Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working. Old cells do not die and cells grow out of control, forming new, abnormal cells. These extra cells may form a mass of tissue, called a tumor. Some cancers, such as leukemia, do not form tumors.
Treatment options depend on the type of cancer, its stage, if the cancer has spread and your general health. The goal of treatment is to kill as many cancerous cells while minimizing damage to normal cells nearby. Advances in technology make this possible.
The three main treatments are:
Surgery: directly removing the tumor
Chemotherapy: using chemicals to kill cancer cells
Radiation therapy: using X-rays to kill cancer cells
The same cancer type in one individual is very different from that cancer in another individual. Within a single type of cancer, such as breast cancer, researchers are discovering subtypes that each requires a different treatment approach.
What can you do to manage the side effects of cancer treatment?
Integrative oncology services describe a broad range of complementary treatments that combat side effects, boost the immune system and maintain well-being. Treating cancer cannot focus on the disease alone but must address the pain, fatigue and depression that comes with it.
Integrative oncology services include:
Nutrition therapy to help prevent malnutrition and reduce side effects
Naturopathic medicine to safely strengthen your immune system, boost your energy and reduce side effects
Oncology rehabilitation to rebuild strength and overcome some of the physical effects of treatment
Mind-body medicine to improve emotional well-being through counseling, stress management techniques and support groups.
Of late, Nutrition Therapy is an important component of cancer treatment. It is geared toward:
- Including foods that improve immunity to help fight the disease.
- Foods that help reduce nausea, a common side effect of chemotherapy.
- Help speed recovery.
- Help get the body prepared for surgery.
- Fight constipation or diarrhea.
- Ensuring patient gets adequate nutrition and to avoid weight loss.
CellAssure, a medicinal food developed and manufactured by a local Biomedical company, is one of the latest tools in helping patients fight cancer with its ALL NATURAL ingredients while ensuring proper and adequate nutrition. CellAssure contains no sugar, which can sometimes help feed unwanted cancer cells. In addition, CellAssure has ingredients which:
*Help improve body’s immunity
*Helps reduce stress and anxiety
*Helps fight cancer with ingredients that can starve the cancer.
Gulf Shore Apothecary is proud to be the only retailer in Naples to offer this unique product to help your loved ones fight cancer while helping them maintain adequate nutrition.
Call or visit either of our stores and speak with one of our informed staff members who will be happy to assist you!