How Early Palliative Care Can Help Treat Cancer Patients
New research reveals that early palliative care can help cancer patients avoid the ICU.
Terminal cancer patients have hard odds of getting better. But advances in medicine have been slowly but surely improving the quality of life and length of survivability of terminal cancer patients.
Now researchers found that early palliative care can lower terminal cancer patients' ICU visits and hospital admissions. Early palliative care has even been shown to improve quality of life and survival.
What is palliative care? Palliative care is provided by a team of specially trained healthcare professionals that include doctors, aids, nurses, and more. The palliative care team works hand-in-hand with a patient's normal healthcare providers to supplement their treatment. Palliative care focuses on treating the symptoms, like depression, pain, sleep difficulty, going to the bathroom, stress, and anything else that disrupts the patient's quality of life.
Palliative care can be given at home, which has some pros and cons. Home care means the patient can stay with family and live their routine lives. But some medical devices and equipment won't be available at home – so the medical care can be lacking.
While palliative care can lengthen a terminal cancer patient's life and make him happier everyday, it's not the most effective treatment for cancer. If you or someone you love is suffering from cancer try these natural remedies that show promise in destroying cancer cells and helping to reverse cancer:
Intravenous vitamin C therapy. Intravenous vitamin C therapy has been hailed by naturopaths and other alternative medicine practitioners for a while now. They say it can cure many diseases, including cancer. Researchers decided to see if the claims were true, and their results seem promising! In one study of 12 patients, 50 percent experienced “either brief or longer lasting disease stabilization with symptomatic improvement.” And half of the 50 percent were very terminal cases of cancer where the likelihood of improvement was deemed to be less than 33 percent.
Low dietary sugar and carbs. Researchers have discovered a link between sugar and cancer. They found preliminary evidence that a diet lower in sugar and carbs can slow cancer growth. In a study, cancer patients had their calorie intake lowered by less than 10 percent. The results were promising – the tumors slowed their glucose intake compared with the group that didn't go through a calorie restriction.
It seems that early palliative care intervention can help cancer patients survive better and longer. But if you really want a more effective treatment, try these two cutting-edge research-backed methods (with the doctor's supervision).
1. Romano AM, Gade KE, Nielsen G, et al. Early palliative care reduces end‐of‐life intensive care unit (ICU) use but not ICU course in patients with advanced cancer. Oncologist. 2017 Feb 18. dos: 10.1634/theoncologist.2016-0227 [Epub ahead of print]