Treatment Options for Cancer

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Cancer has plagued many individuals and their families. In fact, it is estimated that 39.6% of the general population will receive a diagnose of cancer sometime in their life. Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it affects people of all ages, races, men or women. Sometimes a specific type of cancer could be caused by certain lifestyle choices. For example, lung cancer is most often seen in people who smoke. There are treatment options, however, no one treatment is right for everyone. The type of treatment you receive will depend on the stage of cancer and the type.

 

Surgery for Cancer

Surgery is an option for some. There are two types of surgery to treat cancer, open surgery or minimally invasive. In a minimally invasive surgery, the doctor will use a laparoscope and remove the tumor with some surrounding healthy tissues. An open surgery is sometimes necessary to remove large tumors or if it presents an imminent threat to other tissues around it which will also have to be removed. This type of treatment is usually performed if the tumor is solid and hasn’t spread to other areas. For some, it is the only treatment needed, but it’s not uncommon to use a combination of treatments through other methods.

 

Radiation and Chemotherapy

There are two types of radiation treatments, an internal or external beam. External radiation treats specific parts of your body while internal may better suit cancers that affect the blood. Radiation can slow, stop, or even cure cancer. It does come with side effects such as killing other healthy cells. Chemotherapy is similar to radiation therapy in some ways, but it is usually used with other methods. For example, chemotherapy can help shrink the tumor before radiation or surgery to help rid the body of cancer without using more invasive procedures. Chemotherapy has very similar side effects to radiation in some ways and is commonly known as the one that can cause hair loss. This side effect is heavily outweighed, however, most side effects are minimal.

 

Stem Cell and Hormone Therapy

It surprises some that hormones can actually be used to treat some cancers. For example, breast and prostate cancer use hormones to grow. There are two types of hormone therapy, the kind that inhibits the body’s ability to produce certain hormones and then there are those that alter how the hormones react in the body. Stem cells therapy is an option for recovering patients and can help alleviate symptoms of cancer. Stem cells are cells that contain the ability to multiply and replicate other surrounding cells. This is beneficial to those who have had their healthy cells destroyed during the process of trying to rid the body of cancer.

 

Other Options and Modifications

In some cases, you may need to take prescription medications. It’s not uncommon to have the doctor recommend some diet or lifestyle changes. For example, if you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, you should stop smoking immediately and avoid being around secondhand smoke. Changing your diet may be ideal especially for those who are going through chemotherapy.

Maybe also look into CBD Oils or CBD capsules to help with the common side effects of the most used cancer treatment options. CBD is the non psychoactive ingredient of Marijuana and has been shown to help with the pain, the nausea that go along with the above mentioned treatment options. Further, it can make you feel a lot better compared to the alternatives medicines. As cannabinoids are still a controlled substance, you would have to talk to your GP / Doctor about obtaining CBD.

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