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Are There Effective Natural Alternatives To Radiation Therapy For Lung Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Careful: Most but not all breast cancers need radiation therapy. Please be careful of claims made by alternative treatments for cancer and ask for independent well controlled studies that demonstrate benefit. At this time alternative treatments are of a supportive role to more conventional therapies. I personally know of women whose cancer got worse while they tried alternative methods. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Alternative to what?: Chemotherapy is the administration of a drug that circulates throughout the body and kills cancer cells. Our goal is to choose the most effective drug tailored to one's specific cancer subtype. If by "alternative" you mean alternative to proven, standard therapy...No. However, many of our "standard" drugs are well-tolerated w/o traditional side-effects like hair loss, nausea, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: In cases where a lumpectomy was done the alternative is to have a mastectomy. But if many nodes or a large tumor is found even with mastectomy the chestwall will needs radiation. Also women older than 70 with good features and positive receptors can have lumpectomy and hormones and can omit radiation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: While chemo like FOLFOX is transiently effective, more immunotherapeutic agents are showing good responses. Avastin (bevacizumab) a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor and Erbitux effecting epidermal growth factor 1 are working well as is the newer Neo-102 against the immunogenic protein. Chemo in conjuction with the biologics (immunochemo) is the best combo. ...Read more
Conservative: Radiation for cancer, especially before selective therapy to the tumor minimizing injury was introduced, produced severe side effects at times. Gamma knife and Cyberknife have reduced the complications of radiation burns and radiation dermatitis These are treated with topical steroids and emollient creams. Skin washing with a mild, unscented soap can also be employed. ...Read more
Yes: In some cases hormonal treatment can be as effective as chemotherapy. However if there is benefit from chemotherapy then it would be in addition to hormonal therapy. You should ask what percent benefit chemotherapy would give your circumstance and then decide if it's worth it to you to not accept that benefit. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No proven benefit: The big 3 are surgery, chemotherapy & radiation. Alternative options in trials include photodynamic therapy, cancer vaccines for example. Commonly used alternative treatments such as homeopathy, chinese or indian herbal medicines, mexican meds, shark cartilage, etc do not have any proven benefit. Sometimes, alternative drugs actually interfere with regular meds and can cause problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The most common method of treatment is external beam RT, which is typically given over 7 weeks. Accelerated partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy) is an option for some breast cancers and can be completed in 5 days. Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is popular in Europe and is becoming more available in the US for selected patients; treatment may be completed at the time of surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any immunotherapy treatments to treat testicular cancer? It seems like chemo and radiation are the only options mentioned online.
No: There is no other natural process that can cause the same effect of radiation to kill cancer cells. However, these methods can be complimentary to treating a patient. Its very important to have positive attitudes, exercise, eat well (nutrition and healthy food), spiritual belief, and monitor environmental exposures (don't smoke or drink). Regarding herbs and supplements check with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Surgery sometimes plays a role.Get a more detailed answer ›
No, not really: Alternative medicines, if suggested by someone are not likely to be useful. Chemotherapy is the only choice for controlling advanced ovarian cancer. If there are concerns about side effects, they can be controlled and managed by your oncologist. So do not hesitate taking chemotherapy. It would do some and often much good for the patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most breast cancers are first treated with surgery. After breast-conserving surgery, radiation is necessary. Not all breast cancers need treatment with chemotherapy. If a breast cancer is estrogen sensitive, it can often be treated with an oral medication that blocks estrogen instead of chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not really: Using excellent, balanced nutrition, grapeseed extract, and these types of homeopathic remedies certainly to not harm, but they do not cure cancer. Treatments for cancer are complex and involve several health care specialists. You can always supplement their treatments with herbal remedies, but do not use them exclusively ever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are the mainstays of treatment for brain cancer. These have the longest track record of success. There are clinical trials that are investigating the role of vaccines for brain cancers. There are also many trials investigating more targeted agents than "standard" chemotherapy. I am unaware of any nontraditional treatments that are as effective. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Rdiation and Chemo: Surgery is usually the first step in treating breast cancer because it removes the bulk of the tumor and examining the tumor allows for planning the safest and most effective therapy to control or eliminate any tumor left behind. Alternative therapies using prayer, herbs, diet, etc. May work on rare occasions but are unlikely to be effective for most people. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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