I am both a long-term cancer survivor and cancer coach. I have lived in complete remission from my cancer since 1999 by living an evidence-based, non-conventional, therapy regimen including nutrition, supplementation, bone health, exercise, detoxification, and more. I encourage head & neck survivors to to the same.
I want to be clear that by promoting a nutritional therapy such as the one linked and cited below, I was not condemning conventional oncology in any way. Conventional chemo and radiation bring risks with them that the cancer patient and survivor must consider.
I’m saying that broccoli or perhaps a supplement that combines cruciferous vegetables may help certain head and neck cancer patients or survivors reduce their risk of relapse or second cancer.
The article/study linked below shows evidence-based research indicating that a component of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables show anti-cancer effects in mice. There is no guarantee of anything. I underwent cytoxan therapy back in ’95. Cytoxan, I have learned, carries with it an increased risk of bladder cancer.
I take a cruciferous vegetable supplement because I think it will lower my risk of a second cancer. I supplement with Life Extension Triple Action Cruciferous Vegetable Extract.
For more information about other complementary or integrative therapies for head and neck cancer or other cancers, please scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply ASAP.
“However, a new study suggests that broccoli sprout extract could also be protective against head and neck cancer…
People who are cured of head and neck cancer are still at very high risk for a second cancer in their mouth or throat, and, unfortunately, these second cancers are commonly fatal,” says lead author Dr. Julie Bauman. “So we’re developing a safe, natural molecule found in cruciferous vegetables to protect the oral lining where these cancers form.”
Sulforaphane reduced both the incidence of oral cancer and the number of tumors that developed in the mice significantly. This finding led the researchers to test a mixture of fruit juice and broccoli sprout extract rich in sulforaphane on 10 healthy human volunteers.
No ill-effects occurred, and at the same time, the researchers detected certain protective changes in the lining of the volunteers’ mouths, suggesting that the compound was absorbed and directed toward the tissue in this area.
The clear benefit of sulforaphane in preventing oral cancer in mice raises hope that this well-tolerated compound also may act to prevent oral cancer in humans who face chronic exposure to environmental pollutants and carcinogens,” states Dr. Johnson.”