Cancer Treating Essay Research Paper During a

Cancer Treating Essay, Research Paper

During a shower one-day, you notice a lump that was not otherwise there. The

next day you see a doctor. The lump you have identified is diagnosed as cancer.

Now you need to figure out what to do. There is no absolute cure for cancer, but

there are different ways to treat it. Doctors use according methods like

radiation, chemotherapy or drugs to treat various types of cancer. Another way

of treating cancer is with alternative forms of medicine by using acupuncture

and natural herbal remedies. These treatments are more often used in cases that

can not be treated very or at all. However, when using the combination of the

two treatment techniques, one can receive the full benefit of all available

options. The medical profession is beginning to acknowledge and accept this idea

of allowing alternative medicines in conjunction with traditional medicines to

ease suffering as well as prolonging the lives of cancer patients. In order to

make a decision on treatment for cancer, one must understand what cancer is and

the current treatments used. Cancer starts when a cell ceases to function

properly, mutates, and begins to multiply rapidly. A cancer cell has an abnormal

chromosome which sends ?the wrong? message to the other parts of the cell,

which causes the cell to grow rapidly as it multiplies. These multiplied cells

can form a lump called a malignant tumor, attack organs and organelles such as

bone and bone marrow, or destroy tissue in areas like the lungs. All of these

cases are referred to as cancer. ?Cancer knows no boundaries and plays no

favorites; it can be found among people of all races and ages, both rich and

poor, black and white, male or female.? Cancer is a very serious disease many

people live with. On average, about 1.2 million people are diagnosed with cancer

every year. Cancer is not a contagious disease; it can not be passed from person

to person. Like the statistic from above, imagine the fact that cancer kills

more than 500,000 Americans every year ?approximately one person per minute.

Many people each year are killed by cancer, yet there are more who continue to

live with this disease because of advanced medicine and technology. There are

many different kinds of treatments to ease the pain and sometimes even kill the

cancer. The most accepted form of treatment is through traditional medicine.

This includes radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and also improving ones lifestyle

to prevent future episodes of cancer. Radiation is a method that uses high

energy x-rays, electron beams or radioactive isotopes to kill cancer cells

without exceeding safe doses to normal tissue. There are two different types of

radiation therapy, externally and internally. When giving externally, the

medical profession uses Orthovoltage equipment that treats external types of

cancer like skin cancer. Internally giving radiation involves one of the

following treatments: Internal (Systemic) Radiation Therapy, Interstitial

Radiation Therapy, Intracavitary Radiation and Intruaminal Radiation Therapy.

Radiation therapy has side effects like nausea, vomiting, a burn like a suntan

that tans then peels, and an ulcer may develop as well. Radiation is a common

method used in leukemia and tumor patients. Chemotherapy is also method that can

cure some types of cancer. This form of therapy is given in many different ways.

It can be taken orally with a capsule, pill or in liquid form via a syringe into

a vein, artery or the muscle. The most commonly known form of chemotherapy is

given intravenously through IV drip devices. Chemotherapy is a very risky method

to heal because the drugs used are so dangerous and if an unprofessional or

unqualified doctor mixed the wrong dosage, it would be fatal. Chemo does have

some side effects as well. When taking chemo treatments, there is the

possibility of nausea, vomiting, hair loss, sore mouth, diarrhea and or

depressed blood counts. Another form of treatment is surgery to remove the

cancer. This involves removing cancerous or possibly cancerous cells known as

tumors. Other times, surgery is the only option after using chemo or radiation

treatments. There is not an inch on the human body that is not susceptible to

cancerous tumor formation. If the area is discovered in time, surgical removal

of the area increases the patient?s chance of recovery and decreases the

probability that the cancer will come back. After a patient has been treated or

cured for any form of cancer, changes in their lifestyles must take place. These

changes may include eating habits, rehabilitation, or something simple as to

quit smoking. Because not all treatments or cancers are alike, various

alterations to living have to be made. A good example is a leukemia patient may

have to wear an air-filtering mask while performing everyday activities to

prevent any possible infection contracted by the substances in the air. In the

worst possible scenario, an acquired infection could lead to a serious illness,

and ultimately death. This is why it is necessary to make positive changes to

improve the chances for a prolonged life. There is not a person on earth that is

free from the possibility of having cancer. The progressing combination of

traditional and alternative methods of treating cancer is making procedures

easier and more efficient. With the combination of procedures like radiation,

chemotherapy, and surgery with alternative measures like acupuncture and herbal

remedies, there are very few cancers that can not be treated. The medical and

technical advancements being made in a positive direction may lead to a cure in

the near future.


Goldberg, Dan. The Fight Against Cancer. New York: Rawson, 1997. Curtis,

Helena and T. Gerald Delaney. ?Cancer.? The New Book of Knowledge. 1986 ed.

Noonan, Dr. William. Curing Cancer


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