What ‘Coronation Street’ Can Teach Us About Our Attitudes To Cancer Treatment
Did you see ‘Coronation Street’ last week? In it, one of the characters, Sinead, was quoted as saying “I’m in this situation because I avoided chemo and instead listened to some kale munching freak”.
Although it’s only a soap, it still sends a pretty strong and influencial message: When it comes to cancer treatment, there’s no place like hospital. Chemo is ‘in’ and kale is most definitely ‘out’.
Ironically, kale, like other members of the cabbage family, contains compounds which have been found to inhibit the growth of certain cancers (1). So munching on it might not make you as much of a ‘freak’ as you’re being lead to believe.
Seriously though, for those of us who are aware of such things, deciding which treatment path to take with cancer treatment can be more difficult. Over the years I’ve known a number of people with cancer, and I’m sure you have too. I’ve met some who have been so concerned about their quality of life on the mainstream treatment offered, that they’ve been reluctant to even try it. Some have combined mainstream treatments with naturopathic support, and others have chosen to go entirely down the mainstream route. Obviously the outcomes for all 3 groups have been varied, but those who choose to incorporate some naturopathic support into their journey do seem to feel more in control over what’s going on. In China it’s even considered negligent for a Doctor to prescribe chemotherapy without herbs to support.
It’s understandable why anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis feels completely terrified, lost, and keen to go with the first treatment offered. Chemotherapy can seem an obvious choice, and for some, it’s very successful. However, cancer treatments in the UK have a relatively poor success rate compared to other developed countries where different forms are available (2). The point I want to make here is that we shouldn’t feel persecuted for choosing a natural approach if, after careful consideration, we feel that’s best. If you’ve recently had a cancer diagnosis, I’d suggest getting as much information from your Oncologist as possible about the risks and benefits of the treatments offered. Then speak to someone like me about what can be done to support you on your journey before making your decision.
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