What is Cancer ?
When the cells of any part of our body lose the ability to follow the normal control that is exerted by the body from all the cells. As we know that our body is made up of millions and millions of cells performing different functions. It is a complicated and tough process that is not in human control, and if anything becomes wrong and the control is lost and some particular cells escape the normal control mechanisms and they continue to grow and spread, that is called cancer.
As those grow and divide, they turn into a mass or they clump together and that’s what we would call a tumor and then they can get smart and then spread other places and that’s what we call metastasis.
As our body is composed of trillions of cells. So, anywhere in the body, the occurrence of cancer can be at any corner of the body
In women, one of the most common cancers of course is breast cancer. While, in men, prostate cancer. And in both men and women, lung cancer and colon cancer are common cancers.
One of the things we are learning is that just because you have breast cancer doesn’t mean that your breast cancer is the same as the person’s sitting next to you that may have breast cancer and you can get an individual treatment plan that’s based on you as an individual and particular cancer type.
When cancer is diagnosed or being treated then we have some questions and one of the most common questions is that what should be our next step towards it.
There are a lot of things. They are really very relevant at the stage of cancer which provides information about: where is the cancer is. A particular kind of cancer. How much cancer is present? Has it spread? Is it lymph nodes? Has it been to spread to the other organs of the body?
Cancer treatment is actually is very complex and part of the reason is that cancer is this constellation of over 200 different diseases. They have some common characteristics but they are all very different from each other. It is being that everyone knows that cancer is heterogeneous (not homogeneous). There are a lot of different variations of cancers in the body present there.
People ask, ‘Why, why does my cancer not go away, it shrunk seventy percent. What’s wrong with the other thirty percent?’ Well, it’s probably a different subtype of that cancer that is going to require a different kind of treatment.
Primary methods for the treatment of cancer or surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Surgery is when you literally remove cancer. Here, in this method, one has to go through an incision that where the cancer is present in the body, find that and he/she has cut it out of the body.
Radiation is actually taking what we call photons, the same thing that you use to take an x-ray picture in order to treat the focal area of cancer.
Chemotherapy is using a drug or chemical that’s either taken by mouth as a pill or given through an IV into vein targeting those cells that are dividing more quickly.
It becomes very frightening for anyone for the diagnosis of cancer. Also, it becomes a very tough and critical time for the cancer patient. But, today these days has improved the science and technology and good news for the cancer patient for the treatment of cancer in a very simple and easy way that was not possible some years ago. To take that individualized fingerprint of that cancer and like the ability to genomically profile a tumor may direct us to tailor treatment in very specific ways. As we learn genetic abnormalities in individual cancers, we are able to more effectively target those abnormalities for individual cancer, not only to improve the outcome for the patients to cancer but also hopefully result in fewer side effects because the targets will hopefully be less in the normal tissue and more in cancer itself.
We have now designed a lot of new drugs to teach and study about the immune system and how the cancer cells are seen and also how the immune system can also do the same job to kill those cells affected by cancer. We have unlocked a key interaction in how cancer cells and immune cells interact and by affecting that interaction teaches the immune cell to be smarter and observe the cells affected by cancer and how a cancer patient can get rid of that very disease.
At Cancer Treatment of America, we have a very robust, integrative oncology program.
Integrative oncology is taking those conventional oncology treatments and integrating those with therapies like acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, nutrition to blend those together and at that moment in time creating the most suitable treatment plan for the particular patient.
So having your symptoms and side effects like pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, hair loss, numbness, anxiety or stress, etc. under control, having your nutritional status your immune system as well as your energy supported during treatment better positions you fight cancer and tolerate the treatment course.
Cancer Treatment Centre of America has all its resources under one roof. And the members of the cancer treatment team always try to find out any type of side effects or symptoms and after then they come to diagnose them by their root to finish from the body… If we can keep your body strong, is we can keep your hope and feel strong emotionally and if can keep your immune system in a good place you are going to tolerate the treatment much better.
It does not make sense that which type of cancer you are suffering from. A person who has a life and family and friends and so forth and so the goal as an oncologist is to not only get rid of cancer but for the person to get rid of that type of cancer to live a normal life again.
I have been an oncologist now for over 30 years and the options for the treatment are the best that I have seen them. They are more effective with fewer side effects and faster recovery so that you can live a normal life as long as you can. We have never had better opportunities than we do today.