Is Cancer Treatment Worse Than Cancer?
With more natural remedies, herbs, treatment, and conspiracies popping up, it’s no wonder people are questioning traditional cancer treatment. Unfortunately, there isn’t a straight yes or no answer to this question.
Let’s discuss why some people may think cancer treatment is worse than cancer, as well as a natural alternative to help treat the symptoms that come with traditional cancer treatment.
Cancer can be a very emotional topic to discuss however, with a huge increase in cancer diagnosis throughout the past few decades, it can be a very important topic to begin to discuss.
If you are reading this, you may have cancer, know someone suffering from cancer, or perhaps just curious about researching various traditional as well as non-traditional treatment options.
At this point, you have probably heard and/or have read that traditional treatment options can be worse than cancer itself.
In this article, we will explore what cancer patients (taking various types of treatment options) have reported. We will also take a closer look at the basics of what cancer is and how it can affect the life of the afflicted.
Additionally, we will discuss a natural way you can help ease the symptoms of cancer treatment. Many patients have reported feeling their symptoms practically disappear after taking this.
What is cancer?
According to WebMD; cancer (also called malignancy) is defined as an abnormal growth of cells. Typically, cells divide and replace themselves in a normal and controlled fashion. However, when cells become abnormal, they multiply uncontrollably causing cancer in the body.
Furthermore, when abnormal cells come together in a cluster, they begin to form into a mass of tissue, resulting in a tumor.
What causes cancer and who is affected by it?
Cancer and the causes of cancer can be very complex and even harder to explain and understand. That being said, we will go over some of the basics to help build your knowledge of cancer and its causes.
Over the last few decades, there has been a great focus on this horrible life-altering disease. One in every sixth death around the world is caused by various types of cancer, meaning it is the second leading cause of death around the globe. In 2017, an estimated 9.6 million people perished internationally due to this disease. It is no wonder that the planet has come together to study and understand cancer in hopes of finding a cure.
There is a wide range of known causes as well as possible causes of cancer. Some common risks for developing cancer include cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, second-hand smoke, poor diets, obesity, heavy alcohol use, and exposure to radiation like UV rays (sun).
some types of cancers can even be hereditary, meaning it is passed down from a parent.
Cancer does not discriminate. Anyone can fall victim, whether your lifestyle constantly exposes you to potential risk or not. Even children and infants can develop or be born with cancer. Additionally, humans are not the only ones at risk of developing cancer. Animals can also be at risk.
What are the most common types of cancers?
The most common type of cancer affecting both men and women is breast cancer. According to www.cancer.gov, there will be an estimate of over 268 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Lung cancer with an estimate of over 228 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Prostate cancer with an estimate of over 174 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Colon and rectal cancer with an estimate of over 145 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Melanoma cancer with an estimate of over 96 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Bladder cancer with an estimate of over 80 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Kidney cancer with an estimate of over 73 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Endometrial cancer with an estimate of over 62 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Leukemia (cancer in the blood) with an estimate of over 61 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Pancreatic cancer with an estimate of over 56 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Thyroid cancer with an estimate of over 52 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
- Liver cancer with an estimate of over 42 hundred thousand new cases in 2019.
Let us move on to cancer treatment. There are many types, but we will go over a few of the more common traditional treatments patients are receiving. Keep in mind that these treatments and the intensity very much depend on what type of cancer(s) the patient has, as well as how advanced the cancer is.
Chemotherapy- Also known as Chemo is made up of drugs that are used to kill cancerous cells, however, these drugs are not able to tell the difference between cancerous cells and good cells. This means that both may be destroyed in an attempt to eliminate or reduce the spread of cancer.
Radiation- This is a type of cancer treatment that uses beams of intense energy that emit from a machine to kill cancer cells. Like Chemotherapy, radiation therapy cannot tell the difference between cancerous and normal cells, thus destroying both healthy and unhealthy cells. Like any cancer treatment, the goal is to damage as few healthy cells as possible.
Surgery- can be used to treat cancer by removing tumors and nearby tissues. Sometimes a small amount of mass is needed to clear the area, and other times large amounts of mass need to be removed. Let’s take breast cancer for example; depending on the size of the affected area, this can be the difference between removing a small amount of tissue within the breast or removing the entire breast completely (also known as mastectomy).
Your healthcare team may use any of these treatments in conjunction with another as part of the treatment plan developed for you.
Because of the intensity of these treatments, some patients have described cancer treatment to be worse than cancer itself. Traditional therapy may cause several side effects such as:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Appetite Loss and Weight Loss
- Depression, Stress, and Anxiety
- Sleep Problems
- Lower quality of life
After going over some of the therapy options available and barely touching on the side effects and invasiveness involved in treatment, it is no wonder why some patients may feel this way. However, it is important to express your concerns with your healthcare professional to make sure a cancer treatment plan is carefully designed to fit your physical needs, as well as ease some of the concerns you may have.
The effects of traditional methods can often be felt very quickly, but may also be quite invasive with plenty of symptoms and side effects. For this reason, patients may seek an alternative treatment option, or a natural remedy to the side effects caused by traditional cancer therapy, as prescription remedies to ease side effects of cancer treatment may also have a lengthy list of side effects.
Although some scientists have found anti-cancer qualities in some plants, further studies and testing is still required to accurately determine effectiveness.
There is one rising star that has received global attention in recent years for its therapeutic properties. Cannabis has recently made its debut in the medical world as a form of controlling symptoms and side effects caused by a wide range of diseases and disorders.
Cannabis as a method of easing cancer treatment side effects has gained popularity. But why?
In the last decade research on the benefits of cannabis has revealed that medical marijuana may help prevent and treat many medical issues. Below we have compiled a list of side effects caused by cancer and cancer treatment and how cannabis may help.
Depression, stress and anxiety- Depression, stress and anxiety are symptoms that have been widely reported from cancer patients receiving treatment. Cannabis may aid in relieving these symptoms naturally with little to no side effects.
Pain- Cannabis has also been prescribed by doctors for the treatment of chronic pain. This may prove to be a huge relief for cancer patients struggling with pain during treatment. Loss of appetite and weight loss- A common side effect of taking cannabis is an increase of appetite also known as the munchies. As a result, this may also aid in gaining weight, which is crucial for a cancer patient receiving such treatments.
Sleep problems- Another common side effect of taking certain strains of cannabis is drowsiness. Although it is a side effect, it can greatly aid those who are having sleep problems. Whether a person is taking invasive treatment or not.
Swelling- Inflammation while going through cancer treatment is unfortunately very common. However recent studies have shown the benefits of using cannabis as a viable option to ease this symptom.
Nausea and vomiting- Nausea and vomiting can be highly uncomfortable and can be quite severe during cancer treatment. This can lead to the inability to keep food down, which is concerning during treatment, as your body requires nutrients. Every person reacts differently to cannabis, however, most will notice cannabis is not harsh compared to prescription medications, which often come with side effects that cannabis does not have.
Cannabis may be the natural option so many cancer patients are looking to ease their cancer treatment journey. It is important to contact your healthcare professional for more details. You can also conveniently contact one of our knowledgeable and friendly representatives by clicking here. Our representatives will guide and educate you on the right strains to help ease the symptoms burdening you.
Going through any type of treatment can be a very stressful and emotional time. Such is true for the family members and friends of the sufferer of this disease. Ultimately, it all comes down to what is better for the person diagnosed with cancer, both physically and psychologically.
It is important to speak to a medical professional to discuss all options, and if the answers you are given just don’t feel right, there is nothing wrong with getting an opinion from more than one medical professional. It is also important to remember that treatment depends on the patient and the patient’s family. If you choose not to be treated in any way, this may result in the cancer becoming more advanced and possibly even spread within the body.
If you have been recently diagnosed, or you know someone who has been, we hope this article has been able to help you expand your knowledge on this disease and the different types of treatments available. And we wish only the best for you and yours. We wish for strength, determination, resiliency, health, love, light, and a speedy recovery.
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