As the following article states, medical professionals are starting to rethink how age impacts the cancer treatments selected. With more people living into their 80s and 90s, new strategies are appearing on the horizon for treating cancer while helping to maintain a high quality of life.
Interest in non-toxic and immunobiologic treatments is stronger than ever as the negative health impacts are low and the probability of remission from disease is high.
Ilse Marie Issels
Wife and Collaborator of Dr. Josef Issels, Our Founder
Doctors and patients are rethinking their approach to cancer treatments for people in their 70s, 80s and 90s. According to the National Cancer Institute, the average age of cancer diagnosis in the U.S. is 66; yet the average life expectancy is 81 for U.S. women and 76 for men, according to National Geographic's U.S. life expectancy map. With the average American living well past 65 and a growing number of people living into their 90s, cancer advocates say it's time to take age out of the cancer treatment equation.
"What really matters is not chronological age, but functional age," Dr. Ewa Mrozek, an oncologist at the Ohio State University Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, told the Columbus Dispatch. With plans to begin a clinic devoted to serving the needs of older cancer patients, the center is riding the leading edge of a national sea change in America’s approach to treating older cancer patients.
A growing number of people are arguing that age should no longer be the primary basis for deciding whether a person will be unable to withstand the rigors of traditional cancer treatment — surgery, chemotherapy and radiation — and its usually traumatic side effects. Of more importance in determining how aggressively to fight cancer should be the individual's general health – physical, cognitive and emotional — and the impact any other medical conditions or chronic illnesses might have on his ability to benefit from cancer treatment.
Older cancer patients may want to consider the important options offered by alternative cancer treatment centers. Issels Integrative Oncology's individualized immunotherapy provides cancer patients with a personalized, non-toxic alternative to harsh chemicals and radiation without the strenuous side effects.
We invite you to pick up the phone and talk to one of our patient care specialists about how the Issels immunobiologic core treatment program may be the right choice for your health needs. We invite you to phone 1-888-447-7357 or visit us online at www.Issels.com.