DR NAVNEET SHARDA MD ENVISIONS A WORLD WITHOUT CANCER
If you have just been diagnosed with cancer, our warmest sympathy. Your journey will be complex and lead to places you could not imagine. Getting relevant information about your specific type of cancer is challenging. We hope you find the information and patient experiences here helpful and inspiring. Dr. Navneet Sharda of Cancer Care Center in Las Vegas has been a practicing Oncologist for over 23 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 health. He has techniques to limit the complications of cancer therapy. Dr. Sharda believes that surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy have an important place in cancer treatment, but are not the only methods which can be used.
Dr. Sharda integrates many different fields of knowledge to best serve his patients. He uses oncology, tumor biology, immunology, nutrition, ayurveda, physics, radiobiology, genetics, pharmacology, yoga, exercise physiology, radiology, and medicine. If you have been agonizing about the best treatment for your type of cancer, Dr. Navneet Sharda is an exceptional Oncologist and you will be well served. 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.
Over one million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States. The most common cancers are Prostate, Lung, Breast, Cervix and Colon. PAP smears, PSA blood testing, mammograms and colonoscopy have improved cancer survival, demonstrating that early detection is valuable. Smoking awareness campaigns have reduced the number of lung cancers. Unfortunately, other malignancies are increasing, such as liver cancer.
This is the age old question. In the last 60 to 70 years we have made significant advances in understanding what causes cancer. Once DNA was identified, scientists discovered the link between DNA, RNA and the proteins which make our body. If you are curious about the discovery of DNA , please click HERE. Scientists currently believe that the basis of cancer is an alteration in the cell. The normal cell interacts with all the other cells in a cooperative manner. This is genetically determined by the DNA in the nucleus of the cell. After a DNA mutation, abnormal proteins, enzymes and phospholipids are made, and the cell behaves oddly. Some of the odd behaviors result in growing out of control, invading other tissues, or breaking off parts of itself which then begin to grow in abnormal places. This is the hallmark of cancer – uncontrolled growth, local tissue invasion and metastasis.
Many theories have been proposed to explain how DNA is altered. Viruses have been identified which infect a cell and cause changes to the DNA. Many viruses, such as HPV and RSV have been directly linked to cancer. Chemical and radiation exposure have also been shown to damage DNA, again leading to cancer. Chronic irritation and hyperactive growth of a tissue have also been 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 and this can also result in cancer . There are many ways to develop cancer, unfortunately there is no simple explanation.
Cancer causes symptoms in a variety of ways. 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 an organ such as the liver. This causes organ damage. A damaged organ is unable to function properly. Organ damage is one of the local effects of cancer. Distant effects are due to metastasis (when a cancer spreads to other tissues), and those metastasis then begin to grow and cause local effects on the 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 secreted by the body as a result of the cancer. These substances, such as Tumor Necrosis Factor, are the main cause of the weight loss, lack of appetite and feelings of weakness.