Cancer has become the biggest health concern in our society today. In 1900, just 1 in 20 Americans got cancer. Fast forward 100 years later, and 1 in 3 Americans will get cancer at some point in their lives. In our country this year, over 1 million people will be diagnosed with cancer.
To make matters worse, the cost of cancer treatment is staggering. Of the ten most expensive diseases, cancer treatment is the most expensive to treat. The National Cancer Institute estimates that nearly $125 billion was spent in the United States in 2010 on cancer treatment. That number is predicted to exceed $150 billion by the year 2020. The average cancer patient in the United States can expect to pay about $50,000 in out-of-pocket treatment costs – and that is for those with insurance!
Conventional cancer treatment centers on three main areas: chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Sadly, the success rate of these treatments has not changed much over the last fifty years or so. Surgery is often curative if cancer is caught very early, when the tumor is still localized to a clearly defined area. Frequently, cancer is not diagnosed until after the disease has progressed and surgery is no longer an effective option. At this point, chemotherapy and radiation are frequently prescribed. But as Nicholas Gonzalez, MD said, “Chemotherapy and radiation can do nothing for most solid tumors of the lung, breast, pancreas, ovaries, liver, colon, and uterus, especially when they are metastatic.” Yet that is the best conventional cancer care has to offer for most cancers.
While I believe that conventional cancer treatment has a very valuable role to play in cancer treatment, I have also learned that there are additional therapies and approaches which can greatly assist patients in treating – and beating – cancer. My philosophy of integrative cancer care incorporates a whole person approach. This means that not only am I treating your cancerous cells, but all of you. Your healthy cells must be nourished, too. You need to have as much energy as possible, sleep well, and feel encouraged. My protocols encompass each of these areas, resulting in what I believe to be the best cancer care available.
For more information about my treatment philosophy, please visit my website completely devoted to cancer care at DrStegall.com.