Alternative Lung Cancer Treatments

Alternative Lung Cancer Treatments

New causes demand new treatment considerations

Lung cancer is breaking away from the old stereotypes, both in terms of smoking being the cause and chemotherapy being the answer. As we discover new causes, so we realise that a combination of new treatments is necessary. 

Lung cancer is not just about active and passive smoking. Many people are developing non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and they have never been near a cigarette - both men and women.  The biggest rise has in fact been in young women and Canadian researchers have pointed the finger at environmental toxins like radon, whilst others have suggested that xenoestrogens (in nail polish, perfumes and personal care products) may be to blame.

Cleaning the herbicides, pesticides, fungicides from your life, along with the toxic toiletries and personal care products might be a good place to start your treatment programme.

But another new factor is also emerging. That of the gut-lung axis.

Scientists are now showing that microRNA from microbes can cause epigenetic changes around your DNA. Of course, the traditional, but still unproven, theory of cancer was that it was caused by a mutation inside the double helix of the DNA. 

We now know, in illnesses from asthma to cystic fibrosis, that the bacterial microbiome in the lungs has become imbalanced, and that affects the localised immune response. And pathogens in the lungs can reflect pathogens in the gut. And we now know that such pathogens can produce toxins and heighten inflammation; and pathogenic RNA can over-ride the host's own messaging system.

Here, a host of pathogen-killing natural compounds could be useful. One in particular, Artemisinin, is proving worthwhile.

Go to: Heal your Gut - Heal your body

Then there is Honokiol - a Traditional Chinese Medicine, shown to reduce the risk of metastases from NSCLC.

Go to: Honokiol

Honokiol can attack cancer cells, cause apoptosis and stop new metastases. It can even cross the blood brain barrier.

Then there are other treatments that are interesting like CIMAvax, from Cuba. You just have to get there, but clearly it can extend life considerably. Then there are other options: 

Radio waves

Virotherapy: CIMAvax is not the first virotherapy. In 1997 Dr Jack Roth of the MD Anderson Center, Texas pioneered work using a genetically engineered virus coupled with Radiotherapy. Two patients (Alfredo Gonzalvo, now78, and Bernis Testers, now 84) were given the adenovirus (the common cold virus) as a vector to take healthy copies of the p53 gene right into their lung cancer tumours. In all, to date, over 600 people have been treated and in half the cases the tumour has shrunk. The immune system does try to kick the cold virus out before it has reached the tumour, so Roth has found a way of encasing it in liposomes to get past the immune system into the tumour.

Or Radiofrequency Ablation or Microwave ablation where a needle is inserted through the chest wall to deal with the tumour, is covered extensively elsewhere on this Website. It is a safe and feasible alternative for those patients with NSCLC according to Professor S Batra of UCLA San Francisco. Where the tumour is solid/concentratred such as in prostate cancer, ultrasound is used to heat the tumour and literally melts the cancer away, with minimal side effects. The lung tumours need to be near the outer edge of the lungs. A local anaestheic is used.
Or Photodynamic therapy (PDT) Increasingly popular in the USA for tumours again near the surface. it is now making a mark to in the UK as better photosensitive agents and lasers are being developed. Increasingly this therapy is used to treat the cancer and some of the symptoms. The new agents have low side effects, but the treatment is more of a complementary therapy than an alternative therapy.

Or Cryosurgery: Used with Non-small cell lung cancer tumours, it involves tissue being frozen to destroy abnormal cells. This is usually done with a special instrument that contains liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide.

Cannabis or Hemp oil - well, we do know of people who used this as part of their treatment package and beat their lung cancer. But, more research is needed.

There is much you can do to help yourself; and much modern medicine can do, now the real causes are becoming clearer.

There's a lot more information in our overiew on lung cancer:

Go to: Overview on Lung cancer - symptoms, causes and alternative treatments

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