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Cancer Stages, Treatments, and offsetting Side Effects

Posted Dec 02 2008 1:17am 1 Comment
by Virginia Pipolini

Many of us have an inkling of information about cancer treatment and side effects. This article is in response to numerous requests for more details regarding the stages of cancer, the treatments prescribed, and ways to avoid side effects. Please remember, always consult your doctor or health practitioner regarding dietary changes before implementing any new diet.

Let’s begin with the stages of Cancer. In stage zero there are a small number of cancerous cells in one area. Stages I, II and III progress into how involved the cancerous cells are, affecting both the local area and nearby organs. Stage IV involves other areas and organs, with numerous metastases or spreading, and this stage is often referred to as terminal.

What are some of the Treatment methods used for Cancer? Surgical: laser or instruments to remove/cut out cancerous tissue. Radiation: high doses of radioactive materials to kill cancer cells or shrink tumors. Chemotherapy: chemicals/drugs to stop the growth or limit the rapid reproduction of cancer cells. Immunotherapy: nutrients or drugs to stimulate (or suppress) immune responses. Transplants: bone marrow or stem cells to remind the body of what healthy cells are like.

The Side Effects of cancer treatment protocols (includes, but aren’t limited to) the following. The most common: nausea; delayed healing; hair loss; nail changes; digestive problems; pain; loss of smell, taste, or weight; fatigue, anxiety and depression.

The less common side affects in cancer treatment include: allergies; shock; blood pressure changes; serious infections; seizures; vision problems, and etc. Long Term: mental problems; heart attacks (especially from chemotherapy); increased malignancies, and certain death.

How do we downplay the side effects caused by cancer treatment? There are two powerful methods. First we have diet. A healthy diet includes lean non-red meats, fiber and whole grains, plenty of vegetables, especially the cruciferous variety, and lots of water. In addition: gravies, cottage cheese, yogurt and shakes, and non-acidic fruits. It is recommended that these meals be divided into multiple small meals throughout the day.

Important procedures on the list of the top two greatest aids in reducing those debilitating side effects is energy healing. These include but are not limited to reiki, therapeutic touch, healing touch, quantum healing, and others. The benefits? There are reports of decreased mental, physical and emotional stress and strain. Others state there is a balancing of the body processes, and increased healing response.

Things To take into account: Many people with cancer have their sense of smell, taste, or appetite affected (or things taste metallic). Be creative with favorite/comfort dishes, or new ones, and/or use wood or plastic utensils to cook or eat with. Prepare food in smaller amounts, vent odors, make sure the foods are easy to digest (generally not raw), and have hard candies available to stimulate saliva/digestive processes. Add a splash of juice to water to make it more appealing/palatable.

Last but not least, when working with someone with cancer, whether it is energy work, physical activity, or any other interaction, be gentle, do not overwhelm them, but treat them with grace and allow them time to respond.

About the Author:
Virginia Pipolini writes articles on natural wellness options for all walks of life. What more can we do to address and free ourselves of cancer and other life-threatening conditions?
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my dad has some kind of bone cancer that started in his prostate and he is being very stubborn and wont communicate with anyone so i dont know anything about cancer or the stages or bone cancer or prostate cancer where it started so if anyone can help me please email me at kristin_janitz@yahoo.com
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