Cancer as a Symptom or a Cause?


Have you ever thought of cancer as a symptom and not the cause?

Cancer Development Takes Years

It takes 3-10 years for cancer cells to grow large enough to be seen on imaging or felt as a lump. But what stimulates cancer cells to multiply? If we are asking such a question, then we must be thinking cancer is a symptom and not a root cause. So why do we focus on the symptom so much and forget to address the root causes?

What stimulates cancer growth?

That is the billion-dollar question which we will not solve as long as we continue to focus on the symptoms only – the cancer. Cancer doesn’t grow for no reason. The external and micro-environment of the cells along with the hormonal, immune, structural and emotional status of the patient play a vital role in the promotion of cancer growth.

Focusing on just the cancer while forgetting its host and environment is not going to get us very far in solving the cancer epidemic. We have been stuck in the same box for over 80 years while watching cancer incidence rise, and doctors and scientists run around in circles with a similar treatment approach just in different colors; yet, we hope to achieve a different result every time we go around the same circle. I suggest it’s time for us to find the courage to break away from old mindsets and to look outside of the box from a different perspective so as to achieve different results.

Look at the Whole Person

Let’s look at the whole person: the external and internal environment along with the emotional and spiritual forces at play. From such a holism perspective, we have to begin to identify and correct all the physiological, immunological, structural, hormonal, dietary and nutritional, environmental, emotional, and spiritual imbalances and influences upon the patient in conjunction with addressing the tumors themselves. If we want results; if we want our patients to heal, and if we want to transform cancer into wellbeing, our only choice lays in assisting our patients through a comprehensive healing approach by looking at the whole being.

Cancer as an Opportunity

Our role as physicians perhaps is to help our patients recognize cancer as an opportunity for growth and ultimate healing. Cancer often provides an opportunity for our patients and their families to heal old wounds. It’s our responsibility to help them:

  • Reorganize their immune system and address chronic infections
  • Improve cellular micro-environment
  • Optimize their microbiome
  • Balance hormones
  • Transform their lifestyles
  • Resolve past relationships and build new ones
  • Let go of worldly attachments and connect with their true spiritual being.

What if by addressing all of the above, tumors come to a halt and cancers begin to shrink. I say this because I have witnessed it several times during my 25 years in practice. I have witnessed patients transform, become joyful, free of worldly attachments; in the meanwhile, their cancers begin to dissolve. As they truly heal at all levels, so do their cancers…. if they are willing to do the work and if their physical healing is meant to be.

Cancer as an Invitation

Perhaps cancer is an invitation for our patients, and for us as physicians and scientists, to let go and open our hearts, minds, and souls to new possibilities to heal, and to grow so to achieve our intended nobility and true potential.

It’s time we recognize cancer as a symptom, or perhaps an opportunity or maybe an invitation and not the cause of dis-ease!

Dr. Nooshin K. Darvish is a Washington board-licensed Naturopathic Doctor, certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine with a Fellowship in Integrative Cancer Therapies. She is the founder and Chief Medical Officer of Holistique Naturopathic Medical Center and Holistique IV Lounge. A 1995 graduate, former Chief Resident, and an Affiliate Faculty of Bastyr University, with more than 25 years of clinical practice, Dr. Darvish practices Regenerative, Naturopathic, and Integrative medicine with a passion to assist patients in their transformation towards physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. As a physician, writer, educator, lecturer, and speaker, her mission is to inspire others to become 'agents of transformation'.