What You Need to Know about Cancer Treatments
Understanding the situation and the options available for cancer patients will greatly affect the outcome of different cancer treatments.
The news that someone has cancer always causes a wave of negative emotions that sweeps the person and their loved ones off their feet. The truth is that more than half men and one-third of women in the world will develop some kind of cancer in their lives.
What are the options available for cancer patients?
For some people, the combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy is effective in removing the current cancer tumor. In other cases, one of these tools has to be used more invasively than the others. In a lot of cases, the three options cause no progress and cancer continues to spread in the body of the person.
Cancer myths versus reality:
Some people think that cancer cure has been found but is kept secret. The truth is that there is no cure for cancer. All types of treatments, whether they are conventional or alternative do remove the existing cancer cells from the body but they offer no guarantee that cancer would return later on to affect the same or different body parts.
Of course, some cancer treatments are better than others in radically removing cancer from the body. Surgery, for instance, can effectively remove the tumor with no traces left. However, if there is one cancer cell that is left, the tumor will grow back more aggressively in a short period of time. Sometimes, surgery is not applicable and people would resort to other treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy. While these treatments kill cancer cells, they also kill other healthy cells in the body. In this way, they affect the overall quality of a person’s life and people end up dealing with a lot of uncomfortable and even life-threatening side effects.
Another myth is that all types of cancer are curable. Unfortunately, this is not true. Cancer is not one disease. There are hundreds of types of cancer that affect the human body. Different types would be related to the same organ. And this means that coming up with effective treatments is not that easy. Even with alternative and complementary cancer treatments, some types of cancer are not curable and will continue to spread in the body no matter what. Some treatments, conventional or alternative will help with the fast spread of cancer but might not be able to remove the cells completely from the body.
What can I do to multiply my chances?
Dealing with cancer is a serious decision and requires the person to be calm and sure about what they are going to do.
The early diagnosis of cancer is crucial to the success of any treatment. This means that people should always pay attention to the signs their bodies are giving them. A change in breathing, bowel movement, the appearance of a body part, unexplained cough or pain shouldn’t be taken lightly. It is important to pay attention to these changes as they could affect your chances of getting a successful treatment.
After the diagnosis, a person can take sometimes to discuss and evaluate all the options available. Tumors that appear in X-rays, mammograms and blood pictures, have usually been present in the body for a few months or years. So starting the treatment in a day or two is not usually a rush after you have been positively diagnosed. You must make sure that you have the option to seek a second opinion, to discuss different alternatives and the pros and cons of each treatment plan.