Jan 03

Can A Natural, Drug Free Cure For Cancer Ever Exist?

Methods like chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery are used to cure cancer.

The best way to fight cancer is to put together a treatment plan that includes regular meetings with a doctor, medical procedures if needed, a better diet, some exercise and perhaps the use of natural remedies.

There is no natural miracle cure for cancer. In fact, there is no fool proof way to cure cancer.

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Jan 02

Can We Rely On Government Health Care For A Cure To Cancer

Throughout my time working for Cancer Research UK we investigated dozens of different angles on potential cures for numerous different iterations of cancer – from brain to lung etc.

Unfortunately, 99% never make it past preliminary testing but I always felt like we were close.

We do know that if a cancer is diagnosed early enough, it is sometimes possible to treat it. And that’s the drawback of any and all “cures” we have at the moment – they all rely on early diagnosis.

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Aug 18

How to Cope with Grief

When a loved one loses the battle against cancer, the ones left behind can feel crippling amounts of grief. The grieving process is a complex one and can make it difficult to get your life back.

Likewise, people who have been diagnosed with cancer can experience feelings of shock and denial, and can experience grief on a profound level.

Understanding how the bereavement process works can help people assuage some of their suffering and live life to the fullest.

You can even take care training courses in bereavement and loss and visit support groups to help the healing process.

I have outlined some steps that you can take to help you cope with the difficult feelings of grief and loss that you experience in relation to cancer.

Coping with loss is not easy, but you must remember that you are not alone in this world. Everyone has a different coping strategy, so you have to take care and assess your own feelings to see what helps you the most.

your-tears-are-not_wastedGive yourself permission to grieve

For many people who are faced with a grieving person, more often than not, there will always be someone insensitive enough to insist that you should “just get over it”.

Not only is this a horrible thing to say, but it diminishes your personal feelings and can cause harm in the long run.

When you are grieving, you should give yourself permission to grieve. Do everything that is needed to help you get over your loss, and allow yourself at least a week at minimum to recover.

If you are working or going to school, respectfully announce that you would like to have a few days off so that you can fully mourn your loss.

grievingTalk to someone you trust

Talking about the hurt and the pain does wonders for many people. Talk about your grief to someone you can trust, whether it is a family member or a friend.

If you think you really need it, you can even approach a counselor or a therapist whom you can be assured will listen to you without bias and have the training to answer all of your questions.

Find a creative outlet

Even if you are not a particularly artistic person, finding a creative outlet always helps people cope with grief. They keep themselves busy with painting, writing, crafts, and even watching films.

Go out and board games at a café, or even join an art class to learn something new.

Do sports and other physical activities

An alternative to doing creative things is to go for something more physical. Sports, especially contact sports such as rugby are great for releasing some of the tension that you are experiencing.

The adrenaline and the endorphin released from physical activity can help counteract some of the feelings of grief.

Maintain a routine

While you are in the grieving process, it is also important to maintain a daily routine to keep the heavy feelings off your back. The most important thing is that you take care of yourself and the ones who depend on you.

Aug 01

How to Naturally Lower the Risk of Breast Cancer

 

When I was at a venue in Leeds for a conference about breast cancer, I was asked to provide some tips on how to lower the risk of breast cancer in women (and men) alike. Breast cancer is more common in women, but it is something that some men live with as well. While there is no 100% assurance that you will never get breast cancer, there are some steps that you can take to at least lower your risk of contracting it.

 

Meanwhile, Here is a video about the ways you can prevent Breast Cancer:

 

 

The key to fighting of breast cancer is to lead a healthy life and to detect it early. You have to be careful and watch out for any signs of lumps, bumps, and cysts. Here I will provide you with some tips on how to prevent breast cancer.

 

Give yourself a breast exam regularly

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Give yourself a self-exam to check for any lumps in your breasts. First, you have to determine your breast density. Cysts in firmer breasts with fattier tissues can be more difficult to detect, so you have to familiarise yourself with the feel first.

 

Once you know what your normal density levels are, you can start checking for cysts. Lie down on your back and feel your breasts first in a circular motion, and then in a criss cross motion.

 

Avoid carcinogens in foods and other household items

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Pesticides and preservatives can be carcinogenic so it is a good idea for you to avoid them in your food. Try to eat natural and healthy, and you can also switch over to organic produce. You should avoid carcinogenic substances in your detergents, soaps, and deodorants.

 

Chemicals can leach into your skin and cause problems in the long run, including breast cancer. You should keep watch out for harmful ingredients by checking the labels of your household items religiously.

 

Wear properly fitted bras

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Too much pressure and lack of oxygenation and circulation can increase your risk of breast cancer if not kept in check. Always buy a well fitted bra to avoid cutting off your circulation. You should also take note of the size of your cup so that you can prevent under wires from poking you.

 

Bras should also be removed when possible, such as when you are at home or going to bed. You should only wear a bra if you really need to, to prevent discomfort.

 

If you are a mother, breast feed your baby as often as necessary

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Mothers that have breast feeding infants should consider breast feeding their child as often as necessary, if possible. Studies show that a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer increases after they have had their first child, but women who breastfeed are 10% less likely to develop breast cancer.

 

Breastfeeding promotes the proper drainage of your milk glands, which they are designed for. Not only is it healthy for you, but it is healthy for your baby too.

Jul 10

Cancer-Related Fatigue And How To Fight It

Fighting cancer is never easy.  Anyone who is fighting cancer is also battling fatigue. This is because fatigue is generally the side effect of cancer treatment.


According to medical research, individuals who are undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy normally suffer from cancer-related fatigue.


This kind of fatigue is not like the everyday fatigue that other people are experiencing because cancer fatigue is unpredictable; it hits a cancer patient without warning and sleep cannot make the situation better.


Moreover, this extreme tiredness can last from several months to years, during and even after the end of the cancer treatment. It leaves the patient feeling super exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Cancer-related fatigue is distressing as it negatively affects the quality of lives of cancer patients. It makes a lot of daily tasks or activities like cleaning the house, grocery shopping and even preparing meals daunting. When left untreated, relationships, recreation and self-care of a cancer patient can be affected and can gravely suffer.


Stress, low blood counts, emotional pain, physical pain, sleep problems and lack of exercise are a few of the factors that cause this kind of fatigue. Any cancer patient who is experiencing this kind of fatigue should inform their doctors about this unpleasant problem, have it monitored and treated without delay.


This excessive fatigue can be managed as well as minimised.  It is vital to talk to your physician as he can recommend what things must be given up and prioritised.


Your doctor will also help come up with the best ways to do things in order to manage and minimise the extreme fatigue. The management can include using your time and energy wisely, having a good sleeping habit, eating nutritious foods, staying hydrated and doing the right kind of physical exercises.
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Individuals with cancer-related fatigue usually feel slow, weak, drained or exhausted, lack of focus and lack energy. They tend to be depressed, frustrated and irritable.


It is only you who can tell if you have this kind of fatigue. Do not let this extreme and lingering tiredness impact your quality of life and your ability to enjoy life. Talking to your doctor can help you find effective ways to make yourself feel better.


Conserving energy is one of the many best ways to manage and minimise cancer fatigue. Start with planning your work ahead and organising your way of storing and reaching items. Having a good storage system and a mezzanine floor can help make things organised as well as easy to find and reach.


Here is video on how to fight cancer through nutrition:





A mezzanine storey is worth building as it can have various functions and a great way to save space. It can be used as a bedroom, an office, a library, a dressing room, a reading nook, a storage area, a bathroom or a gallery.


Adding a mezzanine floor has been popular amongst professional artists who are also cancer patients.  The mezzanine floor housed all the samples of their artwork or paintings, serving as an art gallery and storage area of their masterpieces.


Maintaining a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, staying physically active through approved physical activities, keeping a positive outlook, music therapy and acupuncture are also some of the very effective ways to help fight cancer-related fatigue.


May 29

How to Prevent Skin Cancer

skin-cancer-imageHead injuries are common, especially in automotive accidents, but did you know that due to the depletion of the Ozone layer, skin cancer is becoming more and more common?

Using a local Herts solicitor I could claim for the head injury, but when it comes to cancer, financing it can become much more difficult. Many people turn to their insurance when they get cancer, but sometimes this is not so simple.

Now, skin cancer is a very common cancer and is often caused by prolonged sun exposure, though some people are more genetically predisposed to it than others. Skin cancer arise from skin cells, and may originate from any layer within the skin.

There are three subtypes of skin cancer, called Basal cell cancer, Squamous cell cancer, and Melanoma. Basal cell cancer is considered the least dangerous of the three, even though it originates in the deepest part of the skin within the epidermis.

Squamous cell cancer spreads faster because it originates in the middle layer of the skin, and can be fatal if left untreated completely.

Here is a video about the symptoms of Skin cancer:


Lastly, the most dangerous form, which is also the rarest form of skin cancer, is melanoma. In melanoma, the cancer affects the pigment cells in the skin called melanocytes. It is a very aggressive form of cancer and spreads quickly across the skin. It is very dangerous and fatal if left untreated, however, compared to other forms of cancer, melanoma has the highest survival rate, with 75% surviving within the UK in the past decade.

Since skin cancer is highly visible and often appear in the form of a skin lesion or a strange birthmark or mole, most people manage to treat their conditions early. Skin cancer is often treated with debridement and surgical removal of the affected areas to prevent it from spreading. If caught early, it is possible to survive it, but great care is needed to watch for signs of the cancer returning.

Prevention is still the most effective way to prevent skin cancer. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Avoid Exposure to the Sun or to UV Light

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Prolonged and constant exposure to the sun is extremely harmful and is the number one cause of skin cancer. The UV rays present in the sunlight is a form of radiation, and it is also present in sunbeds found within tanning salons.

Avoid smoking and other carcinogens

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Smoking is infamously known for lung cancer but it can also cause other types of cancer such as skin cancer. Smoking is extremely dangerous to your health so it should be avoided at all costs.

Wear Sunscreen

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Wearing sunscreen is a must if you cannot stay out of the sun. Make sure that you choose a high SPF level and that you apply sunscreen to all exposed areas. Remember that UV light penetrates both clothing and clouds, so even if you feel it is not sunny outside, sunscreen is the best option. High risk areas include the shoulders, back, neck, and face, especially the nose.

May 09

When the Battle with Cancer is Lost

We all know that battle with cancer is never easy. But there are times that no matter what we do, recovery is just not meant to be and a loved one is lost far too soon.

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When this happens does it make sense to sue the hospital or the health care provider just to get closure? It has happened many times before—people have sued doctors and healthcare providers for an unhappy outcome even though there is no clear cut evidence of malpractice.

Suing is not proper in this case—this is not how to claim work injury compensation. You will be messing people’s lives.

Of course there are cases in which suing makes sense and is actually recommended, like a recent news article that has come out about a fraud or quack doctor promising a girl recovery from her Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer within three months. She had promised this result through stem cell therapy.

But it turns out that the woman was not a doctor at all, and that her supposed clinic was actually a massage centre. In this case it is completely appropriate to file a suit.

But in other cases, how else should a relative or family member look for closure?

nhBJjeDDealing with Grief

Let’s remember that everyone deals with grief a bit differently. But what it really all just hinges on is finding an outlet for the pain.

Everyone goes through the five stages of grief, which were first proposed by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in 1969. But what’s important is being able to deal with those stages at every turn.

Denial and isolation happens to everybody. But when people are in this stage of grief they are often ticking time bombs waiting to blow up.

This is because the next stage is that of anger, which is why many people lash out at the medical professionals who failed to cure their loved one. This is because they are convenient targets for anger—they deal with death every day of their lives, of course, but that doesn’t mean that they are immune to it.

Unless they really did something wrong then don’t take the anger out on them.

battle-we-didnt-choose-16Dealing with Anger

Finding an outlet for that anger is necessary. Convert negative energy into positive energy by channeling it into creativity.

Use the anger to write a poem, paint a picture, or perhaps to complete a project that has fallen on the wayside. This will help of course to get through the anger stage faster so that one can move to the next three stages.

Sadly, no matter how we bargain, there is no way to get them back. No matter how hard we pray and beg. So it is no surprise that it is at this point we fall into depression.

Dealing with Depression

Most people never get out of this phase. They become depressed and stay at that stage, blaming themselves for what happened.

But you should never blame yourself—a person falling ill is nobody’s fault. Learn to accept the reality—you and everyone else will be better off for it.

 

Mar 13

Learning About the Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is no joke and it can become an extremely painful condition.

It is a subtype of head and neck cancer, and will often affect the tongue, the palette, and the gums.

One of my friends thought that he had oral cancer once.

He noticed that he had a toothache but decided to ignore it for a while, since he maintained that he had no time for a check up.

He spent the whole time just ignoring it until the pain became unbearable. One day, he collapsed from the pain and had to be rushed to an emergency dentist in Huddersfield (< this one).

The dentist took a look inside his mouth and discovered a very large cavity, and what seems to be a cancerous tumour growing in his mouth.

He had to be placed under anaesthesia, but further revealed that it was just some severely inflamed gum tissue.

The cavity has travelled deep into his mouth, so a root canal had to be performed.

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Even though my friend’s case was a false alarm, some symptoms such as toothaches could be an early indicator that you have oral cancer. That is why you should never ignore these signs when they present themselves.

Some of the symptoms are as follows:

1. Toothache – There are so many different causes of a toothache but one of them could be cancer. Have your dentist check it immediately to determine the cause of the toothache.

If it turns out to be just a cavity, remember that cavities can also spread and cause problems, and in very severe cases, cause blood poisoning because of infection.

2. White and red patches in the mouth — Strange patches of discolouration in the mouth could indicate abnormal cells in your mouth. Have these checked as they could sometimes become cancerous if left untreated for too long.

3. Blisters or sores — If you notice a sore or a blister inside your mouth, try treat it using sore medicines. The blisters could sometimes indicate cancer, especially if it lasts for an extended period of time. If you notice that the blister has been in your mouth for more than two weeks, have it checked by a doctor.

4. Loose teeth or changes in the oral cavity — Cancer can often dislodge or loosen teeth as the infection spreads. If you experience unprecedented changes in your teeth, you may have some kind of an infection.

5. Earaches and difficulty swallowing — While these symptoms are caused by a large variety of bacteria and diseases such as tonsillitis and the common flu, persistent earache and a painful throat could be an indicator that you have a cancer in the neck or throat.

6. Bleeding from the mouth — Blood in your mouth can be caused by a variety of factors but constant bleeding could be an indicator of cancer. Since cancer also loosens the teeth especially if it affects the gums or palette, bleeding will often accompany this symptom.

Mar 07

Being More Aware of Your Weight Can Lower Your Risk of Cancer

nurse-measuring-obese-manObesity has been linked and even cited as one of the direct causes for many diseases in the past.

We have all seen the adverts, and we have all read the scare literature.

But of course there actually is a reason for them. Obesity really is unhealthy and is one of the leading causes for people becoming sick.

Almost everyone is already aware of the fact that obesity is directly linked to diabetes and heart disease, just to name a few.

But apparently what most people are still not aware of is the fact that obesity has also been linked to and has also been said to contribute to causing some forms of cancer.

medical-complications-obesityIn fact here are some of the cancers that obesity has been linked to:

Obesity has also been linked to the cancer of the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). In both men and women, a link has been discovered between cancers of the colon and rectum, esophagus, pancreas, and kidneys.

Aside from that, being obese can also raise the risk of other cancers such as cancers of the gallbladder, cervix, ovaries, liver, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

In women who are past menopause, a link has been seen between them being overweight and the incidence of breast cancer.

It is also said to raise the risk for developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

In accordance with this, the NHS has been feeling the pressure to increase the effort to promote public fitness in order to help bring down the nation’s burgeoning waistlines.

But with the financial strain of a budget to follow and the limitations that come along with it, the NHS will have to find alternate ways to further promote public fitness as well as health and exercise to the public.

The government is trying to tackle this problem, that is without a doubt, but with such financial constraint it is surely difficult to make a big splash and leave a lasting statement.

One thing the government can do in order to make a difference is to install some keep-fit apparatus outside in public areas and parks.

outdoor-gym-equipment-parkThere are outdoor gym equipment suppliers that can provide the government with just about everything they need in order to equip a park and make it suitable for the public’s use.

The equipment would then be free for the public to use, which would encourage people to not only exercise, but to actually get out of their homes and visit the parks for once.

A public outdoor gym would be very useful for those who want to become fit but cannot afford a gym membership and/or do not want to walk or run outside for their own reasons.

This of course is only one of the ways in which the government can encourage public fitness and exercise. Surely there are many other programs and projects that can also help in this matter.

Feb 23

Watch Out For These Frequent Signs of Cancer in Pets

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There is nothing more dreaded than the “C” word, regardless of whether it is in humans or animals.

But cancer when caught at the early stages can still be beaten, so if your cat or dog isn’t at 100%, knowing the signs of cancer in animals can very well save your beloved pet’s life.

Before we get started on the signs, here first are the most common kinds of cancer in pets that you should watch out for.

In older dogs the most common cancers tend to be cancer of the lymph nodes, skin cancer, breast cancer and soft tissue sarcomas. Certain breeds (if your dog or cat is purebred) can be more at risk for certain types of cancer so do your due diligence.

The signs of cancer in animals is similar to those in humans. One sign is that you may notice your dog/cat is depressed or lethargic (in general not acting like itself).

If your pet is losing weight suddenly, mention it to the vet on your next visit regardless of whether it is accompanied by other signs from this list or not.

dog-eating-foodAnother sign is if your pet formerly had a robust appetite and they suddenly lose their appetite (provided you did not make any dietary changes).

If you see some lumps and bumps (that won’t go away or are getting bigger) under your pet’s skin take your pet to the vet for a biopsy.

Only a vet can tell you if it’s cancerous or not.

It’s normal for your pet to get stinky once in a while, but if there is an abnormal smell coming from one of your pet’s orifices or even any part of their body, it’s time to seek a medical opinion.

Wounds that do not heal are usually a sign of some kind of a disease.

Take your pet to the vet if they have a non-healing wound—if it’s not cancer it may be some other serious infection or disease. Along with this, abnormal discharge should be addressed immediately.

This includes blood, diarrhoea and vomiting, pus or any other unusual substance coming from your pet’s body.

Also note if your dog/cat’s stomach becomes distended or bloated looking, take them to the vet as this may be the discharge accumulating.

If your pet is coughing or having difficulty breathing, mention this to your vet.

Also don’t forget to inform the vet if there are any changes in your cat/dog’s bathroom habits (difficulty going, frequent going, blood in waste) as these can point to something serious.

Most importantly, if your pet seems to be in visible pain without any injury, this can be a big sign that they have the big C.

But what do you do if you come back from the vet with bad news?

Start doing what you can to improve your pet’s quality of life.

Make them as comfortable as possible.

Spoil them a little with quality pet food.

Take them on walks, play with them more.

Most important is you spend time with them and make their remaining time as comfortable as possible.

Feb 21

The Important Role Of A Macmillan Nurse In Cancer Treatment

Cancer is never an easy thing—in fact it’s one of the hardest things in life that anyone might ever have to deal with.

But at least when you have cancer you are never alone.

You’ll have friends and family rallying behind you and supporting you.

But beyond that, there are Macmillan nurses who will ensure you get amazing care and support.

What exactly are Macmillan nurses?

Macmillan nurses are nurses who do not do routine tasks. They do not do rounds to give medicine, change wound dressings or take care of a patient’s personal hygiene, although they still might have first aid kits with them just in case (kits which include things such as sterile bandages, plasters, wound dressings, adhesive tape, sterile cleansing wipes, gloves, burn gel and so on).

So you won’t exactly find them doing ‘regular’ nurse tasks.

Rather they specialise in caring for those with cancer, and those with cancer alone.

Macmillan nurses have cancer expertise and they can offer guidance to those who are directly caring for patients (other nurses in hospital or carers/caregivers at home).

They often start caring for a patient from diagnosis onwards. They however are different from Marie Curie nurses, so don’t get the two confused.

Macmillan nurses are quite important and are actually invaluable to patients who have cancer because they provide support in so many ways.

Emotional Support Is Paramount

Not only do they guide those who care for the patient, but they also make sure to provide emotional support.

Emotional support after all is half the battle for the patient and the carers alike.

Without it, the battle against cancer can be lost since it is so taxing and some people might lose their motivation to fight if they are emotionally vulnerable.

Macmillan nurses also provide information to the patient as well as the family, friends and carers of the patient—all important information including what they should know about their cancer as well as the treatment along with its side effects and so on.

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Basically they arm you with knowledge enough to help you battle the big C, also guiding you so that you know what to expect and what to do when it happens.

They also help to coordinate between a patient’s hospital care and their home care.

They can give advice to the patient’s primary carers/caregivers and give care themselves whether it is an in patient situation or an outpatient situation.

They can also provide care at home or at a local clinic or facility, along with providing guidance for all the other carers of the patient.

Another important and perhaps good thing they do is to give advice on all the other aspects of cancer.

Not a lot of people really talk about what goes on behind a fight against cancer, but the truth is it can be very financially draining. Macmillan nurses can also give advice on the matter.

Suffice to say, Macmillan nurses make something insanely difficult somewhat easier to face.

Jan 05

Will 2014 Be The Year We Cure Cancer?

We’ve already discussed what the government are doing about cancer and what natural treatments there are if any, but what about new developments that we can look forward to in 2014?

Will 2014 Be The Year We Cure Cancer?

In short, my prediction is that the miracle cure all are desperate for is not gonna happen this year – my personal belief is that it’s at least 5 – 10 years away.

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It’s impossible to express through any amount of words the severity and dangers of cancer, be it lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, or any other part of the body.

Every year, thousands of people die because of cancer in various organs in the body. Medical science is pushing forward every day with new treatments and new solutions for those people who have to live with this terrible disease.

There has been no cure for cancer yet, but the future is looking brighter than ever and today’s treatments are proven more effective than ever before.

One of the biggest problems associated with treating cancer is detecting the cancer at an appropriate time. You ideally want to spot cancer as early as possible, but it is very difficult to spot during the early stages, especially if you don’t go in for regular checks – there just aren’t enough symptoms early on.

Unfortunately, the longer it takes to discover the cancer, the harder it becomes to treat and the less likely you are to survive the experience. That’s why regular exams are such an important thing, especially if you have a history of any kind of cancer in the family.

green roofs cure cancerBelieve it or not, the amount of oxygen we have in our environment directly effects the number of cancer cases seen in the world, and green roofs from Nimrod Environmental are making a real difference by increasing that amount – more people should get green roofs in my opinion.

Lung cancer continues to kill more people across the world than other type of cancer at the moment. Lung cancer can come from a lot of different sources, whether it’s hereditary, smoking, or unfavorable living conditions.

Cigarette smoking is responsible for a huge portion of the deaths that occur every year from lung cancer. Maybe as people find a way to move beyond smoking and beat their addiction, the number of patients who suffer from lung cancer will decrease.

Until then, it’s up to medical science to figure out how to detect cancer in these patients, how to treat that cancer, and how to keep the patient alive and living the life they want to live.

The particular treatment that any patient will undergo is different depending on where the cancer is and when the cancer was detected.

As stated, cancer detected earlier can be treated differently than cancer that has already progressed into advanced stages. A “stage” of cancer is actually referring to the cancer cells and how far they have spread into a particular organ.

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Various tests have been created for detecting cancer at various stages in the lungs, breast, colon, and prostate. If lung cancer isn’t detected until after it has moved into the advanced stages, then it becomes very difficult to treat and the chance for survival is very low.

If someone in your family has a history with lung cancer, then you should speak to your doctor about scheduling regular exams.

More On Stages of Cancer from eHow

Surgery is often viewed as the best solution for cancer, even now in 2014 with more advanced treatment options available. The best treatment really depends on the patient and the condition.

In most cases, the treatment will involve a combination of various therapies as well as surgery. You can expect radiation therapy and chemotherapy because they are both shown to increase the chances of surviving cancer.

New methods are being researched and discovered every day. Maybe tomorrow will have an ever better treatment option and maybe the next day we’ll have a cure.

Until then, the best route of action is protecting yourself from developing cancer and detecting it early if you do.

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