Types of Cancers We Treat
We Treat All ‘Types’ Of Cancer
When we distinguish between ‘types’ of cancer, we are referring to the location in which the cancer is being manifested…breast cancer…lung cancer…brain cancer. In each of these, the second word is ‘cancer’ and the first word is the location.
The reason that one cancer may be considered more aggressive is due to location.
Pancreatic cancer, for instance, only has to grow 1cm to be in another organ like the small intestines, making it stage 4 and impacting the function of the small intestines. Breast or colon cancer, on the other hand, may grow several centimeters without impacting another organ.
‘Types’ of cancer usually refers to whether it is a sarcoma or a carcinoma because the embryonic origins of those two types of cancer are different.
Still, the same process that defines it as ‘cancer’ is occurring.
Here is a list of the most common types of cancer that we treat:
• Bladder Cancer
• Breast Cancer
• Cervical Cancer
• Colon Cancer
• Colorectal Cancer
• Head & Neck
• Kidney Cancer
• Lung Cancer
• Ovarian Cancer
• Pancreatic Cancer
• Salivary Gland Cancer
• Thyroid Cancer
• Uterine Cancer
Three General Categories of Cancer
These are distinguished by the tissue subtype where they began.
Sarcomas include malignancies originating in Mesenchymal tissue, which is derived from a type of embryonic tissue. In contrast, carcinomas originate in epithelial tissues, as described above. Sarcomas include malignancies of the bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, and blood vessels.
Leukemias originate in the bone marrow. Although bone marrow (hematopoietic tissue) is of mesenchymal origin, and leukemias should be classified as sarcomas, they are usually classified separately from sarcomas.
Lymphomas and myelomas
Lymphomas and myelomas are malignancies originating in immune system cells. Lymphomas begin in lymph nodes and myelomas begin in a certain subset of immune cells called plasma cells. And the almost arbitrary distinction between Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas has succeeded only in obfuscating the unbiased investigation of these conditions and how best to “treat” them.
There are many subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas that have no apparent commonalities other than consisting of lymphoid tissue and not meeting the criteria for a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Cancer cells are anaerobic – they ferment sugar rather than efficiently ‘burning’ it with oxygen. When microscopic histological changes in cellular anatomy take place in response to these different anaerobic metabolic requirements, the structure and shape of those cells also change to accommodate the new functional requirements.
This is known as homeostasis – the body adapts to maintain its stability. This process can occur anywhere in the body and the cells in which it originates provide the “name” of the cancer – the diagnosis.
This obsession with dividing and subdividing dynamic conditions has locked the medical world into a paradigm that is antithetical to nature. There can be no resolution of pathological conditions without somehow supporting nature in its restorative efforts of cleansing and healing.
Despite enormous financial resources, intellectual effort, and technologic advancement, all that the conventional medical world seems to be interested in is more precisely naming one or more aspects of these dynamic homeostatic processes.
(Homeostasis is an organism’s stability in the face of exterior changes.)
Once someone has completed numerous tests and maybe even surgery, a team of professionals will interpret the results.
Then the great reveal….the answer everyone seeks…..
And it is nothing more than a diagnosis – a name. Nothing more.
A name gives us no real answer, like “Why did I get cancer?” “What can I do to heal from cancer?”