Innovative Cancer Treatments and Experimental Therapies in Texas

Physicians who use mainstream cancer treatments focus on the results of clinical trials. New medical treatments have to be proven in clinical studies. The clinical trials must be carefully designed, supervised and reviewed by top-tier experts in the treatment of cancer. Clinical trials are necessary for researchers to know whether a particular treatment works and if it is safe enough for use in people. This helps physicians to understand more about the treatment, how it works, when and how to administer it.

Cancer treatments vary. A patient receives a cancer treatment option depending on the type and stage of their cancer. Some patients can have only one treatment, but most of them get a combination of treatments. The goal of treatment is to shrink or remove the tumor, destroy the cancer cells, reduce the chance of the cancer recurring or help the patient deal with the side effects of certain cancers.

  • Surgery – This is a surgical operation to change or remove body organs or tissue. Certain types of cancer require surgery alone as the best treatment but some need surgery in combination with another treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Surgery is performed to find out the type of cancer present, see if the cancer has spread, remove the cancer, or get rid of the symptoms.
  • Radiation Therapy – It’s a type of cancer treatment where high doses of radiation are used to shrink tumors or kill cancer cells. Radiation can be administered both externally and internally.
  • Chemotherapy – This type of cancer treatment uses medications to destroy the cancer cells or prevent them from growing. Different medications can be used and the treatment may require a patient to use one type of medication or a combination of different medications.
  • Hormone therapy – It is the use of medications to fight certain cancers that depend on hormones for their growth such as prostate cancer and breast cancer.
  • Immunotherapy – Immunotherapy uses medications to help the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells. Immunotherapy boosts the body’s natural defense system.
  • Stem Cell Transplants – It’s used to treat cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. The two types of stem cell transplants include intense chemotherapy combined with autologous transplant and chemotherapy with allogeneic transplant.

Complementary therapies can be used to help patients deal with the effects of the cancer and treatment. Such complementary therapies include aromatherapy, acupuncture/acupressure, massage therapy, therapeutic touch, relaxation/imagery, therapeutic touch, music therapy and meditation. We also have alternative therapies for cancer including herbal remedies, high dose vitamin and mineral supplements, natural products and traditional medicines.

 

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