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Holistic = whole: "holistic therapy" means treating the whole person. It is not the same as substituting herbal or other nutritional supplements for allopathic medicine. The best cancer treatments address the needs of the entire person, and involve collaboration between multiple trained health professionals: medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, nursing staff, psychiatrists/therapists, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A lot: The FDA has approved a large number of targeted therapies. These therapies target specific proteins on the surface of cancer so each therapy can be applicable to multiple types of cancers. So far, cancer amenable to targeted therapy include: adenocarcinoma, basal cell, brain tumors, cervical, colorectal, head/neck, gastrostromal, kidney, leukemia/lymphoma, lung .... The list goes on. ...Read more
Light Therapy: Light therapy is used for a variety of skin conditions, such as psoriasis and acne, for treating mood disorders, and many other conditions, including skin cancer. It is safe if the harmful ultraviolet waves are filtered out by the light emitting apparatus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways...: Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and bone marrow transplant (or any combination of these) are commonly used to treat cancers. Which therapy(ies) depends on the type of cancer and the extent to which it has spread in the body (determined by staging). There are new experimental therapies currently being tested that try to harness a patient's own immune system for treatment (immunotherapy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
New field of Oncolog: This is new area of Cancer treatment which is about 15 years into wider use. It is quite useful for several cancers like Melanoma, Lung Cancer, breast and Colon cancer and for blood Cancers like CML. These drugs are commonly used in combination with chemotherapy and add an extra punch into our medical therapies for advanced cancers. ...Read more
Yes most all: All standard of care treatments as agreed upon by most major societies and guidelines are covered by anthem. While the cure rates and outcomes will differ for each individual the treatments accepted as evidence bass standards are covered. There may be some stylistic variants on some treatments that will b challenged but if there is food reason your oncology team can justify medical need. ...Read more
You have 3...: ...choices, my friend: you can follow your doctor's advise and take the medicine, you can choose to do nothing, or you can consider a second opinion. It is your God given right to select one of the 3 but know that with each choice there are consequences. I believe that if a patient has doubts, a second opinion never hurts and I encourage my patients to do so if they feel they need it. ...Read more
Breast cancer rx: After surgical removal (lumpectomy or mastectomy) there is a risk of additional microamounts of tumor remaining. Adjuvant chemotherapy and supplemental irradiation can statistically lower the chance of recurrence. Discuss with your oncologist your category and the best options for your recovery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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