Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Discover Some Cervical Cancer Treatment Options

Like so many other organs in the body, the cervix can develop cancer. Unlike the others, it is the second-most prone to develop them, next to breast cancer. Cervical cancer doesn't develop quickly. In fact, it can develop very slowly that the individual doesn't even know it is there until they go for a screening or a physical exam. Since this is very prone to females, it is critical that we talk about different cervical cancer treatment options.

The most accepted way the medical industry treats cervical cancer is through hysterectomy. It is the surgical procedure to remove the uterus. If the cancer is already in the advanced stages, removal of the lymph nodes may prove to be a necessity. This type of treatment is most females worst nightmare as it removes their capability to give birth.

Fortunately, there are other, more gentle ways to treat cervical cancer, and keep the maternal capabilities intact. And for those women that want to stay fertile, there are a few cervical cancer treatment options they may opt to choose.

One of the more established process is the LEEP or loop electrosurgical excision procedure. The benefits include it being on the inexpensive side, a highly successful rate of treatment, doesn't require major surgery, and uses only local anesthesia and can be done in the doctor's office.

Another procedure is the cone biopsy. This surgical process includes removing only the cone-shaped samples from the mucous membrane, and then radiation therapy is applied.

If the cone biopsy doesn't work positively, the next step will be to do trachelectomy. This procedure involves the surgeon trying to remove only area that is cancerous while maintaining the integrity of the uterus and the ovaries. Though, this can only be done if the cervical cancer hasn't scattered to the other regions of the uterus. One disadvantage with this is that there are only a few qualified specialists that are expert enough to perform this complicated and intricate process.

There are also more traditional options:

Radiation Therapy - This is done by applying an external beam to the pelvis. It can even be done internally through a procedure called brachytherapy.

Chemotherapy - This is the most popular and most widely used procedure across all kinds of cancer.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cure Cervix Cancer With Some Recommended Natural Treatments

Finding a cure for cervix cancer means that you have to first learn the basics, if you don't even know what a cervix is, here is the short version. It is the narrow necklike passage forming the lower end of the uterus. It basically joins the uterus and the birth canal. Cervical cancer is a slow-developing malignant cancer.

Cervical cancer is primarily caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). This is mainly distributed around through sexual intercourse with multiple partners. The reason it is very slow-growing is that the virus can survive inside the individual for many years before the cancerous cells begin to develop, and fortunately for some, it never does. The main reason that the cancer cells never develop in some individuals, who have had the virus for many years, is because they are in very good health and their immunity system is very formidable.

So if you don't have the disease yet, the best way of preventing it is by establishing a formidable immunity system through healthy diet, exercise, and other things you can do to maintain this.

But if you are now looking to cure cervix cancer because it already developed in your cells, then don't lose hope. There is still a way for you to be healed, although it is not the "normal" way the world sees as treatment.

For centuries, botanical and Chinese remedies have been proven to heal cancer and other diseases thought of to be irreversible. This may sound extreme, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Here are a few suggestions to cure cervix cancer:

1. A healthy diet would go a long way to cure cervix cancer. Canned foods, foods that have preservatives, artificial sugars, and even most cooked food should be prohibited. Avoid animal proteins as much as possible; this includes all kinds of meat, dairy and poultry products.

2. Lots of fruits, vegetables of all kinds, anything herbal, legumes; even freshly-squeezed juices go a long way to build the immune system.

3. Apricot seeds contain the vitamin B17 which is essential to help you cure cervix cancer as this kills cancerous cells without harming your uninfected cells.

4. Tea and ginger are universally accepted as both a builder of strong immune systems and also a great substitute for artificially-sweetened drinks. They help rinse out the toxins in the body that speed up the growth of cancerous cells.

Monday, November 7, 2011

An MRI Experience: The Frustration of Unnecessary, Confusing and Incomplete Instructions!

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. I needed this test to determine the extent of my uterine cancer. My recent learning experience with having an MRI reinforced the importance of giving meaningful, clear and complete instructions.

1. Unnecessary Instructions

My appointment instructions explicitly told me to wear pants without any metal attachments. Okay, that was no problem. All I had to do was wear pants with an elastic waist instead of a zipper. Unfortunately, I overlooked the second requirement until I had my snow boots, winter coat, scarf, hat and gloves on. Apparently, I was also supposed to wear pants without pockets.

This created some stress on my part. Who owns pants without pockets? I certainly don't! Actually, what is the point of pants that have no pockets?

Once we got to the hospital, there was no problem. They handed me pajama bottoms to wear. I guess I was one in a long line of patients who were not pocketless pant owners!

This begs the question- why give those pants instructions at all? A good rule of thumb for hospitals, trainers and life itself is to avoid giving unnecessary instructions!

2. Confusing Instructions

The instructions on the bottle of prescription sedatives indicated that two sedatives should be taken 30 minutes before the MRI and another two sedatives should be taken 30 minutes after the MRI.

Taking them beforehand made perfect sense. I am claustrophobic and the idea of lying completely enclosed for an hour gave me great concern, to say the least. The sedatives were intended to take the edge off and enable me to relax and stay still.

However, I couldn't imagine why I would need to take two more sedatives after the MRI. Would there be post-traumatic stress from the MRI experience? Was this a clever intervention intended to distract me and minimize my ability to think clearly and ask anxious questions after the procedure?

Who knows? I still don't know, because no one at the hospital could explain the need for post MRI sedation and I personally felt no need for it.

Let's add confusing instructions to the list of things to avoid. Instructions should contribute to clarity rather than confusion.

3. Incomplete Instructions

While some instructions are meaningless or simply confusing, some don't go far enough.

If a patient takes a sedative, the hospital insists on having someone else drive a patient to and from the MRI. However, they say nothing about the length of time it will take before the patient can safely resume driving.

Because I asked the question, I learned that the sedatives I had taken would impair my mental capacity and motor coordination for 6-10 hours! Unfortunately, this information was not printed anywhere or volunteered by any medical personnel. If I hadn't asked the question, I would never have known the answer.

I had errands to run that afternoon. I could easily have been a danger to myself or to others on the road if I had hopped into my car once I got back from the hospital. Luckily, since I knew that I was incapacitated, my driver kindly took me on those errands.

This seems like a significant oversight in the instructions department, don't you think? If anything deserves to be crystal clear, it should be medical instructions.

However, in the hospital staff's defense, it is probably so obvious to them that sedation takes a long time to wear off, they assume that anyone would know this. As a general rule, it is best to avoid making assumptions.

Life daily provides new lessons to learn. Lessons relating to health and safety can be anxiety-ridden and difficult enough without the added stress and frustration of poor instructions. First do no harm!

Even if you are not a health professional, regardless of the situation, when you give instructions, please make sure that they are necessary, clear and complete.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Life Is What Happens When You Make Other Plans

A not so funny thing happened to me on my way to planning my international travels. I was diagnosed with early uterine cancer.

In the space of a few days, my life and my focus were dramatically reframed. So now, instead of getting visas and packing for Jordan and Nigeria, I'm getting medical tests and preparing for surgery.

I'm also learning a lot- about myself, about my family, and about my friends.

First of all, I've learned that my body's defensive response to devastating news is to get so sick that all that I can do is eat, read and sleep. That's how I spent the holidays. Luckily, the Christmas tree is beautiful and my cats have been happy to keep my lap warm when I sit in my rocking chair to read.

Second, as I take practical steps- to cancel my trip, to plan for work absences, to create a back up strategy if my recovery takes longer than anticipated- I realize that I am operating on automatic pilot. My emotions must be packed away with my passport. The cancer is a reality, the operation is a necessity, and everything else seems to fade in significance.

Third, I am making sure to keep breathing. That sounds funny, I know. But a new friend insists that I keep breathing and focus on healing. Oh, and eat a lot of deep green leafy vegetables. I'm doing very well on two of those three imperatives.

My family has been wonderful. Three of my brothers and one sister-in-law have all offered to leave their busy lives to be with me. My mother has asked about what she can do, since she no longer travels. My cousins have sent love and light, keeping me in their prayers. My daughter has piloted me through the maze of the University of Wisconsin Hospital, getting me to all of the various tests and appointments. My son has given me reassuring hugs.

My friends have also rallied, sending best wishes and offers of help. Even people I have only recently started to work with and get to know have offered to drive me to appointments or to sit and talk over coffee.

There is also a strong and supportive virtual community of Hystersisters who share great advice based on their personal experiences. As a result, I know what to expect, how to plan and where to go when I need answers or moral support. Since it is a worldwide organization, there are loving women awake and available at the touch of a keyboard no matter the time of day or night.

I am so very lucky. Technological advances can make this surgery as minimally invasive as possible. I have a kind and very experienced doctor and medical team. I know that I am in good hands.

At this time when I could feel most alone, instead I am nestled in the warmth of loving wisdom and concern.

I don't know what is in store for me. I don't know why this health issue is happening right now. I'm not sure what I am supposed to learn from this. Perhaps that the spirit is incredibly strong and resilient? That love and tenderness surround us? That this lifelong loner is not now, has never really been, and will never be alone.

If we are all angels learning to be human, than this is a most human experience. An MRI on Friday the 13th will reveal the extent of the cancer. Hopefully, we are catching it early before it has had time to spread. Regardless of the MRI findings, my surgery will be two weeks later on the 26th. My children and my brother will be with me- and my family and friends will be on call.