What Is The Best Alternative Cancer Treatment?

Senin, 19 November 2012

NOTE: Before undergoing any type of treatment for a disease as serious as cancer, please consult your physician. This article is not meant to be taken as absolute medical advice. The information in this article is designed to be educational and informational only. Please consult a doctor/physician to discuss your treatment options further.

There are a surprising number of alternative cancer treatment options available these days. Each case of cancer is unique so it's extremely important to answer your doctor's questions so they can give you the best possible care for every type and stage of cancer from treatment of pre-cancerous conditions to Stage 4 cancer. Many alternative cancer treatments can also be used for cancer prevention.

An in-depth evaluation and subsequent laboratory tests by your doctor can indicate possible contributors to cancer and reveal baseline status. If there is exposure history, screening can be done to determine the presence of toxins in the body. Toxins such as heavy metals and pesticides can actually contribute to cancer growth. Testing for malignin can be done as well.

Many believe that the presence of malignin in the body is a marker for cancer. In this way, we can attempt to assess the effectiveness of cancer therapies through AMAS (anti-malignin antibody in serum) testing without exposing the patient to harmful radiation.

Nearly all alternative cancer treatments can be used in conjunction with standard chemotherapy and radiation or as stand alone cancer therapies. In addition to fighting cancer cells, these therapies often improve many other functions of the human body and can work to improve a patient's overall sense of wellness.

Another benefit to alternative cancer treatment is location. Every year, there are more and more doctors practicing alternative medicine. As a result, people can find treatment in places closer to home, with no need to travel to the US, Mexico, or Europe for treatment.

All About Artemisinin

Artemisinin is a chemical compound extracted from what is commonly known as the wormwood plant, Artemisia annua L. Wormwood extract contains a mechanism that selectively kills cancer cells while leaving normal cells intact. It does this by destroying cells that are abnormally high in iron and causing free radical destruction of the cell membranes. Normal cells don't store iron in such high concentrations. Cancer cells and parasites, however, do.

For centuries, Wormwood has been used as an effective treatment for malaria caused by parasites. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute's Developmental Therapeutic Program made the realization that artemisinin may also be effective not only for destroying parasites but also cancer cells, as they too store iron in high concentrations.

Using Artemisinin to Treat Cancer

In order for cancer cells to divide rapidly, they need to store iron. On the cell surface they have a transfer mechanism to deliver the needed iron from the blood and into the cancer cell. Cancer cells have an abnormal number of these receptors and the aggressiveness of the cancer tumour can be determined and by analysing the number of receptors it bears.

Artemisinin carries an endoperoxide moiety or an internal double-oxygen bridge, which forms free radicals when exposed to iron. These free radicals can destroy cancer cell membranes. Delivering artemisinin to the cancer cell results in cancer cell death.

The death of cancer cells do cause some unfortunate symptoms including nausea, chills, and fatigue.

Artemisinin can be used to treat leukemia, colon, lung, breast, and terminal cancers. It may also be used to treat the reduction of solid tumours, in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and in Babesia Lyme disease.

This type of treatment is typically delivered as daily IV infusions.