Orthodox Cancer Treatment

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Orthodox Cancer Treatment

By: Simon Mitchell

1. Diagnosis

Diagnosis is a strength of Western scientific medicine because of its dependence on analytical procedures and processes of elimination. Modern technology has given us many ways to see into the body for effective diagnosis of dis-ease. Nowhere is scientific Western medicine so advanced than in the fields of diagnosis. Although the philosophy of Western medicine often comes in for criticism, modern science has produced many ways in which we can examine and image organisms internally and take samples of tissue in hard to reach places.

A qualified doctor should always be the first point of contact for serious disease as they have a good chance of getting you a correct diagnosis. Self-diagnosis is not a good idea except for very minor ailments. If you can, always get a second opinion on any diagnosis. In the UK you are urged to start orthodox cancer treatments within a month of diagnosis.

Diagnosis for cancer uses careful clinical assessment and advanced investigative techniques such as:

endoscopy: an endoscope is a tube-like viewing instrument with lenses and lights or video cameras that is inserted into a body orifice for investigating and treating disorders. If gives doctors the ability to see inside the body and even remove small pieces of tissue for examination (biopsy).

imaging: This process allows doctors to produce images of structures within the body that are otherwise difficult to see. For example short-wave, electromagnetic waves such as X-rays are passed through the body. Some are absorbed and others pass through the tissues to produce a shadow image that is projected onto a film or screen. In x-ray images the bones show up clearly, making it an excellent tool for seeing problems associated with bones or hard objects within the body.

In the 1920’s radiologists discovered that certain substances are opaque to radiation and they began to use them as ‘contrast media’. When these media are introduced into the body they create an outline shape of the cavities they fill, which helps to identify problem areas.

Ultrasound scanning projects high-frequency sound waves through the body, using a transducer against the skin. The waves are reflected back and the pattern of echoes produces an image. Computers are used to create better images. C.T. scanning (Computed Tomography) takes x-rays from different angles and uses the computer to create cross sections or three-dimensional images.

M.R.I. (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) places the patient in a strong magnetic field that passes waves through the body. The computer creates an image by analysing changes in the magnetic alignment of the hydrogen protons in our cells. P.E.T. scanning (Positron Emission Tomography) introduces short-lived radio isotopes into body tissues that are then flooded with gamma rays, recorded and then analysed by computer to produce images.

cytology and histology: Cytology is concerned with the examination of individual cells. The main application in cancer is in the detection of abnormal cells. Histology or hystopathology looks at groups of cells.

laboratory studies: Scientific methodology gives us many ways to analyse and examine bodily extracts.

2. Prognosis

What follows initial diagnosis means identifying appropriate treatments, forecasting the probable course and outcome of the disease (prognostication) and standardising the design of research and treatment protocols. You may be given the option to take part in a clinical study to help assess the effectiveness of a new treatment. Some health centres and surgeries are offered payoffs for enrolling patients in clinical trials which are often ongoing ‘action research’.

3. Treatment

There are four main types of treatment in conventional cancer treatment:

surgery: this offers the best chance when the cancer is contained to a single area and has a low tendency to spread

radiotherapy: invented over 100 years ago, this treatment bombards specific areas of the body with gamma rays.

chemotherapy: uses chemical cocktails that suppress the growth cycles of all cells in the body.

biological therapy: This treatment uses B.R.M.’s (Biological Response Modifiers) such as Interferon or Interleukin-2 to modify biological systems.

Taking these treatments is no guarantee that the cancer will not return. They do not involve looking for or eliminating any causes. To this extent orthodox Western medical approaches to cancer are only palliative.

About The Author

Simon Mitchell


This is an extract from 'Don't Get Cancer'a new ebook available only at: http://www.simonthescribe.co.uk/don'tget1.html

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Aaron 13.07.2009. 20:03

Does anyone know about any alternative cancer treatment in the UK? I've recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and am about to go for a pep scan. Knowing that orthodox medicine kills a lot of good cells in the body, I'm somewhat concerned and would like to take an alternative approach to healing. Advice would truly be appreciated. Many thanks.

Aaron

Admin 13.07.2009. 20:03

I understand, and sympathize with the fear of having conventional cancer treatment involving chemotherapy. But it really is the most effective there is, and it is common to recover completely. See for instance http://anaximperator.wordpress.com/about-you/
Alternative treatment of cancer as a replacement of conventional treatment is not a good idea. And if any practitioner tells you to skip conventional treatment, you should run away and not look back. If he tells you that his treatment alleviates the symptoms caused by conventional treatment then you might want to have a go at it.

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SkepCrock 03.11.2009. 23:57

Do U or don't U think doctors overly pressure people into having chemotherapy or other conventional treatment? Or, do the doctors just outline the treatment options and patiently wait for a response from the patient ?

SkepCrock

Admin 03.11.2009. 23:57

Yes they try to pressure you if you let them, first with radiation so they can identify the tumor, then take a biopsy which is the worst thing you can have done since it will then be released into the body, then chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

The prime directive of medical research is to make it appear there is no scientific evidence for alternative medicine.

Many studies are done by the "Big Pharma" and these studies are to biased to be taken serious.

While it is true that many people who take alternative cancer treatment do die, it would be extremely rare when a person using alternative treatment did not have a much higher combination of length of life and quality of life.

Even when a person on alternative treatment does die, it would be rare when a similar patient on orthodox treatments survived longer than they did.

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Marie 26.09.2008. 01:17

What is the stand of Orthodox Jews on the issue of abortion? From my understanding of the Law, there were penalties for injuring or harming the life of an unborn. For instance if two men were fighting and a pregnant woman was injured so as to cause the death of the unborn child. The life of the mother not being in danger because of the pregnancy, what is the stand of the Orthodox on this issue?
Thank you and peace!

Marie

Admin 26.09.2008. 01:17

Abortion is a tricky issue. It is true that if the mothers life is in danger an abortion is called for. However, "danger" is interpreted different ways and there is not hard fast way to define it. Jewish law is very complex on this issue.
You cannot have an abortion for "trivial" reasons like using abortion as birth control or because you cannot afford the child. The child is not a legal person until it is born but it is a potential person so it does have a limitied number of rights. Depending on your personal views, it would be right to say abortion is allowed and also that abortion is frowned upon.
I know of a story where the mother had cancer and refused to get treatment because she was pregnant. The doctors told her she should abort the fetuses (she had twins) so she could get radiation treatment. She refused because she wanted the babies. Her husband died in a car accident a short time after she became pregnant. By postponing her cancer treatment she was signing her own death warrant in a effect. She had the babies and died 3-4 years later.
A debate insued in the community about whether or not she was right in not having an abortion. There was not hard and fast answer.
It is an issue we grapple with just like the world at large.
I have a brother who is autistic and my sister once asked my parents if they could have known he was autistic if they would have aborted him and both said "Absolutely not".

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SkepCrock 28.10.2009. 21:36

Chemotherapy is usually given to "strong" cancer patients, is this not a contradiction in terms ? That is, people with cancer will as a rule have compromised immune systems, yet treatments inherently toxic are prescribed. You think this is a contradiction ?

SkepCrock

Admin 28.10.2009. 21:36

About 40% of cancer patients die of malnutrition before they would have died of their cancer. Two of the causes of this malnutrition, which are related to chemotherapy: First, chemotherapy makes a person very nauseous and causes them to throw-up.

Second, chemotherapy destroys the lining of the digestive tract of many cancer patients, making it impossible for the body to absorb the nutrients of the foods they eat, leading to malnutrition. As one person put it, even if a cancer patient eats like a king, they can literally die of malnutrition.

Because chemotherapy and radiation destroy a person's immunity system, many cancer patients die of opportunistic infections, such as sepsis or pneumonia.

Because chemotherapy and radiation kill white blood cells (white blood cells are the body's natural defense against cancer), chemotherapy and radiation destroy not only a body's natural defense against the cancer they currently have, it also destroys the body's defense against new cancers.

Because chemotherapy and radiation kill red blood cells (red blood cells carry oxygen to the cancer cells and oxygen helps keep cancer from spreading), cancer cells do not get a normal supply of oxygen. Since cancer cells are anaerobic, this allows them to thrive and divide faster.

Chemotherapy and radiation frequently kill a vital organ of a patient, such as the liver or heart. Once this happens, without a transplant, nothing, not even alternative cancer treatments, can save the patient.

Surgical biopsies can release cancer cells into the blood stream, causing the possibility that the biopsy will cause the cancer to spread, meaning metastasize. Some cancer surgeries can also cause cancer cells to get into the blood stream, especially if the surgery does not "get" all of the cancer cells.

Chemotherapy and radiation can dramatically increase the probability that a person will get certain types of cancer. For example, many women treated by chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer later develop uterine cancer. Chemotherapy drugs are not only toxic, they are carcinogenic.
Many cancer patients are so devastated by the sickness and nausea orthodox treatments give them, that they lose the will to live, meaning they lose the will to keep fighting their cancer.

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Jason 04.07.2006. 02:24

What can my cousin take to treat her cancer instead of going to a doctor for orthodox treatment? She has tumors developing in her breasts that are called Hodgkins or something like that? She would like to know what to take...preferably a healthy alternative to toxic chemicals and surgery.

Jason

Admin 04.07.2006. 02:24

Go to this site and it will explain all you need to know about alternative medicine.

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Sally S 20.05.2007. 09:03

Does the juice from the leaves of the PAW PAW tree really cure cancer? I recently met a gentleman who was diagnosed with in-opperable double lung cancer and was told to get his affairs in order and enjoy what little time he had left by his medical carers. He learn't of this PAW PAW remedy from a native person and out of sheer desperation he made and drank it for about 2 months after which all medical tests and chest xrays showed clear films, NO cancer. The bit that interests me the most is that all this happened 25 years ago and he is still cancer free and going strong. I was just wandering if any one else had this expierence or knows someone who has?

Sally S

Admin 20.05.2007. 09:03

Yes! Paw Paw leaf juice does cure cancer and my 78 year old father and 55 year old brother are living proof that it works and works well. Both my father and brother were diagnosed with bowl cancer 6 years ago from a routine colonoscopy check. My father had heard about this alternative treatment from several of his friends. There are many people living on the Gold Coast (Australia) who, by all intents and purposes, should be DEAD but are alive and well , all thanks to Paw Paw leaf juice. My brother and dad decided to do the treatment as a first option as apposed to the orthodox approach. I'm very happy to say that they are both tumor and cancer free and have been for 6 years now. So don't let anyone tell you that it can't or wont cure cancer. Those who infaticly state that it doesn't, speak from Ignorance.

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odie15046 07.01.2008. 15:03

What is the life expectancy of someone with lymphatic cancer? Array

odie15046

Admin 07.01.2008. 15:03

There are many different kinds of lymphoma. Life expectancy can range from days to normal life. Testing will indicate type and staging of the cancer. A person's health and how they respond to treatment varies alot. The cancer doctor can give the patient a rough idea of expectancy. Alternative cancer therapy has successfully healed those pronounced incurable with orthodox treatments. Double click on the following site for general info. and websites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphoma
For more information on Alternative cancer therapies go to www.cancertutor.com God bless!

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Leo 02.09.2011. 03:56

Can malignant melanoma be treated by oncothermia? A friend of mine has recurrence melanoma which is recently removed surgically. The pet ct scan after the surgery was negative. His doctor suggested oncothermia 3 times a week for one month to destroy any remaining cancer cells. Has anyone hear about this method? Is it useful in this case? which is the best centre for such treatment? Thank you all.
is there whole body oncothermia?

Leo

Admin 02.09.2011. 03:56

It is well known that cancer cells cannot tolerate high temperatures and are killed by a 42C or more temperatures. oncothermia is a smart way of delivering well controlled thermal energy to the tumor cells and spares the normal cell surrounding the tumor. I am an oncologist trained in the USA and licensed to practice in the USA. I am practising orthodox oncology in jordan I mean surgery next chemo next radiation according to the tumor and my patients are dying and i went to germany and they are experts in this new technology and i bought the machines to help my people an Jordan with this new technology.
I can forward you to the best center in germany if you provide me with a medical report about your patient and his previous treatment.
it is very effective and non toxic at all very friendly to the body
khmc1234@yahoo.com

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Heidi 4 07.03.2008. 02:39

Public Defenders and Public Physicians: Is this what we will have with UHC? Let's not deceive ourselves: There will be no difference between the majority of us who would have to depend on a recent graduate Public Defender in a court of law while the wealthy will have the most top notch, most successful attorneys

It is apparent this will be the eventual case with Universal Health Care: We will be guaranteed medical care by recent interns while the affluent who pay private insurance and can afford the very best, experienced physicians to treat them.

We really must look at this whole picture! Everything sounds good when we are given no details.

Heidi 4

Admin 07.03.2008. 02:39

This is true and ALL UHC systems provide RATIONED care. Let's be clear what that means: YOU ARE NOT WORTH TREATING. Yes, they do tell people that in UHC systems or ones that are government-funded.
"Jewish World Review Feb. 12, 2008 / 6 Adar I 5768
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/jonathan/rosenblum_golubchuk.php3?printer_friendly
In Canada, the Schiavo case with an outrageous twist
By Jonathan Rosenblum
An elderly Orthodox Jew is on life support. His children have adamantly opposed his removal from the ventilator and feeding tube, on the grounds that Jewish law expressly forbids any action designed to shorten life. If their father could express his wishes, they say, he would certainly oppose the doctors acting to deliberately terminate his life. The director of the ICU told the children that neither their father's wishes nor their own are relevant, and he would do whatever he decided was appropriate "

The NHS, the oldest system, is in Britain:
"Staff are being laid off, and deficits are at an all time high (£1.07bn for 2005-2006)? (Hazel Blears, Labour Party Chair and Minister Without Portfolio, labourachievements.blogspot.com/2006/08/23-investment-in-nhs.html).
In the National Review Online article, Coburn & Herzlinger state ?more than 20,000 Brits would not have died from cancer in the U.S.? Just recently Alex Smallwood of the BMA (British Medical Association) was quoted in the Scotsman as saying: ??Rationing is reduction in choice. Rationing has become a necessary evil. We need to formalise rationing to prevent an unregulated, widening, postcode-lottery of care. Government no longer has a choice.?? (Moss, ?NHS rationing is ?necessary evil,? says doctors,? 26 June 2007).

Japan doesn't fare any better:
"According to Japanese legislator Takashi Yamamoto, who was just diagnosed with cancer, "abandoned cancer refugees are roaming the Japanese archipelago." Patients are told theyıll never get better, even when treatments exist, and many are not even informed of their diagnoses. Cancer mortality rates in Japan have been steadily climbing and are now more than 250 per 100,000, while U.S. rates are now around 180 per 100,000. (Glueck, ?Far East illustrates the limitations and dangers of universal health care,? 26 January 2007, jewishworldreview.com)

Japan Doctors Say New Health Funding Won't End Death-by-Delay
By Kanoko Matsuyama
Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Japan's plan to spend an extra $1.4 billion on hospital doctors won't alleviate the shortage of staff causing treatment delays and fatalities, doctors said.
The 150 billion yen package will help hospital emergency rooms meet increased demand for medical and surgical services, the health ministry said in a report on Jan. 30.
Trauma doctor Hisashi Matsumoto said he gets $6 an hour, or less than the average minimum wage, for a 16-hour night shift. The low pay and long shifts have left hospitals short-staffed nationwide, resulting in a case in August when a woman with labor complications lost her baby after she was refused treatment at 10 hospitals that said no doctors were available.
``The funding won't help,'' said Kunio Kobayashi, a doctor who headed the emergency center at Tokyo's Teikyo University Hospital until he switched to teaching paramedics in 2005. Increases in medical reimbursements don't reach hospital doctors because the medical centers are losing money, he said.
In 2006, 667 women in labor were turned away by more than three hospitals because of a lack of doctors, government records show.
More patients are seeking hospital care as Japan's society ages. Older patients have greater medical needs to treat heart disease, stroke, dementia and other chronic conditions, leaving fewer resources for emergencies such as heart attack and obstructed labor.
The proportion of people aged 65 or over that needed ambulance services rose to 38 percent of the total in 2006 from 29 percent 10 years earlier in Tokyo, according to government statistics.
``The additional payments to hospitals will benefit management not doctors,'' said Tohru Aruga, a doctor and vice director of Showa University Hospital in Tokyo.
Too Full
About 14 percent of emergency centers across Japan lack 24- hour specialists on duty and were unable to treat some emergency cases, citing a particular shortage of obstetricians, according to survey by Asahi newspaper on Feb. 4. Thirteen centers out of the 187 surveyed didn't have any emergency doctors, the report said.
The Asahi said it contacted all 205 emergency centers in Japan and received response from 187. One hospital in Hokkaido had to close its emergency room because all the doctors quit, the newspaper said.
``Something must be done to improve the work environment for hospital doctors,'' says Matsumoto, 45, one of 13 doctors in the emergency room at Nippon Medical School's Chiba Hokusoh Hospital, near Tokyo. ``Staff are exhausted.''
Ambulances
Ambulance officials called 11 Tokyo hospitals to treat a 95-year-old woman complaining of chest pains last month. Each said it was too full to accept her, a fire and ambulance department spokesman said. She later died in another hospital.
``The balance of demand and supply is changing,'' said Aruga at Showa University Hospital in Tokyo. ``Patient numbers are rising as a result of the aging society, but the capacity of hospitals remains the same. That increases the workload for individual hospitals.''
Rejection of patients is sometimes unavoidable, Aruga said in an interview on Jan. 24. His hospital recently had to decline to accept a coronary patient because it was already treating four people with heart conditions and had two others waiting, he said.
The national ambulance service fielded 4.89 million emergency calls in 2006, a 3 percent increase from 2003, according to the internal affairs ministry.
Death by Delay
``It's taking more time to pick up patients,'' said Keiji Araki, head of Japan's fire and ambulance department. Still ``public expectation of saving lives remains high,'' he told a conference for paramedics in Shizuoka, west of Tokyo, on Jan. 24.
The incident last August involving a 38-year-old woman and the death of her newborn baby in Nara prefecture, near the city of Kyoto, ``made us realize again that we need greater collaboration with hospitals,'' Araki said.
Costs deter some women from seeking antenatal care in Japan, where the public health-care system doesn't fully cover monthly checkups for pregnant women that cost at least 3,000 yen or deliveries that cost about 400,000 yen ($3,750). The mother in Nara had no record of regular checkups, which made it harder to find a hospital willing to treat her, according to reports by the local government.
Japan's government in December committed to spending about 16.1 billion yen in the year starting April 1 to develop a system to dispatch doctors on emergencies, and to improve emergency, obstetric and pediatric services.
More Pay
``We will implement measures that enable hospitals to accept emergency patients more smoothly,'' Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda told parliament on Jan. 22. He promised more enrolments at medical schools, a better shift-work system and more pay for hospital doctors. The national average minimum pay is 673 yen ($6.30) an hour.
Convenience store attendants receive more on an hourly basis than some doctors working extended shifts in hospitals, said Kobayashi, the former head of the emergency center at Teikyo University Hospital.
``Doctors feel it's their mission to save lives,'' Kobayashi said. ``Are they getting paid for what they sacrifice? No.''
Trauma surgeon Matsumoto spent eight years removing tumors from cancer patients before switching career paths.
``I'm doing this job because I want to improve the country's health system and its ability to deal with emergency medical services and natural disasters,'' he said.
To contact the reporter on this story: Kanoko Matsuyama in Tokyo at at kmatsuyama2@bloomberg.net
Last Updated: February 5, 2008 18:36 EST
http://bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=ayBXYNH0bUWc&refer=home

I hate to break it to the kids in Congress who didn't ever study economics, but the Japanese, the Canadian, and the Brits are extremely civilized and compasionate people. If they can't make it work the fault lies in UHC not in the morals of the people.

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Kaulin Vogerne 17.03.2011. 02:49

How genetics apply to everyday life? "What field of science or math most intrigues you? Why? Is it a field you think you could apply to everyday life, even if it does not become a career choice?"

I would love to put genetics/DNA here, but I am failing at the last question. So how can genetics be applied to everyday life? And please don't say cloning or something, do YOU go around cloning people day to day? Help appreciated!!

Kaulin Vogerne

Admin 17.03.2011. 02:49

Genetics research is a controversial field; its rapid advances can be confusing and even frightening. Some say it is all about designer babies and doctors ?playing G-d.? We have all heard about the cloning of ?Dolly? the sheep and aspirations to clone humans, and almost every day, it seems, the headlines report the discovery of new genes linked to common human afflictions like obesity, Alzheimer?s disease, and cancers. New genetic technology introduces us to situations that are foreign to us, risk our family?s reputation, and most importantly, challenge our Jewish traditions. Yet genetics research pertains to each and every one of us and to every aspect of our lives ? from genetically-engineered foods to common clinical tests.

The Jewish community is more familiar than most with the science of genetics. The international effort to offer mass population screening for the Tay-Sachs gene was launched right here in Baltimore in the 1970s, and our parents, their relatives, and friends were all exposed to the massive educational events promoting the screening. In our Orthodox community, in particular, Dor Yeshorim testing has become a ?rite of passage,? compelling young adults ? as well as their parents, relatives, and friends ? to face issues of premarital genetic screening. Finally, human geneticists have for decades disproportionately targeted the Ashkenazi Jewish community for genetic research because of the relative ease of studying the well-preserved gene patterns in our population.

The science of genetics has in the past few decades transformed medicine as we know it and revolutionized the approach to disease prevention, diagnosis, therapy, and even cure. And although complex and hard to understand, genetics all starts with the genes. These are the tiny units contained in our cells, which, along with the environment, dictate not only how tall we get but whether we are prone to develop diabetes or heart disease, among other diseases. Tests can now predict the onset of diseases decades before they manifest themselves, thus allowing us to make important changes in lifestyle and enroll in preventive care.

Another major potential of genetics lies in understanding the role genes play in the way our bodies process chemicals. Research in this area can lead to the tailoring of drug therapy to the genetics of individual patients. For example, certain treatments like chemotherapy involve severe and debilitating side effects yet may not be equally effective in every patient. Knowing which medications are most suited for a particular person?s drug metabolism can help doctors prescribe medications in a way that maximizes their utility.

Genetic testing during pregnancy is rapidly developing, and more accurate, less invasive tests are becoming available. Some of these tests are endorsed by medical societies like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as common-sense medicine. Learning that the unborn baby may have certain defects ? whether an opening along the spine, a small hole in the heart, or a chemical imbalance ? can help doctors manage the pregnancy better and plan the best method for delivery and neonatal care in order to optimize the pregnancy?s outcome. While prenatal diagnosis may not be a valid option for everyone, it should not be dismissed before learning all the benefits it affords.

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