Coley’s toxins (sometimes called Coley’s vaccine, fever therapy or mixed bacterial vaccine) is an alternative cancer treatment that utilizes a culture of two types of killed bacteria to elicit an immune response. This immunotherapy treatment is especially effective in certain bone and soft tissue sarcomas.
The idea for the use of these toxins in alternative cancer care came from research in Germany. The formula we use at Camelot Cancer Care was originally developed in 1893 by Dr. William Coley while he was a surgeon at New York’s Memorial Hospital. He had published research about the relationship between an infection and a regression of cancer, which we now know to be due to the immune system’s crucial role in killing cancer. The mix of the dead Streptococcus pyogenes and Serratia marcescens bacteria prompts the immune system to fight the bacteria and it attacks the cancer cells as well. The immune response causes a fever, and some researcher suggests that the rise in body temperature also has an effect on the continued development of cancer cells.
Coley’s toxins are delivered intravenously – at Camelot Cancer Care, patients receive their treatment painlessly through a picc line or their port if they arrive with one installed. When receiving Coley’s toxins, patients may experience temporary nausea and chills as their fever spikes, but their symptoms usually return to normal within a few hours of the treatment. This immunotherapy is excellent for combining with other treatments for a more complete alternative cancer treatment program.