How Do Traditional and Alternative Treatments Affect Lung Cancer? [Venn Diagram It]




There are four traditional methods of lung cancer treatment. Surgery is the most commonly used approach to remove cancer. Wedge resection is a surgical process where the tumor and some of the normal tissue around it are removed. When a slightly larger amount of tissue is taken, it is called a segmental resection. A lobectomy is surgery to remove a whole lobe of the lung. Surgery to remove an entire lung is called a pneumonectomy. The final surgical option is a sleeve resection where a part of the bronchus, part of the pulmonary artery or the lobe are removed. These treatment approaches are aimed at completely removing the cancerous tumors and cells but often some secondary (adjuvant) treatment is required to kill any remaining cancer cells. Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells or stunt their growth. Radiation therapy kills cancer cells by damaging their DNA directly or by creating free radicals within the cells that can damage the DNA. After the DNA in cancer cells is damaged these cells stop dividing and eventually die. Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells by damaging the part of the cell’s control center that allows it to divide. The drugs used in chemotherapy damage the genes in the nucleus of cells at different stages of process of cell division. Targeted therapy is a type of treatment that uses drugs or other substances to identify and attack specific cancer cells. One form of targeted therapy uses manufactured antibodies that attach to the substances in the cancerous cells and kill them. By binding to vascular endothelial growth factors, some antibodies can be used to prevent the growth of new blood vessels that sustain the growth of tumors. Other antibodies bind to the epidermal growth factor receptor of the cancer cell and work to stop cancer cells from growing and dividing. Targeted therapy may also use inhibitor drugs that block cellular signals needed for tumors to grow.


Many lung cancer patients look in to alternative treatments after the failure of traditional medicine or because of a desire to maintain a natural lifestyle. Several types of alternative treatments include mind-body practices, energy medicine, and biological practices. Acid/alkaline balance treatment is a combination of acid-neutralizing minerals like calcium and magnesium to supply proper mineralization and to correct the acid/alkaline balance of the body. These minerals can alkalinize cancer cells. Cancer cells do not survive in the higher PH ranges and die off.  Magnetic Resonance or Bio-resonance treatment directs radio waves set to resonate with cancer cell frequencies toward the cancer area. All cells have a natural frequency of resonance and cancer cells differ in frequency from normal cells so this treatment aims to destroy the cancerous cells. There are two types of enzyme therapy, food enzymes and proteolitic enzymes. The cancer cell is coated with a protein lining that prevents the body’s normal defenses from reaching the cancer cell. Introducing these enzymes in the body can dissolve the protein lining from around the cancer cell allowing the body’s white blood cells to destroy the cancer cell. Hydrogen Peroxide is a form of ozone treatment that is administered intravenously and supplies an abundance of oxygen to the cancer site. Cancer weakens in the presence of oxygen so flooding cells with oxygen may retard the growth of cancer cells or help to revert them to healthy cells. A low sugar diet may help to starve cancer cells. Sugar is used as fuel for cancer cell and can increase factors in the body responsible for creating conditions that encourage cancer to grow for example, high acidosis, immune system suppression and prosglandin production. Reducing intake of sugar can counteract these processes.

Contributor: Reed Elbertson