Screening tests for cervical cancer results in better prognosis thanks to early detection. However, for those who have to go through the treatment, it is an ordeal for their body. Thankfully, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been proven to be effective in improving cancer treatment outcomes. It may enhance the body’s immunity, prolong survival and improve quality of life and reduce therapy’s adverse effects.
Unfortunately, two years later, her cancer recurred. This time, her doctor advised her to consult a TCM practitioner to support her treatment. She has been cancer free for the last six months and feels TCM helped her body withstand the therapy, the second time around.
Cervical Cancer from the Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective
Real Medical Chief TCM Physician Chu I Ta explains that the main symptoms of cervical cancer are irregular vaginal bleeding, excess
“I had a demanding job and was constantly on the move. My life of thrown off balance when I was diagnosed with cervical cancer,” recounts Mrs Tai. According to TCM, cervical cancer results from extreme emotional damage, Congenital Deficiency in the
“The pathological process involves the Liver,
Treatment of Cervical Cancer
“Going through the surgery and months of treatment that followed was not easy,” reminisces Mrs Tai. In Western medicine, cervical cancer is treated with surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy based on the extent of the disease, which has many side effects, weakens the body, and kills cancer cells.
TCM can help to support the patient through this trying time. Physician Chu notes that TCM can be used in the following stages to support the journey of a cervical cancer patient:
- Recovery phase: “TCM remedies can help before, during, and after- surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and targeted therapy. The treatment helps to restore and attain a better recovery during or after Western treatment,” says Physician Chu.
- Loading phase: TCM therapies can also assist and improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy, especially in elderly patients who aren’t able to
tolerate two or more chemotherapy drugs at the same time. TCM herbs can also have an anti-cancer outcome with lesser side effects.
- Preventive phase: “We often continue the treatment even after the cancer is gone to prevent a cancer relapse”, says Physician Chu.
- Maintenance phase: When the tumour does not go away with Western medicine, TCM remedies are given to control the growth of the tumour size and the progression of cancer.
A trained TCM oncology physician prepares a treatment protocol complementary to Western Medicine treatment. Differentiating the syndromes and stages of disease development is the key to synergising the therapies.
In Mrs Tai’s
Post-Surgery TCM treatment
Many patients suffer from Qi and Blood Deficiency in Qi after surgery.
Ba Zhen Tang (): For symptoms including a pale complexion, weak host body and limbs, shortness of breath, and sweating 八珍汤 easily.
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang( 补中益气汤): For patients with a weak Spleen and stomach.
Radiotherapy with TCM treatment
Radiotherapy is associated with Heat toxicity and Blood Stasis Stagnation.
Shao Yao Tang () 芍药汤 with Ba Zheng San (). For symptoms of dry throat and mouth, a warm body with vexation; dull pain in the lower abdomen, abdominal distension, localised skin rashes, ulcers, and excess vaginal yellow discharge, which may accompany frequent urination, pain and blood in the urine. 八正散加减 Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan () 知柏地黄丸加减 : For. Qi and Yin Deficiency
Chemotherapy with TCM treatment
Patients on chemotherapy usually suffer from
Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang () 旋覆代赭汤 with Ju Pi Zhu Ru Tang( 橘皮竹茹汤 加减): For Spleen and stomach disorders. Ba Zhen Tang,( Dang Gui Bu Xue Tang 当归补血汤) or( Shi Quan Da Bu Tang 十全大补汤): For Deficiency in Qi and Blood Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (. 六味地黄丸): For D eficiency in Liver and Kidney Yin
Sometimes, enduring the treatment for a disease can be worse than the disease itself, as is the case with cervical cancer. Thankfully, traditional medicine does not fail to support Western therapies and improve outcomes.
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