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Natural Treatment for Various Types of Liver Cancer
- In the United States, the rate of liver cancer is quite low but does come in several forms depending on the cells affected. The most common is known as HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma). HCC hits the hepatocytes – the main liver cells.
- Regardless of the type of liver cancer you have, chances are there will be some pain involved, especially in the later stages.
While any type of cancer diagnosis is frightening, liver cancer can sometimes be one of the scariest. In most cases, this type of cancer is known as secondary because it develops because cancer cells from one part of our body are spreading into the liver. This is a bad sign and makes effective treatment much more difficult. However, there are other types of liver cancer, including the primary type.
What are the Types of Liver Cancer?
Primary liver cancer refers to cancer that begins in the liver. In the United States, the rate of liver cancer is quite low but does come in several forms depending on the cells affected. The most common is known as HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma). HCC hits the hepatocytes – the main liver cells.
Other types of liver cancer include Cholangiocarcinomas (the cancer begins in the bile ducts), Angiosarcomas and Hemangiosarcomas (cancer starts in the blood vessels around the liver), and Hepatoblastoma (a highly treatable form of liver cancer affecting children under the age of four). Both Cholangiocarcinomas and HCC are treated in similar ways, even when you are choosing natural or alternative remedies.
Unfortunately, if you have been diagnosed with angiosarcomas or hemangiosarcomas, treatment of any kind may not be very effective. These types of liver cancer grow fast, spread rapidly, and are nearly impossible to treat once discovered. Sadly, most patients do not live longer than six months after the diagnosis has been made.
Treating Some Types of Liver Cancer
Although chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation are the most common medical treatments for liver cancer, but there are some alternatives you might want to consider. These alternatives can either be used as main treatment options or as complementary methods to whatever your physician has recommended.
Coenzyme Q10 has been praised for its antioxidant properties which are supposed to further protect the liver from damage. CoQ10 (as it is sometimes called) must always be taken with oils, such as fish or flaxseed oil, so the body can properly absorb it. Ellagic acid is another alternative treatment for some types of liver cancer. It may actually work by reducing the growth and development of tumors.
Raw beet juice, bitter melon, curcumin, and even bee pollen are all touted as being useful in stopping liver cancer. Regardless of the type of natural remedy you are considering, talk to your physician first because not all of these alternative options will complement your existing treatment plan.
Dealing with the Pain of Liver Cancer
Regardless of the type of liver cancer you have, chances are there will be some pain involved, especially in the later stages. While physicians can prescribe strong pain medication, the risk of dependence on the medication is high and can continue even once you have recovered. Alternative and natural methods for dealing with this pain can be more effective. Eastern approaches, such as acupuncture, have been proven quite successful in pain management for liver cancer patients in the past. Massage therapy can also be a wise choice.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Cancer Types18 Feb 2009|