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Common modes of conventional cancer therapy
Cancer is a debilitating disease that tends to affect the entire body. Yet, modern physicians treat it as a local disease. They believe they can cure the disease by using tumor specific drugs, by irradiation or by simply extracting the tumor. The common modes of conventional therapy include:
Surgery: In this oldest method of cancer treatment, the malignant tumor along with the adjoining tissue and lymph nodes is extracted.
Radiotherapy: High energy particles or waves like x-rays and gamma rays are used to kill the cancerous cells in this mode of therapy.
Chemotherapy: Anti cancer medicines are injected into the bloodstream of the patient and spread in the entire body to damage the cancer cells. It is effective in tumors that have metastasized.
Hormone Therapy: It is useful in cancers that are hormone dependant for their growth. Here, either the hormone production of the specific gland is modified using different medicines or the hormone producing gland is surgically removed.
Immunotherapy: It is used to boost the immune system of the body to resist the growth of the cancer cells.
The above mentioned methods are either used in isolation or one or more forms of therapies may be used in tandem depending upon the stage of the cancer and patient’s profile. However, the patient’s entire body takes a beating in this whole process. But more often than not, despite this aggressive treatment, the cancer still remains in the body and may even metastasize to distant organs.
The focus of many alternative forms of cancer therapies is to work upon the body’s natural immunity and ability to take on the disease and destroy cancer cells. Many doctors and researchers are turning back to nature in search of other means to fight against cancer. Many studies have shown that herbs are an effective means of curing the cancer naturally besides boosting the patient’s immune system. The aim of herbal treatment of cancer is to maintain the body in an alkaline state with high levels of enzymes and antioxidants so as to eliminate all toxins from the body and to detoxify it. Herbs are useful to fight against the harmful cancer causing free radicals.