work?

IPT, also known as low-dose chemotherapy, is a safe, gentle way to fight many different types of cancer. The word “potentiate” indicates that insulin is used to enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs, allowing IPT practitioners to administer as little as a one-tenth of the amount of chemotherapy drugs used in conventional treatment.

During an IPT session at our Arizona cancer center, insulin is administered intravenously to lower a patient’s blood sugar. The patient’s blood glucose is monitored during this time, and once a desired level is reached, insulin effectively opens the cell receptors, allowing them to absorb more medicine. Once these receptors are open, a low dose of chemotherapy is administered.

Why should someone choose IPT over conventional chemotherapy?

IPT is a holistic cancer treatment. It was developed with the complete well-being of the patient in mind. Because IPT uses a much smaller dose of chemotherapy drugs, the well-known, unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy are not often present. Patients undergoing IPT have reported minimal or no hair loss, fatigue, nausea, and neuropathy.

What happens at an IPT session?

Patients are advised to fast the night before IPT in order to maximize the results of insulin administration. Once a patient arrives at the clinic, he or she is led to a comfortable treatment room where insulin is administered via IV. This usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes. During this time, patients may feel symptoms of low blood sugar, such as lightheadedness and perspiration.

Once the desired level of blood glucose is reached, the insulin drip is switched to chemotherapy. Following a patient’s treatment, a doctor will add a glucose drip and may offer food to counter the effects of low blood sugar. From start to finish, an IPT session usually lasts about 2 hours.

How long will a patient need to undergo IPT?

The answer to this question depends on the individual needs of the patient. An IPT session is usually recommended between 1 and 2 times a week. The patient’s condition will be regularly evaluated, and eventually the frequency of sessions will be reduced based on the patient’s response and the regression of his or her cancer.

Are there any treatments that can work in tandem with IPT?

The doctors at EuroMed Foundation believe that, while IPT is a useful tool in the fight against cancer, its effects can be enhanced with the use of complementary therapies. Many patients have benefitted from glutathione treatment, mushroom extract, intravenous vitamin C, and others. Our doctors evaluate each patient’s medical history and current condition to determine which course of action will be most effective in treating his or her cancer.

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