Incidence in Canada
In 2017, 3500 Canadians were expected to have stomach cancer. 2100 would die of stomach cancer. Men are affected more than women (Source: Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/stomach/statistics/?region=on )
How to diagnose Stomach Cancer?
Gastroscopy ( means a tube to be inserted inside your stomach under anaesthesia) to see a tumour and then biopsy ( to take part of a tumour for diagnosis and final confirmation) are the only diagnostic tools for stomach cancer
What are the treatment options?
Surgery is integral in the treatment of stomach cancer if possible. Chemotherapy is given if a tumour couldn’t be removed or if a tumour has spread to other areas, or if the lymph nodes close to the stomach are involved. Sometimes radiation can be given after surgery.
Can I receive radiation and chemotherapy at the same time?
No, the toxicity of adding both treatments can be devastating and patients could not tolerate it.
What is the role of Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is the type of Medical Practice that uses Natural Ways to support your health such as vitamins, nutrition, acupuncture, and herbal supplements. Naturopathic Doctors can help patients with stomach cancer by many means such as administering high doses of intravenous vitamin C that can support the immune system of patients, helps the healing of the stomach and the skin after surgery and based on laboratory findings it can reduce angiogenesis and increase apoptosis which both help in reducing cancer cell activity.
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