I was honestly a bit skeptical about suggesting modern medicine to newly diagnosed patients after my experience as a caregiver for my mom. Although I’d read a bunch of articles indicating that chemotherapy is toxic, carcinogenic (causes cancer), destroys erythrocytes (red blood cells), devastates the immune system, and destroys vital organs, I still allowed my mom to go through with the treatment because she insisted on listening to her doctor. 15 books and many nights of fighting my own biased opinions later, I finally came to the conclusion that modern medicine can be very effective at treating certain types of cancer. Now, I am in no way giving medical advice to anyone reading this article. I’m simply restating the facts that have already been published on this topic. The best advice I can give you is to follow your gut about your doctor and your treatment (AND to get yourself a CanPlan Cancer Planner so that you can start off your journey the right way). Wishing you the best!
1. Cervical Cancer: 5 year survival rate is 100%
Due to the effective methods available to detect the cancer, cervical cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. The Pap test detects the presence of abnormal cells on the cervix before they’re even cancerous. If the cancer cells appear on the cervix, they’re growing at a very slow rate. If these cells are diagnosed at a precancerous stage, they can be treated before they develop and spread.
2. Breast Cancer (Early Stages of 0 and 1): 5 year survival rate is 100%
In breast cancer stage 1, if the tumor is smaller than a peanut (2 centimeters or smaller), it is very treatable and survivable.
3. Testicular Cancer: 5 year survival rate is 95.3%
A 2014 article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology considers the advances in the treatment of testicular cancer one of the greatest achievements in medicine. This is particularly due to the approval of the chemo drug, cisplatin, in 1978, which boosted survival rates for this type of cancer. Although it’s treated successfully in 95% of cases, early treatment can raise that rate to 98%.
4. Prostate Cancer: 5 year survival rate is 100%
Prostate tumors can grow at a slow rate or don’t grow at all. These tumors are not deemed harmful enough to require treatment.
5. Melanoma: 5 year survival rate is 91.5%
Melanoma is considered to have a high survival rate because it’s usually very easy to spot while it’s still in its early stages. You can check the skin for large, dark, oddly shaped or raised blotches. The Skin Cancer Foundation says if it’s not treated early, it can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes far more difficult to treat and can be fatal. It’s important to check your back, scalp, scrotum and in between your toes.
6. Thyroid (depends on tissue type): 5 year survival rate is 100%
The thyroid gland – located in your neck – helps produce hormones the body needs to burn calories and control heartbeat. Papillary, the most common type of thyroid cancer, grows slowly. When tumors are large, or start to grow into nearby tissues, doctors can treat and even cure the disease with surgery by removing the gland.