According to Cancer.gov, in 2018, approximately 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States; unfortunately, 609,640 people may die from the disease. In 2017, the projected expenditures for cancer care in the U.S. were a whopping $147.3 billion. And these costs are likely to increase, if we factor in an aging population and an increasing cancer prevalence.
At the same time, medical practitioners have been broadening the way in which they address and treat illness. If you’re struggling with cancer and looking into possible treatment options, we can help.
Different Cancer Treatment Options
This article sheds light on the different kinds of cancer treatment options and how they work.
Conventional or Allopathic Cancer Treatment
Also referred to as mainstream cancer treatment, these treatment forms primarily include surgery, radiology, and chemotherapy, along with nutrient supplementation.
Surgery is used to remove those tumors whose cells have yet to spread. Radiology involves bombarding existing tumors with high energy particles until they diminish. Finally, chemotherapy employs the use of strong chemicals which are either injected or taken in pill form. These destroy the cancer cells, but also damage other parts of the body.
Alternative medicine is what some people opt for as opposed to conventional or mainstream cancer treatment. Alternative cancer treatment employs the use of herbal cocktails (as opposed to allopathic pharmaceuticals), nutritional programs, and certain lifestyle changes.
Though sometimes effective, alternative medicine does not work across the board. Please note; alternative medicine and integrative medicine are NOT the same.
Complementary medicine refers to those treatments that are used to add benefit to the traditional, conventional approach. This would include any additional treatment intended to help conventional treatment, such as addressing emotional/spiritual issues, lifestyle/dietary issues, using acupuncture, etc.
Integrative oncology or integrative cancer treatment looks at the patient as a complex individual with many facets, both physical and mental/emotional, and utilizes treatments that include both conventional and complementary/alternative medicine, based on evidence of benefit. It may include therapies from both Eastern and Western medicine. As opposed to focusing mainly on the tumor like mainstream methods, integrative treatment also addresses overall health and well-being, and supports the immune system and body to withstand the harsh effects of the conventional treatments
This is done using an array of techniques, some of which may include acupuncture, dietary modifications, and supplementation with powerful herb or nutrients through various means, including IV drip therapy. IV vitamin C in high doses is also used in conjunction with the conventional treatments.
With this greater perspective looking at the whole person, integrative oncology aims to kill the cancer cells, strengthen the immune system, protect the healthy cells, and support the whole person.
If you or a loved one wants to learn more about integrative oncology, there may be medical centers you can explore near you.
Vitality Integrative Medicine is a medical clinic that offers effective integrative treatment and therapies to clients living in Burbank, Encino and Sherman Oaks, LA. Holistic doctors at the institution provide effective treatment including integrative oncology for cancer and treatment for Lyme disease..