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Below are cancer treatments currently available in the U.S. with a list of their possible side-effects as compiled by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. Note, while the statical information regarding the types of cancers treated and the possible negative side-effects of these treatments are plentiful, the general success rates of such treatments are practically impossible to find. This is likely due to the fact that the combined chemistry and fact patterns of each patient treated are unique, making it difficult to find a generalization of a treatment's effects. Furthermore, the success rates of the current conventional cancer treatments may be scarce because the success of these treatment are limited - especially when looking at the relapse or death rates between 6 months and 5 years after treatments (depending on what type of cancer was treated and how advanced the cancer it was). This is why our country is spending billions of dollars to find better treatments for cancer. Our current options are simply not good enough. For this reason, we are searching for and sharing the developed or developing "unconventional" cancer treatments that have shown to be both effective and nontoxic. Check out our Treatment Option page for more information on such treatment(s).
Surgery plays key role in diagnosing and sometimes treating cancers which are in the form of a solid tumor. The most common use of surgery is a biopsy. However, there are many types of surgeries, including Laser Surgery, Cryosurgery, Electrosurgery, Ablation, Microscopic, and Robotic. While surgery can be successful at de-bulking or removing some cancers, as with any form of surgery, it comes with the following risks:
The actual definition of Chemotherapy means: the use of any drug to treat any disease. Its primary purpose as a treatment is to target rapidly growing cancer cells, stopping or slowing the cell's growth and metastasizing. Chemotherapy is used treat a variety of cancers and in a variety of different ways; often coupled with other treatments, such as surgery or radiation. Though Chemotherapy has successfully treated varieties types of cancers at various stages, it comes with the price of damaging, if not destroying, your healthy cells. Possible negative side effects include:
Like Chemotherapy, Radiation is used to treat many different types of cancer, sometimes effectively destroying the cancerous cells, but unfortunately damaging healthy cells in its path. Radiation is generally combined with other forms of cancer treatments, like surgery and Chemotherapy. Radiation differs from Chemotherapy in that it must be specifically targeted cancer. Possible negative side effects include: