Cancer Essay

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During a shower one day you notice a lump that was not otherwise there. The next day you
see a doctor. The lump you have identified is diagnosed as cancer. Now you need to figure
out what to do. There is no absolute cure for cancer, but there are different ways to
treat it. One treatment is the traditional from by seeing a doctor who possibly could use
radiation, chemotherapy or other drugs. Another way of treating cancer is with alternative
forms of medicine by using acupuncture naturopathic and homeopathic doctors who prescribe
more natural forms of healing using a combination of the two. When using the combination
of the two treatment techniques, one can receive the full benefit of all available
options. The medical profession should acknowledge allowing alternative medicines in
conjunction with traditional medicines to ease suffering as well as prolonging the lives
of cancer patients. In order to make a decision on a treatment for cancer, one must
understand what cancer is and the current treatments used. Cancer starts when a cell
ceases to function properly, mutates and begins to multiply rapidly. A cancer cell has an
abnormal chromosome which sends ' the wrong ' message to the other parts of the cell,
which causes the cell to grow rapidly as it multiplies. These multiplied cells form a lump
called a malignant tumor which is the cancer. "[Cancer] knows no boundaries and plays no
favorites; it can be found among people of all races and ages, both rich and poor, black
and white, male or female (Fine 9)." Cancer is a very serious disease many people live
with. On average " about 1.2 million people are diagnosed with [cancer] every year (Noonan
A3)." Cancer is not a contagious disease; it can not be passed form one person to another.
Like the statistic from above, imagine the fact that " cancer kills more than 500,000
Americans every year -approximately one person per minute (Noonan A3)." Many people each
year are killed by cancer, yet there are more who continue to live with this disease.
There are many different kinds of treatments to ease the pain and sometimes even kill the
cancer. The most accepted form of treatment is through traditional medicine. This includes
radiation ,chemotherapy, surgery and also improving ones lifestyle to prevent future
episodes of cancer. Radiation is a method that uses " high-energy x-rays, electron beams
or radioactive isotopes to kill cancer cells without exceeding safe doses to normal tissue
( Dollinger 48)." There are two different types of radiation therapy, externally and
internally. When giving externally the medical profession uses Orthovoltage equipment that
treats external types of cancer like skin cancer. Internally giving radiation involves one
of the following treatments, Internal (Systemic ) Radiation therapy, Interstitial
Radiation Therapy, Intracavitary Radiation and Intrauminal Radiation therapy. Radiation
can be giving Like chemotherapy radiation therapy has similar side effects like nausea,
vomiting, a burn some what like a suntan that tans then peels and ulcer may develop as
well. Chemotherapy can cure some types of cancer. This form of therapy is given in many
different ways. It can be taken orally with a capsule, pill or in liquid form. Other ways
it can be taken is through a syringe into a vein, artery or the muscle. The most commonly
known form of chemotherapy is given intravenously through IV drip devices. Chemotherapy is
a very risky method to heal for the drugs used are so dangerous that if an unprofessional
or unqualified doctor mixed the wrong dosage it would be fatal. This therapy does have
some side effects. When taking chemo treatment there is a possibility of " nausea,
vomiting, hair loss, sore mouth, diarrhea and/or depressed blood counts (Dollinger 480)."
Another form of treatment is surgery, to remove the cancer. This involves removing
cancerous or possibly cancerous cells known as tumors. Other times surgery is the only
option after using chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. Changing ones' lifestyle maybe
necessary for both pre and post cancer. According to the World Cancer Research Fund and
the American Institute for Cancer Research is there has been developed a new dietary
recommendations list to improve ones' chances for avoiding cancer in the future. To name a
few; one " should have 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily and pass up high salt
foods that increase stomach cancer risks ( Napier 118 &120)." Generally one should eat
right because it is proven a good diet means a good healthy life. Although traditional
medicine can help and sometimes kills the cancer, it is not the only outlet to be
considered. Alternative medicine has been know world wide for thousands of years. The
chines, Scandinavians and even the Mexicans have had home remedies to reduce the suffering
of cancer patients. Some of the many techniques have been used for many generations, and
together with traditional medicine they can each help solve to purpose to eliminate the
cancer. Shark liver oil is a good example of the alternative treatment. Shark liver helps
in the in the " regression of tumor growth in cancer and [gives] protection from radiation
" when used with this traditional form of treatment (Solomon 11). The Squalamine in the "
shark liver oil stimulates production of the red and white blood cells" which help destroy
tumor growing ability (Solomon 137). The majority of clinical doctors don't recognize the
use of the less traditional medicine. Even in the cases when alternative medicines prevent
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