American Cancer Center in Imo State in Nigeria

American Cancer Treatment & Research Center - Nigeria


Ikeduru Hospital, Owerri-Okigwe Road, Iho, Ikeduru, Imo State, Nigeria. Tel:+234 (703) 4670640; +234 (814) 4102784


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The human population is now under a great threat of modern life style changes.

Obesity leading to diabetes and heart conditions and Cancer are the three most serious modern day plagues.

Cancer unlike all diseases not only affects the individual, but it also affects the family, the society and the country as a whole.

Did you know that all of us have cancer cells in our body? Any time you take an x-ray, there is a lot of damage to the DNA and many cells are affected. However, our immune system and DNA repair mechanisms overcome these mutations. Repeated insults like ionizing radiation and constant exposure to toxins however can precipitate in serious life threatening conditions including cancer. A person has cancer when his or her immunity is no longer able to cope up with the toxic overload. We are living in a world of pollution whether it is the water we drink, the food we eat or even the air that we breathe. Over the years, our bodies accumalate a lot of toxic substances and they tend to be deposited all over the body. 

When a person gets cancer, their whole body is affected and even their personality changes. They very often quickly lose weight and are affected emotionally, physically and spiritually. Most Cancer hospitals do not take this seriously and treat the patient around the standard methods of Radiation, Surgery and Chemotherapy. However all these treatments are very agressive and eventually take a toll on the body. An added strain is financial as this can have devastating results on the entire family. Hence, Physicians treating cancer patients have to bear all these factors and see how best they can approach these problems in an integrative manner.

Take as an example chemotherapy: The patient gets this massive dose of chemical toxins which has co-lateral damage. The cancer cells are killed and so too the normal cells. The body now has an overload of dead tissues and biproducts of the toxic chemotherapy. So too in Radiation Therapy - there is a lot of co-lateral damage which kills the cancer cells and also normal tissues before and after the tumor. All these dead cells and medications have to be removed and so there is an overload on the liver, kidney and lympahtic systems. This aspect is greatly neglected in many cancer hospitals and so the cancer patient is in a 'touch and go' situation. If this is not taken care of - the patient will not be able to bear the burden and goes 'under'.

Detoxification:

An important aspect of treatment for integration into cancer patient care is detoxification. We implement a 21 day protocol wherein the body is flushed off from all pathogens including hidden parasites. We cleanse the liver, the lungs, the kidneys, the gallbaldder, the lymphatic system and the colon. In addition, a program of rejuvenation which stimulates the immune system of the body is adminstered. As patients enter our program, these protocols are integrated into the treatment plan so as to enable the body to remove all the toxins, dead cells on one hand and also get an immune boost.

How we treat our cancer patients:

Cancer treatment is a double edge sword! It can kill cancer cells but it can also kill you ! An integrative approach gives the cancer patient the maximum benefit of sucessfully battling this dreadful enemy and benefit from many treatment options.

Did you know that Chemo therapy can cure cancer but also cause cancer? If a medical oncologist uses cheap chemo drugs this can result in new tumors being formed in addition to metastising the tumor. So too for radiation !! The choice of chemo drugs and the type of radiation are crucial not only for killing cancer cells but is of critical importance in the survival of the patient. Even Surgical Oncologists need to be very careful as removing cancer tissues can help spread the cancer to other sites. Many centers now use intra-opeartive radiation including brachytherapy to contain and kill remaining cancer cells.

Having recoganized that the human body works as a whole, integrative therapy is what we incorprate into all our treatment protocols. The liver is a very important organ as it is a central processing unit for all toxins. Taking care of this organ is crucial to the success of any cancer treatment. So are the kidneys and so is the lymphatic system and so is the colon. We have devised a way by which these organs are flushed and rejuvenated before the treatment and is constantly monitored throughout the treatment. One of the aspects of our treatment is physical therapy where the whole body is massaged with special medicated essential oils. The skin is the largest organ in the human body and absorbs essential oils vital for healing. This procedure carried out by trained massage therapists, massages the lymphatic system (the drainage system of the body) so all the waste products move and the lymphqtic system is not clogged. One of the main reasons for nausea in cancer patients is clogged lymphatic system. There are over a dozen protocols used in our treatment planning to detoxify the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, lungs and colon. The roles of a nutritionist and counsellors are essential for these agressive treatments to be successful.

Cancer treatment does not stop at Radiation, Chemotherapy and Surgery. As cancer is a multi-organ disease, there is a range of therapies which have to be considered in order for the person to go through the five-year survival period:

  1. Chemotherapy
  2. Radiation Therapy
  3. Surgical therapy
  4. Adjuvant therapy
  5. Hormonal Therapy
  6. Immunotherapy
  7. Target therapy
  8. Nutrition Therapy
  9. Supplemenent Therapy
  10. Oxygen therapy
  11. Ozone therapy
  12. Pulsed Magnetic Therapy
  13. Detox therapy
  14. Physical Therapy
  15. Music therapy
  16. Spiritual Therapy
  17. Counselling
  18. Pain Management Therapy

Integrative medicine has come a long way in Medical Science. Today Physicians are beginning to understand the need to integrate many aspects of medical care which were neglected before. Here is a brief introduction to this sort of therapy being practised at one of the leading cancer institutions in the US.

Below are a small collection of various therapies which can be easily incorporated into treating cancer patients. There has to be an openess to benfitting cancer patients and one has to think 'outside the box' and integrate some of these into treating cancer patients. These videos can be expanded to full screen and viewed individually.

While treating cancer patients, we have to take all these into consideration and carefully plan treatment for each patient.

Music therapist

Music HEALS !

In our hospital, we use the PA system to play soft uplifting music. 

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals.

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, patients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.

Music therapy is the practice of using music to address your physical and emotional needs in a therapeutic environment. It may be used to help alleviate emotional, physical and social stresses caused by cancer, or to boost your mood and help you through cancer treatment and recovery. Music therapy may include creating, singing, moving to or listening to music to:

  • Play an instrument
  • Sing a song
  • Participate in a group class where you may either listen to music or play along
  • Talk with a therapist about the feelings certain music evokes in you.

Spiritual Cleansing & healing

OMG is now often used colloquially by most individuals including aetheists, but calling on God is the last resort for persons particularly hit with cancer. We at American Cancer treatment Center place a high value on spiritual matters. It might be unfashionable and even 'unscientific' to believe in God who can heal. This wonderful complex human body is under the control of genes but who conrols these genes. Is it on auto-pilot till the flames go out? It all depends what you chose to believe. We at American Cancer Center believe in God who heals. We as practicing physicians can treat cancer to the best of our ability, but ultimately all healing comes from God. We only understand a fraction of science whether it is billions of galaxies around us or the myriad of cells all of which work in total harmony under the power of God. One can chose to leave Him out but we encourage everyone who comes to us for treatment to "look upto Him and Live".

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