Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cancer Causes, Symptoms, Medical & Alternative Treatments

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Cancer is the term used for a group of diseases characterized by abnormal cell activity. The cells may show signs of uncontrolled growth, invasion or metastasis. These three traits are what differentiate cancers from benign tumors and even though several forms of cancer may develop tumors from symptoms, these tumors are not benign.

Causes

With more than 200 total types of cancer, the causes can vary widely. The most common causes of cancer are carcinogens, age, genetic makeup, immune system dysfunction, diet, environment, and viruses. Determining the causative factor for the cancer can also help the doctor and patient decide the best path for treatment and will often create differing symptoms.

Cancer Symptoms

Local Symptoms

  • unusual lumps
  • swelling
  • bleeding
  • pain
  • jaundice

Metastasis Symptoms

  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • cough
  • enlarged liver
  • bone pain
  • bone fractures
  • neurological symptoms
  • pain

Systemic Symptoms

  • weight loss
  • poor appetite
  • fatigue
  • wasting
  • excessive sweating
  • anemia
  • thrombosis
  • hormonal changes

Stages of Cancer

Cancer is usually described in stages. Stage 1 refers to a beginning cancer that is still very small and most often contained within the organ or area in which it started. Stage 2 refers to a cancer that has grown to larger than stage 1, but remains localized to the organ or area in which it started. Stage 3 describes a cancer that has grown beyond stage 2 with cancer cells present in the lymph nodes of the area. Stage 4 is reserved for cancers that have grown and spread to areas other than the beginning area of the body.

Medicinal Treatments

When cancer is first diagnosed, the doctor involved in the case will immediately begin talking about a course of treatment. For some smaller cancers surgery is chosen to remove the cancer from the body. After the surgery, chemotherapy and / or radiation therapy will be used to keep the cancer cells from growing in the same area of the body or in another area.

Alternative Treatments for Cancer

More and more cancer survivors are turning to alternative therapies for treatment. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are extremely harsh on the body and can leave the patient with immediate side effects and long term health issues even after the cancer is removed from the body.

Alternative treatment for cancer come in two varieties. Complimentary medicine is a form of therapy combined with either alternative or traditionally medicinal courses of treatment. Alternative medicine is utilized as a cancer fighting treatment in place of traditional medicinal treatment.

Traditional Alternative Therapy

  • Acupuncture
  • Ayurveda
  • Homeopathy
  • Naturopathy
  • Chinese/oriental medicine

Body Therapy

  • Chiropractic
  • Massage
  • Body movement
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga

Diet and Herbal Therapy

  • Dietary supplements
  • Herbal medicine

Mental Therapy

  • Biofeedback
  • Hypnosis

Sense Related Therapy

  • Dance and Music
  • Imaging and Imagination

It is important when choosing an alternative therapy for cancer to keep your doctor informed of your treatment choices. The doctor, while not prescribing medicinal treatments, will be ordering future diagnostic treatment thus keeping an eye on the progression or reduction of the cancer in the body.

1 COMMENT

  1. wen

    The rate of death by cancer is still increasing. The causes are the increase of noxious material, environmental pollution and stress. However, beside above factors, people think little of a hidden devil: the crossing point of waterways beneath the ground. What is the relation between cancer and waterways?

    In Europe, plenty of researches have been made since 1930s. The results revealed that the large portion of cancer patients had slept over the area or point where more than two different waterways or magnetic fields cross among others. This is supported by a fact that in case of gypsies who don’t settle a place for a long time and frequently move, the death rate by cancer was less than 1%. In the past when there was no apartment or buildings, the rate was rather a negligible level; however in this century, many people reside in the apartment or other type of building, so the range of risk is fairly high.

    In the orient, there is a traditional notion called, the theory of divination based on topography or Chinese geomantic principles. Many researches and studies on waterway or others are based on the theory. People in the orient had believed the theory faithfully and applied it especially when building their house, school, government building, etc.

    More interest and attention under your bed may save your life.

Jonathan
Medically trained in the UK. Writes on the subjects of injuries, healthcare and medicine. Contact me jonathan@cleanseplan.com

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