Cancer is not a single disease with a single cause and a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment. Although cells in different parts of the body may look and work differently, most repair and reproduce themselves in the same way. Normally, cells divide in an orderly and controlled way. But if for some reason the process gets out of control, the cells carry on dividing and develop into a lump called a tumour. Tumours are either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Doctors can tell if a tumour is benign or malignant by removing a piece of tissue (biopsy) and examining a small sample of cells under a microscope.
In a benign tumour the cells do not spread to other parts of the body and so are not cancerous. However, they may carry on growing at the original site, and may cause a problem by pressing on surrounding organs.
In a malignant tumour the cancer cells have the ability to spread beyond the original area of the body. If the tumour is left untreated, it may spread into surrounding tissue. Sometimes cells break away from the original (primary) cancer. They may spread to other organs in the body through the bloodstream or lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is part of the immune system – the body’s natural defence against infection and disease. It’s made up of organs such as bone marrow, the thymus, the spleen, and lymph nodes. The lymph nodes throughout the body are connected by a network of tiny lymphatic tubes (ducts). The lymphatic system has two main roles: it helps to protect the body from infection and it drains fluid from the tissues. When the cancer cells reach a new area they may go on dividing and form a new tumour. This is known as a secondary cancer or a metastasis.
Most laryngeal cancers develop near the vocal cords, so the first noticeable symptom is often a change in the sound of your voice. For example, your voice may be unusually hoarse or husky.
Other symptoms include:
- pain when swallowing or difficulty swallowing
- a lump or swelling in your neck
- sore throat
- ear pain
- persistent coughing
- unexplained weight loss
- difficulty breathing
- spitting or coughing up blood-stained saliva
- bad breath
- fatigue and weakness
Exposure to anything that can directly damage the cells and tissue of the larynx increases the risk of cancer developing. The most common risk factors for laryngeal cancer include:
Alcohol and Tobacco:
Evidence shows that alcohol and tobacco are the two biggest risk factors for laryngeal cancer because they are thought to contain chemicals that affect the normal workings of the cells of the larynx, triggering mutations. Drinking alcohol and smoking carry individual risks, but if you do both the risks are greatly increased.
Research has shown that if you smoke 40 cigarettes a day but don’t drink alcohol, you’re five times more likely to develop laryngeal cancer as well as other cancers of the head and neck, such as mouth cancer, than someone who doesn’t drink or smoke.
Similarly, if you don’t smoke but drink the equivalent of 30 pints of beer a week, your risk of developing laryngeal cancer is five times that of someone who doesn’t drink or smoke.
However, if you smoke more than 40 cigarettes a day and drink an average of 30 pints a week, you’re 38 times more likely to develop laryngeal cancer than someone who doesn’t drink or smoke.
The fact that only a very small minority of heavy smokers and drinkers develop laryngeal cancer has led researchers to speculate that there must be certain genetic mutations that make people more vulnerable to the harmful effects of alcohol and tobacco smoke.
A number of common genetic mutations have been found in people with laryngeal cancer. It’s thought that the genetic mutations disrupt the larynx’s ability to repair itself from the damage caused by tobacco smoke and alcohol.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV):
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name given to a family of viruses that affect the skin and moist membranes that line the body, such as those in the cervix (neck of the womb), anus, mouth and throat. Research shows that HPV may increase your risk of getting laryngeal cancer. In one in five cases of laryngeal cancer, HPV DNA was found in cancerous tissue. HPV is known to cause changes in the cells of the cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer. It’s thought that the virus may have a similar effect on the cells of the larynx. HPV is spread during sexual intercourse, including anal and oral sex.
There’s evidence to suggest that a diet high in red meat, processed food and fried food can increase your risk of developing laryngeal cancer.
Having a job where you’re exposed to high levels of certain substances may also increase your risk of developing laryngeal cancer. These substances include:
- paint fumes
- coal dust
- wood dust
- diesel fumes
- formaldehyde – a chemical that’s used in a wide range of industrial processes, such as paint manufacturing and cosmetics
- isopropyl alcohol, which is often used as a cleaning solvent
Research shows that a diet that’s high in fresh vegetables, particularly tomatoes, citrus fruit such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons, olive oil and fish oil, can reduce your risk of getting laryngeal cancer. This type of diet is sometimes known as a Mediterranean-style diet.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Nutritional supplements including herbs, vitamins and minerals may benefit throat cancer patients by strengthening the immune system and reducing treatment-related side effects, notes Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Slippery elm bark is an example of a potentially beneficial herb for throat cancer patients. When dissolved in water and swallowed, it coats the throat and stomach and helps relieve swallowing problems often experienced by throat cancer patients. Since certain herbs and nutritional supplements may interfere with conventional cancer treatments, it is important to speak to a doctor before using them.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- . Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products –ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Frozen strawberries – key to throat cancer prevention:www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/221553.php
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Heal Your Body, Raise Your Consciousness (qigong for cancer) –NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
The cause of all illness and disease: NC_Newsletter_10-07.pdf
Anti-cancer diet – NC_Newsletter_08-05.pdf
Guided imagery and visualisations – low cost solutions for pain relief:NC_Newsletter_07-04.pdf
Alkalinize your diet to get well now – book review NC_Newsletter_07-01.pdf
Live cell therapy (the fountain of youth is real) NC_Newsletter_06-11.pdf
Fluorinated water and cancer linked NC_Newsletter_06-09.pdf
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fightersnaturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation)www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stressNC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workoutNC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Coffee halves risk of dying from throat cancer:www.naturalnews.com/038439_coffee_drinkers_cancer_risk_reduction.html
Baking soda fights against throat cancer:www.naturalnews.com/032070_baking_soda_tumors.html
Complementary and alternative therapies in managing cancer:onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/canjclin.49.6.362/full
Anti-cancer benefit of white tea extract:nccam.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/092110.htm
Ginger effective against cancer: www.digitaljournal.com/pr/819219
DMSO and cancer:www.naturalnews.com/037485_DMSO_inflammation_muscle_pain.html
Further Information (links and books)
You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay; Heal Your Body by Louise L. Hay; The Journey – Brandon Bays; The Acid Alkaline Food Guide – Dr Susan Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr; How I Said Bah! to cancer by Stephanie Butland; Thrive by Stephanie Butland; Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing – By Anita Moorjani; A Survivor’s Guide to Kicking Cancer’s Ass by Dena Mendes ; Cancer [Audio Book] by Louise L. Hay; Deep Meditation for Healing [Audio Book] by Anita Moorjani; Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing by Bill Henderson.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
judith hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.