Increasing your personal odds of survival
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A complementary cancer therapy should do exactly what it says on the tin: Be a complement to the cancer treatments provided by your oncologist.
Research clearly shows that:
* Some complementary cancer therapies increase survival. For example, the American Cancer Society issued a report in May 2012 talking about an ´explosion´ in research since 2006, with over 100 studies confirming that complementary therapies like diet and exercise resulted in increased survival times and even the prevention of cancer returning.
* Some complementary cancer therapies can increase the performance of orthodox medical treatments like certain chemotherapy drugs or radiotherapy. Cancer centres like MD Anderson have studied certain vitamins and herbs in conjunction with orthodox treatments.
* Some complementary therapies can greatly reduce side-effects; for example reducing the swelling resulting from surgery (lymphodoema) and so on.
We are not alone in our view. An interview with top US oncologist Dr Henry Friedman found that he encourages his patients to build their own treatment programmes around his orthodox medicine. He calls it enlightened medicine.
Sadly, some people in the UK are not so enlightened. You will read that a few, often vocal, critics believe that complementary therapies - indeed, all complementary therapies - are without research. ´Not evidence-based´ is their claim; their mantra. They are blatantly WRONG.
Read Cancer Watch and you will see what US Cancer Centres like MD Anderson, Harvard Medical Scholl, UCLA, and Dukes believe, from their own research studies, can help in the fight against cancer. Only recently Oxford University and the Radcliffe Hospital were talking from their research studies about the benefits of 75 mgs of daily aspirin being ´so strong´ in terms of prevention, reduced metastasis and increased survival they were asking NICE to include aspirin as an essential part of cancer treatment.
Complementary therapies are becoming the new ´norm´
Over 80 per cent of cancer patients reading icon magazine use a complementary therapy. Approximately 50 per cent take nutritional supplements and an average of three complementary therapies a month. Once you start combining complementary therapies with your orthodox treatment you are building an holistic therapies or integrative cancer therapies programme. Some cancer experts will point to research that shows an increased survival time of 50 per cent from just one therapy. Now imagine the potential benefits of combining a number of such therapies into your own personal programme.
We can tell you more about how to go about building just such an holistic cancer programme, taking the best of the best, with our easy to follow, unique ACTIVE8 Programme. (Click the name to go to the page). It is a cancer support plan which explains which areas need to be included in a thorough programme and how to ensure you do not miss out any important areas.
Complementary cancer therapies can take many forms: For simplicity I will put them in two areas:
1) Energetic complementary cancer therapies:
In complementary medicine it would seem no term is perfect, but under energeticor energy therapies I will include everything from relaxing therapies like massage to more energy balancing therapies like acupuncture. Some may be spiritually uplifting, like hands on healing; or they may be exercise-based and oxygenating like swimming or yoga. Many complementary therapies can provide more than one benefit. Yoga can improve oxygenation of the blood and move your lymph to remove toxins, but it can also help posture and body energy flow, and through meditation provide relaxation, and hormone balance! If you click here, you will be taken to our A to Z guide on the most popular complementary therapies available.
Research evidence? In Cancer Watch you will find top quality research studies - including clinical trials - on the benefits of yoga and exercise to breast cancer survival times, on meditation as a way of restricting blood loss during surgery and for acupuncture in terms of pain relief. There are others, and a host of expert research studies.
2) ´Diet-based´ complementary cancer therapies:
Many cancer patients want to change their diet and build a cancer diet. But where do you start? How do you know it is doing you any good? Maybe just doing a bit of this, and a bit of that is a complete waste of time! You may change your eating patterns, you may take vitamins and minerals, you may take natural compounds all of which can improve your cancer nutrition plan. A lot of cancer patients now take herbal cancer treatments, to boost their immune system.
You can find all the detail and research on the foods, natural compounds and herbs people use in our Vitamins, Natural Compounds and cancer section of our web site.
You can read articles like ´A diet for chemotherapy´ on this site and about Natural Compounds from vitamin D to melatonin, medicinal mushrooms to green tea, and garlic to misletoe that have all been shown to increase cancer patient survival in expert research. There are many more examples on this site.
The fuzzy line between Complementary Cancer Therapies and Alternative Cancer Therapies
Were sorry, but we had to draw the line somewhere. If you want to find out about
* Non-invasive treatments like Photodynamic Therapy, Hyperbaric Oxygen or localised Hyperthermia
* Particular Diet Therapies (be they from Dr Gonzalez, or Plaskett or Gerson)
and so on, you will be able to find them under Alternative Cancer Treatments. Yes, we know that you can use PDT, Hyperbaric Oxygen and hyperthermia, Gonzalez or Gerson´s diet therapy and have an orthodox treatment too, so the line between whether these are complementary cancer therapies or alternative ones is fuzzy. But its all there, we promise.
Building an holistic programme so you can increase your personal odds of beating cancer is the goal. Whichever heading you find it under!
And youll find more here at CANCERactive than on any other UK cancer web site.
Thats a fact.
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