In Australia, cancer is now the leading cause of disease. The number of new cancer cases in Australia from 1982 to 2010 has more than doubled. This is a concern as most people in their life time will experience cancer either through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one.
No one can guarantee the prevention of cancer due its multifactorial nature and the environment we live in but by becoming aware and making conscious lifestyle and dietary choices we can mnimise the risk. A classic example of this is Angelina Jolie and other women that have followed in her steps to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by being genetically tested for the BRCA gene.
At Acumedica we take an integrated approach using the latest research to ensure you minimise your risks, maximise recovery post conventional treatment and enhance your health upon remission. Part of our treatment is addressing the risks by providing dietary, nutritional and chinese medicine advice. As such some of the risks are detailed below.
The risk factors for cancer according to research?
Scientists now believe that it usually takes more than one insult by carcinogens to DNA before a normal cell is transformed into a cancerous cell (4). Having one or more risk factors does not mean one will develop cancer. For most cancers the causes are not fully understood. However, some factors that place individuals at a greater risk for cancer are well-recognized. Examples include:
- Ultraviolet radiation
- Exposure to chemicals, dusts and industrial by products
- Diet intake of certain fats & processed foods
- Nutritional deficiencies
- physical inactivity
- Bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori and chlamydia
- Mycoplasma (3)
Whilst we support, treat and understand the mechanism behind all cancers, we have only provided information on how we treat some of the most common cancers such as breast and prostate.
How Chinese Medicine views cancer
Cancer in Chinese medicine terms is attributed to a combination of multifactorial injuries that have accumulated over time.
The way Chinese Medicine views cancer and the risks is integral to treatment as alongside conventional therapies and reducing symptoms chinese medicine holds that treating the underlying cause is imperative to recovery.
How Chinese Medicine treats Cancer
Traditionally Chinese Medicine treated swellings and ulcers and the underlying pattern of the patient and did not separate between malignant or benign characteristics. However Chinese Medicine has evolved and alongside scientific research, Chinese Medicine has earned its respect in conventional medicine and is now offered in effectively treating the symptoms associated with conventional treatment such as pain and nausea and vomiting.
At Acumedica we assist the body and help alleviate symptoms associated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. We understand your medical treatment regime and how symptoms affect your daily living as Cathryn has over 10 years experience as a registered nurse delivering chemotherapy to patients in hospital and at home.
We also remain informed and educated on conventional treatments and the interactions of complementary treatments and acupuncture for all types of cancers. We constantly adapt and re-evaluate our treatment protocols based on treatment given and progress according to your laboratory results and symptom picture.
Our different treatment protocols for cancers vary depending on the following:
- Latest research
- Type and staging of the cancer
- Location of the cancer
- Conventional treatments given (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy)
- Different stages of remission
- Presenting symptoms
- Underlying condition of the patient
- Laboratory results (pathology, scans, cancer markers)
1. Cancer Australia
2. Hechtman, L., 2014, Clinical Naturopathic Medicine. Churchhill Livingstone, Sydney
3. Huang, S., Li JY, Wu J., Meng L, Shou CC 2001 Mycoplasma infections and different human carcinomas. World Journal Gastroenterology April Vol7(2):266-9
4.Lahans, T.,2009 Integrating conventional an chinese medicine in cancer care; A clinical Guide. Chruchill Livingstone USA.
5. Lee, JR et al 2002, What your doctor may not tell you about Breast Cancer. Penguin Books, Australia.
6. Peiwen, L et al., 2008, Management of Cancer with Chinese Medicine. Doncia Publishing, China.