Early Cancer Indicators | Part I

Cancer doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that takes several years before one begins experiencing symptoms. 

If one catches cancer early enough, they can save themselves thousands of dollars in healthcare spending and innumerable pain and suffering. Early detection is ultimately what we need to better control and prevent cancers from becoming too risky

True, conventional mammography and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing have advanced detection of specific cancers.  The problem is these diagnostic tests have lower-than-desired sensitivity and specificity, a criteria critical for early-stage cancer detection.

Typically, cancer is not diagnosed or treated until cancer cells have already begun invading the surrounding tissue and metastasized throughout the body. It's estimated that 60% of patients with breast, ovarian, colon, and lung cancer have hidden or overt metastatic colonies at presentation. As you may know, conventional therapies are limited in their success once a tumor cell has traveled beyond its tissue of origin (Wulfkuhle et al., 2003).

At this point, what should we consider?

Increased Heat Production 

Tissue adjacent to cancer exhibit increased temperature compared to non-adjacent, non cancerous areas. The elevated temperature is a product of accelerated metabolism of cancer cells.  Increased blood flow to the cancer cells allows more nutrients and oxygen to be delivered so that they can rapidly grow (DeBan et al., 1994).

The primary reason we use Thermography at SF Advanced Health is to detect variances in body temperature in order to detect inflammation and cancer in the early stages of disease development. Thermography gives us a chance to observe the body’s mechanics in real-time, by observing thermal changes and hot-spots. 

How does thermography work? Via an infrared camera it observe the blood flow and heat patterns through various bodily tissues.  Thermography is an excellent adjunct diagnostic tool to see the inner workings of the body.  Adjunct means it is used in conjunction, but as a replacement with other imaging scans.  There is also no risk of exposure to damaging radiation or contrast iodine dyes, unlike with CT scans, mammograms, and x-rays.

Dr. Bhandari and the Advanced Health Team Are Here to Support Your Health.

Our expert team of integrative holistic practitioners work with patients suffering from chronic health concern.  We help our patients reverse disease by better understanding how the body optimally functions and provide personalized treatment plans.  To learn more and book an appointment, contact Advanced Health or call 1-415-506-9393.


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Payal Bhandari M.D. Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is one of U.S.'s top leading integrative functional medical physicians and the founder of San Francisco' top ranked medical center, SF Advanced Health. Her well-experienced holistic healthcare team collaborates together to deliver whole-person personalized care and combines the best in Western and Eastern medicine. By being an expert of cell function, Dr. Bhandari defines the root cause of illness and is able to subside any disease within weeks to months. She specializes in cancer prevention and reversal, digestive & autoimmune disorders. Dr. Bhandari received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1997 and Doctor of Medicine degree in 2001 from West Virginia University. She the completed her Family Medicine residency in 2004 from the University of Massachusetts and joined a family medicine practice in 2005 which was eventually nationally recognized as San Francisco’s 1st patient-centered medical home. To learn more, go to www.sfadvancedhealth.com.

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