Dealing with terminal brain cancer (Part 2)

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May 1st, 2015
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Other themes that cropped out of the research are as follows:

- patients and their families learned valuable lessons in dealing and coping with the disease. Despite the terrifying disease, the respondents remain positive, and focus on the good things that came as a result of having the disease, like enjoying every minute of their lives while it last

- they learned that quality of life is more important than quantity, they would rather enjoy their remaining days with their families rather than prolonging the agony and living like a vegetable. Some would prefer to avoid some treatment if it will affect their quality of life.

I would choose normal function for less time, without any question.


Brain Cancer–Causes

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Apr 24th, 2015
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There is a disease that grows malignant cells in the brain – it is called brain cancer. It is a life-threatening disease that is the leading cause of death in our country. Statistics say that 35,000 Americans were diagnosed with primary brain cancer in 2004, and another 150,000 people with brain tumors have already spread it to the other parts of their body.

Brain cancer is a mysterious disease. The exact cause is still unknown but experts say that these factors contribute to the development of brain cancer: radiation, various toxins in the environment, stress, HIV infection, cigarette smoking and genetics.

Brain Cancer Treatment – Radiotherapy

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Apr 17th, 2015
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For those people with brain cancer but cannot have surgery as advised by their doctor can have radiation therapy, though there are some patients that also have to go through it even after surgery to kill tumor cells that may have remained in the body. The frequency and schedule of treatment will usually depend on the size and type of the tumor found. The doctor will also consider the age of the patient.

Radiotherapy uses high-power gamma rays, protons or x-rays that will kill the cancer cells. A large machine will be aimed at the tumor and the treatment will last for only a few minutes.


Herbal Medicines for Brain Cancer

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Apr 9th, 2015
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Description

Brain cancer is a tumor or tumors that form on the brain itself. Most brain tumors have spread to the brain from other affected parts of the body (such as the breast or the lung) via the blood-stream. Only a small percentage of brain cancer cases originate in the brain.

In its early stages, brain cancer often produces no symptoms, or it displays symptoms that are mistaken for everyday headaches. As a result, the condition is often quite advanced before it is detected. Brain cancer is a very serious condition that can cause extensive neurological damage or death.

The exact cause of brain cancer is unknown, but heredity is suspected to play a role in its development.

Signs and Symptoms

Brain cancer is usually asymptomatic until the tumor reaches a certain size. At that point, symptoms include:

Persistent headaches

Vomiting

General weakness, or localized weakness in the arms or legs

Loss of coordination

Dizziness

Change in personality

Loss of mental abilities, including memory

Double vision, or loss of vision

Seizures

Conventional Medical Treatment

If you suspect you have a brain tumor, see a physician immediately. A CAT scan or MRI of the head can usually confirm the presence of a tumor and pinpoint its location. If a tumor is found, the physician may take a CAT scan of the chest and abdomen to make sure the cancer has not affected other areas of the body. If the tumor is localized and is situated in an area where removal is possible (on the outer surface of the brain, for example), surgery may be performed. However, some tumors-particularly those located deep within the brain tissue-cannot be operated on. In these cases, radiation and chemotherapy will be used to destroy cancerous cells. (See “Conventional Medical Treatment” in the “Bladder Cancer” entry for more information on radiation and chemotherapy.)

Complementary and Alternative Treatments

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupressure By pressing on certain acupressure points along the body’s meridians, a practitioner may be able to reduce cancer-related pain and headaches.

Chinese Herbal Therapy Traditional Chinese Medicine considers any type of tumor formation the result of stagnant blood, so a practitioner may recommend formulas that energize blood flow and strengthen the immune system, such as Ginseng and Astragals Formula. In cases of brain cancer, an herbalist may prescribe the Chinese formula called Three Yellows.

Child Gene Mutations Identified

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Apr 2nd, 2015
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medulloblastomaCancer researchers in Canada have identified the gene that is responsible for medulloblastoma which is considered to be the most common form of childhood brain cancer. They have successfully identified eight genes that have the ability to mutate bringing about brain cancer in younger people which can give them new avenues to pursue in childhood cancer treatment. The ability to properly target and prescribe the most effective treatment regimen is the aim and with these results, it has become more of a reality. The brains of children are still in the fast growing phase that if these genes mutated, would continue at an alarming rate that it turns into cancer. (more…)

Radiation Therapy – A Change of Heart

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Mar 19th, 2015
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Radiation used to be the best treatment for cancer, especially for the brain which is so fragile where less invasive procedures are preferred. There is however a dark side to radiation treatment, for however much advancement in the precision and delivery it still has many side-effects that many wish to avoid.
Radiation kills cancer cells-literally, but sadly it also kills surrounding healthy cells that with a healthy person can easily regenerate once the body has recovered. For those who suffer from weakened immune systems(sadly it is also affected by radiation therapy) are less likely to fully recover from such treatment hence the rising thought into more natural cures. From cancer fighting diets to food supplements, they are better accepted than radiation therapy nowadays mainly because of cost and the many much-feared side-effects.
Medicine has indeed taken leaps and strides in the fight against cancer but it still has to discover the holy grail of its treatment. Nature has the potential to provide all the cures we need, let’s just hope it’s still there for us to be discovered….

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