Cancer can be complex as there are so many different types of cancers,  blood cancers, bone cancers, and organ or tissue cancer and brain cancers. With literally hundreds of different types of cancers, it is hard to distill treatment principles into a simple regime or protocol. This article is not so much about the treatment of cancer but the support to the body which has developed cancer. In the main, I will be discussing cancers in general and not alluding to specific cancer.

There is no natural cure for cancer as if there were we would all be using it,  and there would not be any need for pharmaceutical chemotherapy. Since the body has developed cancer then it is up to the body to cure cancer. This is not an unreasonable expectation but all too often those who develop cancer look for the single magic bullet ” cure ” that we have all expected from conventional pharmaceutical medicine.   Radiation or Surgery or a Chemical product is going to give us the “cure”. Unfortunately, our bodies not built like a machine with nuts and bolts that can be fixed or lubricated at will or whim.

The body has got to where it is with cancer as a result of various influences. Hereditary or inherited cancers only comprise something of the order of 2-3% of all cancers so 97% are acquired by lifestyle or environment factors. Contributing factors may include for example  –

  • Stress and emotional issues
  • Environmental toxins and pollutants
  • Poor nutrition and exercise
  • The aging process

It seems to me that very rarely the above factors are discussed or addressed by conventional  Medicine or Oncologists. The prevailing thought is that getting cancer is one of those things and is bad luck: but look,  we have a treatment plan for you that extend your prognosis.  Unfortunately, contributing factors are not addressed unless one seeks the services of an Integrated Therapist or a referral to a Cancer Support Network.  Cancer support networks are there and provide a good resource for those who seek it and do offer a variety of supportive therapeutics such as meditation, tai chi, massage, acupuncture, psychology, etc. There are usually some Naturopaths who are on the books and can be referred to for further advice.  This is indeed is good and very positive but alas the amount of people seeking these services is small compared with the number of people who actually have cancer. This is a pity as cancer support is very beneficial to the survival outcomes as if some factors can be addressed then this assists the body to recover its composure and obtain new resistance.  Naturopathic oncology support is a vital link in aiding recovery for those who have cancer. Naturopaths look at the following –

  • Immune system and what can be done to boost this system which  is either a contributing factor or by default becomes a factor for those undergoing Chemotherapy
  • Inflammation: Cancer is an inflammatory disease so Inflammatory factors need to be addressed.
  • Hormonal influences feature in  the background and of course very prominent in women who have hormonal cancer issues
  • Insulin resistance is a factor as cancers, in general, are responsive to insulin which can increase their size and proliferation
  • Digestion and Detoxification are critical factors as statistics show that most people who die of cancer die of wasting diseases called Cachexia rather than cancer itself.

Naturopathic Oncology support does not take the place of Conventional Oncology and does not proport to cure but seeks to support the individual’s natural defense systems.  Nutrition and supplements are indeed evidence-based as there is so much that is available at the moment. Indeed there is so much evidence for the use of supportive nutrition that it is almost criminal to ignore it.

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