Author: Jennifer Shipp

Cryoablation–Cyrosurgery—Cryosurgical Ablation–Cryotherapy for Cancer

Disclaimer: Consult with a doctor before deciding on a treatment plan for cancer or any other disease. Quick Summary Cyroablation uses extremely cold temperatures to freeze tumors. The cold temperatures damage the cancer cells. Needles are used to inject the tumor itself or surrounding areas with gases that cause the tumor to freeze. This treatment does not remove tumors (which could cause them to metastasize), but rather seeks to damage and kill the cells using cold temperatures. Anesthesia or a sedative is used during the treatment. Detailed Information   Cryoablation, also known as cryosurgery, cryosurgical ablation, or cryotherapy, is a cancer treatment technique that works by using extremely cold temperatures to freeze tumors. The term “cryo” describes extreme cold, while “ablation” indicates the removal, destruction, or damage of cancer cells. [1] The cryo probe used during cryoablation sends liquid nitrogen, argon gas, or carbon dioxide into or around the tumor to freeze and kill cancer cells. This treatment is an alternative to cancer surgery. [2][4]    Politics   Cryoablation is a relatively new technology that has become a slightly more mainstream treatment method for cancer. Because it’s a new technology, Americans and other westerners may be drawn to it due to an underlying belief that “newer is better.” The treatment doesn’t remove the cancer (which can cause metastases), but it has other side effects that should be considered before patients...

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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Disclaimer: Consult with a doctor before deciding on a treatment plan for cancer or any other disease. Quick Summary Except in certain specific situations, Radiofrequency Ablation is not a recommended therapy for cancer treatment because it can leave behind scars that can act as armor to protect any cancer cells that are left behind following the procedure. Detailed Information   Americans are infatuated with new technologies in medicine and sometimes that infatuation can lead them to agree to therapies that may, at best, be ineffective, or at worst, be dangerous or deadly [9]. Radiofrequency ablation therapy is an “old” technology that has been used for decades to treat a variety of illnesses. Today, researchers are just beginning to explore its use in treating cancer [1]. The use of radiofrequency ablation, as with surgery to remove cancerous tumors, needs careful consideration. When tumors are removed from the body using surgery or radiofrequency ablation, this leads to the development of scar tissue. This scar tissue can act like armor to protect any cancerous cells left behind by removal procedures, making it even more difficult for effective treatments to gain access to the cancer cells that were left behind [10].     Radiofrequency ablation, a modified electrocautery technique, has been in use in conventional medicine for 34 years at the time of this writing. The technology works by driving ionic currents through tissues...

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Photodynamic Therapy (Photoradiation/Photochemotherapy) for Cancer

Disclaimer: Consult with a doctor before deciding on a treatment plan for cancer or any other disease. Photodynamic Therapy is a type of light therapy that combines laser therapy with chemotherapy or radiation (known as photoradiation or photochemotherapy) or it combines laser therapy with a sensitizer such as curcumin or hypericin. A photosensitizing agent (a medication that’s activated by light) is typically injected into the blood. This agent tends to build up in cancer cells more than in normal cells which allows doctors to focus laser light directly on tumors. The cancer cells then absorb the light and a chemical reaction occurs which kills the cancer cells [1].   Photodynamic Therapy can only be used on cancer cells located just under the skin or on the lining of certain organs because this light therapy can only pass to a limited depth into the body. This type of therapy poses fewer side effects than conventional chemotherapy or radiation therapies and Photodynamic Therapy can be used more than once at the same location on the body [1].   The FDA has only approved the use of Photodynamic Therapy for:   Esophagus Non-small cell lung cancer Actinic keratosis (a pre-cancerous skin problem)   Laser Irradiation Laser irridation makes use of tiny nanoparticles to destroy cancer from inside the cell. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the...

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Laser Cancer Therapy

Disclaimer: Consult with a doctor before deciding on a treatment plan for cancer or any other disease. Quick Summary Lasers are used in a variety of ways in the treatment of cancer. Most commonly, they’re used for surgery as an alternative to the scalpel. Unfortunately, however, lasers are not often used to their full capacity in treating cancer in hospitals and patients need to be aware of the potential risks associated with the use of lasers to treat different types of cancers. Detailed Information   In cancer treatment, lasers can be used in different ways. The conventional medical model makes use of lasers to surgically remove cancer cells and to “photosensitize” the cancer cells to chemotherapy and radiation. In some alternative cancer treatment facilities, lasers can be used to sensitize cancer cells to curcumin or hypericin. These treatments offer benefits over traditional scalpel surgical techniques and the traditional application of chemo and radiation, but laser therapies are also being researched and used to kill cancer without surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. Be sure that you fully understand what kind of laser therapy your doctor plans to use in your cancer treatment before agreeing to it.   The word “laser” is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers are powerful and precise which is what makes them useful in treating cancer. They can be used in place...

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Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) for Cancer

Disclaimer: Consult with a doctor before deciding on a treatment plan for cancer or any other disease. Quick Summary Insulin Potentiation Therapy makes use of insulin as a “Trojan Horse” to gain entry into cancer cell membranes. When combined with low-doses of chemotherapy medications, IPT potentiates the activity of chemo. Patients experience fewer side effects from chemotherapy medications as a result of using targeted low-doses. Detailed Information   Insulin Potentiation Therapy, also known as IPT is an alternative to standard chemotherapy in that it involves a low-dose of chemotherapy in tandem with insulin to target the glucose receptors in cancer cells.   Because the use of insulin “potentiates” (or increases the susceptibility) of cancer cells, IPT uses 75% to 90% less chemotherapy medicine to reduce the size of tumors. Through IPT, the chemotherapy can be more precisely targeted at cancer cells. Cancer cells have 20 times more insulin-sensitive receptors on their surface than normal cells because cancerous tumors require glucose for energy and growth. The insulin fits into the cell’s receptors like a key that opens channels in the cell wall that allow nutrients and other substances to move into the cell. That means that when insulin is introduced into the body, right before chemotherapy treatment, the insulin “opens” the cell and enhances its ability to absorb chemotherapy. Since the cancer cells are so greedy for glucose (they have more...

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