Nearly 10 million people around the world will die of cancer this year, according to new estimates from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
The IARC’s report, which was published Wednesday in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, was based on cancer incidence data from 185 countries around the world. Researchers estimated that there will be 18.1 million new diagnoses of cancer and 9.6 million cancer deaths in 2018. Those numbers — a marked increase from just six years ago, when cancer diagnoses were estimated at 14.1 million, and deaths at 8.2 million — reflect the world’s aging and growing population. About one in eight men, and one in 11 women, will eventually die of cancer, the report says.
Cancer is almost unspeakably awful, from the potential hardships of treatment to the prospect of leaving behind grieving loved ones. This horrible illness has a sweeping reach. An estimated 1.7 million people in the United States were diagnosed with cancer in 2018, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Around 610,000 people were estimated to die from the disease by the end of the year 2019.
While the emotional and physical tolls of cancer are often clear, it can be confusing as to how, exactly, cancer kills someone. Is it due to the cancer itself? Or is it usually a more indirect result of how cancer can affect a person’s health? And does it vary depending on the type of cancer a person has?
Radiation Therapy Side Effects
Radiation not only kills or slows the growth of cancer cells, it can also affect nearby healthy cells. Damage to healthy cells can cause side effects.
Many people who get radiation therapy have fatigue. Fatigue is feeling exhausted and worn out. It can happen all at once or come on slowly. People feel fatigue in different ways and you may feel more or less fatigue than someone else who is getting the same amount of radiation therapy to the same part of the body.
The effects on dividing cells
Chemotherapy damages cells as they divide.
In the centre of each living cell is a dark blob, called the nucleus. The nucleus is the control centre of the cell. It contains chromosomes, which are made up of genes.
These genes have to be copied exactly each time a cell divides into 2 to make new cells.
Chemotherapy damages the genes inside the nucleus of cells.
Some drugs damage cells at the point of splitting. Some damage the cells while they’re making copies of all their genes before they split. Chemotherapy is much less likely to damage cells that are at rest, such as most normal cells.
You might have a combination of different chemotherapy drugs. This will include drugs that damage cells at different stages in the process of cell division. This means there’s more chance of killing more cells.
Herbal medicine uses plants, or mixtures of plant extracts, to treat illness and promote health.
What is herbal medicine?
Herbal medicines are made from plants. They use combinations of plant parts, for example leaves, flowers or roots. Each part of the plant can have a different medicinal use. Manufacturers use different ways of extracting the chemicals from the plant parts. They use fresh and dried plants to make the medicine.
Herbal remedies, also known as botanical medicine, have been used in many traditional medicine systems. They are produced from all parts of a plant including the roots, leaves, berries and flowers. These may contain active ingredients that can cause chemical changes in the body. Herbal remedies can be taken by mouth or applied to the skin to treat disease and promote health. Sometimes herbs and plants are categorised as biological treatments.
Herbal medicine aims to restore your body, so that it can protect, regulate and heal itself. It is a whole body approach. It looks at your physical, mental and emotional well being. It is sometimes called phytomedicine, phytotherapy or botanical medicine.
But herbalists don’t extract plant substances in the way the drug industry does. Herbalists believe that the remedy works due to the delicate chemical balance of the whole plant, or mixtures of plants. And not from one active ingredient. Less common types include Tibetan or Ayurvedic medicine (Indian).
Western herbal therapists usually make medicines from European and North American herbs. They also use herbs from China and India.
Herbalists use remedies made from whole plants or plant parts. They believe it helps your body to heal itself or to reduce the side effects of medical treatments.
Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is part of a whole system of medicine. The system is called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
TCM aims to restore the balance of your Qi (pronounced chee). TCM practitioners believe that Qi is the flow of energy in your body and is essential for good health.
Yin and yang refer to different qualities of Qi. When all of the yin and yang aspects of Qi are in harmony with one another, there is health, wellbeing and peace. Illness is due to a disturbance of the balance between yin and yang. Chinese herbalists use plants according to how they affect a part of the body or energy channel.
traditional breathing and movement exercises called qi gong (pronounced chee goong)
movement exercises called tai chi (pronounced tie chee)
TCM uses hundreds of medicinal substances. Most of these are plants, but there are also some minerals and animal products.
Practitioners may use different parts of plants. They might use the leaves, roots, stems, flowers or seeds. Usually, they combine herbs and you take them as teas, capsules, tinctures, or powders.
Why people with cancer use it
Herbal medicine is one of the most used complementary and alternative therapies by people with cancer. Some studies have shown that as many as 6 out of every 10 people with cancer (60%) use herbal remedies. This is alongside conventional cancer treatments.
People have used herbal medicine for centuries to treat many different health conditions. They believe it is a natural way to help you relax and cope with anxiety and depression. Or, to help with other conditions such as:
irritable bowel syndrome
menstrual (period) problems
People might also use herbal medicine to help themselves to feel better or more in control of their situation.
A study in the UK surveyed people with cancer who use herbal medicines. It found that most of the people used herbal medicines to feel more in control. And that it helped them to feel that they have some responsibility for their treatment. They also felt the therapies wouldn’t cause side effects.
Take a look at this collection The Lost Book Of Remedies, taken word for word out of a circa 1845 manual.
What is The Lost Book of Remedies? The Lost Book of Remedies PDF contains a series of medicinal and herbal recipes to make home made remedies from medicinal plants and herbs. Chromic diseases and maladies can be overcome by taking the remedies outlined in this book. The writer claims that his grandfather was taught herbalism and healing whilst in active service during world war two and that he has treated many soldiers with his home made cures.
The hype: Cannabis oil is often heralded as a treatment to destroy or shrink cancerous tumors, as well as a cure for diabetes, ulcers, arthritis, migraines, insomnia, infections, and many other diseases. Also called marijuana oil or hemp oil, it’s extracted from marijuana plants, often with higher proportion of a compound known as CBD (cannabidiol), which has less of a psychoactive effect than the more-famous THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) compound that gets marijuana users high.
Cannabis oil is available in several forms with different potencies. It can be infused into cooking oil that users squirt under the tongue or mix into food. Its vapors can also be inhaled. By federal law, cannabis products are illegal, though several states have enacted laws to legalize their medical use.
The evidence: While commercially available cannabis compounds are FDA-approved to reduce cancer treatment–related side effects such as nausea and vomiting and to improve appetite, no clinical trials have shown that cannabis products can treat cancer.
The hype: Laetrile, first popularized as a cancer therapy in Russia and the United States more than a century ago, is the trade name for a purified form of amygdalin, an extract derived from apricot pits and some nuts and plants. Intestinal enzymes break down Laetrile to produce cyanide, which proponents claim kills cancer cells and leaves normal tissue unharmed. Some also claim that Laetrile is actually a vitamin called B-17 and that deficiencies can cause certain cancers. Banned in the United States, an oral form of Laetrile is available in other countries.
“Natural” cancer therapies should be regarded with great caution because most are unsupported by evidence. Many people offering testimonials to the effectiveness of such treatments may attribute benefits to them simply because their condition improved after using them.
The Healing Power of Plants
Plants serve a fourfold purpose in cancer treatment: to detoxify your body, provide it with foundational nutrients, to balance and augment your immune system function, and target and kill circulating tumor cells and/or stem cells. If you have cancer, in addition to the few core anti-cancer supplements that I recommend for everyone, you’ll want to find out what supplements will eliminate the circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and (CSCs) because chemotherapy and radiation can’t kill them and they are responsible for over 95% of all metastases.
Herbs for cancer won’t just help you to feel better—it will literally save your life, which is why anti-cancer vitamins and nutrients need to be a part of your daily regimen, just like eating your spinach and salmon. Even if you choose the conventional route of treatment and do chemotherapy or radiation, you’ll still need to take supplements for cancer to support and heal your body, because no chemotherapy drugs can eliminate CTCs and CSCs.
There are literally hundreds of cancer fighting herbs and supplements, but not all of them will work for your particular type of cancer or situation, so you and your doctor will want to do testing to find out which ones you need. Testing is also important because certain cancer fighting supplements are synergistic in their effects; meaning, they are more powerful when combined with other types of plants. So don’t just take random amounts of different plants, because the ones that you think you need may not be the ones that will help you and they may in fact harm you.
Below are a just a few spices and herbs to consider when cooking or preparing your meals to benefit your health and nutritional status.
Whether used as a fresh root or ground powder, ginger can provide benefit for the lung cancer patient. Ginger has been shown to help relieve or lessen the severity of nausea. Using this spice in soups, teas, and stir-fry dishes is a great way to incorporate it. Ginger tea is simple to make. Start by heating a cup of water on the stove. To your tea mug, add a slice of fresh ginger or ¼ tsp ground ginger, a squeeze of lemon, and 1 tsp of honey. Add your hot water and let the ginger steep for a few minutes before drinking.
Turmeric is a member of the curcumin family. It has a bright orange color and distinctive flavor. Research has shown that turmeric is a beneficial spice for heart health, as well as cancer prevention. It may also help with inflammation. A good way to incorporate turmeric is to add small amounts to chicken or vegetable dishes, or you can make turmeric milk or tea. Add ½ tsp of turmeric powder into warmed milk or water, along with some ground ginger, and a bit of honey for a tasty and healthy drink. While adding the powder to your food and drink can be beneficial for your health, it is not recommended to take turmeric as a supplement when you are undergoing lung cancer treatment. It could interact with your treatment medications or cause unwanted side effects.
Cinnamon is one of the most popular spices in the American culture. It is flavorful, warm, and full of nutritional benefit. It has long been known that cinnamon can help control blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. Recent research has found that cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefit as well. This can especially be important for people with lung cancer before and after treatments. Like turmeric, more research is needed regarding cinnamon supplements and the medication interactions for lung cancer patients. Instead, add cinnamon to your oatmeal or hot cereal, apple slices, or even coffee or tea to get the health benefits.
Parsley, basil, and rosemary are just a few of the many herbs that are available in mainstream grocery stores. Herbs have been shown to have anti-oxidant properties and also may help cognitive abilities, including memory. Using fresh or dried herbs are both great options to incorporate into your food. If you aren’t a trained chef, it can be hard to determine what herb to use. Basil is an abundant herb you can add in tomato sauce and pesto, while rosemary is a strong-flavored herb to add to chicken or beef. Oregano is a good choice for Mexican and Mediterranean dishes. If you enjoy the flavor of certain herbs, consider planting a small herb garden at your house. Gardening can be a relaxing activity for lung cancer patients. Herb gardens provide you that benefit without the work of a traditional vegetable garden.
Garlic is not quite an herb or spice, but it is a healthy way to flavor food. Garlic is part of the allium family, along with onions, shallots, and scallions, and for centuries it has been used for health and medicinal purposes. This family has been shown to be healthy for the heart by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, but it is also beneficial for people with lung cancer. Research has shown that garlic can reduce the risk of cancer, as well as having anti-oxidant properties. You don’t have to eat garlic raw to get the benefit (but you can if you want to!). Add minced garlic to chicken, fish, or pasta dishes for added flavor.
As you can see, adding herbs and spices to your meals can give your meals a flavor boost, but may also be beneficial for your health. While these herbs and spices are great additions to your food, they are not recommended to take in supplement form as they are usually in high doses or could interact with your treatment medications. When adding spices and herbs to foods, there is minimal risk of interaction because of the small amount you will use while cooking, so flavor away!
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