Esophageal cancer is difficult to track and is particularly common among people over 60 years of age. There are two primary forms, squamous-cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. It is more common in developed countries , it’s onset is usually insidious with symptoms that can be easily mistaken for indications of other more benign medical conditions. However, once the tumorous growth has established itself, the symptoms become more pronounced. Coupled with a poor prognosis and horrendous conventional treatments, this is a cancer that is often treated alternatively.
The Critical Signs and Preventive Measures
Difficulty to swallow is one of the first and more obvious signs. This happens when the cancerous growth has reached a size that makes it physically difficult to consume foods. 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.
To help avoid the development of esophageal cancer one should quit smoking. Another way to reduce the risk is too keep an eye on your weight. 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 supply of protective compounds. 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 esophageal adenocarcinoma. Acid reflux is often treated with drugs called proton pump inhibitors. This class of drugs includes lansoprazole (Prevacaid®), omeprazole (Prilosec®) and esomeprazole (Nexium®).
Although it’s 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 often high. 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 treatments for esophageal cancer are usually practiced as a part of individualized, integrated approach where the best of allopathic and holistic cancer treatment methods are combined for the maximum benefit.
With conventional treatment, a strange paradox comes into force, as the therapies employed to kill cancerous cells simultaneously disturb normal bodily function, leaving non-cancerous cells unprotected and depressing immune function in general. Essentially, patients become weaker and thus more prone to succumb, because of the conventional methods used to combat the cancer.
To keep your body and immune system in top shape and provide it with the vital 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, 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 can reduce anxiety. Meanwhile, the ever-present turmeric (with its anti-cancer compound curcumin) can be combined with black pepper and consumed directly off a tablespoon. 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. Smoothies, consisting of lemon, spinach, coconut milk, cucumber, turmeric liquid and resveratrol are just some of the options to consider.
In addition, one should also consider prophylactic measures that involve physical activity.
Successfully treating the disease while living life to the fullest
Experts at our Phoenix Arizona clinic will help you successfully battle the disease in a way that limits the harm to your spiritual and physical health. To learn more about our holistic esophageal cancer treatment, call our office at (602) 404-0400 and schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.