Cancer is not an end!

Someone has well said if you quit you can never win. People nowadays are so much into speed and substitutes that they tend to miss out the real flavour of life. Our world is surrounded by social and political issues. But the main issue that we are facing is that the lack of will power. There are many diseases in the universe and many myths related to it are being spread. In this blog you will get to know about the disease cancer and its related myth in the society.

It is a kind of disease which can be present in humans. Is defined as  group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with potential to spread to other parts of body. Possible signs and symptoms: formation of a lump, abnormal bleeding, prolonged cough. And unexplained weight loss, and a change in bowel movements. 

Brand new diagnoses of localized cancer are dread and optimism, fear and vest. Added to the current distress is that the seemingly impossible. Task of gathering sufficient information to create the simplest evidence-informed decision regarding an optimal individualized treatment plan. It’s natural that people could obtain some erroneous beliefs about this disease. Its treatment and likewise miss out on important new research insights that may improve its treatment outcomes. In this blog, we discuss myths related to this disease. These myths are listed so as of least to most harmful.

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Myths

Cancer is contagious

It is not contagious disease. It is a fact that a healthy person cannot “catch” this disease from someone who has it. Till now, there has been no evidence that close contact or things like sex, kissing, touching, sharing meals, or breathing the identical air can spread this disease from one person to a different. The cells of this disease from one person are generally unable to measure within the body of another healthy person. A healthy person’s system recognizes foreign cells and destroys them, including cancer cells from another person.

It’s not cancer that kills people, it’s the treatment.

While it’s true that injury and even death can occur with conventional medicine. And errors made by personnel within cancer centres, it’s within the striking minority. When patients who have metastatic cancer and receive chemotherapy. That it’s the chemotherapy that ultimately kills the patient, not the cancer. This can be a simple hypothesis to check. Patients with disease who die, had chemotherapy in their last month of life. In fact, once you track most cancer center, you’ll find that only a few patients who die from this disease, received chemotherapy in their last month of life.

In fact, chemotherapy given within the last month of life may be a measure by which insurance companies will measure the standard of care given at a center (less treatment within the last month of life is encouraged). Per this myth, we must always even be seeing voluminous patients in hospice care or self-care rebounds miraculous when free of the toxicity of chemotherapy, but unfortunately that’s not reflected within the statistics. It’s true that in a survey a surprising number (35%) of oncologists polled on whether or not they would take chemotherapy (this was before the approval of immunotherapy) if diagnosed with metastatic non-small cell carcinoma wouldn’t.

However, it’s erroneous to assume that this data meant those physicians believed chemotherapy would kill them. They were simply willing to acknowledge that if they were dying, they might rather specialise in the time left to attach with family and acquire their affairs so as.

Cancer cannot be cured

Cancer isn’t always a one-time event. It will be closely watched and treated, but sometimes it never completely goes away. It will be a chronic (ongoing) illness, very like diabetes or cardiovascular disease. This can be often the case with certain cancer types, like ovarian cancer, chronic leukemias, and a few lymphomas.

Sometimes, this disease which spreads or have come in other parts of the body. like metastatic breast or prostatic adenocarcinoma, also become chronic disease.  control of this disease is with treatment. This means that  it’d seem to travel away or stay the identical. This disease might not grow or spread as long as you’re getting treatment. Sometimes when treatment shrinks the cancer, you’ll be able to take a possibility until the cancer starts to grow again. But in either of those cases the it continues to be there – it doesn’t get away and keep one’s hands off – it’s not cured.

After completing treatment geared toward curing cancer, the foremost important thing to try and do is to possess lab and imaging tests to create sure the cancer doesn’t come

There are some cancers where lab tests and routine imaging are important for optimal outcomes, like seminoma. Except for other cancer types, we are clearly over-testing with none evidence that such practices improve outcomes. 

The negative side-effects of using such tests will be huge. Imagine having an elevated cancer marker and also the emotional turmoil that you just would experience thinking you’ve got a possible cancer recurrence, only to seek out out one year later after repeated images and tumour markers (and likely biopsies) that it’s not the case. It might be more impactful to specialise in primary prevention: i.e. Promotion of lifestyle behaviours that may help prevent another cancer, and in some cases, reduce chances of recurrence of the disease. This includes a healthier diet, more physical activity and mind-body practices, and continued secondary prevention (such as a screening mammogram, when appropriate).

A cancer patient can’t undergo a surgery on their cancer because “oxygen will feed the cancer” and make it more aggressive.

This myth is one which might clearly make a patient reluctant to possess their cancer surgically removed or biopsied. There are lots of reasons why surgery may not be the most effective option for you. But when  curative intent treatment of virtually all solid organ cancers, surgical removal is the foremost intervention to realize cure. In fact, for pre-cancerous lesions like colonic polyps and DCIS of the breast. This surgical removal alone is very effective for prevention of evolution into malignancy.  

African-American and Latino patients (Ann Int Med 2003) mostly believe in this myth. It correlates to delay or refusal of the surgery. We might expect to rarely see cases of metastatic carcinoma in patients who failed to have a previous biopsy or surgery for carcinoma.

Cancer is not a full stop in the life of the people.
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Research

In a way to understand people’s perception about cancer, I conducted a research test using the questionnaire method. Results of which are as follows:

  • 62% of the respondents think that maybe cancer is contagious, 21% think yes and 17% think that it is not contagious.
  • 58% of the respondents think that maybe it’s not the cancer that kills people but it’s the treatment, 13% think yes and 29% think that it’s not true.
  • 71% think that maybe cancer cannot be cured, 9% think yes and 20% think that cancer can be cured.
  • 73% of the respondents believe that maybe after completing treatment aimed at curing cancer, the most important thing is to have lab and imaging test to make sure it doesn’t come back, 15% think yes and 12% think that the statement is not true.
  • 80% think that maybe a cancer patient cannot undergo a surgery on their cancer because “oxygen will feed the cancer’ and make it more aggressive and just 12% think that the statement it not correct.

Outcome of the research

It was observed that, majority of the respondents think that maybe cancer is contagious. Many of them think that maybe it’s not the cancer that kills people but it’s the treatment.  More than half of the target thinks that maybe it is a type of disease cannot be cured. Also, it was seen that most of the respondents believe that maybe after completion treatment aimed at curing cancer, the most important thing is to have lab and image test to make sure it doesn’t come back. Most think that maybe a cancer patient cannot undergo a surgery on the affected area because “oxygen will feed the cancer’ and make it more aggressive.

Conclusion

Having cancer does not mean that now the life of the person has come to an end. One must face the disease and win the battle by following a healthy lifestyle and positive thinking. Anyone who faces any such diseases must stay strong and positive. One must never quit in life.

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