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Many cancer patients look for alternative cancer treatment to either replace or supplement traditional treatment. Where cancer treatment centers and traditional medicine aim to cure or remove the cancer alone, most alternative cancer treatment options incorporate a holistic approach to treating every aspect of the cancer patient’s life.
Two alternative cancer treatments have gained popularity of the years and complement each other in their ability to kill cancer cells, build the immunity system and detoxify the body. Rene Caisse’s Essiac Tea, dating back to use in the 1920’s, consists of four herbs which are known to kill cancer cells and boost the immune system. Johanna Brandt and Fred Wortman’s Grape Cure relies on the skin and seeds of Concord grapes to kill cancer cells and stop the spread of cancer. Green tea, Noni juice and wheatgrass treatments are other alternatives to consider.
When looking into alternative cancer treatment, it is important to realize that there is not simply one or two options and many patients combine several treatments into an overall treatment plan. Whether choosing one alternative cancer treatment or several, all treatment plans should include a special cancer diet as well since many foods will feed the cancer.
Some cancer patients use lots of whole blood and plasma just to maintain their white blood cell count. Blood banks are usually always low to begin with but get an almost vampiric cancer patient and blood becomes more valuable than gold. Have your friends and family donate as often as they can (usually every eight weeks) to help maintain the blood banks supply. Talk to your local blood bank and find out what options are available to you about donating and possibly storing blood.
Carl Jung once said, "The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases." And that applies to cancer and to treatments. One treatment that sends one person in remission may kill another. Your best bet: look at all possible treatments and decide what may be best for you. "It is a bad plan that admits of no modification." - Publilius Syrus
You have been poked, prodded, stabbed and jabbed. The last thing on your mind is more needles, but what if these were good needles? Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and has roots in curing just about all known diseases. For cancer patients, acupuncture helps with overcoming the side effects of the chemo, radiation, and even helps slow down the cancer itself.
There are a variety of cancer treatments available. The best types of cancer treatments for an individual patient will vary based on the type of cancer, stage of cancer and if it has metastasized. If it has metastasized, treatment of the initial and subsequent cancer may require different treatment than if it had not. Examples of cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and medication. A variety of cancer treatments may be used either in conjunction with one another or separately.
Cancer treatment side effects can include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, hair loss and weakness. There are cancer treatment side effects that impact a patient mentally. These cancer treatment side effects can include depression, a feeling of isolation and/or withdrawal. Both the mental and physical cancer treatment side effects must be treated. Often cancer treatment side effects can be lessened by taking other prescription medication that is prescribed by a physician. Cancer treatments are performed by a physician but there is typically a support team that can include a social worker, therapist, nutritionist and pharmacist.
Some patients are more than happy to put their lives in the hands of their doctors. Others look at their situation, listen to their doctors, and then decide for themselves keeping their life in their own hands. One-way in not necessarily better than the other. But by putting that much confidence into technology and the medical community you may be jinxing yourself. Remember the Titanic? Shipbuilder Magazine said it was unsinkable...well they were right for the first three days into her maiden voyage.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|