Terminal Lung Cancer

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Terminal lung cancer, or end stage lung cancer, is cancer so advanced that all mainstream medicine can do is attempt to alleviate the symptoms and reduce the pain. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. It is so deadly that when diagnosed at the earliest stage, the survival rate is still only 80 percent after five years.

This would be when the tumor is small and localized, so that surgery can remove it and any involved surrounding tissue. Small cell lung cancer treatments rarely include surgery because this cancer grows so fast. A diagnosis is invariably made only after the cancer has progressed to the extensive stage, when only chemotherapy is used to deal with the metastasis.

Treatment for Terminal Lung Cancer

The less-aggressive non small cell lung cancer may be diagnosed earlier when surgery is the preferred treatment, but inevitably, as it progresses, the options become limited. Radiation can be used to slow the advance, but once the disease has progressed and become terminal lung cancer, chemotherapy is the only weapon left in conventional cancer treatment. Chemo is the last resort because the drugs kill abnormal (and normal) cells wherever they lodge in the body.

Aside from chemo, conventional medicine can only attempt to manage the discomfort and pain of terminal lung cancer. Alternative cancer therapies would, from the first moment when the cancer is diagnosed, use many methods to boost the immune system, detoxify the body, and try to establish a healthy lifestyle for the patient. From enzyme therapy to high-quality nutrition, alternative practitioners apply many methods in their all-out attempt to prevent cancer from reaching the terminal stage.

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