What are the statistics of chemotherapy? Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer with one or more cytotoxic anti-neoplastic drugs. An older and broader use of the word chemotherapy encompassed any chemical treatment of disease, inhibiting cells, whether they be cancerous self cells or foreign cells such as bacteria. The general concept of this treatment has been used for 70 years originated by the effects of Mustard gas in World War 1 is now a multi billion dollar industry and the standard of care for cancer treatment. Continue reading →
It has been well established that chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer can induce toxic side effects to the body. This is an unfortunately common consequence of these therapies due to their effects on healthy cells. One type of toxic side effect induced by chemotherapy and/or radiation is mucositis. Mucositis is the painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes. Mucous membranes are found in the digestive, respiratory and urogenital tracts including the mouth, nose, eyelids, trachea, lungs, stomach, intestines, ureters, urethra and bladder. These mucous membranes are made up of very sensitive epithelial tissue and are more susceptible to the damage caused by radiation or chemotherapy. It has been reported that for most cancer treatments, anywhere from 5% to 15% of patients will develop mucositis. When treated specifically with 5-fluorouracil the chances of a patient developing mucositis increases to 40%. Also, due to the high doses of chemotherapy or radiation in preparation for a bone marrow transplant, it is estimated that around 75% to 80% of these patients will develop mucositis. Continue reading →
Chemotherapy and radiation is an integral part of cancer treatment, more than half of all cancer patients will undergo one or both therapies. With significant advances made in the field of chemo and radiation the amount of long-term cancer survivors has dramatically increased over the years, however, there is a growing concern about the chance of developing a secondary malignancy. Secondary malignancy means a cancer that develops entirely separately from the primary cancer, as a result of chemotherapy and or radiation. It may take months or years to develop but is directly caused by the carcinogenic factors of chemotherapy and radiation. It is estimated that roughly 10% of cancer survivors will develop a secondary cancer related to the treatment of their primary cancer. Continue reading →
The abscopal effect refers to the ability of localized radiation treatment of a tumor to have systemic anti-tumor effects. In the past this has been rare and deemed almost a magical form of recovery. However, with continued developments in cancer research and immunotherapy strategies, this miraculous form of recovery is becoming more of a realistic possibility for cancer patients. How does this work exactly? Formerly, radiation therapy has been used as a localized treatment focused on controlling and killing cancer tumor cells by direct damage while minimizing healthy tissue damage. But as doctors are discovering, radiation therapy can elicit systemic tumor effects by acting as an immunomodulator to the tumor microenvironment. Continue reading →
It has been long known in the medical field that that proper healing of the body and resistance to infection cannot occur without oxygen. Oxygen is believed to be required for all the major processes involved in wound healing, including resistance to infection, activation of fibroblasts, collagen deposition, angiogenesis, and epithelization. Under normal circumstances, oxygen is carried through the body by red blood cells only, this is sufficient for a healthy person to have all the oxygen required to maintain normal functioning. But what about when someone is sick and how does this play a role in cancer treatment? Continue reading →
The public outcry’s are overwhelming with the cost of cancer treatment and prescription drugs like chemotherapy. A new report from the IMS Institute finds that global spending on oncology treatments reached $100 billion last year, which represented a 10.3% increase from the previous year and a huge rise from $75 billion spent five years ago. Continue reading →
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Effects Of Meditation On Cancer By Sara | October 1, 2018 - 9:47 am |October 1, 2018 Cancer, Cells, Immunotherapy Biomedical research has provided undeniable evidence of the interconnectedness of the mind and body. And there is a widespread belief among psychologists, and many others, that cancer is...