You Have Alternative Options For Cervical Cancer Treatment
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer usually affecting women between age 40 to 55 in the United States. It affects the uterine cervix, which is the portion of the uterus that is attached to the top of the vagina. Since there are usually no symptoms in the beginning stages, most cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed and treated in an advanced stage when the treatment success rate is lower.
The incidence of cervical cancer has been declining in the US due to early detection by having regular Pap smears.
Hear one of our cervical cancer patients tell her story and experience at Sunridge Medical.
Cervical cancer begins as a precancerous lesion called a dysplasia. This stage is treatable usually without a hysterectomy and sometimes resolves on its own without treatment. This is not usually the case though; dysplasia progresses to cancer over many years. If it has progressed to cancer, it usually becomes invasive and spreads quickly.
There are 3 main types of cervical cancers:
- Squamous cell carcinoma– typically presents as an ulcerated lesion
- Adenocarcinoma of the cervix – accounts for 5 to 20% of cervical cancer and usually presents as an enlarged barrel-shaped cervix. Adenocarcinomas are becoming more common in women who were born in the last 20 to 30 years.
- Adenosquamous carcinomas – these are cervical cancer which have both features of squamous cell carcinomas and adenocarcinomas and are less common.
HPV and Cervical Cancer
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most significant risk factor for cervical cancer. This is an example of where an infection is the cause of cancer and why having a healthy immune system is so important. By keeping the immune system strong, many cases of cervical cancer can be prevented.
Other risk factors include having a history of chlamydia, having multiple sexual partners, starting sexual relations at a young age and being a smoker as tobacco by-products have been found in cervical mucus.
Cervical cancer seems to be rare in women who are not sexually active. Research has also shown that women who have had many full-term pregnancies also have an increased risk of developing cervical cancer. Women with diets low in fruits and vegetables may also be at increased risk for cervical cancer.
Treatment for cervical cancer can range from surgery to chemotherapy depends on the stage of the cancer, the size and shape of the tumor, the age and general health of the woman and her desire to have children in the future. Pre-invasive stages may be completely treated with excisional biopsy, cryosurgery or laser destruction. Invasive squamous cell carcinoma therapy may include hysterectomy and radiation therapy. It is important to seek oncological care as soon as the cancer is diagnosed.
Common Symptoms associated with Cervical Cancer:
- Vaginal discharge
- Bleeding after intercourse
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Pelvic pain
- Painful urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Alternative Cervical Cancer Treatment
At Sunridge Medical, our highly-trained physicians are experts in providing an integrated approach to the alternative treatment of cervical cancer. Our treatment plans are individualized, even for patients with the same type of cancer, and involve both traditional and alternative treatment medicines. We have integrated advanced, research-based alternative medicines with conventional therapies into a comprehensive, individualized treatment program that offers patients optimal success.
Our physicians have found that symptoms can frequently be improved and even reversed with our natural alternative cervical cancer treatments. We take a holistic approach to patient care and strive to not only treat the cancer, but also alleviate symptoms, increase quality of life and most importantly, address the underlying cause of the disease.
Even if standard treatments have reached their limits, patients with cervical cancer still have treatment options.
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