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Fighting Cancer to Win
Medical oncology treatments are only one piece of the puzzle. There are many things you should know about your cancer, the treatment options available and the important changes in your diet and lifestyle necessary to your well-being and recovery.
Should a cancer patient take vital supplements to help rebuild a broken immune system, regain energy and reduce and prevent side effects from treatments? What supplements should you take and when?
What role can your environment and past hereditary factors play in the development of your cancer? Once your treatments are done what can you do to take control and ensure you prevent a recurrence.
There are many complimentary therapies available today that greatly benefit the cancer patient on their journey through the process as well as helping to ensure prevention of secondary cancers.
Why the need for Complementary Therapies?
Mainstream medical treatments consist of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation either used alone or in combination. Chemo and radiation can’t discriminate between cancer cells and normal, healthy cells, thus they damage both and cause serious and often devastating side effects, often forcing patients to abandon treatments either temporarily or permanently. It’s not surprising, therefore, that many cancer patients are now choosing to complement conventional treatments with alternative therapies that may reduce adverse side effects of traditional therapy and improve its effectiveness.
What are Complementary Therapies?
Complementary Alternative Medicine is a term used for a variety of remedies that fall outside what is considered conventional medical treatment for cancer. These include using herbal, vitamin and nutritional supplements as well as physical and psychological interventions such as exercise, relaxation, massage, prayer, hypnotherapy and acupuncture. Using these integrated cancer treatment regimens may help patients reduce side effects.
The use of CAM is growing among cancer patients undertaking conventional treatment. Over 72 million patients use complementary therapies every year to help control their disease. In the US alone, 91% of patients implemented at least one form of CAM while going through conventional treatment.
Although numerous physicians recognize the many benefits of CAM therapies, the role of supplements, especially when used in combination with chemotherapy and radiation is still considered controversial by some.
Facts to consider
- Complementary and alternative therapies represent one of the fastest growing cancer treatment modalities in Canada and the US.
- The most commonly used CAM protocols include nutritional supplements, mind-body awareness and acupuncture.
- When used properly, nutritional supplementation can enhance the effectiveness of cancer treatments, boost the immune system and improve the patient’s quality of, and control over, life.
- Many patients take supplemental nutrition during cancer treatment to lighten toxicities and improve well-being.