The Need For Support
Once diagnosed with cancer, a patient generally undergoes one or more treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these. Very often these treatments can lead to nutrient imbalances and deficiencies. These nutrient imbalances and deficiencies – in addition to having an adverse effect on the patient's quality of life – can compromise the completion of the patient's treatment.
Responding to these nutrient imbalances and deficiencies thus becomes a critical element in meeting a cancer patient's needs. The nutritional support of an oncology patient is an important component for the patient's health-care provider, the patient, and the patient's caregivers in helping to manage all aspects of cancer treatment and supportive care.
The overall nutritional wellbeing of the patient is now an important factor in determining a patient's overall ability to tolerate their primary cancer therapy. When a patient's nutritional status is less than optimal it can complicate the ability to sustain the ongoing treatment of their disease.
Nutritional Support of Oncology Patients
Often, the supportive nutritional needs of a patient going through cancer treatment are thought of as a second-tier matter. Cancer supportive care includes pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplementation, education, and other means that support the individual who is undergoing primary cancer treatment.
The objective of supportive care is to ensure that a cancer patient is able to successfully complete their primary treatment plan with the best quality of life possible.
Quality of LifeOncoQOL: Serving Health-Care Providers, Patients, and Caregivers
When pure, safe, evidence-based nutritional supplements are appropriately formulated they can help address specific nutritional deficiencies to support the quality of life for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
OncoQOL was conceived with this need in mind. OncoQOL is a joint business effort between two of the world's leading health-care companies: Helsinn Healthcare SA and Thorne Research, Inc. At OncoQOL, our goal is to address the nutritional needs of cancer patients through their health-care providers and caregivers via premium quality nutritional supplements, supported by scientific data and whole-patient wellness considerations, ideally with the hope of supporting their quality of life ("QOL").
OncoQOL's mission is to support the quality of life of cancer patients by providing pure, safe, evidence-based nutritional supplements and personal care products together with information and education for health-care providers, patients, and caregivers. In order to support this mission, we look to the latest scientific and clinical evidence to guide the development of OncoQOL's nutritional supplement product portfolio, ensure appropriate use, and maximize outcomes.
Our Products and Programs
OncoQOL's nutritional supplement products are exclusive, specially formulated products containing nutrients and botanicals that address nutritional needs that can arise during cancer treatment.
OncoQOL products do not treat specific tumor types nor are they adjuncts to treatment, but rather, they address nutritionally-based issues that often arise during cancer care. By supporting the patient's nutritional intake and quality of life, OncoQOL products can assist in the primary therapy being completed as planned.
Many cancer patients are not only aware of the numerous harmful chemicals that are in the environment, they also know harmful chemicals can be contained in personal care products. Savvy cancer patients will invariably choose to avoid the use of personal care products that contain the plasticizers, foaming agents, and preservatives found in almost all commercial brands. Many of these chemicals are absorbed through the skin, and when they are they can mimic the effect of estrogen in the body, which is why they are referred to as xenoestrogens. DermaQOL products, the personal care product line by OncoQOL, only contain certified organic ingredients and never contain xenoestrogens.
Purity and QualityWe care that patients receive pure, hypoallergenic, highly-absorbable nutrients .... it means results.
At OncoQOL, we know the purity of a dietary supplement product's raw ingredients will make the difference between an effective, well-tolerated product and an inferior, poorly absorbed one that might even cause an allergic reaction. That is why our commitment to use only the purest ingredients possible &ndash free of binders, unnecessary fillers, and flowing agents &ndash is nothing short of obsessive.We demand and deliver the very highest standards.
Our parent company, Thorne Research, Inc., is also our exclusive manufacturer and consistently meets or exceeds the product quality standards for dietary supplement manufacturers set by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), as well as international regulatory agencies. During an April 2011 inspection, the FDA found Thorne Research to be fully compliant with the FDA's Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines. Fewer than two percent of dietary supplement companies achieve this result following an FDA inspection.