THE MORNING SHOW
Kevin Ryan, MD
Author ofWhen Tumor is The Rumor and Cancer is the Answer: A comprehensive text for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families
Multiple surveys show that patients and their families are more afraid of cancer than any other disease. This fear can paralyze patients and even lead to a bad outcome. Dr. Kevin Ryan, MD, FACP is a cancer doctor, cancer survivor and author of “When Tumor is The Rumor and Cancer is the Answer: A comprehensive text for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families.” Dr. Ryan addresses these anxieties in a systematic, logical, supportive and compassionate way to cancer patients and their families. He guides the cancer patient and their family through the entire process starting with the diagnosis and the importance of the patient’s autonomous right to control his or her treatment as he or she wishes. “When Tumor is the Rumor and Cancer Is the Answer” also covers various treatment options available. Possible symptoms and side effects, both physical and emotional are also addressed. Dr. Ryan also discusses alternative and unproven therapies, cutting-edge therapies, medical ethics and advice to family members on talking with their loved ones about their cancer.
Dr. Ryan’s goal of writing this book is to make patients active participants in their treatment at home and in the examination room. The knowledge gap between oncologists and patients causes undue anxiety. Anxiety is reduced when cancer patients and their families are well informed and comfortable voicing their concerns to the medical team. Being well-informed on all aspects of this disease will help a cancer patient to reduce stress, conquer fears and ultimately become a cancer survivor.
-Tremendous improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Now have immunological molecular level treatments. Mass spectroscopy can see what makes cancer cells unique.
-Cells are clonogenic. Cancer cells arise all the time. The body monitors constantly, but if the cancer cells escape detection, they will grow.
-Cancer risk association with age, environmental causes, and pre-determined genetic flaws.
-Cancer cells harvest the body’s ability to make blood vessels, which supply nutrition. Some cancers stay put and don’t metastasize, others spread to predictable locations.
Importance of making patients welcome and emotionally comfortable. Giving a MP3 player to record office visits. Advice on searching the internet about their disease. Everyone’s cancer is unique to them.
-Anxiety is fear of the unknown. Embrace it with the patient.
-Clinical trials to know if an approach is truly effective. Don’t know purity, efficacy, or best dosage of supplements. Complementary and alternative medicines don’t have rigorous, scientific study. If no harm, use them when conventional medicine harms or doesn’t work. Know which are dangerous and don’t have any proof.
-Many meds come from the plant and animal kingdom. Plants and herbs can have their uses – e.g. marijuana in selected patients with selected symptoms.
-Anecdotal stories aren’t proof. If an alternative treatment works, it needs to be studied in a clinical trial. Test the active ingredient(s).
-Mortality rate from cancer is now 46%, down from 66% in the 1980s. Drop is not due to alternative and complementary medicine.
-See what conventional medicine has to say before consulting Dr. Google.
-The cure is in the cause. Why did the immune system break down? Why did the body let it happen? What can we be doing to find it earlier and to prevent it?
-How important is the patient’s belief in their treatment? Is the placebo effect a more important factor in remission than treatment?
-What happened in women who were told they had breast cancer and seemingly cured it without using medical treatments?
-Mammography vs. thermography?
-Can surgeries spread cancer?
dr ryan becker m.d. and conversation on contemporary and alternative cancer therapies, march 9, 2017