Different Types of Cancer?
One of the primary differences between conventional and alternative medicine is in how cancer is defined. Conventional doctors see a malignant growth in the body and call that the cancer. Consequently, their treatments consist primarily of attacks against the tumor. Their preferred choices are surgery (cut out the tumor), radiation (burn the tumor), or chemotherapy (poison the tumor). If the tumor is removed or even reduced in this fashion, the doctor pronounces that the therapy is a success, and we often hear such reassuring statements as "We got it all." All-too-often, however, the malignancy returns either to the same location or spreads to another, and another, and yet another. At that point, we are told that the cancer has returned, and the attack against the new tumors is repeated as before.
By contrast, practitioners of alternative medicine do not consider the tumor to be the cancer, but merely the symptom of the cancer. They are more concerned with what caused the tumor to grow in the first place. They reason that it is more logical to fix the cause of the tumors than to attack the tumors themselves. If they can accomplish that, then the malignancies will stop growing, become harmless lumps, and eventually be re-absorbed and discarded by the body.
When a farmer sees black spots on the leaves of his corn crop, does he run around the corn field cutting the spots out of the leaves? Of course not, because he knows that the spots are caused by tiny organisms called blight. Even if he could succeed in cutting out all the spots, by the next day, they would be back on other parts of the leaves and there would be twice as many as the day before. The only way to get rid of the spots is to treat his entire crop to get rid of the organism that causes them. This is the approach of alternative medicine. Under microscopic examination, malignant growths usually appear to be quite different from each other, depending on their location and maturity. Since doctors of orthodox medicine think that these growths are cancer, they conclude that there are many different types of cancer. They give them distinctive names and often have a different approach for the treatment of each of them.
The doctor of alternative medicine, however, sees all malignancies as merely different manifestations of the same disease. What makes them appear different is that they take on some of the characteristics of the organs in which they grow. However, the more malignant the growth, the less they resemble their host organs and the more they resemble each other. The most malignant growths of all are practically indistinguishable from each other. They are, for all practical purposes, the same. (For a more complete understanding of this phenomenon, see World Without Cancer; The Story of Vitamin B17, by G. Edward Griffin, referenced in the Sources of Information section of this website.) The doctor of alternative medicine, therefore, views cancer as a general, systemic disease rather than a localized, organ-related disease. Consequently, the treatment is aimed primarily at strengthening the patient's natural defense mechanisms and assisting the whole body to overcome the malignancy.
In some cases, especially those where a malignancy has become life-threatening due to its proximity to a vital organ – such as the heart or brain – most doctors of alternative medicine will prescribe surgery to remove the immediate threat. But they do not consider that to be treatment of the disease. It is merely a procedure to buy valuable time in which to apply the slower-acting therapies of re-building the natural defenses.
However, since prevention and early detection is important, we have set up a page to let you know what some of the symptoms of cancer can be. We also have a page devoted to tests for detecting cancer.
In addition, many have asked for information regarding specific types of cancer, so we are developing pages on different kinds of cancers as time permits. We have started putting together information on the following cancers:
Counting chromosomes to predict chance of oral cancer
Doctors at the University of Oslo have found an easy way to predict one of the world's most deadly cancers - oral cancer.
More than 300,000 people around the world, and about 30,000 in the United States, are diagnosed each year with oral cancer, making it the 11th most common cancer in the United States, and the ninth most common worldwide. More than half of those people die within five years, largely because the cancers are hard to diagnose early.
The most common sign that cancer may develop is a white patch inside the mouth, called oral leukoplakia. The patches don't always signal cancer, but doctors often remove them because they have no way to know whether the patches will develop into cancer.
In a study done by Dr. Jon Sudbo and reported in the New England Journal of Medicine., it was found that the number of chromosomes one has can help predict oral cancer.
Oral cancers usually develop from white patches that can develop into cancer. It was rare for patches made up of cells with the normal 46 chromosomes - 23 from each parent - to develop into cancer, but it increases when the cells have double the usual number of chromosomes, and it occurs most often when the number was not a multiple of 23 - what doctors call “aneuploid.”
Thirty to 50 percent of all oral cancers have the normal 46 chromosomes and the test can't predict those cancers, but it is at least a predictor and may help identify some oral cancer sooner so it can be treated.
Many mouth cancers can be prevented by staying away from tobacco and alcohol.
Clear Out Negative Thoughts and Influences
Become an empowered patient, learn all about your condition and accept nothing passively. This will help you when you have to fight for your right to have alternative therapies, especially if your doctor or family are opposed to this.
Negative thoughts and emotions can be extremely toxic to the body's anti-cancer defense system. It is therefore important to address the mind/body connection when treating cancer. Stress or disorder can affect all levels of human functioning and can increase one's susceptibility to cancer. Therefore, one should avoid or reduce obstacles including negative attitudes, lack of sleep, and dysfunctional relationships when treating cancer or for cancer prevention. The more positive ones mental attitude, the better the immune system appears to be in helping fight cancer. Attitude clearly matters in fighting cancer. It appears that those with positive attitudes, with a strong will and purpose for living, with commitment to struggle, with an active response to aiding their own treatment and not just a passive acceptance of anything doctors say, tend to live longer.
There are many approaches that can be used in the "mind/body" approach. These may include: biofeedback, visualization, meditation, counseling, psychotherapy, even art and music therapy.
Will to live is very important, along with "hope". Cancer does not have to be a death sentence.
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Success Stories from Alternative Cancer Clinics
On April 5, 2002, Marv Taft, Windsor, California sent in the following testimonial:
I contacted the Cancer Cure Foundation and they gave me a world of information regarding the various clinics in Mexico. I started shopping on the internet and chose Dr. Castillo because he was so generous with his time in telling me all the things I wanted to know "up front". I was especially interested in the 25 pages of testimonials of his patients, with not only their names but most with addresses and photos and telephone numbers. I even called two of them.
I called for an appointment just eight days after my last surgery, and his office manager even made my reservations for the International Motor Inn in San Ysidro California.
I found the clinic to be immaculate, the technicians very pleasant and professional, the doctors very informative and professional, with the latest diagnostic equipment. The pharmacy is in the same building, which was very convenient.
My first visit was for 21 days of IV's that consisted of all naturals to build my immune system and to treat my cancer, my diabetes, my cholesterol, and my heart. With all the concentrated vitamins, minerals, DMSO, laetrile and Chelation, I did not have any reactions. After just five treatments, I started to feel like my old self again, and in the first 21 days of treatment, my tumor markers dropped 75%.
I returned in 30 days for a maintenance program for 10 days, and in that time, Dr. Castillo says my tumor markers were in a remission state. I stopped taking Zocor and my heart Rx.
I thank God for Dr. Castillo for giving me such hope. I feel that with my present remission I will be cancer free for the remainder of my life.
The following excerpts are from a patient who went to the Immune Institute in Huntington Beach, from the November 2000 issue of the magazine "Alternative Medicine. You can read the complete testimonial by going to Alternative Medicine's website.
The name of the cancer itself is frightening: epithelioid hemangioendothelioma - a type of vascular cancer inside the blood vessels. She had one 12-centimeter (4.75") and two 2-centimeter tumors on her liver, and metastases throughout her lungs. She was in extreme pain and experiencing rapid weight loss (cachexia). Because of the rarity of this type of cancer and the fact that it wasn't localized, oncologists at several other hospitals... all concurred--there was nothing they could do. She would be dead within six months.
Says Anoush, "For me, that was a green light. That was the best thing that they could have said to me. I just took that biopsy report, left the hospital and went directly to church to pray." At her church she met a woman who, learning of Anoush's situation, told her to wait there, then left and returned with a box filled with supplements. "God has sent you here today," the woman said, "so you could have these immune modulators so your body can be fixed. Your immune system can be normalized so that your body can fight the cancer itself."
The friend from church later called and told her she knew of an "incredible immunologist" who was going to give a lecture: Dr. Darryl See. This was before Dr. See opened the Immune Institute, but he agreed to see Anoush as an outpatient. Over time Anoush's condition stabilized, and then started improving. As of now, her tumors have stopped growing, her liver and blood panels are normal and various cellular parameters show excellent health. Two years after being given her "death sentence," she is in remission.
For a great list of people who have successfully treated their cancer, go to the list of Cancer Victors put together by the Cancer Control Society. We have removed this section from our website as Cancer Control Society has put their list on the internet. Go to http://www.cancercontrolsociety.com/directory.html - Patient's directory - View all. This list gives people who have successfully treated their cancer and tells what therapy they used, what doctor or clinic they went to, and where the cancer was located.
We would love to hear your experience using alternative treatments and feedback on any of the doctors you have used on your journey. Send your story to Cancer Cure Foundation at PO Box 3782, Thousand Oaks, California 91359 or Contact Us. If you would like to discuss your situation, call us at (800) 282-2873.
You can also add your stories to http://www.brave-souls.com/speak-with-survivors/.