ENVISIONS A WORLD WITHOUT CANCER
If you have just been diagnosed with cancer, our warmest sympathy. You are about to embark on a journey like no other. Cancer has many different names and arises in virtually any part of the body, just trying to categorize it is challenging-let alone getting relevant information about your specific type of cancer. If you have been in the battle for a while, please accept our admiration that you continue to study and research about your challenge. We hope you find the information and patient experiences here helpful and inspiring. Dr. Navneet Sharda of Cancer Care Las Vegas has been a practicing Oncologist for over 20 years. Dr. Sharda does not just treat cancer, he treats people who have cancer. His focus is on eradicating the cancer while simultaneously restoring patients to healthy living despite the diagnosis and complications of cancer and therapy. Dr. Sharda integrates many different fields of knowledge to best serve his patients, including oncology, tumor biology, immunology, nutrition, ayurveda, physics, radiobiology, genetics, pharmacology, yoga, exercise physiology, radiology, and medicine. If you have been agonizing about what is the best treatment for your type of cancer, we believe that Dr. Navneet Sharda is an exceptional choice to seek a consultation from. Please have a look around- there are a lot of different sources of knowledge here and we try our best to avoid any commercial bias.
Dr Navneet Sharda MD and the staff receive tremendous numbers of thank you cards. Each one touches us deeply — a reminder of the uniqueness of every person who has become a member of the cancer care family. We are grateful to have impacted so many lives in a positive way and appreciate every card. Click here to view many more individual patient stories.
The cancer problem:
Over one million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States and the most common cancers are Prostate, Lung, Breast, Cervix and Colon. Although National Cancer Institute has reported a slight decline in the incidence of cancer, Dr. Navneet Sharda believes that the scope of the problem has hardly been touched. PAP smear, PSA blood testing, mammograms and colonoscopy have absolutely resulted in the early detection of cancer as well as the improvement in cancer survival. Efforts to reduce smoking have reduced the number of new lung cancers. Unfortunately, certain malignancies are increasing in prevalence such as liver cancer.
What causes cancer? This is the age old question, and over the last 60 to 70 years we have made significant advances in our understanding of the causes of cancer. Once we understood the nature of DNA, we could take the next steps in determining how DNA caused RNA to be created, then follow this to identifying how RNA was translated to the proteins and enzymes that make up our bodies. If you are curious about DNA and how this was discovered, please click HERE. Scientists currently believe that the basis of cancer is an alteration in the normal function of the cell. The normal cell interacts with it’s environment in a cooperative manner which is genetically determined by the DNA in the nucleus of the cell and the expression of the normal DNA sequences. If there is a change in the DNA, then abnormal proteins, enzymes and phospholipids result, and the cell behaves in an altered way. Some of the alterations might result in the tendency to grow out of control or invade and damage other tissues, or break off parts of itself and begin to grow in places where the normal cell would not normally grow. This is the hallmark of cancer – local tissue invasion and metastasis. Many theories have been proposed to explain the reason that DNA becomes altered. Viruses have been identified which infect a cell and cause changes to the DNA and many of these have been directly linked to eventual cancer formation. Chemical and radiation exposure have also been shown to damage and alter DNA, and once again there is a direct link to cancer formation. Chronic irritation and hyperactive growth of a tissue have also been directly linked to cancer. Changes in the hormone environment of the body can cause changes in the way a DNA molecule is decoded by the body, resulting in production of proteins that would not normally be present, and this can also result in cancer — this is one of the findings of Epigenetics. For a more detailed and easy discussion about epigenetics, please click HERE. It appears that there are many ways to develop cancer in the body, and unfortunately there is no simple explanation.
Cancer causes symptoms in a variety of ways. Dr Navneet Sharda MD says that doctors and scientists talk about local effects, distant effects, humeral effects, hormonal effects. When a cancer begins to grow, it begins to take up a large amount of space and either displaces or directly invades and damages the organ/tissue that it is growing inside. This causes problems in the function of that organ, which is then unable to function properly. Organ damage is one of the ways that people suffer from cancer. Distant effects are due to a variety of reasons, but one obvious effect is from metastasis (when a cancer spreads to other tissues), and those metastasis then begin to grow and cause local effects on the affected tissues. Thus, even though a cancer may have originated in the colon, if it metastasized to the liver and caused liver damage, this is a distant effect from the colon cancer. Humeral and Hormonal effects are those due to chemical substances that are either secreted by the cancer, or the body as a result of the cancer. These substances such as Tumor Necrosis Factor, are the main cause of the weight loss and lack of appetite and feelings of weakness that patients complain of.
Dr. Sharda has developed a variety of strategies to help patients combat the effects of cancer-radiation therapy for local effects, chemotherapy to reduce the distant effects, and ayurveda or naturopathy for the humeral effects and hormonal effects. It is the synthesis of multiple fields of knowledge which make Navneet Sharda MD a true Oncologist.