Are drugs, radiation and surgery the answer for a chronic degenerative illness such as cancer? It depends on whom you ask. For the individuals who are cancer free from such treatments, the answer is yes. Whether to treat cancer with these high tech methods is a choice several thousand Americans will have to face each year. Most patients want to know what the odds are for a cure, what the side effects will be and what their quality of life will be post treatment. These are important questions to be asking. But what else is known about this still somewhat mysterious disease that may help us choose therapy that is well suited to our personal situation?

Cancer is present as a disease process as much as a decade or more before a tumor mass actually develops.

The younger the individual is when cancer develops the more virulent the tumor, which dramatically lowers the individual’s possibility for long-term survival.

The medical community many times cannot recreate why one individual will receive a cure, or what they sometimes will call spontaneous remission, while another may not.

Cancer cells are always present – a healthy immune system weeds out the cancerous cells that would eventually produce a tumor.

Our genetic makeup plays a major role. Those predisposed to certain kinds of cancer should be monitored more closely for any early signs of the disease.

Drugs known as chemotherapeutic agents are still the treatment of choice. These drugs are first developed by experimenting with plant based chemicals. The plant’s active chemical component is isolated and synthesized and hopefully becomes an agent that is effective against cancer without too serious of side effects.

Complements to traditional cancer therapy should include a common sense diet.

Remove all processed, dead or devitalized foods. Purified water, freshly made vegetable juices and herb teas will cleanse the tissues and remove cancerous toxins or drug residue. Supplement the diet with vitamins A, C, E, B complex, a multi-mineral and beta-carotene.

Remove from your personal environment all unnatural chemicals, from the water you drink to what you wash your clothes in. These chemicals – whether we ingest them or inhale them – alter body chemistry and in general weaken the entire system.

Larger cancer treatment centers have added manual medicines such as massage and acupuncture as mainstream treatment. These therapies help relieve pain, balance immunity, increase blood cell count and help prevent or reduce depression.

Cancer is a difficult diagnosis to face but we should not view it as hopeless. Many will opt to take drugs in the hope that they will receive a cure. By adding complementary therapies you will enhance your quality of life and increase your chances for a cure.

Till next time, Rebecca.