What is Lung Cancer?
Any cancer that begins in your lungs is called lung cancer. However, lung cancers may also spread to other parts of your body. Unfortunately, lung cancer is very common and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the USA. But the good news is, getting an early diagnosis can improve your chances of recovery. In this article we’ll discuss the different types of lung cancer, and how Chinese Medicine can help you treat it.
Types of Lung Cancer:
There are three main types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), and mesothelioma.
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC):
About 80% of people who have lung cancer have NSCLC. However, there are several subtypes of cancers within the NSCLC type. These include:
- Adenocarcinomas – these normally form in the outer parts of your lungs, or occasionally in the tiny air sacs inside your lungs
- Squamous Cell Lung Carcinomas – these begin in the lining of the respiratory passages
- Adenosquamous Carcinomas
- Large Cell Carcinomas – these cancers grow very quickly
Small-Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC):
About 15-20% of people with lung cancer have SCLC. SCLC is more aggressive than NSCL cancers and is generally harder to cure.
Less people have mesothelioma compared to NSCLC and SCLC. But mesotheliomas are fast growing and may be more aggressive than the other types of lung cancer. If you have mesothelioma, it is probably caused by asbestos exposure. It begins in the cells which produce hormones (neuroendocrine cells).
Chinese Medicine: How Can We Help?
At Centre of Balance, we can treat lung cancer in a way that best helps you. Since all of us have different bodies and different health situations, we need treatments that are tailored to our unique, individual circumstances. Our experienced practitioners can analyse your symptoms and create a personalised treatment plan just for you.
Chinese Medicine can treat your lung cancer in different ways. To recover from any disease, your body needs to be strong enough to heal. This could mean strengthening individual organs like the lungs, or boosting the overall energy of your body. Your Chinese Medicine practitioner can use methods like acupuncture and herbal medicine to strengthen your organs, immune system, and overall health.
If you’ve already had treatment for lung cancer but would like some extra help to recover, Chinese Medicine is also a great option. Chinese Medicine can help to reduce any pain, swelling and inflammation you might have due to other treatments. Your practitioner can also help you to relieve side effects from cancer medications, like nausea and vomiting. This means you won’t need to take anti-nausea medications, which may also come with adverse side effects.
Overall, lung cancer is a common but potentially life-threatening disease. Lung cancer means any cancer that starts in your lungs. If you have lung cancer you will probably have either NSCLC, SCLC, or mesothelioma. Chinese Medicine is an excellent treatment opportunity for lung cancer patients, as it helps your body to heal itself. You can also use Chinese Medicine in combination with other treatments to get the best chances of a healthy and successful recovery.
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