Esophageal cancer falls within the unfortunate category of the difficult-to-track diagnosis. Especially common among people over 60 years of age and with two specific forms, namely, squamous-cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma characteristic to developing and developed countries respectively, it’s a disease that arrives quietly, with symptoms that can be easily mistaken for indications of other medical conditions. However, once the tumorous growth has established itself, the symptoms become pronounced and borderline impossible to ignore. Coupled with rather uninspiring life expectancy rates and tumultuous life quality during the therapy course, it surely makes a sufficient enough reason to look for the ways to prevent and battle the disease with as little damage as possible.
The Critical Signs and Preventive Measures
Now, before we set our sights on preventive measures, it’s crucial to have a look at the first signs that might indicate the condition itself. Difficulty to swallow is one of the first and one of the more obvious signs. This happens when the cancerous growth has reached a size that makes it physically difficult to consume solid, and later – soft food products. Hoarse voice, seemingly inexplicable weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes, coughing and vomiting of blood are also frequent symptoms of the condition.
Despite both forms of esophageal cancer being different in nature, the list of their catalysts is pretty much the same. Excessive tobacco and alcohol use, frequent consumption of hot beverages and overall poor dietary choices are the leading causes of esophageal cancer. The causes that arrive as an outcome of the aforementioned are obesity and acid reflux. Knowing these, it’s pretty much obvious what sort of preventive measures one should employ.
To avoid the development of esophageal cancer, one should, of course, immediately quit smoking. Another way to reduce the risk is too keep an eye on your weight development. Almost a customary thing by now, it is also strongly recommended to consume large quantities of cruciferous vegetables. Some additional cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts will not only enrich your meal but will also provide a constant inflow of protective compounds. You can also use green and yellow vegetables, and you should surely rearrange your menu in order to give some space for fruit-based dishes. A well-known preventive measure is regular consumption of dietary fiber, which, although not a subject of extensive research, is thought to be particularly effective when it comes to adenocarcinoma prevention.
The situation is a bit different for individuals who suffer from acid reflux. A condition which, if left untreated, can lead to Barrett’s esophagus which, is often viewed as a precursor of the adenocarcinoma, acid reflux is often treated with drugs called proton pump inhibitors. This class of drugs includes lansoprazole (Prevacaid®), omeprazole (Prolosec®) and esomeprazole (Nexium®). However, the use of these requires a constant professional supervision.
Although it’s widely known that individuals that suffer from Barrett’s Esophagus can lower the risk of esophageal cancer by using non-steroid drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, the probability of serious kidney damage and stomach bleeding is too high to not be taken into account. With potential implications such as these, it’s strongly recommended to seek professional advice to evaluate all the pros and cons.
Alternative Treatments for Esophageal cancer
Alternative medication for esophageal cancer usually is practiced as a part of individualized, integrated approach where allopathic and holistic cancer treatment methods are fused together for the maximum effect.
Although conventional therapies are scientifically proven to be the most effective with the most types of cancer, one has to acknowledge the damage chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy can inflict on the digestive tract. A strange paradox comes into force, as the therapies employed to kill cancerous cells simultaneously disturb the normal bodily function, leave non-cancerous cells unprotected and leave a negative impact on the immune system in general. Essentially, patient’s body becomes weaker and thus – more prone to damage because of the methods used to combat the condition. This becomes particularly crucial when the condition has, in one way or another, affected the patient's gastrointestinal tract.
To keep your body and immune system in top shape and provide it with the vitally necessary nutrients (preferably – in a liquid form), there are numerous alternative means to resort to. When it comes to reducing the damage inflicted by the chemotherapy, it is recommended to consume ginger tea with some additional slices of ginger in pure form. Beet juice extract in combination with carrot juice can be used fight chemotherapy-induced anemia while passion flower tea will significantly reduce the anxiety. Meanwhile, the ever-present turmeric (with its anti-cancer compound curcumin) can be blended with black pepper and consumed directly off a tablespoon. Both this and the aforementioned remedies should be consumed on a daily basis!
Apart from the diet should be enhanced with fish, fish oils and berries with a particular emphasis on black raspberries as they are known to prevent oxidative stress, decrease DNA damage and stimulate apoptosis, otherwise known as the death of cancer cells. High consumption of vitamins C and E as well as anti-oxidant dietary supplements can also significantly change the odds for the benefit of the patient. Funnily enough, a glass of red wine a day can also work a great deal or prophylactic work for you. A well-known source of polyphenol, red wine in reasonable dosage can actually reduce the esophagus damage inflicted by the conventional therapies. Smoothies, consisting of products such as lemon, spinach, coconut milk and cucumber, turmeric liquid and resveratrol (both – 2x a day) are just some of the numerous options to consider!
Next to consuming the products listed, one should also consider prophylactic measures that involve physical activity. If traditional exercises are not exactly your cup of tea, there’s a wide range of other therapies and daily rituals to profess. With meditation, and all kinds of stress-eliminating therapies, you can also accustom yourself to regular juicing (green vegetables, beets, carrots) and coffee enemas. A holistic approach to esophageal cancer, though not recommended as the sole means of battling the disease, is a great way of boosting the effect of the conventional medicine.
Eliminating the Disease while Living Life to the Fullest
While conventional cancer therapies can provide incredible progress, the cost of notably affected life quality can become a heavy psychological burden. Experts at Phoenix Arizona clinic will be more than able to assure you and help to battle the disease in a way that limits the harm to your spiritual and physical health. To learn more about holistic esophageal cancer treatment, call our office at (602) 404-0400 and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.