Cancer is considered a mysterious disease, since it is typically very difficult to detect until it has reached an advanced stage. No test would reveal the stealthy multiplication and spreading of this deadly disease. However, the concerted clinical research developments had come out with several cancer cure programs and alternative cancer treatment methods. Traditional cancer treatment options are surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy.
In the United States, it is estimated that cancer is the cause of death of one out of every 4 Americans. Cancer can affect any part of the body, though lung, breast, prostate, colon and rectum are the major body parts that succumb to cancer easily. Research data has revealed about 200 types of cancer. When a cell loses control over its reproduction ability, the cell starts dividing and multiplying in an abnormal manner. This can lead to the formation of a lump or a tumor, which becomes detectable.
The tumor could be benign or malignant. A benign tumor does not spread to other parts of the body, while the malignant tumor would easily metastasize to other places. Conventional cancer treatment of surgery removes the tumor from the organ where it had formed. Then radiation is done to cleanse the organ of any remaining cancer cells. If necessary, these are followed up with hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, or both. In certain cases, immunotherapy is also chosen.
These days, many cancer patients turn to alternative cancer treatment medicine because of the lack of success with modern treatments. Acupuncture, ayurveda, siddha, herbal, naturopathy and yoga are some of these alternative medicine treatment methods. The main reasons for such a shift are the high treatment costs, ineffective outcomes and severe side effects of traditional treatment methods. The alternative treatment methods do not attack cancer in an aggressive manner like allopathy. The practitioners of alternative medicine view the disease as a manifestation of certain root causes of the immune system and/or dietary reasons. As such, they concentrate on rebuilding the natural immunity of the body. This process strengthens the inherent ability of the body in removing and destroying cancer cells. Our bodies make by definition cancer cells every day but our immune system sees them and removes them. Our body will replace most all its cells in one year's time, so it is imperative that we take care of it by our lifestyle. However, in these alternative methods, the cancer cells are directly attacked and destroyed by the body by using supplements, herbs, enzymes or other unique compounds.
When dealing with cancer alternative and integrative medicine is showing to be much more effective when combined with traditional cancer treatment methods. These methods are relative nontoxic. Even though the effectiveness of alternative medicine had not been conclusively proven, it is very evident that many patients, who were labeled ‘terminal’ by traditional physicians, had resorted to complimentary and alternative medicine and are still alive today and have proclaimed themselves as cured. Either way it is evident that the use of nutraceuticals is here to stay and their worldwide acceptance is growing on a daily basis.
Darren Dunner is the author of this article on Cancer Treatment . Visit today http://www.facr.org for more information on the subject.