Cancer: An Overview Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of the class of disease known as cancer.
# 151285 | 993 words | 9 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 31, 2012 in Medical and Health (General)

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The paper provides an introduction to cancer, explains the terms used to describe this disease and provides statistics on cancer diagnoses and death rates. The paper looks at the types of cancer, typical treatments and their side effects and the role of natural healing remedies. The paper concludes that more than anything, it is the type of cancer, the immune support in the individual's body and the timing of treatment that predict the outcome of this illness. Colored figures are included in the paper.

Types of Cancer
Typical Treatments
Side Effects from Traditional Treatments
Cures in the News
Conclusion - Natural Healing and Cancer

From the Paper:

"Traditional Cancer treatments vary, dependent upon the type of cancer and its severity. The earlier the detection, the higher the survival rate. The three major cancer treatments are radiation (using radiation to kill cells in and near the cancerous tumor or mass); chemicals (using poisons that target cancer cells to aid in the reduction of cell division); surgery (removal of tumor or cancerous areas and mass, sometimes, as in breast cancer, the entire organ). These treatments are often used in combination, for example, using radiation to reduce the cancerous mass, chemicals to then kill any remaining cancer cells, etc. (Melli). Unfortunately, while medicine has come a long way in specificity of treatment, radiation and chemicals all destroy healthy tissue as well.
"Both radiation and chemicals are poisonous to both cancer cells and regular cells. Effects of treatment vary, but include loss of hair, digestive issues, immune problems, susceptibility to other disease, and general discomfort. There are also a number of nutritional and non-invasive treatment recommendations available (Servan-Schreiber, 2008).
"Suzanne Summers, for example, has turned her thinking about human disease into a crusade for changing diet and nutritional health as a cancer preventative ("Suzanne Somers on Cancer," 2009). Farrah Fawcett's long battle with cancer, though, demonstrates the complex and synergistic relationship between cancer, traditional and non-traditional cures, and personal attitude (Lerner, 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Alternative Cancer Treatments." (2009). Cancer Tutor. Cited in:
  • Jemel, A., (2008). "Cancer Statistics." Journal of Clinical Cancer Care.58(2008): 71. Cited in:
  • Lerner, B. (June 26, 2009). "Farrah's Fictions - What Stories Like Fawcett's CanTeach Us About Cancer." Slate. Cited in:
  • Melli, B. (2005). Cancer Cures, Causes and Prevention. Nature Publishing, Inc.
  • Merlot, L., (2006). "Cancer as an Evolutionary and Ecological Process."Nat. Review of Cancer. 6(12): 924.

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