Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have a stage IV base of tongue cancer, or squamous cell carcinoma. I just finished chemo/radiation treatments. My tumor has been reduced in diameter. What can I do to further shrink and eradicate this tumor?
A: It is important you remain under care of your primary physicians. They will determine the proper course of action for the treatment of cancer. As for including adjunctive treatments, first discuss the possibility with your primary physician or oncologist and obtain approval.
There are herbal, dietary, and lifestyle modalities that can alleviate the symptoms of chemotherapy, help with regaining strength and energy, and aid in maintaining a healthy body to prevent reoccurrence. Your primary physicians will be able to make the proper recommendations.
One thing that I will recommend is optimism and meditation. Both can help balance the body and help in the healing process.
You might also try out the Traditions of Tao herbal formula “Cancer Support”, which reinvigorates the immune system. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.