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Month: January 2018

Alternative and complementary treatments in oncology

Alternative and complementary treatments in oncology

Treatment methods in oncology Despite modern achievements in molecular biology, radiobiology, pharmacology, genetics, immunology and surgery, cancer still remains an elusive and unsolved puzzle for doctors, scientists, patients and their loved ones. This may sound disheartening in an era when traditional methods of treatment appear to be exhausted, but hope and an unwavering desire to live motivate people to consider even the wildest ideas. Many put their faith in alternative medicine searching for a miracle, and some even find one….

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All that glitters is not gold.

All that glitters is not gold.

All that glitters is not gold. (National idiom) Dace Baltiņa Asoc.Prof., Dr.habil.med.        The sentiments that were stirred around the evidence-based methods in the cancer therapy and their efficiency motivated me to write this article. The most active persons, who expressed their opinions, were either anonymous bloggers or specialists from other walks of life who have never treated cancer patients. Interestingly, though, how lay people can sometimes put themselves in a capacity to know better than physicians, once…

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Noncutaneous melanomas

Noncutaneous melanomas

Noncutaneous melanomas Dace Baltiņa Asoc.Prof., Dr.habil.med. Any malignant tumour hides in itself a danger of metastases or spreading outside its primary focus. Metastases are groups of tumour cells that have “travelled” away from the tumour location to other parts of the body. They can spread along the surfaces of body cavities, through lymphatic vessels or blood vessels — with a blood flow, if the tumour cells have penetrated the blood circulation, — as well as use the way of easiest resistance…

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