When we talk about the deadliest diseases, the word 'cancer' instantly pops into our mind. Cancer is one such disease that not only derails the life of the patient entirely but also affects their family in a severe way.
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer develops when the body's normal control mechanism stops working. These cells form a mass of tissue called a tumor.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death behind heart disease. In 2014, 1.665 million new cases of invasive cancer were diagnosed. Lung cancer is the most common cancer and the most common cause of cancer death in the world. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide. Among the 8 most common forms of cancer, lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers are more common in more developed countries than in less developed countries.
It has been estimated that 9 modifiable risk factors are responsible for more than one-third of cancers worldwide. These include smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, physical inactivity, low fruit and vegetable consumption, unsafe sex, air pollution, indoor smoke from household fuels, and contaminated injections.
Patients experience the diagnosis of cancer as one of the most traumatic and revolutionary events that has ever happened to them. The cancer patient feels that he or she, and not just a body part, is diseased. The patient with cancer has a completely altered self-image and is viewed differently by family and anyone who knows the diagnosis.
Perception of cancer: The conventional medicine considers cancer to be a local process which then generalizes and invades the whole body. Therefore, the treatment approach is entirely based on removal or destruction of the tumor. The homoeopathic perception of cancer is based on vitalistic approach. This system of medicine considers that the tumor is just the end result of disease. A general chronic state always precede the appearance of cancer. The mere removal or destruction of cancer cells would not eliminate the diseased condition which explains the recurrence of tumor even after surgical removal and chemotherapy.
For the permanent cure of cancer, the whole of the person is to be studied in terms of his constitution, family history, his likes and dislikes, past history of the diseases suffered, his mental state. Homoeopathy is most common alternative medicine used to manage cancer. It is being used widely as palliative and curative in patients suffering from cancer. People with cancer approach homoeopathic doctor mostly when surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy has been done. Homoeopathy has medicines which can treat the bad-effects of radio and chemotherapy quite effectively. It can also manage cancer. According to a study, it was found that homoeopathic medicines have beneficial effect on some cancer lines via immune modulation. Homoeopathic treatment given as an add on improves the quality of life, survival time and presenting complaints.
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