Testicular Cancer Treatment
By Shannon Burford
The type of tumor is very important when considering the spread of this cancer. There are actually several different types of testicular tumor.
Testicular cancer usually has a highly predictable pattern of metastasis (spread). It normally first appears in the retroperitoneum (abdomen) and next in the lungs. For this reason, regular monitoring of your health is advisable. Furthermore optimising health, wellness, diet and lifestyle is recommended.
Ocassionally in some aggressive tumor types, there can be spread via the blood to potentially any site in the body e.g. the brain and the kidneys. For this reason, it is recommended to use adjunctive treatment, incorporating improvements in diet, lifestyle, nutrition and introducing herbal medicine.
Medical Identification Methods
Initially a physical exam will be performed. If the testicle is removed, CT scans and X-rays are used for tumors that may have spread beyond the testicle. Once cleared, it is recommended that you get checkup scans for approximately 5-10 years as it can take a long time for any metastatic cancer to be identified.
The word “naturopathy” is a broad term used to describe a natural medicine physician trained in the areas of western herbal medicine and natural therapies. The practice of naturopathy is also known as alternative medicine, integrative medicine or natural therapies in Australia. Naturopathy includes a multimodality approach, incorporating nutrition (which includes diet and lifestyle modification and vitamin and mineraltherapy), herbal medicine, homeopathy and iridology. Iridology is often used as a diagnostic aid to compliment the other tools. Physical therapies may also be employed, including therapeutic massage and remedial massage. A naturopath should be eclectic, using a mixture of these therapies, or specialise in one or more. The key is to tailor the consultation and treatment to the individual patient.
Natural Therapy Treatments
If you have been recently diagnosed with cancer you may be considering complementary medicine, herbs or supplements which may help with treatment. You may also be uncertain why a particular remedy is used and how much you should take. You might receive mixed messages from family, friends or medical professionals and it can be quite overwhelming.
It's important to get professional advice and be careful with advice you may find on the internet!
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Testicular Cancer Treatment options
If testicular cancer has metastised, it is still has a good prognosis. Radiation is not commonly used these days and the most common treatment is 3 courses of BEP chemotherapy. If Radiation is used With radiation, there are some long term risks of secondary cancers and cardiovascular disease.
BEP is a combination of chemotherapy drugs - bleomycin, etoposide, cisplatin, which contains platinum. Sometimes, different combinations or drugs are used.
All types of testicular cancer are usually responsive to chemotherapy. If the cancer has spread then chemotherapy would be recommended by the medical team it remove it and a whole body treatment. It can take between one week or three months to complete the treatment.
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Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. It is an effective and natural way in assisting the body’s own healing capacity and promoting optimal health and wellbeing.
Tumeric, for example, is one such herb which has an increasing amount of literature to support the use of the herbal medicine in cancer. Biobran MGN-3 Arabinoxylan Complex (Biobran) also has supportive evidence in multiple cancers.
Herbal medicine has a long and successful history. It is how people of all cultures and even animals have been treating illness and maintaining health for thousands of years. The Egyptians from 3000BC kept lists of medicinal plants used to treat illness and from here the Greeks, such as Dioscorides and Galen, wrote books detailing the use of herbal medicine in early AD.
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