Skin Cancer Treatment Alternatives

The primary and most important option in treating skin cancer is- do everything you can to prevent it. That includes staying out of the sun when unprotected, using sunscreen with a rating of at least fifteen, and being conscientious about doing a self-exam every two to three months.

But, that is not always enough and sometimes the worst that can happen does happen. So, if youve been diagnosed with skin cancer you need to know what your alternatives are. The objective in skin cancer treatment is to eradicate the cancerous growth and to then contain the cancers spread. There are many alternatives deployed depending on what the diagnosis is.

Chemotherapy

Kaposis sarcoma is very serious and the use of chemotherapy for its treatment is required in most cases. Melanoma, if it has spread, which is a high risk with this type of skin cancer, will be treated the same way once the initial growth has been removed. If Pagets disease is the form of skin cancer to be treated then a mastectomy is likely the only alternative.

What about other alternatives for ensuring there will not be a reoccurrence? Some people believe, and studies have shown some evidence to collaborate the belief, that if you use other treatments in tandem with standard medical procedures there are potentially better outcomes.

Nutrition

Nutrition is thought to be a major factor in recovery. Research suggests that consuming antioxidants, proteins, and folic acid found in a variety of foods, including fish, carrots and broccoli, a person is can potentially protect their body from further damage from cancer cells. Vitamin C is also thought to be a useful combatant in terms of skin cancer and its potential spread.

Some people suffering from skin cancer choose to also get the advice of health care providers who practice medicine differently, such as homeopathic doctors. Often their advice is on what herbs can be used to treat the cancer. Some will advise you that green tea is believed by many to be a healthy drink because it contains polyphenois compounds; these are potent antioxidants.

Antioxidants and Indoles

There is research to support these beliefs- studies have shown that polyphenois may prevent skin cancer and also play an important role in the lessening of skin growths. Some treatments suggest unusual action be taken. Coffee enemas several times daily or castor oil intake are suggested, or restricting calories while eating lots of fruit and vegetables.

Other studies have shown that a certain enzyme that is found in a variety of foods; including, but not limited to broccoli, cauliflower, celery and cabbage are very beneficial.

The enzymes those vegetables contain are called indoles. Indoles and lectins, found in beans, are a powerful combination against cancer growth. Although still in the experimental stages of research, with the high success rates of their experiments there is good reason to hope that eating foods high in these enzymes will be helpful in the fight against cancer.

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Malignant Melanoma

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