We Treat The Patient, Not The Cancer.
Most people believe that cancer treatment means radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, pain and suffering. This is also the reason why they fear cancer and see it as a death sentence. But this actually a misconception. Cancer can be managed effectively if treated holistically, with focus on improving the overall health of the patient. Put simply, we need to treat the patient and not the disease.
How can cancer be treated holistically?
- To begin with, the patient needs to be treated with a multidisciplinary approach. This will ensure that he or she does not have any other health problems that might affect the cancer treatment and recovery.
- The treatment plan is created by doctors according to the type and stage of cancer, keeping in mind the patient’s age, weight, overall health condition in mind, to ensure the best possible level of cure.
- Pain and palliative care can play huge a role in making a difference to the treatment right from the time of diagnosis, as it helps destress, manage symptoms and alleviate fear.
- Counselling of patients and their family members before commencing the treatment also help in coping up with physical and mental distress in much better way.
- Adjuvant therapy, which is also known as adjunct therapy or add-on therapy can be given in addition to the primary / initial therapy to maximise the effectiveness.
- The patient needs to be monitored closely and taken care of with lots of compassion and patience after the surgery / chemotherapy / radiation. This will help them regain confidence and also boost their will to live.
- Integrating traditional healing practices like Yoga and meditation can help reinstate the body’s physical, mental and emotional balance, which in turns hastens the healing process.
- Music therapy can also work wonders as it relieves stress and calms the mind.
- Encouraging patients to get back to normal life will help them get out of the feeling of being “sick and helpless”. This will help them recover faster, as their mind pushes them to reclaim life.
- It’s important to do regular follow-ups with the treating doctor(s) to ensure that that everything is fine.
- Patients can also seek continued pain and palliative support, which will help improve their overall quality and quantity of life.