In collaboration with the Commonweal Retreat Center of Bolinas, Calif., we participated in a workshop and public presentation on the ways in which clinical advocates can help people with cancer. Included in our presentation was a discussion of the past, present, and future of clinical advocacy, our approach to Chinese Medicine-based integrative care, and how to work with patients who are reluctant or are refusing conventional care.
Diagnostic Accuracy of Canine Scent Detection of Lung and Breast Cancers in Exhaled Breath
The following research was published in the March 2006 issue of Integrative Cancer Therapies, a peer-reviewed journal.
ABOUT THIS RESEARCH, BRIEFLY
Lung cancer, when symptoms arise, is usually diagnosed at Stage III or IV, when the prognosis is rarely good. Treatment is significantly more effective at early stages (I or II) when the tumor is smaller and has not yet spread. Detecting lung cancer in its early stages is difficult, so therefore developing a feasible and effective early detection method is the subject of a considerable amount of research around the world. In terms of breast cancer, while detection at early stages is comparatively easier, finding methods to detect it even earlier are worthwhile.
In the previous two issues of Avenues, we reported on the use of antioxidants along with chemotherapy as it applies to prostate and breast cancer patients. In this issue, we turn our focus to small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer.