Dr. Belanger has a three-step approach when working with a person with bladder cancer.
Step one: He frequently orders a test that determines what drugs and natural medicines are best at inducing cell death of the bladder cancer cells found in a person’s blood. He works with a lab called RGCC in Greece. This lab isolates circulating bladder cancer cells from the bloodstream and tests over fifty natural substances and over fifty drugs to determine which have the greatest ability to induce cancer cell death. This test, for example, will tell you if an intravesicular treatment with mitomycin would be better than gemcitabine or vice versa. Dr. Belanger will use this information to construct a plan which will include recommending the best drug regimen on the RGCC test and adding nutritional supplements which may improve the ability of cisplatin and gemcitabline, for example, to induce bladder cancer cell death while reducing the drugs toxicity on healthy cells. In addition, he will use the RGCC test to select two or three nutritional supplements which came up the highest at inducing bladder cancer cell death.
Step two: He orders over five panels at a variety of labs to assess imbalances in the patient’s immune system. In order for cancer to grow and create symptoms and/or appear on a scan, it needs to escape a person’s immune system. Dr. Belanger does extensive tests to determine how and why the bladder cancer cells were not destroyed by a patient’s immune system and he uses this information to select nutritional supplements that correct these imbalances. To determine if these imbalances have been eliminated, he retests the abnormal immune labs to make sure they have been restored to normal. This helps him determine that the patient’s immune cells are now capable of destroying bladder cancer cells in the future. This may also improve the effectiveness of single target immunotherapies such as nivolumab and pembrolizumab because more immune system parameters in addition to PDL1 have been assessed and addressed.
Step three: Dr. Belanger orders a third panel of lab tests from over three separate laboratories to determine what is stimulating the growth and potential spread of the bladder cancer. In order for a tumor to grow beyond a few millimeters it needs an adequate blood supply to provide it with a constant supply of nutrients and oxygen. There are numerous blood vessel stimulators that are commonly produced by bladder cancer cells that can be detected in the blood such as TGF and interleukin-6. Dr. Belanger measures over ten of these growth factors and prepares a customized blend of nutritional supplements to decrease their levels. After about one month, he remeasures any growth factor that was elevated to help ensure that the cancer is being “starved” and not able to build anymore new blood vessels.
"I am convinced that Dr. Belanger saved my life. I was diagnosed with invasive bladder cancer in January 2006 at age 52. Despite three surgeries, the cancer spread aggressively to my pelvis and abdomen. The prognosis was grim. The only conventional treatment was chemotherapy, and the odds weren't good (25-33% chance that the drugs would help at all, including just stopping or slowing the spread of cancer temporarily.) Fortunately I found out about Dr. Belanger. He prescribed supplements to enhance the effectiveness of the chemo, as well as to fight the cancer on their own. He also put me on a cancer-fighting and cancer-starving diet.
After 9 weeks of chemo, the results were "spectacular," to quote my oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. CT and bone scans showed no more visible cancer anywhere. My oncology team was also amazed at how well I tolerated the chemo (which was important so I could consistently receive the full dose) and how quickly my energy returned after the treatment.
I was (and am) very impressed with Dr. Belanger throughout the entire process. His approach is strictly science-based, using the latest studies on supplements in cancer treatment. He was scrupulously careful about not prescribing any supplement not proven to NOT interfere with the specific chemo drugs I received. (It's vital to have an expert help you to avoid taking the wrong supplements at the wrong time as well as to take the right supplements when they can help.) He was also very knowledgeable about all the conventional treatments my oncologist was giving me, and very articulate in explaining the cancer process and how supplements could help.
Now, because my cancer is the kind that can often return anytime (it is most likely still present at microscopic levels), I continue to follow a regimen of supplements and diet prescribed by Dr. Belanger to keep it in remission by controlling blood factors that might encourage tumor growth. So far, every three months my scans have continued to show no visible signs of cancer. Plus I feel just great. Although my oncologists can do nothing more on the conventional side to help me, except for hope, Dr. Belanger is confident that he can keep me living a long time. So am I. If you or a loved one have cancer, I urge you to add Dr. Belanger to your team."
Bob Morrison, 53, Arlington.