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Chinese Medicine: Western Treatment’s link for Treating Cancer

Chinese Medicine: Western Treatment’s link for Treating Cancer

Today, more and more patients in the western world are discovering alternative treatments in Chinese medicine, successfully fighting the most commonly feared disease in the world: cancer. Patients and doctors, worldwide, have been battling this mysterious “serial killer” for more than a century; and the search for a cure is rather nebulous. However, the use of alternative eastern medicine paired with western is slowly being recognized as cancer treatment’s missing link. Although some western scientists believe in structured, patented treatment, many cancer patients have become skeptical toward such. Western cancer treatment is based on objective studies and practices, including surgery and radiation therapy. Such treatments are costly; in fact, the mortality rates among patients that are uninsured are greater. Most diagnoses are made in the uninsured patient’s later stage of cancer. Therefore, radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy treatment can cost close to eight hundred thousand dollars without insurance. The estimated yearly cost of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery in the U.S. is 226.8 billion dollars. Often surgery is attempted immediately following the cancer diagnosis. If tumor tissue has been completely removed, the chances for survival are great. However, there is a chance the tumor may metastasize. Chemotherapy and radiation…...

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