Honey As A Breast Cancer Treatment
The treatment for breast cancer produces a disastrous effect on the quality of life. Nowadays, two bee products have been discovered to significantly lower the common effects of breast cancer.
The issue of breast cancer overdiagnosis
According to an estimate around thousands of women each year are overdiagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 1.3 million of women are misdiagnosed with breast cancer over the past 30 years.What happens is they are told that they have breast cancer despite actually having a benign lesion, for example Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) which usually never causes any symptom or harm.
In most cases, overdiagnosis of breast cancer ends up with unnecessary treatments such as Mastectomy, lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. In the last three decades, it was found that approx. 1.3million women in the U.S. were misdiagnosed and treated for breast cancer when all they had was a benign lesion. After treatment, most of the breast cancer survivors are given drug therapy for hormone suppression such as Arimidex and Tamoxifen.
Integrative medical approaches including honey and bee pollen
According to a study published in Molecular And Clinical Oncology, it is suggested that bee pollen and honey offer palliative support to overcome the side effects of cancer treatment. Side effects in breast cancer patients can include hot flushes and menopausal symptoms.
A new study is conducted to check whether bee pollen helps in the reduction of menopausal-like symptoms caused by chemical suppression of the hormone such as estrogen.
A recent trial also showed that bee pollen extracts decrease the number of hot flashes episodes and result in a better quality of life in menopausal women. In the study, pollen–honey mixture was compared with honey (placebo) for effects in breast cancer patients receiving Anti-hormonal therapy. Surprisingly, researchers have concluded that honey is as effective as pollen in reducing the symptoms of the patients.
In the study, the authors have proposed that honey has the ability to raise the estrogen levels in patients. Hormone-suppressing agents are based on the unsophisticated idea that estrogen is a carcinogen. But in reality estrogen is found to have a preventive or therapeutic effect in breast cancer or other hormone-sensitive cancers.
It is suggested that honey is a natural compound with estrogenic properties that are helpful in lowering the side-effects of suppressive hormone medications due to which it is used in the treatment of breast cancer. Additionally, honey is also found to have anti-cancer properties that favour its use in the actual cancer treatment apart from palliation.
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Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.