Definition Of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of chemical agents to treat or control diseases. It works by killing fast dividing cells like cancerous cells and other healthy cells which include hair follicles, bone marrow, reproductive system etc. You would get anxious at the mention of chemotherapy for above reasons but there is not much cause for worry as healthy cells regenerate fast after the therapy is complete. Chemotherapy is either used exclusively or in combination with radiation or surgical therapies. Advantages Unlike radiation, which kills cancer cells in the target area, chemotherapy is universal and treats the entire body. This attacks the untreated cancer cells from the previous cancer too. Doctors use chemotherapy depending on the spread and type of cancer to ·Destroy cancer cells from the body, no withstanding its wide spread ·Prolong life expectancy by controlling cancer growth and spread ·Alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life Chemotherapy Types and Methodology Chemotherapy is not always based on a single drug for the fear of developing resistance to the drug. On the other hand a combination has different actions at the cellular level and kills more cancer cells preventing further spread. Your doctor decides on the combination considering your age, tolerance limit, and health. Mind you, all such combinations are tested on patients with similar conditions. A few representative types. 1.Alkylating agents, deter the replication of DNA, prevents cancer cell growth. 2.Antimetabolites, block the enzyme supply to cancer cells on which they thrive. 3.Anti-tumor antibiotics change cell membranes by blocking enzyme supply led cell division. These are not the general antibiotics. 4.Nitrosoureas obstruct the ways DNA is repaired by enzymes. 5.Mitotic inhibitors inhibit cell division by hindering enzymes essential in the cell reproduction. Chemotherapy is administered cyclically considering the type of drugs and your condition. Chemotherapy drugs travel thru the entire body, so there are four ways devised for administration. 1.Intravenous method where drug is injected into your veins. 2.Oral chemotherapeutic pills to swallow. 3.Topical application (ointments) for skin cancers. 4.Intramuscular injection. Side Effects On the lighter side there are side effects like vomiting, nausea, hair loss, dry mouth, constipation and loss of appetite etc. Beware, some problems like damages to heart, lungs and kidneys show much after the treatment. Urinating blood and nervous damage and attack of secondary cancers like lymphoma, leukemia is not ruled out. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=58214&ca=Medicines+and+Remedies

4 Steps For You To Help Yourself During Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a word that causes dread in most who hear it. It is a time of stress as well as risk. If you, or someone you know, are facing chemotherapy, these four simple steps may help get through the process with better spirits and better results as well. 1. Tell your doctor if you get side effects from treatment You can’t expect the possibility of relief from side effects if you do not share them with your doctor. Be sure to communicate with your doctor. Some people keep a health journal during and after treatment to improve the information you have to present to your doctor if problems arise more gradually. Discuss what you might keep in a health journal that might improve the effectiveness of your treatment. 2. Ask your doctor before you take any other medicine All drugs operate by manipulating some normal cell function. This includes the chemotherapy drugs as well. These manipulations may conflict with the intended effects of your chemotherapy treatment. Even herbals, or an over the counter pain reliever can lead to unintended consequences. Always inform your doctor before taking any other medications. 3. Take care of your health There are many things you can do to support the natural ability of your body to restore, protect and defend itself from the effects of injury and disease. Seek to improve your diet, find ways to reduce other sources of stress in your life and be thankful for the hope and opportunity you have because of your treatment. These things can have a remarkable affect on your body and your feeling of good health. 4. Talk about your feelings These are stressful times. Don’t keep your feelings bottled up. People you know and love are probably feeling stress too. Help each other by being open about what you are going through. By being open with others, you can feel more in control of the stress and trepidation you’re feeling, instead of those things being in control of you. Self-help can never take the place of professional health care. Ask your doctor and nurse any questions you may have about chemotherapy. Also don’t hesitate to tell them about any side effects you may have. They want and need to know. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=18034&ca=Cancer+Survival

What Is Chemotherapy?

In simple terms, chemotherapy refers to the use of medication or combination of medicines to treat cancer. Chemotherapy is what comes to mind when cancer treatment is being talked about since it is the most popular and conventional way to destroy cancer cells in the human body. The development of chemotherapy is one of the biggest medical breakthroughs ever most especially when it comes to treating cancer. For so many years doctors and other medical experts have been looking for ways to treat this disease and chemotherapy is the closest that they have come in treating cancer. Basically, what chemotherapy does is to use chemicals to destroy cancerous cells in the different part of our body. But in the process, some healthy might get destroyed as well which is the reason why chemotherapy has its own negative side effects. For now, chemotherapy’s good effects outweigh the bad effects so it is still being used as main cancer treatment by medical experts. Chemotherapy can be used in different ways depending on the type of cancer suffered by the patient and also depending on other circumstances. Based on the viewpoint of an average person, chemotherapy is expensive and it would cause the patient to lose all of his or her hair in the process. Those impressions are partly true since it is indeed expensive, and it could cause hair fall. However, not all patients would suffer from hair loss when being treated using chemotherapy. If the patient suffers from hair loss, it is only considered normal and hair would just grow back as soon as chemotherapy is stopped. How expensive the treatment would be depends on how severe the cancer that is suffered by a patient. The more frequent the therapy is, the more expensive it gets. Chemotherapy is considered by many as only as a temporary solution for cancer rather than a permanent cure. Though it could destroy cancer cells, it could not completely eliminate them. If successful, it could minimize the level of cancer cells in the body to a point that it is not considered serious. There would always be a risk that cancer cells would return to a level that is considered severe. When a patient is declared cancer free, it means that the level of cancer found in the human body is at a point that it could not be detected by medical equipments but it does not mean that the cancer cells are not there. The application of chemotherapy is very sensitive and should be done very carefully. Insufficient dosage of chemicals used would not destroy cancer cells and overdose would lead to high level of toxicity. Most of the time, chemotherapy is done intravenously but there are also other ways that it could be delivered such as oral administration. Even though the ultimate cure for cancer has yet to be discovered, it is already a big step that we have chemotherapy. Especially if cancer is detected at an early stage, there is a big chance for a patient to recover and have the levels of cancer in his or her body to a point that it is not dangerous. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=1423123&ca=Medical+Business

Mesothelioma cancer, can be treated by the use of anti cancer drug therapies. These anti cancer drugs act by inhibiting tumor growth through the blocking of cell division and multiplication. This mode of action also unfortunately affects other rapidly replicating cells in the body, cells of the hair and the lining of the intestine are particularly vulnerable, thus leading to the common side effects of anti cancer drugs like hair loss and nausea. Mesothelioma is notoriously resistant to common anti cancer chemotherapy as result of some reasons. The cancer takes a long time to mature and show symptoms, by the time these symptoms appear the tumor will be well formed with a lot of layers of dead cells that the anti cancer drugs will find it difficult to penetrate, and also by the time a diagnosis of mesothelioma is made, most victims have but a short time left to live so the drugs do not have enough time to exert their maximal effect. New drugs that have been designed to overcome these challenges and have fewer and lesser side effects include: Alimta (Pemetrexed) Alimta was approved by The Food and Drug Administration in February 2004 as a new anti cancer drug for the treatment of mesothelioma. Its mode of action is by inhibiting the creation of thymidine and purine , two enzymes that are vital to cell growth. This stops the mesothelioma cancer cells from multiplying at a very fast rate. Its side effects include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, mouth sores and low blood counts. Patients are usually placed on vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements to reduce the severity of the side effects. Cisplatin This is a platinum-based chemotherapy drug that prevents the reproduction of DNA and is used to treat a number of different cancers including mesothelioma. The FDA approved it in 1978 to treat a number of cancers, and has proved somewhat effective on mesothelioma. Cisplatin however has some very serious side effects which inlude ear damage{ototoxicity} leading to hearing loss, kidney damage, nerve damage, and nausea, and so some oncologist are very reluctant to prescribe this drug to patients. Tomudex (Raltitrexed) This drug prevents cancer cells from replicating the DNA that is needed for multiplication and spread of cancer. This drug can be used as a monotherapy or in combination with onconase. Vinorelbine This anticancer drug was initially approved by the FDA in 1994 for the treatment of small lung cancer and breast cancer, but recent studies have shown that it could also be effective against mesothelioma, and the drug has little side effect profile. It can also be used in combination with some other chemotherapy drugs. Onconase (Ranpirnase/P-30 Protein) Onconase is a chemical taken from the eggs of the leopard frog that blocks protein synthesis which leads to blockage of tumor cell division and growth. It has shown promise as becoming one of the more effective drugs for treating cancer, as survival rates for one and two years are 34.4% and 21.6 respectively, as opposed to six to eight months without treatment. Veglin This is an anticancer chemotherapy drug that blocks the growth of tumors in people suffering from lymphoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, and colon and lung cancers. Many oncologists believe that it could be effective in fighting mesothelioma, as Veglin inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a substance that is usually found in very high concentrations in mesothelioma patients. VEGF helps tumors grow new blood vessels which help to supply nutrients to the new tumor cells. This drug inhibits this process thus starving the new cancer cells of their much needed nutrients, leading to their ultimate death

In simple terms, chemotherapy refers to the use of medication or combination of medicines to treat cancer. Chemotherapy is what comes to mind when cancer treatment is being talked about since it is the most popular and conventional way to destroy cancer cells in the human body. The development of chemotherapy is one of the biggest medical breakthroughs ever most especially when it comes to treating cancer. For so many years doctors and other medical experts have been looking for ways to treat this disease and chemotherapy is the closest that they have come in treating cancer. Basically, what chemotherapy does is to use chemicals to destroy cancerous cells in the different part of our body. But in the process, some healthy might get destroyed as well which is the reason why chemotherapy has its own negative side effects. For now, chemotherapy’s good effects outweigh the bad effects so it is still being used as main cancer treatment by medical experts. Chemotherapy can be used in different ways depending on the type of cancer suffered by the patient and also depending on other circumstances. Based on the viewpoint of an average person, chemotherapy is expensive and it would cause the patient to lose all of his or her hair in the process. Those impressions are partly true since it is indeed expensive, and it could cause hair fall. However, not all patients would suffer from hair loss when being treated using chemotherapy. If the patient suffers from hair loss, it is only considered normal and hair would just grow back as soon as chemotherapy is stopped. How expensive the treatment would be depends on how severe the cancer that is suffered by a patient. The more frequent the therapy is, the more expensive it gets. Chemotherapy is considered by many as only as a temporary solution for cancer rather than a permanent cure. Though it could destroy cancer cells, it could not completely eliminate them. If successful, it could minimize the level of cancer cells in the body to a point that it is not considered serious. There would always be a risk that cancer cells would return to a level that is considered severe. When a patient is declared cancer free, it means that the level of cancer found in the human body is at a point that it could not be detected by medical equipments but it does not mean that the cancer cells are not there. The application of chemotherapy is very sensitive and should be done very carefully. Insufficient dosage of chemicals used would not destroy cancer cells and overdose would lead to high level of toxicity. Most of the time, chemotherapy is done intravenously but there are also other ways that it could be delivered such as oral administration. Even though the ultimate cure for cancer has yet to be discovered, it is already a big step that we have chemotherapy. Especially if cancer is detected at an early stage, there is a big chance for a patient to recover and have the levels of cancer in his or her body to a point that it is not dangerous. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=1423123&ca=Medical+Business

Mesothelioma Chemotherapy – What Are the Six Commonly Used Chemotherapy Agents?

Mesothelioma cancer, can be treated by the use of anti cancer drug therapies. These anti cancer drugs act by inhibiting tumor growth through the blocking of cell division and multiplication. This mode of action also unfortunately affects other rapidly replicating cells in the body, cells of the hair and the lining of the intestine are particularly vulnerable, thus leading to the common side effects of anti cancer drugs like hair loss and nausea. Mesothelioma is notoriously resistant to common anti cancer chemotherapy as result of some reasons. The cancer takes a long time to mature and show symptoms, by the time these symptoms appear the tumor will be well formed with a lot of layers of dead cells that the anti cancer drugs will find it difficult to penetrate, and also by the time a diagnosis of mesothelioma is made, most victims have but a short time left to live so the drugs do not have enough time to exert their maximal effect. New drugs that have been designed to overcome these challenges and have fewer and lesser side effects include: Alimta (Pemetrexed) Alimta was approved by The Food and Drug Administration in February 2004 as a new anti cancer drug for the treatment of mesothelioma. Its mode of action is by inhibiting the creation of thymidine and purine , two enzymes that are vital to cell growth. This stops the mesothelioma cancer cells from multiplying at a very fast rate. Its side effects include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, mouth sores and low blood counts. Patients are usually placed on vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements to reduce the severity of the side effects. Cisplatin This is a platinum-based chemotherapy drug that prevents the reproduction of DNA and is used to treat a number of different cancers including mesothelioma. The FDA approved it in 1978 to treat a number of cancers, and has proved somewhat effective on mesothelioma. Cisplatin however has some very serious side effects which inlude ear damage{ototoxicity} leading to hearing loss, kidney damage, nerve damage, and nausea, and so some oncologist are very reluctant to prescribe this drug to patients. Tomudex (Raltitrexed) This drug prevents cancer cells from replicating the DNA that is needed for multiplication and spread of cancer. This drug can be used as a monotherapy or in combination with onconase. Vinorelbine This anticancer drug was initially approved by the FDA in 1994 for the treatment of small lung cancer and breast cancer, but recent studies have shown that it could also be effective against mesothelioma, and the drug has little side effect profile. It can also be used in combination with some other chemotherapy drugs. Onconase (Ranpirnase/P-30 Protein) Onconase is a chemical taken from the eggs of the leopard frog that blocks protein synthesis which leads to blockage of tumor cell division and growth. It has shown promise as becoming one of the more effective drugs for treating cancer, as survival rates for one and two years are 34.4% and 21.6 respectively, as opposed to six to eight months without treatment. Veglin This is an anticancer chemotherapy drug that blocks the growth of tumors in people suffering from lymphoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, and colon and lung cancers. Many oncologists believe that it could be effective in fighting mesothelioma, as Veglin inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a substance that is usually found in very high concentrations in mesothelioma patients. VEGF helps tumors grow new blood vessels which help to supply nutrients to the new tumor cells. This drug inhibits this process thus starving the new cancer cells of their much needed nutrients, leading to their ultimate death Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=406811&ca=Cancer+Survival

Affordable Chemotherapy Treatment Options Abroad

Chemotherapy is the use of various chemical drugs to control the growth and spread of cancerous cells affecting any organ of the body. There are different chemotherapy regimens (i.e. a standardized combination of multiple chemotherapy drugs for treatment of specific types of cancers). Chemotherapy has systemic effects as most of the drugs are given intravenously and pass through the blood stream. Chemotherapy treatment is used in conjunction with radiation therapy and surgery to increase the overall outcome on the patient’s health. Chemotherapy treatment is given with the intention of either cure or palliation (i.e. reducing the intensity of the symptoms). Further, the treatment is also given prior to surgery (Neo-adjuvant) to reduce the size of the tumor to make surgical intervention more effective or after surgery (adjuvant) when metastasis is suspected.

Chemotherapy treatment protocols

Prior to the treatment, the patient’s medical condition is thoroughly evaluated. Evaluation includes cardiovascular assessment, dental check ups, medication history, etc. The patient is also subjected to a host of imaging studies to assess the extent of spread of the cancer.
After evaluation, most drugs are given intravenously (few are given orally) in cycles lasting from about two to four weeks. Dosage calculations are mathematically calculated based on the weight and height of the patient.

Side effects of the cancer treatment

There are several side effects of chemotherapy treatment given for management of cancers,

Depression of the immune system making the patient susceptible to infections
Fall in the blood cell count resulting in symptoms like weakness and fatigue.
Gastric disturbances which include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea with additional symptoms like weight loss and loss of appetite
Thinning and loss of hair is one of the most commonly known side effects
The treatment can also have systemic effects on the heart, lungs and the kidneys
Central nervous disorders and impotency is occasionally observed.

Chemotherapy treatment in India

Chemotherapy treatment is stressful and very expensive affair. India has gained reputation in the recent years for its international quality of medical care at low and affordable cost.

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The Need For Chemotherapy

One of the possible methods of curing cancer is chemotherapy. It uses anti cancer drugs to restrict or kill the improper growth of cells produced in our body. It makes use of so many drugs to kill the cancer cells. Considering the age of the person, the stage of the disease and health, chemotherapy is performed.

There are surgery and radiation therapy available for the treatment of cancers. But both of them can’t eliminate the infected cells when these infected cells start to spread from where they have originated. It the cancer cells are present inside a particular part, the whole part may be removed using a surgery. Same condition applies to the radiation therapy as well. Once it develops and spreads, these two methods can really do nothing.

This is the reason why chemotherapy has been introduced. Its ultimate goal is to restrict the infected cells in when it spreads or to kill them. It employs drugs inserted into the body for this purpose. As the drugs are injected through vein, they enter the entire part of the body and destroy the cancer cells present in any part of the body.

It is not only employed for killing cancer cells, it makes the surgery easier, when chemotherapy is performed before surgery. It minimizes the size of the tumor in the particular part, so that the surgery can be performed easily.

Chemotherapy may prove costly, but it is the only method which minimizes the recurrence of cancer cells again in the operated part. Chemotherapy produces side effects too. Most of the effects are produced at the time of treatment and they disappear after that.

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Debate On The Effectiveness Of Chemotherapy

Debate On The Effectiveness Of Chemotherapy

The shock of being diagnosed with cancer is something none of us wish to think about. Over 1 million Americans will be diagnosed this year with this deadly disease and over one half million will die from it. It is the second leading cause of death and has devastating impacts on human life and society at large. The prescribed course of treatment that oncologists administer is chemotherapy. Just how effective chemotherapy is has been debatable. Numerous studies have been conducted assessing its actual effectiveness in treating cancer and destroying cancer cells.

When a person is diagnosed with cancer, his or her oncologist will prescribe chemotherapy treatments. Chemotherapy can be administered in various ways. The objective of chemotherapy is to control the spread of the cancer cells and to destroy any existing tumors. It is often used in conjunction with surgery or radiation if the oncologist feels that is necessary. Most oncologist offices have chemotherapy treatment rooms where patients are given their treatments. It is usually dosed through an intravenous method but can be given in a pill form as well.

There is a set schedule of treatments a patient will receive. It depends entirely on the cancer, the diagnosis and the health of the patient. Chemotherapy can be given daily, weekly or monthly depending on individual circumstances. There are several cancers that have been shown to respond better to chemotherapy than others. Two such cancers include Hodgkin’s Lymphomas and Lymphocytic Leukemia which is a childhood cancer. And to a lesser extent there are other cancers that also respond to chemotherapy treatments. Tumors can be diminished or completely dissolved. In the case of bulky tumors this can make a patient more comfortable and experience less pain. The more advanced staged cancers are often more difficult to treat. There is no guaranteed cure using chemotherapy although many people have increased their life spans and lived cancer free depending on their own unique circumstances. Oncologists do create personalized treatments to maximize the effectiveness of chemotherapy for their patients.

There are two separate issues to assess. Does chemotherapy cure cancer? The answer is no. The second issue is whether chemotherapy prolongs life for a cancer patient. The answer to that depends on many factors including diagnosis, age and stage of the cancer.

The Statistics: A now well known study was conducted in 2004 which assessed the actual effectiveness of chemotherapy on all types of cancer. This study was published in the Australian Journal, “Clinical Oncology”. Some important details include the fact that all of the researchers involved were oncologists themselves who were very familiar with chemotherapy. They reviewed the results of clinical trials that took place over 14 years, from 1990 through 2004. The researchers looked at a five year survival chart post chemotherapy treatment. The average result was a 2.1% increase in the chance of being alive in five years time. The total number of patients studied was 227,874. Of that group, 4,996 actually survived five additional years after receiving treatment. The highest five year survival rates were for people diagnosed with lymphomas and testicular cancers.

Although the study remains controversial it is certainly worth taking a critical look at. Perhaps studies such as these can help the medical establishment find newer and more innovative ways to improve outcomes. Cancer is such a complex disease and as such there are no clear cut answers. However, as a society we try to find answers to what causes disease and how disease can be prevented. Many very qualified and caring medical professionals help people every day who are diagnosed with cancer. More research is being conducted on chemotherapy drugs that will not harm healthy cells. If this emerges it will change the outcomes for many diseased patients.

There are targeted therapy drugs available now that are prescribed to cancer patients depending on their particular needs. You should always have a healthy dialogue with your health care provider regardless of what health concern you may be experiencing. The majority of doctors and in this case, oncologists, are kind and concerned about the well being of their patients. It is their goal as well to heal the patient and to utilize the most effective course of treatment. Unfortunately however, many oncologists are unfamiliar with the role that integrative medicine could play in a better outcome for their patients. More focus needs to be put on prevention of cancer. It is important for the medical community as well as the public to look at prevention of disease rather than waiting until one is facing a health crisis such as cancer.

Integrative Approach: There is also a growing trend toward integrating traditional treatments such as chemotherapy with alternative treatments. For example, we now understand the importance of keeping a strong immune system. When a person is treated with chemotherapy one of the unfortunate results is the destruction of healthy cells. The immune system can become very weakened and comprised in many patients. Finding ways to strengthen immunity can be very important and perhaps life saving in many instances. The integrative approach would focus on not only shrinking tumors but rebuilding immunity. Also there would be an emphasis on trying to minimize damage to healthy cells. Many integrative medical doctors are using this approach in helping patients to stay healthier and stronger while undergoing chemotherapy. The medical community is gaining a growing acceptance of integrative approaches and hopefully in time this type of treatment protocol will become more main stream.

Nutritional Approach: Research data shows a strong link between a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and a lower incidence of cancer. Diets that are nutritionally dense can only improve the health of an individual. These foods contain phytochemicals that may have the ability to destroy carcinogenic substances in the body that could lead to cancer. Nutritionists suggest moderate animal protein intake, limiting sugar consumption and consuming only healthy fats such as olive oil. Immune systems will become stronger and more resilient to developing disease. What we eat and how we treat ourselves physically and mentally can have a huge impact on our health.

Chemoprevention: There is a novel approach known as “chemoprevention”. The concept is similar to the efforts made in the field of cardiology to prevent heart disease from occurring in the first place. Doctors assess a patients risk for developing heart disease based on numerous factors and then prescribe a course of treatment that will reduce the risk of developing it. Alternative practitioners have been using this approach of preventative therapy for decades. In a similar vein, chemoprevention looks at factors that may influence the development of cancer. They assess high risk individuals by various factors such family history and genetic testing methods. The goal is to prevent further damage to cells in an effort to suppress cancer from developing in the first place. Obviously nutritional approaches are part of the protocol with chemoprevention. Over 400 chemoprevention compounds have been researched and numerous clinical studies have been conducted. This is a great example of thinking outside of the box in the medical community. Hopefully preventative measure such as “chemoprevention” is a growing trend. It is a strategy that can have far reaching effects for the future of disease control and management.

Lifestyle Factors in Prevention: There are numerous other positive things you can do to help reduce your risk of cancer.

Smoking: Smoking is obviously something you should not do. Smoking has a carcinogenic effect in the body and is very unhealthy.

Medical History: Know your personal family history and speak to your doctor about it. Together you can create a plan to maximize your health and reduce your health risks.

Alcohol Consumption: Consume alcohol in moderation. Excessive drinking has been shown to increase the risk factor for developing cancer.

Exercise: Exercise does not have to be an overwhelming obstacle to fit into your lifestyle. In fact, studies have shown moderate, low impact exercise such as walking, swimming or using a stationary bike for 30 minutes, 5 times per week can reduce your risk of developing cancer. Remember whenever beginning any dietary or lifestyle changes, always consult with a medical professional, particularly if you are taking prescription drugs or suffer from any disease or ailment.

The Issels Medical Center in Santa Barbara, California is a world renowned alternative cancer treatment center. The Issels Treatment is an Integrative Immunotherapy program with a 50 year history. Founded in 1951 by a pioneer in integrative cancer medicine, Dr. Josef Issels, MD., a German oncologist, The Issels Medical Center in Santa Barbara, California treats patients with all natural non toxic therapies for a variety of health conditions including cancer.

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Cancer Alternatives – 5 Things You Should Consider Before Undergoing Chemotherapy

Since the 1960’s, chemotherapy has been the primary treatment for cancer in the United States – despite questionable benefits and the terrible suffering it causes patients who are already experiencing a major health challenge. But would you believe that the only real reason chemotherapy is still around is because consumers are simply conditioned to blindly follow authority without asking their own questions. Furthermore, the undue fear that has been associated with cancer immediately puts most people into a state of shock – in which they will acquiesce to anyone who offers to help them. Well, here are 5-things you should consider before simply going along with convention and subjecting yourself to a treatment most doctors wouldn’t even use:

1. By medical standards, chemotherapy is not really that effective. It is estimated that about half of all cancer patients get chemotherapy despite the fact it only appears to be helping about 5% of those people. In some placebo trials with various kinds of cancer, placebos (essentially sugar pills) are effective far more than 5% of the time; leading one to believe that it may be better to take a sugar pill, or just do nothing at all, rather than endure the misery that is chemotherapy.

2. Chemotherapy is a poison that kills healthy cells along with cancer cells. Chemotherapy weakens every part of your body – including the immune system – leaving the body to fight cancer and the effects of poisoning in a weakened state, and leaving the body vulnerable to secondary infections. Chemotherapy is also believed to cause rapid spread of cancer in a large number of cases – perhaps because of its weakening effect on the immune system.

3. In a recent survey, 81% of the oncologists asked said that they would not submit themselves, or their family members, to chemotherapy due to its low success rates coupled with its unpredictable risks and unmanageable side-effects – not to mention the extreme suffering caused by the poisons used. Studies suggest that chemotherapy provides no significant benefit over doing nothing at all – and that chemotherapy toxins may actually make conditions much worse for the patient.

4. Alternative cancer cures are abundant, affordable, and available; though, due to aggressive practice protection laws, the American Medical Association (AMA) is diligent about persecuting and prosecuting anyone who claims to be able to cure cancer without a prescription. Though cancer is a catch-all phrase for over a hundred different disease presentations, the AMA still defends a catch-all therapeutic approach that has never been effective. Seek out alternatives before making a decision on how to treat cancer. You can only make an informed decision if you have information on the subject. We have all been programmed to think and believe that if we get cancer we should go to the doctor and let him do whatever he wants so we don’t die. Cancer is survivable; and modern medical approaches are not necessarily the most effective approaches to treating cancer patients. Many alternative approaches to the treatment of cancer have much higher success rates than any approach offered by pharmaceutical companies.

5. No matter what form of treatment you use to address illness, it has always been the body that does the healing – specifically, the immune system. Even if you choose to use chemotherapy, you need to do whatever you can to support your immune system naturally through and after the process. Chemotherapy can’t heal you; it can only destroy cells. If your immune system is destroyed in the process, you simply won’t heal. Explore alternative health approaches for safe, non-invasive methods of strengthening the body and immune system – if not to cure the cancer, than at least to survive the chemotherapy.

The bottom line is that you alone are responsible for your health; and, if you have a serious, or life-threatening, condition, you need to seriously consider what you want to do about it. Don’t let fear decide for you. Fear kills; and it often does so by using stress to limit your mental access to creative solutions to your problems. Not everyone who gets cancer dies from it; but everyone dies. Calm down, breathe, and rationally consider the vast array of alternative approaches available to you. Make your decision knowing that it is the right one, and that you are doing it for the purpose of restoring health and order to your body, mind, and life. What one can do, others can do. Others before you have survived cancer – with and without doctors and medicine. You can too!

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Is Mixing Natural Therapies With Chemotherapy Safe?

The short answer is there is no hard and fast rule. Each case must be judged on its individual merit.

I am no doubt going the step on some toes and put some noses out of joint with what I’m going to say. The fact that I choose natural products over pharmaceutical drugs whenever possible does not mean I don’t appreciate the science and advances of modern medicine. I believe in an integrated approach to healthcare. By taking the best from both natural and conventional medicine we can tailor an effective, balanced and sensible personal health model.

Whether someone chooses to go totally natural or conventional with their cancer treatment is beyond the scope of this article. It is a personal choice and should be respected. I’ve seen my son go through chemotherapy twice. First when he was just nine years old and then again shortly before his sixteenth birthday. So you see this subject is very close to my heart and something I’ve done a lot of research into.

Chemotherapy is complex

There are a number of chemotherapy drugs currently in use. Each interacts within the body in various ways. With some chemotherapy drugs there are no contraindications to natural supplementation, in other cases some natural supplements, herbs, essential oils, vitamins and minerals can interfere with the process and block the action of the drug.

Just because it is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it’s safe to use during the administration of chemotherapy. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, each case must be judged on its individual merit. In a lot of cases supplementation with various herbs, essential oils, vitamins and minerals can actually increase the efficacy of the chemotherapy drug.

Positive effects of natural supplementation can include increasing the anticancer actions, decrease drug resistance and reduce toxicity. In other cases the complete opposite is true. Depending on the chemotherapy drug in question natural supplementation can block the action of the drug or increase drug resistance rendering the treatment useless.

How do I know if supplementation is safe?

Well firstly ask the right people. Online forums and Facebook groups are not the best places to seek advice when it comes to something potentially life threatening as cancer. While these people mean well they mostly don’t have the knowledge to advise you on the safe use of natural supplementation. Just because someone’s husband went all the way through chemotherapy using a particular supplement everyday doesn’t mean it is the right course of action in your case.

Before you start any form of natural supplementation you should first consult a natural health professional and the oncologist in charge of your case.

Respect the medicine

By choosing to embark down the conventional medicine path you have effectively placed yourself in the hands of your oncologist. A lot of people are concerned about raising the topic of natural supplementation with their oncologist because they fear a negative response. There are a number of reasons your oncologist may not be keen on supplementation. These reasons can include

known contraindications with the selected chemotherapy drugs
clinical trials where supplementation would comprise the treatment outcomes and data analysis
concerned with natural supplementation dosage abuse.

As I mentioned earlier, I have cared for my son while he went through cancer treatment twice. His last chemotherapy regime consisted of a protocol known as ICE as they prepared him for a stem cell transplant. Just prior to the transplant his protocol was modified to two years of weekly mild chemotherapy.

The chemotherapy destroyed his immune system leaving him disposed to catching every bug that was passing by. I consulted with a natural health specialist and my son’s oncologist. We were fortunate in the fact that natural supplementation posed no problem with the chemotherapy drug in use.

The oncologist’s only directive was to use the supplements as directed and not to “take ridiculously high doses” as he put it.

Under the guidance of the natural heath professional a daily support protocol was designed. This was not intended to fight the cancer but instead repair and restore the body from the ravages of the chemotherapy.

Using essential oils we were able to keep my son infection free for majority of his treatment.

In recent months I have helped other cancer patients remain infection free through the topical application of essential oils, even those undergoing aggressive treatment.

In summary, natural supplementation can be beneficial but care must be taken and possible contraindications considered. In a lot of cases supplementation can be taken throughout treatment without causing problems, while in other cases supplementation may need to be stopped a few days leading into treatment and not resumed until few days following treatment. Professional advice should always be sought and the directions of your oncologist should be respected.

Tim is a Natural Health Consultant, Soft Tissue Therapist, Educator and Author. Tim has a passion for natural therapies, essential oils, Clinical Aromatherapy and aromatic medicine. You can read more of Tim’s articles at http://TimCooperWellness.com. Tim can be contacted at [email protected]

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