The best possible remedies for gastric cancer are surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Just like with many other cancers, the more earlier stomach cancer is diagnosed, more the chances of survival. Though sometimes surgery cannot eradicate the stomach cancer, it can relieve of your symptoms and will slow down the cancer.
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A case-study of stage-4 stomach cancer shows how herbal teas can be a good remedy.
I was diagnosed in May of 2001 with stage 4 adenocarcinoma of the stomach, right at the junction of my esophagus (in fact the doctors thought I would need surgery and a shunt put in just to get food past the tumor.)
After am MRI a liver biopsy , chest xrays and CT scans it was discovered that the Cancer had already spread to my liver (which was 15% involved at that time).
Then after someone on a Cancer Chat forum sent me an e-mail sugesting I tried the Pau d’Arco because it had cured their colon cancer I began to take it also. Almost immediatly I felt relief, The constant bloating and extreme gas in my stomach (that literally felt like a fist) disappeared, I went for a CT scan about 3 weeks after starting the Pau and the Oncologist was amazed (he actually looked enthused, rare for him) the remaining tumors in my liver far from growing were now beginning to shrink.
The patient tried different treatments before going for herbal supplements.
- 1 SURGERY
- 2 CHEMOTHERAPY
- 3 RADIOTHERAPY
- 4 CHEMORADIATION
- 5 BILOGICAL THERAPY
- 6 Natural Remedies to Treat Stomach Cancer
- 7 BARLEY
- 8 BETA-CAROTENE
- 9 CABBAGE
- 10 EUROPEAN MISTLETOE
- 11 GARLIC
- 12 GREEN TEA
- 13 LENTINAN
- 14 OATS
- 15 RICE BRAN
- 16 SELENIUM
- 17 TOMATO
- 18 VITAMIN A
- 19 VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID)
- 20 VITAMIN E
- 21 WHEAT BRAN
To decide whether surgery is an intervention for you, the expert will have a CT scan and laparoscopy. The stage of cancer is only decided after this operation. After these tests are performed, the specimen is sent to a pathologist who has a detailed look under a microscope (a typical biopsy).
Depending on the state of cancer, it is required to do –
- Surgery to remove the cancer
- Surgery to remove the symptoms
This can be done alone or along-with surgery. You are most likely offered chemotherapy, if you have stage 2 or 3 cancer, before and after surgery. This treatment can often relieve you of symptoms and prevent further growth of cancer.
Sometimes locally advanced cancers have outgrown so much that it isn’t possible to remove them. In that case, chemotherapy is necessary before surgery to shrink the cancer.
This is not a routinely applied treatment for gastric cancer. In order to prevent cancer from re-appearing again this is generally applied. It is not as much as used as chemotherapy in advanced stomach cancer, but in order to shrink the tumor it is done.
A combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy is called chemoradiation. This is seldom used to treat gastric cancer.
Trastuzumab (Herceptin) is a biological therapy. It is sometimes used in patients with adenocarcinoma of the stomach that has spread. This kind of treatment only works if you have receptors for Herceptin (HER2 positive cancer).
Sometimes you can have this in combination with chemotherapy such as capecitabine or fluorouracil and cisplatin.
Natural Remedies to Treat Stomach Cancer
In addition to the above medical treatments you can find lot of natural vitamin supplements that will reduce the symptoms and pain of gastric cancer.
VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID)
Indian Gooseberry and Lu Feng Fang, a Chinese herb, are also good anti-cancer natural treatment options. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) if taken in small amounts, just prior to a meal, can increase the production of digestive juices. Unpasteurized or organic ACV contains mother of vinegar, and is the only way apple cider vinegar should be consumed.
Low-dose naltrexone (LDN) is a safe and inexpensive drug that is useful to patients with conditions marked by immune system dysfunction. This is a drug which can be used for drug withdrawal. A low dose of 4.5 mg before bed has good response on endorphin/immune system.
Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) is an alpha-glucan rich nutritional supplement produced from the mycelia of shiitake (Lentinula edodes) of the basidiomycete family of mushrooms, and is not an approved drug.
AHCC could be a good immune booster. At least one randomized clinical trial of lentinan has shown it to prolong life of patients with advanced and recurrent stomach and colorectal cancer who were also given chemotherapy.
The following natural therapies are also effective in reducing the stomach cancer.
- Herbal and botanical preparations, including herbal extracts and teas.
- Dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
- Homeopathic remedies, extremely low doses of plant extracts and minerals that gently strengthen the body’s healing and immune response.
- Physical therapy and exercise therapy, including massage and other gentle techniques used on deep muscles and joints for therapeutic purposes.
- Hydrotherapy, which prescribes water-based approaches like hot and cold wraps, and other therapies.
- Lifestyle counseling: Many medical conditions can be treated with exercise, improved sleep, stress reduction techniques, as well as foods and nutritional supplements.
- Acupuncture: Your naturopathic oncology provider may also recommend incorporating acupuncture into your treatment plan.
Targeted therapy uses drugs that attack specific abnormalities within cancer cells. Targeted drugs used to treat stomach cancer include:
- Trastuzumab (Herceptin) for stomach cancer cells that produce too much HER2.
- Imatinib (Gleevec) for a rare form of stomach cancer called gastrointestinal stromal tumor.
- Sunitinib (Sutent) for gastrointestinal stromal tumor.
Though stomach cancer’s severity can be lined in Stage 1 to 4, taking proper medicine and doing a surgery to remove the affected part can recover from your symptoms. Most of the times, its after the surgery that has more prominence. You need some good natural and herbal supplements that could enhance your digestive system and give good relief.