Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2012, there were 14 million new cases estimated and 8.2 million deaths from cancer in the world. It is expected that the number of new cases will rise to 22 million within the next two decades.
Cancer is defined as a mass of tissue formed as a result of the abnormal, excessive, uncoordinated, autonomous and purposeless proliferation of cells.
Today when modern medicine battles relentlessly to end the trauma of cancer patients, there comes the need of Ayurveda in solving the problem.
The general symptoms present are:
- Rapid and unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty in breathing
- Frequent infections and pain
It is a holistic approach depending upon the advancement of the disease. Initially, the treatment principle includes the correction of digestive power, immunomodulatory and rejuvenation therapies through which the quality of life is improved.
The purificatory therapies like Panchakarma help in prevention and prevent further spread of the ailment depending upon the site and stages of cancer.
Moreover as adjuvant therapy, along with the chemo and radiation therapy, Ayurveda helps in minimising the side effects of both.
Hence, an integrated approach definitely helps in enhancing the lifespan with a better quality of life in cancer patients.