The Oncology Program at the Riordan Clinic
Are you or a loved one facing a cancer diagnosis?
The Riordan Clinic is here to help.
Every day in America, nearly five thousand people hear the words, “You have cancer.” That phrase conjures up a whirlwind of emotions—fear, anxiety, confusion, and hopelessness, to name a few. Once the initial shock wears off, patients are left trying to figure out how they are going to treat their cancer. Typically, the standard of care involves surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, or some combination of those therapies depending on the type of cancer and stage.
These treatments can be life-saving in some. But often, they fall short. Many patients are left with long-term toxicities and side effects. Perhaps the most significant shortcoming of standard cancer care is that the sole focus is on treating cancer rather than strengthening and supporting the human that has cancer.
Here at Riordan Clinic, our approach to cancer treatment is one that complements the traditional standard of care with greater emphasis on supporting the human. Our goal is to get to the root cause of disease and address it using a variety of safe, research-based therapies and services that focus on “whole-person” care.
At the Riordan Clinic, you aren’t seen as a cancer patient. You are a person who has cancer. We’re here to care for you as an individual person, and by doing so we will address the cancer as well.
Customized Clinical Care
Most of our cancer patients come to us already equipped with a lot of their own research, and many have implemented special diets and nutraceuticals. Unfortunately, without proper guidance, patients often miss the mark on what they need during different phases of their treatment and throughout the healing journey. For this reason, we spend a lot of time working with the patient to organize their diet and supplement regimen. This enables us to address key nutrient deficiencies and target the factors that are driving their particular type of cancer.
Our standpoint at Riordan Clinic is that cancer requires an “all hands on deck” approach. All too often, cancer patients are told that the traditional standard of care is their only option. That simply is not the case. Integrative therapies are a valuable complement to traditional cancer care and can be incorporated at almost any time during treatment.
IV Vitamin C (IVC)
At the backbone of all of our cancer support protocols is intravenous vitamin C (IVC). Why IVC? In addition to its ability to selectively kill cancer cells, IVC has a wide range of other benefits for cancer patients. It decreases inflammation, refuels the immune system, and may even help turn cancer stem cells back into healthy cells. The research behind IVC as an adjunctive cancer therapy is impressive. It has been studied in cases alongside chemotherapy and radiation, showing strong evidence for both safety and synergistic effects. [Read more]
Strengthening the Immune System with Mistletoe & Hellaborus Therapy
The immune system is the missing link when it comes to cancer. We all have cancer cells in our bodies every day. Read that again. Scary, I know! The difference is that in a person with a properly functioning immune system, those cancer cells are detected and eradicated before enough of them can congregate and form a tumor.
The key to regaining an edge on cancer is to increase the immune system’s capacity to eradicate cancer cells. While many of our therapies have immune benefits, mistletoe therapy may be the gold standard. Mistletoe, typically given as a subcutaneous injection, delivers an elegant shock to the immune system by ramping up the production of natural killer cells, macrophages, and inducing low-grade fevers. Like IVC, there is an impressive amount of clinical research behind mistletoe. It is another safe and effective treatment to be used alongside conventional therapies and is an approved treatment for cancer patients in many countries around the world.
Helleborus niger is a perennial herb often referred to as the Christmas Rose. This biologic therapy has been widely used in Europe for many years to improve sleep, appetite, circulation and mental strength in cancer patients. It can also inhibit cancer cell growth, reduce tumor-related pain and decrease inflammation. Helleborus therapy is most commonly a complement to Mistletoe Therapy and is advised for all types and stages of cancer treatment.
Other Treatments and Services
We offer several other therapies at Riordan Clinic to help support cancer patients. These include Ozone, Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation, Chelation, and metabolic treatments such as fasting protocols, and repurposed drugs. With an extensive menu of integrative therapies at our disposal, we can put pressure on cancer cells from many different angles and pathways while simultaneously working to rebuild human function. Detox methods, including infrared saunas, are also valuable tools in ridding the body of toxins as it heals.
Laboratory testing is essential to the process to determine and monitor various cancer markers, detect nutrient deficiencies, and screen for other major health issues. Riordan Clinic’s medical team has arranged a lab profile that is specific to cancer and people who have had a cancer diagnosis. Our doctors use the results of this lab testing as a vital tool in discovering the root cause of your health concerns, make decisions on treatment care and protocols, and to monitor progress along the way. Because laboratory testing requires fasting, we will have you meet with one of our experienced phlebotomists as your first step in the day’s schedule. Tests are performed through the convenience of our onsite Bio-Center Laboratory. After meeting with the doctor, more testing may be recommended that is specific to your type or stage of cancer. These recommendations will be fully explained to you by your doctor during your appointment(s) and you will have the opportunity to decide together how to proceed.