IPT - Insulin potentiated therapy


IPT is a simple medical procedure which uses the hormone insulin, followed by glucose (sugar), to better transport or rather "smuggle" drugs into the tumor cells. The tumor cells have a higher basic metabolic consumption rate than normal body cells. Therefore they are taking up sugar faster after a period of hypoglycaemia than non affected cells.

This mechanism functions via insulin receptors (IR) and insulin-like growth factor-I receptors (IGF-IR). Since the tumor cells possess significantly more insulin receptors (IR) and a higher insulin like growth factor (IGF-IR) than normal body, the chemotherapy is more selective and has a more effective impact on malignant cells. Positive consequences are a possible reduction of the dose of the current protocols of chemotherapy and thus significantly reduce side effects.
The average duration of a treatment is 1 hour. Since the treatment is little straining for the patient it is carried out under outpatient like conditions.

Possible side effects caused by hypoglycaemia:

  • heart palpitations
  • sweating
  • tightness in the chest
  • lethargy

All side effects disappear right after treatment.

Unfortunately there are no scientific papers available comparing the effectiveness of chemotherapy under IPT conditions with the side effects in conventional chemotherapy. This could prove its effectiveness and efficiency. However such studies are very much desired.



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