By Causenta Wellness
You haven’t been feeling well. You aren’t sure what it is. Your spouse has been nagging you to get it checked. After months of pain in your abdomen and feeling tired, you decide you should see a doctor. You get bloodwork, a CT scan, a physical exam, and answer a ton of questions about your symptoms. You go home. You wait. You get a phone call to come back for a follow-up appointment. You think, this can’t be good.
You arrive back at the doctor’s office for your appointment and instead of going into an exam room, you are ushered into your doctor’s personal office – desk, comfy chairs, family photos – and the pit in your stomach grows. Finally, you hear the news. The diagnosis is the dreaded “C-word.”
You have cancer. Now what?
Being diagnosed with cancer is overwhelming and emotional. Cancer patients and their families often need time to process the news before they are ready to discuss cancer treatment options. However, taking too much time can be a bad decision if you want to have a positive long-term prognosis. This is just one mistake that cancer patients make.
Dr. Tom Incledon, Founder & CEO of Causenta, has been treating cancer patients for decades. Here are some mistakes he warns cancer patients to avoid when thinking about cancer treatment options and beating the disease.
Don’t stick your head in the sand.
Even if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your cancer diagnosis, don’t let too much time pass before you seek medical advice on cancer treatment options. If cancer is found and treated in early stages, you have a much better chance of beating the disease. Also, cancer treatments cost less before the disease progresses and, in many cases, cancer patients will experience fewer adverse side effects when the cancer is treated early.
Unfortunately, we see cancer patients who let fear drive their decisions and then, once they are ready to do something, it’s often too late. Don’t let that happen to you or a loved one.
Don’t try to treat your cancer by yourself.
One of the biggest mistakes Dr. Tom says cancer patients make is that they read stuff on the internet and think they can treat their cancer on their own. What they don’t realize is that what they are reading is all marketing material that has nothing to do with science or optimal biology. So, they end up chasing a treatment and paying a bunch for something that is never going to work.
Cancer is a complicated disease and even people with expertise and years and years of training on how to treat cancer sometimes struggle with developing appropriate strategies for cancer patients. You need tools to measure the effectiveness of cancer treatments to determine if you are going down the right path or not. You need to have access to medications, therapies, and other technologies to help fight the cancer in your body. This is not something you can do alone.
Don’t avoid scans or tests.
We see a lot of patients who have cancer that starts in the body and then travels to the brain. They come to us for treatment and say, “My cancer is local. I just need to treat my ovaries or breasts.” But, in these cancer patients, there has been no brain imaging. We recommend it, but they decline. Then, years later these same cancer patients have a tumor in their brain. It’s because no one looked. And, now, the cancer is harder to treat. Now, we need a therapy that can cross the blood-brain barrier to address the cancer in the brain.
It’s better to know what you are dealing with from the outset so that you can fight the cancer head-on at the earliest possible stage. Understanding what markers are in the blood and where any cancer cells or tumors might be will help your cancer care team be able to recommend the best cancer treatment options for your specific case. Being aware of your body will help lead to the ultimate goal, which is ridding your body of cancer cells completely.
Don’t put all your eggs in one cancer treatment basket.
Science tells us that there are a thousand ways cancer cells can metastasize. So, if you decide that you are only choosing one strategy to treat your cancer, you are leaving 999 pathways open for your cancer to spread. Cancer patients who choose to do one isolated protocol – like a ketogenic diet or 3BP treatment – think it will cover everything.
The sad thing is by the time they realize that it wasn’t effective, it is too late. They are already in the late stages of the disease and now there isn’t much that can be done, and they end up dying.
What cancer patients should do is contact a center that will review all the different cancer treatment options available and discuss the pros and cons. The good news is that for most types of cancer, there are 20 or 30, even hundreds of cancer treatment therapies that can be effective.
Cancer patients and a reputable cancer care team should work together to come up with a plan about what makes the most sense for that patient based on objective measurement. They should use a combination of genetics, lifestyle choices from the cancer patient’s past, blood markers, and whether the cancer has metastasized and, if so, to where to help create a cancer treatment plan that will be effective and provide a positive long-term prognosis.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, don’t make these costly mistakes! Call us and talk to one of our caring team members. The most important thing is to do what they say, so we can actually help you. We look forward to getting you on the path to beating cancer and achieving overall wellness. Schedule your cancer treatment consultation today.