Lung Cancer Therapy

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Lung cancer therapy in mainstream medical practice currently consists of surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. While alternative cancer remedies are frequently used as adjuncts by cancer centers and hospitals, conventional medicine relies on this triad of treatment to manage lung cancer. If caught early, lung cancer can be cured with surgery, in which the complete tumor is removed.

Lung cancer is infrequently diagnosed in early stages, however. By the time symptoms develop and a patient realizes the need to see a doctor, non small cell lung cancer has often progressed into stage III. At this point, surgery might still be possible in combination with radiation or chemotherapy. Only if the tumor is small, and all cancerous tissue can be removed, will surgery alone be successful in lung cancer therapy.

Alternative Lung Cancer Therapy

Laser therapy is also being used to kill cancer cells, and clinical trials are underway to study the possibilities of photodynamic therapy (PDT), in which a drug becomes active and kills cancer cells when exposed to light. Studies and clinical trials are also ongoing regarding the use of chemoprevention. This method combines drugs, vitamins, and other natural substances to try to reduce the chances of developing cancer or to reduce recurrence.

Technically, alternative cancer treatment in lung cancer therapy is used instead of conventional treatment, that is, radiation and chemo, at least, are rejected. Herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, and a high-quality diet are used to bolster the patient's immune system and overall health condition. Even mainstream cancer organizations advocate eating certain foods, such as broccoli and cauliflower, as part of a healthy regimen because they have anti-cancer properties.

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