Chapter 2.7 - Breast Cancer
In this chapter, Dr. Donache presents Complementary/Alternative Medical (C.A.M.) Therapies for the prevention and treatment of the different types of breast cancer, including Ductal Carcinoma, Intraductal Carcinoma, Lobular Carcinoma, and Paget's Disease of the Nipple.
The chapter includes an overview of the disease's symptoms, conventional treatment methods, and alternative therapies, including Bio-Energetic therapies, Bodywork and Movement therapies, and Mental / Emotional treatments.
This chapter is taken from Dr. Donache's upcoming book, Finding Balance - Integrating Complementary/Alternative Medical (C.A.M.) Therapies for the Prevention of the Top 30 Diseases in America. Each section of chapter 2, which describes alternative treatments for each of the top diseases, is available as a download on this website.
Table of Contents
Glossary of Terms Used in this Chapter
Additional Disease Descriptions and Treatments Available for Download
Table of Contents
- ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT
- BREAST CANCER
- CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES
- Issues and Answers
- What Causes Breast Cancer?
- Importance of Early Detection
- Breast Self Examination
- C.A.M. THERAPIES
- BIO-ENERGETIC THERAPIES
BODYWORK AND MOVEMENT THERAPIES
- Nutrition and Supplements
- Enzymatic Therapies
- Rainforest and Western Herbs
- Rainforest Herbs
- Western Herbs
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Essential Oils
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
- Therapeutic Bodywork and Massage
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Hatha Yoga Postures
- PRODUCT ORDERING INFORMATION
- GLOSSARY OF TERMS
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Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. Male breast cancer is the fastest growing category of breast cancers. Every year, over 200,000 people are diagnosed as having breast cancer.
The risk factors include: being female and older than 50; family history of the disease; early onset of menstruation; late menopause, no children or first child at age 30 or older. The signs may include: a lump or thickening felt in the breast; an abnormal growth detected by mammography. A lump or a thickening is usually the first sign of breast cancer, although most lumps are not cancerous. If your lump feels suspicious to your doctor, a biopsy may be performed and analyzed for the presence of cancer cells. Sometimes breast cancer can be present but undetectable to the touch and identified only by mammography. Cancer develops when something goes wrong in cell division, and the cells divide at a rapid and uncontrollable rate. Breast cancer is described by where it begins in the breast.
>Ductal carcinoma begins in the ducts. This is a cancer that arises in the lining of the milk ducts and invades the surrounding breast tissue. This comprises 80% of all types of breast cancers. Intraductal carcinoma is localized as does not invade other tissues.
Lobular carcinoma begins in the lobes. Breast cancer can spread to the underarm (axillary) lymph nodes and metastasize, or spread, to other areas of the body. This accounts for about 9% of breast cancers. Lobular carcinomas occasionally occur in both breasts simultaneously.
Adenoid cystic carcinoma, malignant cytosarcoma phylliodes, medullary carcinoma, and tubular carcinoma. These and several other relatively uncommon types of breast cancer tend to be less aggressive than the other forms. It can take 10 years for a tumor to grow, only about 20% of biopsied breast lumps are cancerous.
Paget's disease of the nipple. This form of cancer occurs when cells from an underlying cancerous tumor migrate to the nipple. The symptoms are itching, redness, and soreness of the nipple. Paget's disease always signals the presence of primary ductal carcinoma elsewhere in the breast tissue.
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Glossary of Terms
- A procedure to remove a sample of tissue so it can be examined for the presence of cancer cells.
- Treatment of cancer by using drugs that kill cancer cells.
Hormone Therapy Cancer treatment that involves altering or blocking the natural hormonal balance; used in some types of breast cancer that require hormones such as estrogen to grow.
- Surgery to remove a cancerous breast lump with surrounding tissue. Some axillary lymph nodes may be removed as well.
- Lymph Nodes
- Small glands that filter bacteria and cancer cells; breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes.
Mammography A technique using low-radiation X-ray of the breast to detect cancer. Some breast cancers may escape detection by mammography.
- Surgery to remove the breast.
- Modified Radical Mastectomy
- The most common type of mastectomy; involves removal of the breast, fat and lymph nodes from the underarm. The chest muscles are left intact.
- Radiation Therapy
- A cancer treatment involving X-rays.
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Surgery to build a breast replica after removal of the natural breast; two types are tissue expander and tram flap.
- A classification system that indicates the location and growth of cancer; ranges from carcinoma in situ (a very early stage where the cancer is limited to one tissue area) through stage four (an advanced stage in which cancer has spread to other parts of the body).
- Tissue Expander Technique
- Reconstructive breast surgery that uses a temporary, expandable implant that is gradually filled with saline over a period of several weeks; it is eventually replaced with a permanent implant.
- Tram Flap Technique
- Reconstructive breast surgery that involves tunneling tissue and muscle from the patient's abdomen to the breast area to form a breast replica.
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