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Metastatic breast cancer refers to breast cancer that has spread or metastasized from the breast and its accompanying lymph nodes to other organs. Breast cancer usually metastasizes to the liver, bones, brain, lungs and other organs. Regardless of the organs, the breast cancer metastasized to, it is still regarded and treated as breast cancer.
Also called Stage 4 Breast Cancer, metastatic breast cancer is known as the most advanced stage of breast cancer. It is possible for breast cancer to metastasize to other organs even if the original tumor was removed from the breast and nearby lymph nodes. This is because microscopic tumor cells can still be found in the body.
If you’re a patient looking for metastatic breast cancer treatment, it is important to understand the options available to you.
Conventional treatment options usually depend on the stage of cancer and the biology of the tumor. At times, several treatment options can be combined to treat a patient with metastatic breast cancer.
Conventional treatment options for metastatic breast cancer include:
Conventional treatments can alleviate the symptoms of stage 4 cancer, and in some cases, it can stagnate them. At this advanced stage, medicine does not consider metastatic breast cancer as being curable or reversible, which is why many patients seek out alternative treatments.
The effects of alternative medicine can vary for different patients. In some cases, the cancer responds well or goes into remission. In others, it can become a chronic disease. In both situations, alternative medicine is capable of improving the conditions and life for many patients.
Alternative treatment options for metastatic breast cancer are natural and holistic.
Here are a few examples of popular alternative treatments:
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Institute for Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Vitamin C and survival among women with breast cancer has been studied numerous times. In this study, the researchers performed a meta-analysis of 10 studies that were done over the years. nearly 18,000 breast cancer cases were examined. The results suggest that post-diagnosis vitamin C supplement use may be associated with a reduced risk of mortality. Dietary vitamin C intake was also statistically significantly associated with a reduced risk of total mortality and breast cancer-specific mortality.
College of Pharmacy, Duksung Women’s University, Seoul , Korea
The January 2016 issue of Biomolecules and Therapeutics published a study which inspected the impact of amygdalin on breast cancer cells. The study carried out by Lee and Moon at the Duksung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea, investigated the toxic effect of amygdalin on human breast cancer cells. Results showed that the intake of amygdalin inhibited proliferation of breast cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. In other words, the higher the dose, the better the effects.
Scientists also wanted to know whether these toxic effects on cells could also lead to their apoptosis or self-destruction. It turns out that amygdalin effectively inhibited the one kind of breast cancer cells known as “Hs578T” and led them to self destruct. This discovery becomes even more significant if we bear in mind that when body cells resist and refuse to die, cancer is more likely to happen.
The results of this study indicate that amygdalin causes cell death by increasing the expression of a protein called BAX and lowering the expression of a gene known as Bcl-2 in breast cancer cells. Both BAX and Bcl-2 are proteins encoded by specific genes that regulate cell death. This means they play a role in apoptosis, and therefor a role in cancer. Based on the study results, scientists concluded that amygdalin can potentially aid in the process of apoptosis, which aids in cell death and prevents the cells from becoming cancerous. Amygdalin was therefor concluded to have potential in playing a significant role in breast cancer treatment in the future.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences
The potential of cannabinoids to treat various health problems is the subject of many studies. Kiskova et al. published a paper in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, where they discussed the future perspectives of the use of cannabinoids in breast cancer therapy.
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women across the globe. The problem becomes even more severe with the increasing tendency for aggressive subtypes of breast cancer to affect young women. The paper showed that data from some studies identified various anti-tumor activities of plant-derived and synthetic CBs, but some pieces of research found that cannabinoids could contribute to tumor progression.
Both CBD and THC, which are the most well-known cannabinoids, have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects. They act through cannabinoid receptors, particularly through the CB2 receptor, which is highly expressed in the immune system cells. These receptors are also found in breast cancer cells. Basically, the expression of the cannabinoid receptor determines the effects of CBs. In other words, this mechanism of action holds the potential for individualized treatment of breast cancer in the future.
CBD modulates tumor environment, and when combined with THC, it can also alleviate pain significantly. The use of cannabinoids can block the progression of cancer cells and prevent cell growth by inducing apoptosis i.e., their self-destruction. While CBs pose as promising agents in breast cancer therapy, more studies are needed to elucidate their full mechanism of action, but also to ensure safety to patients who undergo CB treatment for breast cancer.
Olivia Newton-John has been battling breast cancer for the third time. her husband has become Olivia's "alternative medicine man" - and provides her with cannabis he grows himself. The advantage cannabis offers for her pain is immediate and replaces opioids. It helps also with anxiety, sleep, and energy. The couple believes cannabis can help not only the symptoms but also the disease itself. and indeed her scan shows a lesser number of tumors, and the others are shrinking. "Cannabis is a safe alternative and it helps " says Olivia. The couple is now working to legalize it in Australia and allow more patients access to this plant.
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has released to the press data from a 3 years ongoing research according to which - An easy 1 hour cryoablation procedure may replace lumpectomy surgery. A total of 157 patients have been treated with cryoablation since enrollment began in October 2014 at different participating centers across the United States. Interim results suggest that Cryoablation of the breast is safe and well tolerated with a 100% initial procedural success rate. The overall clinical success rate with at least 6 months follow up is 99.4%. Long term results are also promising. As a comparison lumpectomy has a 90%- 95% success rate.
Increased red meat consumption is associated with increased risk of invasive breast cancer risk, whereas poultry consumption is associated with decreased risk, according to a newly published research in the international journal of Cancer. Women who ate the most red meat overall, had a 23 percent higher risk of the disease to those who rarely consumed it. The researched followed thousands of woman over a time period of over 7 year and found that women who switched to poultry from beef, lamb or pork were 28 percent less likely to get breast tumors.
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