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Cancer remains the leading causes of death in the United States, Africa and around the world accounting for nearly 10 million deaths in 2020, or nearly one in six deaths. However  the advent of modern drug-targeted therapies has undeniably improved cancer patients’ care and prolonged life.

What is cancer? Cancer is a disease whereby some of the body’s cells grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body. According to the world health organization (WHO), the most common types of cancer are; breast, lung, colon and rectum and prostate cancers.

What causes cancer?

Cancer is caused by carcinogens, such as ultraviolet and ionizing radiation; asbestos, components of tobacco smoke, alcohol, aflatoxin (a food contaminant), and arsenic (a drinking water contaminant); and carcinogens, such as infections from certain viruses, bacteria, or parasites.

Hypoxia — a key regulatory factor in tumour (cancer) growth

Hypoxia is defined as a reduction in the normal level of tissue oxygen tension, and it occurs during acute and chronic vascular disease, pulmonary disease and cancer. Hypoxia induces a transcription programme that promotes an aggressive tumour phenotype.

Hypoxia is associated with resistance to radiation therapy and chemotherapy, but is also often associated with poor outcome regardless of treatment modality, indicating that it might be an important therapeutic target in the future. Hypoxia-induced pathways can promote tumour growth.

Recent research has shown that adequate oxygen supply  to the the solid tumors and adequate delivery of anticancer drugs are essential to improve radiotherapy and chemotherapy sensitivity in cancer patients.

Cancer remedies that help reduce tumor growth

1. Chinese breathing exercises (Qigong) Chinese breathing exercise (Qigong) have shown to reduce the rate at which cancer cells grow in the body. This is attributed to the fact that this exercises help improve the oxygenation of the body cells hence it contributes to the reduction of the hypoxic environment of the tumors. Due to to the fact that tumors grow faster in hypoxic conditions, these exercises seems to promote the aerobic metabolism of cancer cells hence reduction of anaerobic metabolism of sugars.

2. Increased intake or proteins and reduction of carbohydrate intake

“Increased Plant Protein (grains) intake in cancer patients helps build and maintain muscle, which is important for cancer patients who might be having problems eating and are losing weight,” Schreiber says

3. Boosting blood flow by exercises

Research shows that regular exercise can greatly improve your physical and mental health during every phase of treatment. Breathing exercises, Stretching, Balance exercises, Aerobic exercise, Strength training exercises have shown to improve the health status of cancer patients.

Therapeutically Delivering Oxygen to Tumor Tissues