Dr. Alex Chan N.D. Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre Naturopath YVR
3 min|Dr. Alex Chan

Personalized Cancer Solutions: SOT's Role in Reshaping the Cancer Treatment Landscape

Wellness, Cancer, SOT
In my practice cancer remains one of the most challenging diseases to combat, despite continued research and conventional treatments. Especially in cases of rare cancer types, late stage disease or when recurrence rates are high we look towards innovative approaches that go beyond traditional treatment options. Supportive Oligonucleotide Therapy (SOT) represents a promising option in cancer treatment. This groundbreaking therapy harnesses the power of oligonucleotides to offer targeted treatment to patients with cancer and those hoping to prevent cancer recurrence.

Supportive Oligonucleotide Therapy, or SOT, is a novel approach that uses oligonucleotides – short DNA or RNA molecules – to modify gene expression and cellular functions. This change in function can impact a cancer cells ability to produce the proteins needed for new cancer cell development and growth. Unlike conventional cancer treatments, which often focus on eradicating rapidly dividing cells, the SOT produced by RGCC aims to restart the apoptosis or cell death mechanism that is active in healthy cells.

SOT uses the principle of precision medicine, tailoring treatments to individual patients based on their genetic information. Oligonucleotides are designed to selectively target specific genes or cellular pathways involved in cancer progression or treatment-related side effects. The SOT produced by RGCC specifically aims to impact protein synthesis related to apoptosis so that cancer cells can turn back on the cell suicide mechanism.
SOT Therapy
How Supportive Oligonucleotide Therapy, or SOT, interacts with cells.

One of the biggest challenges for my patients are the side-effects and impacts on quality of life from traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. Luckily, SOT is highly targeted so it spares healthy cells and has its primary impact only on cancer cells. Generally, SOT is well tolerated with minimal side effects, however, it is not recommended in patients who have extensive tumour burden. As cancer cells die there is the risk of tumour lysis syndrome which can create complications depending on the tumour location. If the total tumour burden if high or if there is involvement in the lungs and brain SOT is not recommended.

Research on Supportive Oligonucleotide Therapy has been ongoing for several decades and is gaining momentum, however it is important to remember that SOT is still an experimental treatment. I have been impressed with the responses seen in my practice and the initial data is very promising. There continue to be further clinical trials that assess the safety, efficacy, and long-term effects of SOT in various cancer types. We are discovering more ways that SOT can be applied in cancer treatment including mitigating side-effects, addressing treatment resistance and enhancing a persons own immune response. Additionally, other research priorities include optimizing the method of SOT delivery, ensuring target specificity, and addressing any potential off-target impacts.

I am excited about Supportive Oligonucleotide Therapy as it represents a paradigm shift in cancer treatment. Right now with the specific SOT produced by RGCC we can offer a personalised and targeted approach to restart the natural apoptosis mechanism. As research continues and clinical trials advance, SOT provides a new therapeutic opportunity that can redefine the landscape of cancer care and provide patients with a more effective and less toxic treatment option.

Ready to explore Supportive Oligonucleotide Therapy as a personalized solution for your cancer journey? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Alex Chan, and let's discuss how SOT can be tailored to your unique needs and circumstances. 

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