Cancer is a very complex condition of uncontrolled abnormal cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer that are all treated differently. And each type of cancer is treated differently depending on the stage (size, node status, and spread) and biology (how aggressive it is, genomics, hormonal status, etc). There are several known causes of cancer like tobacco, certain infections, carcinogenic chemicals, genetics (like the BRCA gene), and obesity. But, a lot of the time we do not know why someone gets cancer.
Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, (exceeded only by heart disease) and accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. Cancer is treated conventionally with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy therapy. Each of these has its own risks and benefits, as well as side effects. And the number of treatments and therapies that are becoming available are ever changing and rapidly growing. Most oncologists have very little training in natural therapies and as such err on the side of caution. Most of the time oncologist advise patient to not take any supplement while undergoing cancer treatment. This is sound advise because there can be devastating interactions with drugs and supplements.
North Shore IV Center appreciates the value of conventional cancer treatments. People who are unfortunately diagnosed with cancer deserve the best chance for cure, quality and extension of life. At this time there is no data, we are aware of, that demonstrates that natural therapy alone is as effective as conventional cancer therapy.
There can be a safe and evidences based way in combining natural therapies with conventional cancer treatment. This gives patients the best of both conventional and natural therapies. At North Shore IV Center we will work with your oncologist, in order to provide safe and effective integrative cancer care.