Ovarian Cancer Holistic Treatment
As you can see, survival with stage 3 and 4 is virtually nothing at five years, at ten years it is even less. Unfortunately, most patients undergo conventional treatment before they find out it didn't work, then they come to us, so by the time we get them their immune system is already damaged, all but destroyed, and the chemo has accelerated the cancer growth rate. Even so, we can save a good percentage of stage 3 and even stage four.
The first treatment for ovarian cancer is usually an operation called a laparotomy. This operation is also the main way that a diagnosis of ovarian cancer is confirmed.
During a laparotomy, a long vertical cut is made in your abdomen, which allows the surgeon to find and remove as much of the tumour as possible. In many cases, the surgeon will do a biopsy of the tumour at the beginning of the operation to confirm that it is cancer. This is called a frozen section. If the frozen section confirms that the tumour is cancer, the operation will continue.
For most women, the operation will involve removal of the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, the uterus, the omentum (the fat pad around the organs in your abdomen), the appendix and some of the lymph glands in the area. Sometimes it may be necessary to remove some of the bowel.
After your operation, samples of the tissue removed are sent to a laboratory for further examination. The results of these biopsies will provide more information about the type and extent of your cancer and enables the gynaecological oncologist to make decisions about further treatment.
If you were still having menstrual periods before you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you have both your ovaries removed, this surgery will result in menopause. As well as learning that you have ovarian cancer, this surgically-induced menopause creates all kinds of extra challenges to live with.
Most women with ovarian cancer will require chemotherapy, usually referred to as ‘chemo’. The purpose of chemo is to attack cancer cells and to slow or stop their growth while causing the least possible damage to normal cells.
Chemotherapy works best when the tumour is small and the cancer cells are actively growing. Even though most of the cancer may have been removed during surgery, there may be some cancer cells left. For this reason, chemotherapy works best if started soon after surgery.
Chemotherapy treatment is given under the guidance of a medical oncologist, who will usually come to see you after your operation to discuss your chemo treatment plan.
Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer is usually given through an intravenous (IV) drip in an outpatient clinic at your treatment hospital. Most women will receive six rounds or cycles of treatment with three or four weeks in-between each. This means the total treatment time usually continues over several months. Before each treatment, you will have a blood test to make sure your body’s normal cells have had time to recover. You will also have blood tests and may have a CT scan to measure your response to the treatment.
If your cancer does not respond completely to the initial treatment, you may need further chemotherapy. You may also need further treatment if your ovarian cancer comes back in the future (this is called ‘second line chemo’). The drugs used in further treatments will depend on the chemo drugs initially used, the time between treatments and the aims of the treatment.
Because chemotherapy can also damage some healthy cells in your body it can cause a range of side effects.
Radiotherapy is occasionally used as a treatment option for ovarian cancer. Radiotherapy may be used where cancer is confined to the pelvic cavity. It may also be used in advanced ovarian cancer to reduce the size of the cancer and help to relieve symptoms. Radiotherapy is treatment with special x-rays that are aimed at the specific site of the cancer. The x-ray damages the DNA or genetic code in the cancer cells and this damage kills the cancer cells when they try to grow. Treatment can be external or internal and is given daily over a number of weeks.
Radiotherapy also has side effects.
That is the official viewpoint of conventional medicine on how to treat ovarian cancer.
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So what makes our holistic treatment for ovarian cancer different and so much more effective? First, the photodynamic therapy creates a hundred times more ROS, the molecules that kill cancer, than chemo does. Secondly, instead of disabling the immune system it actually activates it and teaches it how to go after the cancer.
Even so, we always use PDT. Why? Because it is the only known way to activate the immune system and activating the immune system is the only way to get permanent remission from any cancer.
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