The following article series was written by Dr. Marc Halpern. Part One focuses on the basics of cancer from a Western perspective while Part Two and Part Three focus on Ayurvedic knowledge of Cancer and its herbal, nutritional and holistic management.
By far, cancer is the most feared of all disease. Taunting humanity with the threat of a slow, painful death it is often the first disease people think they have when they experience pain or feel a lump in their bodies and the last they want to talk about. Going to the doctor, patients wait with baited breath for the phone call that tells them, yes or no. That one phone call either brings tremendous relief, exhilaration and an appreciation for life or it brings shock and despair. While cancer is a devastating disease, the likelihood of dying of cancer is much less than dying from cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes). Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer and is responsible for three times as many deaths as all cancers combined. Still, approximately one in five people will develop some form of malignant cancer at some time in their life.