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Month: February 2018

How fast do tumours grow?

How fast do tumours grow?

It’s not uncommon for patients to ask me how long a malignant illness has been living their bodies and how fast it will continue to develop. Why haven’t they felt anything? Why were the test results normal? They haven’t missed any appointments with their doctor, but the diagnosis is negative – cancer! At any given moment, the number of cells, in the dividing or multiplying phase, in both tumour cells and normal tissue is quite small. If that wasn’t the…

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Can cancer develop in a completely healthy person?

Can cancer develop in a completely healthy person?

The growth and spread of cancer is a slow, multi-stage process. Usually it takes several years for a tumour to reach the size of a cubic centimetre, although on rare occasions this can also happen within months. From this point, further growth continues at a much faster pace, but sometimes the tumour grows so slowly that it isn’t detected for years, if not decades. Why does this happen – fast for one person, slow for another? At present, we still…

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Diagnosis – cancer: How to understand and live with your illness

Diagnosis – cancer: How to understand and live with your illness

Introduction Let’s imagine that all of our body’s cells are like an enormous orchestra, where every group of cells (instruments) has a specific function (score) and only the organised interaction of all components (composer, conductor and musicians) can ensure the body’s healthy existence and functionality (harmony). The function of each group of cells, regardless of its own vital importance, is subordinate to one single goal – the healthy functioning of the entire body. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of…

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Alternative and complementary treatments in oncology Part III

Alternative and complementary treatments in oncology Part III

The goals of using alternative and complementary methods   Regarding oncological illnesses, I’d like to first begin with a categorical no to alternative medicine and yes to complementary therapies (see the above mentioned definition). Any method is justified if it alleviates symptoms and improves quality of life, but it absolutely cannot replace traditional treatment methods. We can conditionally accept the historical advent of ACM as the 1940s, when traditional oncological treatment methods became standard practice. It wouldn’t be fair to…

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Alternative and complementary treatments in oncology Part II

Alternative and complementary treatments in oncology Part II

Why do people choose an alternative and/or complementary path? In recent years the use of alternative and complementary methods (ACM) has significantly increased around the world. A number of studies have shown that ACM was used by 90% of all patients in at least one stage of cancer treatment. However, patients rarely ever inform their doctor. Only after detailed and lengthy discussions does it come to light what a patient has used, what he is using and what he plans…

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