Treatment Options for Stage 4 Cancer

Anatara Medicine is one of the most advanced multidisciplinary Stage 4 cancer clinics in the world. We offer a unique, comprehensive, individualized holistic approach to treating Stage 4 cancer.

As recognized leaders in alternative cancer treatment and prevention, we continue to pioneer novel approaches to Stage 4 cancer care.

We seek to use non-invasive integrative cancer treatments to vigorously attack Stage 4 cancer while protecting your body from the toxic side effects that conventional cancer treatments can cause.

Our approach works on strengthening your bodily systems to increase cellular energy, bolster your immune system, and provide your body with what it needs to fight disease and restore balance for improved health and wellness.

Our welcoming atmosphere and private treatment rooms allow you and your loved ones to relax and receive these healing therapies.

We are excited to provide you with a comprehensive, technologically advanced, and scientifically based approach to cancer treatment.

We Understand Your Concern

A Stage 4 cancer diagnosis can turn your world upside down, and it can be challenging to know what steps you should take next.

Anatara Medicine’s approach is grounded in the physiology of what your body needs to fight your specific disease.

Our data-driven approach is founded on the most comprehensive, system-wide evaluation of your health you may have ever received.

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Stage 4 Cancers We Treat

  • Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma
  • Stage 4 Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Stage 4 Bladder Cancer
  • Stage 4 Bone Cancer
  • Stage 4 Breast Cancer
  • Stage 4 Cervical Cancer
  • Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer
  • Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer
  • Stage 4 Glioblastoma
  • Stage 4 Kidney Cancer
  • Stage 4 Lung Cancer
  • Stage 4 MBC
  • Stage 4 Metastatic Cancer
  • Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer
  • Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer
  • Stage 4 Prostate Cancer
  • Stage 4 Small Cell Carcinoma
  • Stage 4 Stomach Cancer
  • Stage 4 Throat Cancer

Our Stage 4 Cancer Treatment Approach

Our step-by-step, integrative approach is designed to shrink and slow the growth of tumors while also eliminating any cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body.

We add supportive treatments designed to strengthen your immune system, improve detoxification pathways, enhance cellular energy and communication, restore balance, and maximize your overall health for years to come.

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Mon: 10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Tues-Thurs: 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Friday: closed

1700 California Street, Suite 520
San Francisco, CA 94109

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1. Diagnostics & Testing

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We use cutting-edge testing to deeply dive into understanding you at a cellular level to address conditions, boost the immune system, and provide you with stacked therapies in a strategic and tailored fashion. Some of the most advanced and sensitive imaging in the world, along with comprehensive testing, inform us about how your body may respond to particular treatments and your unique cancer biomarkers and vulnerabilities.

From this, we create a custom cancer treatment protocol for your body.


  • Cancer Blood Biopsy
  • Whole Body Scan
  • Cancer DNA Detection Test
  • Cancer Enzyme Testing
  • Therapeutic Drug Response Test
  • Deep DNA Analysis / Genomic Testing
  • and more…

2. Stage 4 Cancer Treatments & Therapies

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We create a customized Stage 4 cancer treatment protocol employing cutting-edge treatments to attack the cancer cells, disrupt their communication networks, block their food source, and inhibit their ability to spread. The goal is to shrink existing tumors, halt new tumor growth, and prevent the spread of new cancer cells.

We also greatly support the body to maximize results with the following steps.


3. Immune Boosting Therapies

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The innate immune system is what protects your body from disease. A compromised immune system allows disease to take root. We use a variety of therapies to enhance, restore and dramatically improve immune function. An immune system in tip-top shape is one of the best defenses.

Next, we address the underlying contributing factors.


4. Eliminating Underlying Causes & Cofactors

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What factors predisposed your body to develop breast cancer? The underlying factors that contributed to the development of cancer are addressed as part of your treatment program.

Such factors may include addressing environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, gut health issues, chronic hidden infections, genetic weaknesses, mental & emotional issues, and lifestyle issues.

We also address any other long-standing illnesses you may have.


  • Infrared Sauna
  • IV Therapies
  • Detoxification
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Chelation Therapies
  • Metabolomics
  • Gut Biome
  • Hormone Deficiencies
  • Hidden Chronic Infections
  • BrainTap
  • EFT
  • Physical Medicine
  • and more…

5. Cancer Pain Management

Ultrasound-guided Nerve Hydrodissection

Patients who have received long courses of chemotherapy, surgical resections and/or radiation often experience serious injury to peripheral nerves or scarring causing numbness, tingling or impaired motor function/range of motion. By injecting regenerative solutions around damaged or inflamed nerves and opening myofascial planes we can improve swelling and reduce the long-term pain created by scar-tissue adhesions.

Targeted ultrasound-guided nerve hydro-dissections may provide safe and effective pain management strategies for mitigating the side effects of standard cancer treatments using chemo/radiation therapy as well as other post-surgery and traditional therapy side effects.

Can help with related:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Impaired motor function/range of motion
  • Lymph edema
  • Numbness
  • Weakness related to tumor surgery or radiation
  • Excess scar tissue adhesion pain
  • and more…

This comprehensive approach to Stage 4 cancer gives the body the resources it needs to fight the cancer and restore health without exposing the patient to toxic side effects.

Meet Our Founder

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Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz is a former Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco (UCSF) and is Founder of Anatara Medicine, a multidisciplinary integrative center in San Francisco.

His training includes a medical degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Chief Residency in Anatomic Pathology and Internal Medicine and followed with fellowship training in Cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center. During his 12 years at Johns Hopkins, he was co-appointed in the Departments of Medicine and Molecular Immunology and Microbiology. His clinical responsibilities were complemented by directing a multidisciplinary NIH-sponsored research team in the study of molecular immunological and genomic mechanisms of inflammation and cell injury, autoimmunity, transplantation, congestive heart failure, and myocarditis.

Rethinking Cancer Treatment Using A Functional Medicine Approach

Our own Dr. Ann Lee, MD presented this lecture at the Silicon Valley Health Institute in Palo Alto, CA.

Explore All Your Options

There are breakthroughs in Stage 4 cancer treatment you may not have heard about. You owe it to yourself to explore all your available options.

Our cancer treatment attacks cancer’s underlying causes and mechanisms while holistically supporting and restoring your body and mind at every level.

Give us a call today and learn about these new options. We look forward to speaking with you!

Contact Us Today

If you’ve been recently diagnosed, or are concerned about symptoms, we can help. We understand this is stressful and you have questions.

Rest assured, we are 100% dedicated to your health and recovery and will be with you every step of the way.

With hundreds of years of combined experience, the Anatara Medicine team will bring powerful leading-edge and foundational interventions to help you get healthier than ever.

Give us a call today and find out how we can help. We look forward to seeing you!

Call (415) 345-0099 or submit an online inquiry.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take insurance, medicare, etc?

We, unfortunately, do not take insurance. Our proprietary treatments, therapies, and diagnostics are exclusive, offered by only a few practitioners in the US. As such, insurance companies do not cover these yet.

Do you offer telehealth services?

Yes, we offer Telehealth services to many locations.

Can you refer me to someone in my state?
Possibly. However, it is recommended you make every effort to come to Anatara Medicine. We have a unique approach and deep experience treating advanced health issues. If this is just impossible, we may be able to recommend a small number of select clinics in the US that might offer similar services.
Do I have to come to your office in San Franscisco?

Making a trip to our lovely city of San Francisco does not need to happen right away. Based on your initial consultation, what testing has come in, our doctors will tailor recommendations for you, and we will do our best to work around your schedule.

What to expect on your first visit.

We begin with an in-person or Telemedicine consultation with one or two of our doctors. The doctor(s) will typically recommend conventional and state-of-the-art, leading-edge tests based on the consultation. Some of these tests will likely require a blood draw. Once the test results are back, we will schedule an appointment for the doctor to review your results with you in detail.

The doctor may recommend you begin specific therapies during your initial visit before your labs have come back in certain circumstances. The doctor will discuss any such recommendations with you in detail.

Where will I receive my treatments?

Because Anatara is a leading and cutting-edge treatment center, most therapies will be received at our center in San Francisco, however, where possible, we will work with partnered centers across the country to accommodate your schedule.

How long does treatment take?

Therapies are tailored for you by the doctor and Anatara team based on many variables. We offer individual targeted therapies and some treatment packages, and we will be happy to review those in detail with you once they are recommended. Many of our treatment plans include IV (intravenous) therapies, a very efficient way of administering medications and nutrients into your bloodstream to get to the tissues and cells. Some IVs only take ~ 1.5 hours, while others can take 3.0-4.0 hours, based on the tailored treatments the doctor has recommended

What is your appointment cancellation policy?
Due to demand for office visits, please get in touch with us 48-hours before your scheduled appointment to cancel your appointment. Otherwise, you will be charged for your office visit.

Stage 4 Cancer Symptoms

Cancer disease advancement is divided into four stages. The most advanced stage, known as stage 4, is when cancer cells spread or metastasize to other parts of the body outside of the original tumor site.

Metastatic cancer, or stage 4 cancer, has a variety of symptoms, depending on the kind of cancer. If the cancer reaches stage 4, it will affect not just the site of origin but also other areas that have been affected by it.

Depending on the area that cancer has spread to, it may cause a variety of symptoms.

When it has spread to the lungs:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Persistent cough
  • Coughing up blood

When it has spread to the liver

  • Pain
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Skin yellowing
  • Abdominal swelling and fluid

When it has spread to the bones:

  • Pain, especially severe back pain plus numbness in a leg
  • loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Fractures, especially without injury

When it has spread to the brain:

  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Problems with speech or vision
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty walking

The Problems with Conventional Stage 4 Cancer Treatment

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While new testing methods and better screening has helped detect more cancers, earlier, conventional Stage 4 cancer treatment has not improved very much over the last several decades.

Treatment still employs a brute-force approach of invasive surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, and very toxic drugs.

Such treatments are known to cause damage to the body, suppress the immune system and leave patients with a litany of side-effects.

Main stream medicine (conventional approaches) neglects to address the fundamental question of “how did they get cancer in the first place?”

There are many more options available now than just a few years ago. These new treatment options are less invasive yet equally effective and are based on cutting-edge medical science and technology.

Side Effects of Conventional Cancer Treatments

Opting for conventional cancer treatment comes with many risks and potential side effects. Side effects can occur months or years after treatment.

A significant concern with invasive treatments is that they harm healthy cells and disrupt the body’s natural structures and functions.

Below are some of the common side effects of various conventional cancer treatments.

Radiation Side Effects

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Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays or particles to kill cancer cells.

  • Pain, burning, swelling, and skin discoloration (typically red) at the radiation site.
  • Blistering or peeling of the skin.
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Urinary leakage
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Rectal leaking
  • Loss of hair in pelvic region
  • Sexual dysfunction, including diminished erectile function or decrease in the
  • volume of semen
  • Secondary cancers in the region of the radiation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Higher risk of infections due to treatments weakening your immune system
  • Lymphedema, or swelling, can occur when the lymph nodes are damaged
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Incontinence
  • Blood in the stool
  • Chronic diarrhea

Chemotherapy Side Effects

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  • Heart problems like congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats causing light-headedness, chest pain, and shortness of breath)
  • Infertility
  • Bone, joint, and soft tissue problems
  • Long-term side effects to the brain, spinal cord, and nerves
  • Hair loss
  • Neuropathy (numbness and tingling in hands or feet)
  • Anemia, bruising, and bleeding.
  • Blood clots
  • Memory, attention, and other cognitive issues
  • Lymphedema, a painful condition where lymph fluid builds up in the tissues, causing swelling and pain.
  • Vision and dental issues
  • Digestion issues
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Constipation
  • Mouth sores
  • Brain fog (“chemo brain”)
  • Development of new cancers in the future

Surgery Side Effects

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The possible risks and adverse effects of surgery are determined by a variety of elements, including the size of the operation and your general health before surgery.

  • Fatigue
  • Pain, swelling, tenderness or bruising in the area where the surgeon made the incision.
  • Infection
  • Blood clots and bleeding
  • Bowel issues (more frequent bowel movements, loose runny movements, constipation, increased sudden urgency, feeling bloated, difficulty emptying bowels, etc)
  • Feeling sick to your stomach
  • Sexual function changes. Surgery can affect the nerves to the sex organs, causing impotence in men, problems with orgasms, and ejaculation. Women may also notice changes.
  • Reproductive issues
  • Neuropathy
  • Lymphedema, a painful condition where lymph fluid builds up in the tissues, causing swelling and pain.
  • Scar tissue can develop in the abdomen that can cause organs or tissues to stick together
  • Dietary changes may be needed because you may have trouble digesting some types of food
  • Emotional problems

Emotional Side Effects

  • Often following invasive procedures and chemotherapy, a person can develop emotional issues such as anxiety, depression and fear of recurrence.
  • Cancer drugs can cause various cognitive, mental and emotional side effects.
  • Family and friends watching their loved ones go through surgery and chemotherapy also suffer trauma from the experience.

Drug Side Effects

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Cancer drugs can cause a variety of side effects such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Osteoporosis (bone thinning)
  • Anemia (low red blood cell counts)
  • Lung problems
  • Fatigue & tiredness
  • Depression
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Thinning hair

Learn About Stage 4 Cancer Solutions

There are breakthroughs in Stage 4 cancer treatment you may not have heard about. You owe it to yourself to explore all your available options.

Our cancer treatment attacks cancer’s underlying causes and mechanisms while holistically supporting and restoring your body and mind at every level.

Give us a call today and learn about these new options. We look forward to speaking with you!

Call (415) 345-0099 or submit an online inquiry.

Contact Us


Mon: 10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Tues-Thurs: 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Friday: closed

1700 California Street, Suite 520
San Francisco, CA 94109

Become a Patient

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