Treatments for Cancer

In India, an estimated 8.8 lakh cancer related deaths are expected by 2020. These numbers are terrifying, and therefore it is important for us to learn about the little things in our everyday life that can be possible causes of cancer. However, for a cancer patient, the most tricky part is to recognize the symptoms of the disease and take immediate steps to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body.  

 

Read more: How did Guru manage to fight Leukemia, cancer of the blood?

 

Cancer is treated differently at different stages, depending on the type of cancer affecting our body, such as  – lung cancer treatment, blood cancer treatment, breast cancer treatment, stomach cancer treatment, etc. There are some commonly practiced treatments, as well as new alternative cancer treatments. That said, the cost for each type of cancer treatment is quite high, adding significant financial burden to the patient and the family. Therefore it is important for patients and families to understand the health, as well as financial implication before taking a decision on the treatment.

 

Chemotherapy

More commonly known as ‘chemo’, it is the use of drugs to treat or kill cancer cells that have already spread in a person’s body. While radiation and surgery can affect cancerous cells only in a certain part, chemo medication has its effects on the entire body. It is often used as palliative treatment, when cancer is in its advanced stages, with the goal to reduce pain or improve the patient’s quality of life.

 

Radiation

Radiation is that one word which is most commonly associated with cancer treatment. It uses high-energy x-rays, gamma rays, beams, or protons to damage or destroy cancer cells, and prevent them from multiplying or spreading to other parts of the body. Radiation comes with some side effects, because the rays may also affect other cells in our body. Side effects include fatigue, nausea, hair loss, skin problems, appetite loss, etc.

 

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy is a relatively new technique that uses drugs to attack only cancer affected cells. It is similar to radiation, but has different side-effects because it is more specific in it’s target.

 

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses one’s own body and immune system to fight cancer. Certain proteins are given to patients, to stimulate their immune system to work harder in order to fight the cancerous cells. In most cases, it is used in a combination with another treatment.

 

Surgery

Usually when cancer is found in only one part of a person’s body, it can be removed with one or more surgeries by cutting out the cancerous part, and preventing it from growing and spreading. This technique won’t be efficient if a person has cancer spread in other parts of the body, therefore it might have to be done in combination with another treatment.

 

These cancer treatments as well as the alternative cancer treatments have their positives and negatives, which your doctor can explain best. But the real problem arises when a person already affected by the disease can’t access proper cancer cure and treatments due to financial constraints. Each of these cancer treatments have a draining effect on the financial position of the sufferer.

 

Regardless of mediclaims, insurances, or medical loans, majority of the Indian population affected by the disease is not in a position of afford even basic treatment for cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, let alone surgeries – which would completely deplete a person’s financial savings, even if they have been saving for years. In these situations, people need to look at available alternative cancer treatment or different ways to raise funds for cancer cure, such as crowdfunding, to help them pay for treatment.

 

By starting a crowdfunding campaign, a patient can mobilize people who are compassionate to help, and request them to donate towards a treatment fund. So if you, or anyone you know has cancer, don’t let them fight alone.

 

Help save a life!

 

Top 10 Potential Causes of Cancer

Every day we are bombarded with information that point towards the materials that are potential causes of cancer. From mobile phones and microwaves to food items, many things that we rely on in our daily life can evidently be causes of cancer. Now we may not be able to do away with a lot of these things, but we can be more mindful about our exposure to the top 10 causes of cancer.

Read on to understand what causes cancer –

 

Genetics

In certain cases, cancer may run in the family due to similar habits that present high exposure to cancer causing elements like smoking and obesity among others. Though cancer itself is not transferred from one generation to the next, one may inherit an abnormal gene that can cause cancer.

 

Tobacco and Smoking

When we research about what causes cancer, smoking constitutes one major reason behind the disease Tobacco contains harmful substances such as nicotine, benzene, methanol, cyanide, etc. and when we consume this mixture through cigarettes or cigars, our body absorbs the carcinogenic smoke that increases the risk of cancer by affecting the genes in our body. Studies show that regular smokers have a higher risk of suffering from lung cancer than non-smokers.

 

Improper Diet

Improper diet is also considered as one the most important cancer causes. Eating well is an important part of reducing the risk of getting cancer. Researchers advise that it is best to stick to a diet of fresh and whole foods that are free of preservatives. This is because in many cases, packed food labeled as sugar-free, low-fat or low-calorie may contain substitutes that are harmful or carcinogenic.  

 

Physical Activity

Being physically inactive affects our body’s metabolism and studies have shown that regular exercise can prevent the cells in our body from multiplying. Controlling your weight with physical activity at least 3-4 times per week has the potential to reduce cancer risk, obesity, as well as heart diseases.

 

Sun rays

Sunlight is the primary source of Vitamin D but overexposure to the ultraviolet rays emitted by it can put one at risk of getting skin diseases or skin cancer.

 

Electronic Radiation

The low-energy electromagnetic radiation emitted by devices like mobile phones and microwave ovens increase the risk of being affected by cancer. In order to reduce the risk, it is advised that we use such devices in moderation.

 

Vehicular Pollution

This is known to be one of the most potent cancer causes. The exhaust from vehicles create a complex mixture of soot and gases, that when exposed to for too long, can cause lung cancer. If you are exposed to such toxic air regularly, you can take simple precautions like using a mask and covering your face while travelling.

 

Cosmetics

The appearance of multiple cosmetic products in the market has led to a considerable rise in the risk of contracting skin cancer. Certain makeup products, hair dyes, antiperspirants, etc. contain chemicals that may be carcinogenic and show up as skin rashes or allergies that can be symptoms of skin cancer.

 

Increase in the Cellular Phone Towers

The widespread use of cell phones have led to a rapid increase in the number of cellular phone towers in our cities. They receive and transmit radiofrequency (RF) signals, which are given off into the environment, that could constitute a potential health hazard to humans.

 

Medical Tests and Treatments

Medical tests and treatments are considered to be an important part of our healthy life. But there are some types of tests and treatments that also have the potential to increase a person’s risk of developing cancer. One should consult their physicians to understand what causes cancer before undergoing the prescribed medical tests.

 

Nowadays, most of us would know someone in our close circle who would be suffering from this fatal disease. All of us are aware that cancer doesn’t just exact its toll on a person’s health, but also drains their finances. There are several ways to raise funds for cancer, but if those fail to do the job, we need to look at alternative methods such as crowdfunding just like Guru, whose friends raised INR 4,55,090 to finance his expensive Leukemia treatment

If you, or anyone you know is affected by the disease and needs treatment, help them raise funds for it by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru today! 

5 ways to Raise Funds for Cancer Treatment

 

From doctor’s bills to expensive medications and tests to radiation and chemotherapy, cancer devastates millions of lives every year. Inability to get the financial help for cancer patients often leads to lost hopes, and sufferers just giving up.

 

But today thankfully, there are newer and more innovative ways to raise funds for cancer treatment, such as crowdfunding, that are not only easier and faster but also come without the long-term implications such as interests on loan.

 

This World Cancer Day, Impact Guru presents to you a list of 5 ways, you can raise funds for your loved one who is fighting cancer:

 

Online crowdfunding campaign for cancer patients

There are several online portals for crowdfunding, such as Impact Guru that enables you to use the power of technology to ask people to donate for your treatment costs. All you have to do is create a compelling campaign story, accompanied with audio-visuals, that can be directly aimed at potentials donors, such as cancer survivor networks, and others involved in philanthropy. Once your campaign is put out to the people, anyone who connects with your cause, will donate and help you fight the disease.

 

A fundraising event for cancer patients

There are various kinds of charity events that you can organize, to have people come together for a good cause. Some ideas for cancer fundraisers are: charity runs for patients on World Cancer Day, musical concerts, bake sales, etc. All you have to do is mobilize the crowd by inviting them to your event. Let them know about the disease, how long you’ve been fighting it, what type of cancer you have, and which treatment can save your life. Not only does it provide financial help for the cancer patient, but it also allows people to be part of a fun activity.

 

The power of virality on social media

Remember the ALS ice bucket challenge? Within 2 days, everyone was aware of the disease. It became so viral, that celebrities and famous personalities were doing the challenge on social media, and asking people to donate to the cause. That was one of the most successful, viral fundraising activity that ever took place to raise awareness for a disease.

 

Direct donations from your family and friends

Your family and friends are your closest and most supportive network. Since they know you personally, they will surely step forward to help you raise money for your treatment. These are the people who care for you most and want to see you get better, so don’t hesitate in contacting them for help.

 

NGOs, private trusts, and government schemes

There are several associations for cancer aid, and cancer survivors, that give financial assistance to people who cannot afford treatment. Aside from that, there are also several government schemes, that help sufferers with grants, to pay for expensive treatments.

 

We hope this list helps you in case, you are raising funds for someone who is fighting cancer. Being a sufferer of this fatal disease is never easy, and adding to the sorrow is the struggle that families go through to raise sufficient funds for treatment. The most important thing is to not give up hope and to employ these innovative methods in emerging out safe and sound.
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