A Cancer Treatment Review -- Success Rates of Treatment Trials and Symptom Control

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a daunting experience. Fortunately, today there are many scientific and alternative methods of cancer treatment. Treatment trials show their higher or lower effectiveness. But the patient should not try all the methods at once because it may be ineffective and sometimes even harmful. Usually cancer specialists offer time-proved official methods of cancer treatment. And in the case of favorable outcome the patient needs only symptom control during the whole life to prevent metastases or return of the disease. Here there is a cancer treatment review.

The method of cancer treatment is very important because each tumor responds to different methods differently. It is selected according to many factors including a tumor type, a stage of disease, a patient's age, his level of health and his wishes. Today alternative medicine offers many methods that help a number of people. Scientists also make their researches and present more and more new methods that have all chances to become a panacea. The main surgical methods include radiation therapy and medication treatment.


Cancer treatment review:

Cancer surgery is the main and the oldest method of cancer treatment. Usually its effectiveness depends on the stage of the disease. Today the statistics say that its effectiveness is 60-90 per cent. So, it is a time-proved treatment.

Radiation therapy comes second in cancer treatment review. The nature of this method is based on the fact that radiation destroys the cells which division is very fast. The malignant cells are the cells which division is the fastest. But radiation therapy damages also normal tissues i.e. skin, hair, mucous coat of bowels, marrow and sexual glands. The damage level depends on the area of radiation therapy and the tumor closeness to these tissues. The effectiveness of radiation therapy is 60-90 per cent.

Chemotherapy is also the main method in cancer treatment review. It includes medication intake. It uses drugs that destroy malignant cells, suppress tumor growth or its cells division or influence the substances that malignant cells need. It may be alkylating agents, antimetabolites, plant alkaloids, antitumor antibiotics, enzymes, hormones and modifiers of biological response. Unfortunately, there is no medication able to destroy only malignant cells and not to damage usual tissues. Today sometimes their side effects are dangerous.

Usually cancer treatment includes a combination of methods that were mentioned in our cancer treatment review.
In recent years cancer specialists have resorted to the help of biological methods of cancer treatment. It is aimed at cancer prevention and neutralization of side effects caused by cancer treatment. Biological means may influence growth of malignant cells, stimulate immune cells and recover the normal cells damaged by cancer treatment. Today it is proven that the immune system (i.e. the natural protective mechanism) of our organism plays the main role in cancer protection.

There are several types of tumor that develop when the immune system does not cope with malignant cells destruction or does not prevent their development. Biotherapy is an effective method of cancer treatment of some kind of tumors. It is also called immunotherapy or therapy of biological modifiers. And a number of treatment trials and experience proves its effectiveness and safety.

We should also note cover therapy as a very important method in cancer treatment review as it influences the patient's lifetime and its quality. It is aimed at adequacy of drug kinetics, protection of organs and tissues from anti-tumor drugs and their metabolites, homeostasis and basal metabolism maintenance, all living functions security, infection prophylaxis, complications treatment and symptom control.

We should not forget about the main factor in cancer treatment involves the human touch. The behavior and attitude of the patient is the most important in cancer treatment. Today the science proves that during our life separate malignant cells always appear in our organism. But our bodies suppress and neutralize them and a tumor does not develop. It means that our body is able to defend itself and this function is provided by the nature.

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