Breast Cancer Treatment Missoula MT
Hematology, Hematology / Oncology
Hematology / Oncology
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1993
Hematology / Oncology
Hematology / Oncology, Medical Oncology
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital: St Patrick Hospital, Missoula, Mt
Group Practice: Montana Cancer Specialists
Hematology / Oncology
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1992
By Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, LAc
Can Chinese medicine help treat breast cancer?
This is a frequently asked question, and doctors in China are certainly trying to treat breast cancer exclusively with Chinese herbal medicine or qi gong. Ongoing research on a number of Chinese herbs shows promising anti-cancer effects. Nevertheless, the clinical efficacy of stand-alone Chinese medicine for breast cancer has not been substantiated.
Most Chinese herbal doctors recognize that established breast cancer requires strong Western approaches to destroy tumors and cancerous cells. So they practice conventional approaches for cancer control including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy—very much in line with what occurs in the US.
China differs from the West, however, in its willingness to integrate herbs and acupuncture with these other forms of treatment to speed and enhance recovery. This approach is well documented in English language literature from both China and America. Breast cancer patients who receive a combination of Chinese medicine and Western therapies experience increased recovery rates, higher five-year survival rates, and decreased side effects.
The most common use of Chinese medicine in breast cancer treatments—either herbs, acupuncture, or both—is to offset the negative side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, loss of appetite, skin itching, fatigue, and peripheral neuropathy. Treatment for hair loss occurs after the last chemotherapy session. Using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine during and after radiation also helps recovery from surgery. At the most basic level, these treatments regulate the liver and spleen-pancreas and create good quality qi and blood as well.
Chemotherapy, while toxic to cancer cells, also severely damages the liver, and the Chinese medicine approach of moving qi and blood helps to detoxify that organ. This approach also regulates liver and spleen-pancreas function, effective for stopping nausea. Radiation in turn damages the blood and burns surrounding tissue. Chinese herbal medicine helps rebuild blood and clear heat damage to tissue. We use specific herbs that are cooling to the damaged tissue, and other herbs that build healthy tissue. Over-the-counter products can’t accomplish this complex task—instead it requires a practitioner familiar with Chinese herbal therapy for cancer support.
Ultimately, cancer precursor cells, which abound in the body, are held in check by the body’s immune system. Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture builds the immune system by regulating and tonifying its component parts: kidney function (which includes the adrenal and endocrine systems), spleen function (which includes the digestive system’s ability to absorb and convert food nutrients), liver function and its ability to metabolize toxins, and blood quality.
One of the greater tragedies of modern medicine is its refusal to recognize the benefits of Chinese medicine in the management and recovery of c...
Author: Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, LAC
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Missoula Adult Asperger Support Group
Dates: 11/24/2011 – 11/24/2111
1st United Methodist ChurchMissoula
300 E. Main St
We are a support group for adults 18 and older professionally or self- diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. (So far, most of us are 50 and older and recently diagnosed.) We seek understanding of the nature of our difficulties and seek and offer strategies for making our lives richer and more functional. If you think you may be an Aspie and want to learn more about the Syndrome, you are welcome to join us. We will make exceptions to the age restriction on a case-by-case basis. There is no charge to attend, but donations to cover minimal costs are accepted. On the 5th Thursdays of a month (5 times a year) we invite spouses, relatives and friends to join us. Check with us for exceptions to this during this holiday season.