Traditional Cancer Treatment
Treatment of malignant tumours in traditional medicine
Surgery is often the basic treatment of malignant tumours such as cancer and sarcoma. The tumour is removed through surgery to prevent it from growing.
Sometimes it is necessary to remove surrounding tissues as well, at times even entire organs. If the “hole” left by the removed tumour is large, it can be filled in with surrounding tissue. Often the lymph nodes to which the tumour area’s lymph travels are also removed or examined.
Radiotherapy is often given to complement surgery to reduce the risk of local recurrence. Some tumours may respond to radiotherapy without surgery.
Medicinal treatment consists of various drugs primarily thought to kill the malignant cells. Several “targeting” medications have been developed. Medicinal treatment can be administered to reduce and destroy an existing tumour or a malignant condition. It can also be given as a preventative measure as a so called adjuvant, i.e. a supportive treatment.
Adjuvant therapy means that treatment is complemented through cancer medications, targeting medications or hormone suppressing drugs to destroy small, invisible metastases that are presumed to exist at the time of the surgery or radiotherapy. This treatment has improved the prognosis of many forms of cancer and is also considered one of the primary factors in improved prognoses for cancer patients.
Modern cancer care has developed quickly and greatly. It can however lead to impaired immune systems in patients.