Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bastyr Creates New Cancer Patient Assistance Program

Donation from Cleavage Creek Cellars will help fund patient participation

A new program at the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC) will allow late-stage breast cancer patients to have an improved quality of life while increasing their chances of survival.

The innovative program was created thanks to a generous $10,000 donation from Cleavage Creek Cellars of Pope Valley, Calif., and will introduce patients to such nontoxic treatments as intravenous ascorbic acid (IVAA) — which has a pro-oxidant effect attacking cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed — as well as targeted botanical therapies, nutritional therapy, acupuncture and massage.

Patients with late-stage cancer have historically had few effective or tolerable treatment options. Because of this funding, BIORC will be able to help up to five patients who might not otherwise be able to afford complementary cancer care. Medicaid and Medicare do not pay for these types of treatments.

"This program is a welcome addition to the cancer research we are currently conducting," said BIORC Medical Director Leanna J. Standish, PhD, ND, LAc. "It is truly heartwarming to know we are giving a potentially life-saving opportunity to patients who otherwise could not afford the treatments."

This is the latest in a recent stream of funding for BIORC. Last July and September, Bastyr University's cancer research center received federal grants totaling nearly $8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct studies on both complementary and integrative medicine, and the healing power of Asian medicinal mushrooms on breast cancer.

About Bastyr University

Bastyr University, located near Seattle, Washington, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California, opened in San Diego, California, in fall 2012, becoming the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.

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