In the past, even in the far future, cancer has always been the “devil of the world” in our hearts! It is too ruthless to take the lives of too many of our compatriots! However, in the face of this “devil on earth” we are still at a loss in the past, but in the future we will certainly defeat the devil! According to the China Cancer Data Center, there are about 18.1 million new cancer cases and 9.6 million cancer deaths worldwide in the past 2018. China is the world’s new cancer cases and the country with the largest number of cancer deaths.
Because the high morbidity and mortality of cancer prove that cancer is difficult to cure, so when we are a little sick, but all those linked to cancer, we should go to the hospital for a check-up, which is why every year we recommend to go for a physical examination in order to detect the disease.
Some people are not only painful when they are diagnosed with cancer, but also worried that they do not know how to choose a method to treat it and which method is better. At this time, doctors will provide treatment according to the patient’s condition. But patients and family members can also learn more about the treatment plan, so that when the doctor communicates with you, they will be prepared. Next, let’s look at some of the mainstream treatments for cancer.
To deal with cancer, Chinese medicine VS Western medicine, these knowledge points can be understood!
With the rapid development of medicine, the treatment of cancer has brought hope to cancer patients. At the same time, they are facing difficulties in choosing the Chinese medicine vs. Western medicine which can really drive away the cancer gentleman? Although Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine are different in their treatment of cancer, the treatment of cancer is still centered on the condition of the disease and different from person to person. There is no need to treat each other differently. Moreover, it is the general trend to treat cancer with integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine. We need to work together when conquering diseases, use each other’s strengths and avoid its weaknesses, so as to achieve the best curative effect.
First, first come to understand western medicine treatment
Western medicine treatment focuses on eliminating evil things, such as resecting tumors with scalpel, using chemotherapy and radiotherapy, killing or inhibiting cancer cells with drugs and radiation. At present, comprehensive treatment is the main treatment of malignant tumors in Western medicine, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, molecular targeted therapy, endocrine therapy, immunotherapy and so on.
1. Surgical treatment
Surgical resection is still the preferred treatment for early or relatively early solid tumors. In theory, cancer can be cured if the cancer cells are removed completely by surgery.
Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer with chemicals that kill cancer cells. Because some drugs can be used together to achieve better results, chemotherapies often use two or more drugs at the same time, and most patients use chemotherapy in this way.
Radiotherapy uses radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiotherapy can be performed either in vitro or in vivo. Because cancer cells grow and divide faster than normal cells, radiation can destroy the genetic material of cells, prevent cell growth or division, and then control the growth of cancer cells.
4. Targeted therapy
The principle of targeted therapy is to use small molecule of disordered protein with specific anti-cancer cells. In the case of gene mutation, targeted drugs can selectively kill cancer cells against this target, but little damage to normal cells.
5. Endocrine therapy
The occurrence and growth of some tumors are closely related to hormones in the body, so they can be treated by changing the endocrine status. For example, sex hormones can be used for palliative treatment of breast cancer, prostate cancer and endometrial cancer.
Immunotherapy can control and kill tumor cells by stimulating or mobilizing the immune system of the body and enhancing the anti-tumor immunity of tumor microenvironment. Many immunotherapies against cancer have been studied. Currently, more progress is made in cancer vaccine therapy and monoclonal antibody therapy, while immunocytotherapy is the latest development of treatment technology in recent years.
Second, come back to our traditional Chinese medicine treatment
If cancer cells are compared to spies, then TCM treatment is to strengthen its own investigative ability, mobilize normal cells in the body to resist cancer cells, so as to achieve balance and promote health.
1. Patients who are not suitable for or do not accept modern medical treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and molecular targeted therapy – Dialectical treatment, control the growth of tumors, alleviate symptoms and prolong survival time.
2. Perioperative period, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, targeted therapy and other modern medical treatment period patients – mainly to strengthen the body, assisted by exorcism, reduce adverse reactions caused by surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, targeted therapy and other treatment means, and promote the recovery of body function.
3. Tumor itself and the treatment of patients with complications – mainly exorcism, supplemented by strengthening the body.
4. After operation, patients without adjuvant treatment or who have completed adjuvant treatment and those with stable disease after radiotherapy and chemotherapy should pay equal attention to strengthening and eliminating pathogens, prevent recurrence and metastasis, improve symptoms and improve the quality of life.
In addition to the above combination of Chinese and Western medicine, our own treatment is also indispensable!
It is necessary to attach importance to the self-care of patients, which can effectively improve immunity and enhance self-confidence. It needs to start from psychological, physical, dietary, ointment, function and other aspects.
2. Psychological adjustment
At present, the World Health Organization has defined malignant tumors as a psychosocial disease. Knowing that cancer has a great psychological impact on patients, the treatment will worry about the unsatisfactory treatment effect, fear of recurrence and metastasis, fear of short survival, will also be accompanied by fear, depression, anxiety and other emotions.
In the face of such psychological problems, emotional counseling is very important. Firstly, patients should have confidence in the treatment and cooperate with the treatment actively; secondly, the care and persuasion of patients’family members are also conducive to the recovery of patients’ condition; finally, some emotional counseling methods can be used to alleviate bad moods, such as yoga, music and so on.
3. Physical Regulation
TCM exercise therapy, which can stimulate patients’subjective initiative, is highly recommended. Common traditional Chinese medicine sports mainly include Baduanjin, Taiji, Guolin Qigong and so on.