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Monday, June 5, 2017

Cancer Treatment Options

To be diagnosed with cancer is a traumatic experience in life. Out of desperation, a cancer patient often immediately turns to different cancer treatment options. However, there are many cancer cure choices. Due to the array of cancer treatment options available, both conventional and unconventional, it may be stressful for a cancer patient to make a wise choice.
First of all, empower yourself with cancer information. To fight cancer, more is better: you can do only too little, not too much! But do it the natural way to control cancer, if not eradicate it! Is it possible to heal cancer yourself? Irrespective of what cancer treatment you decide on, empowering yourself with information about different cancer treatment options is the first step.

Conventional cancer cures generally include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Cancer surgery is an invasive procedure involving the removal of a cancerous tumor. Doctors generally recommend surgery if the cancer is operable, if it is in its early stage, or if the tumor is localized, that is, without spreading to other parts of the body. There are four stages of cancer: the first stage being the early development stage, and the fourth stage indicative of advanced cancer. The problem with cancer surgery is that it may sometimes be difficult to determine the exact stage of cancer development.

As with all types of surgery, cancer surgery is not only invasive but also traumatic--that is, causing cancer stress. Specifically, cancer surgery may predispose the patient to recurrence of cancer because cancer stress reduces the body's resistance to cancer. In addition, surgical biopsy may actually contribute to the spread of cancer, according to some studies.

Chemotherapy, another common cancer treatment, involves the application of chemicals not only to shrink the cancer but also to annihilate any cancerous cell that may remain hidden in the body after all visible cancer has been removed during the cancer surgery.

The problem with chemotherapy is that these chemicals are extremely toxic not only to cancerous cells but also to nearby healthy cells and tissues. These toxic chemicals suppress bone marrow, which may lead to low immunity to infections due to reduction in white blood cell production. Infection could be a major cause of disease in patients who are already weak in immunity. To compensate for the adverse side effects of chemotherapy treatment, the cancer patient may be given other pharmaceutical drugs, which may have long-term effects on the overall health of the patient down the road, such as damage to muscles of the heart, loss of fertility, and risk of developing a second cancer. Loss of appetite, diarrhea, fatigue, and nausea are some of the other unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy.

Radiation therapy is the use of high-intensity X-rays to destroy cancerous cells. Essentially, radiation therapy damages cells by destroying the genetic material that controls how cells grow and divide. Radiation therapy is based on the theory that radiation is much more harmful to cancerous cells than it is to normal cells. While both healthy and cancerous cells are damaged by radiation, the goal of radiation treatment is to destroy as few normal, healthy cells as possible during the radiation therapy process.

In mainstream cancer treatments, more than half of the patients receive some type of radiation therapy to kill cancerous cells. Radiation therapy may be used before surgery to shrink a cancerous tumor, during surgery to direct large doses of radiation at a tumor, or after surgery to inhibit the growth of any remaining cancerous cells. Radiation therapy may also be used with chemotherapy not only to destroy cancerous cells, but also to shrink tumors in order to decrease the pressure, pain or other symptoms they may have caused.

Unfortunately conventional cancer cures remove only the symptoms without eradicating the root of the problem.

Can cancer be cured through the mind?

This 132-page book is about what to do when one is diagnosed with cancer. The author is neither a doctor nor an oncologist. He is simply showing the power of the mind not only in coping with the traumatic experience of cancer but also in overcoming the disease itself. In addition, he presents detailed information on what an individual must do on the cancer journey of cure and recovery. A cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. Rather, it is an opportunity for growth and development. Harness mind power to combat cancer.

Stephen Lau
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