Sunday, 27 March 2016

10 Questions To Ask Before Undergoing Radiation Therapy For Cancer

Radiation Therapy cancer treatment uses high-powered X-rays with the intention to kill cancer cells.
But radiation is inherently damaging to DNA. Radiation Therapy actually works by damaging the genes (DNA) in cells. Genes control how cells grow and divide. When radiation damages the genes of cancer cells, they can’t grow and divide any more.
Therefore over time, the cells die. This means radiation can be used to kill cancer cells and shrink tumours… or at least that was the theory.  
Radiologists know that DNA damage is one of the detrimental effects of ionizing radiation. When something like that smashes into your DNA (or most anything), it is definitely going to do some damage.

Damage Caused by Radiation Therapy Cancer Treatments

§  Radiation therapy for cancer causes nerve damage (resulting in numbness and pain).
§  Radiation to the head and neck area can damage the glands, causing throat and mouth sores.
§  Radiation to the stomach or pelvis can damage the intestines. 
§  Radiation also limits reconstructive options for breast cancer and can cause significant damage to the heart, lungs or any other organ nearby.
§  Radiation also causes second cancers.
But radiologists believe that these “side effects” are insignificant as compared to the benefits of radiation as a cancer treatment.
Well! They are wrong! The theory itself was wrong!

Radiation Therapy Creates More Cancers!!

While in the past researchers ERRONEOUSLY believed that radiation could actually kill cancer cells, researchers are now discovering that radiation treatment creates more cancers!
A recent study done at UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found radiation actually induces (leads to) breast cancer cells to form more tumours.
Plus, malignancy in radiation treated breast cells was likely to be 30 times more probable. 
Radiation actually promotes malignancy in cancer cells instead of killing them, and it allows cancers to grow back with even greater force!
The researchers reported that radiation treatment transforms cancer cells into treatment-resistant breast cancer stem cells (CSCs), even as it kills some of the cancerous cells within a tumour.
While radiation appears to target cancer cells and can regress tumours, this is only in the short-term, before the tumours re-grow with a vengeance.
Other research has indicated that cancer stem cells are involved with treatment failure.
In fact, awareness of CSCs goes way back to around 1910, though the term wasn’t used then. 
As with chemotherapy, numerous researchers have found that radiation does not kill all of the cancerous cells within the tumour. 
The cancer stem cells are left behind. Plus, the radiation actually turns normal cells into cancer stem cells. Thus creating cells that are resistant to treatment and which can go on to produce more tumours.

When is Radiation Therapy Cancer Treatment Beneficial?

Radiation therapy can be useful for palliative care. For example, it is often used as a method to control pain or manage other quality of life symptoms. But the theory that radiation is curative has clearly been challenged:
§  Beyond the obvious questions, such as does radiation therapy harm surrounding organs? (Yes, it does!), or
§  Will I suffer from fatigue? (Likely so), and;
§  Does it contribute to Lymphedema? (Indeed it does!).
There are important questions you need to ask your radiation oncologist before you accept treatment.

The 10 Questions to Ask Your Oncologist Before Accepting Radiation Therapy Cancer Treatments

BEFORE you schedule any radiation therapy appointments to treat your cancer, here are some very important questions you need to ask your doctor.
These questions are meant to empower you to take control of your health and have a clear understanding of the cancer treatment being offered.
1.  What is the goal of the radiation for my cancer?  Is this a cure or a short term solution?
2.  What will your proposed treatment do to my cancer stem cells?
3.  How will you support my immune system during treatment?
4.  How will you protect my heart, lungs, and/or other organs from the radiation?
5.  How will this treatment change the cancer environment: will it only kill some of the cancer cells and leave me vulnerable when the cancer stem cells go on to create more cancer?
6.  What is your opinion on taking antioxidants and other supplements during treatment?
7.  How will radiation affect my risk of distant relapse, which has a much higher rate of recurrence (30%) than the 10-15 percent of patients with stage I or II who will develop a local recurrence? In light of the risk of the radiation creating more cancer, how will this radiation treatment benefit me?
8.  What lifestyle changes will I need to make to improve the outcome of the radiation treatment and protect my body during treatments?
9.  Will a planning CT (CAT scan) be required to determine the area to be treated? Will I require more than one of these scans which inherently subject me to even more radiation?
10.      Would you give this same treatment to your wife or children, and if not, what would you recommend for them? Would you do it yourself?
Let me add two more:
11.     Are you aware of any natural cancer remedies of botanical nature that has been used before?
12.     Have ever heard of or seen the video:  Cancer –The Forbidden Cures videos before?
Many people are timid when it comes to questioning a doctor. 
Part of this is the unwillingness to put up with potential arrogance.
However, more often it is because when we hear the words “you have cancer” we often begin to operate out of fear. We can become bullied into thinking we will die if we don’t follow the “good” doctor’s orders.
It is next to impossible to make clear, educated decisions when you operate out of fear.
Know that by law, physicians must inform patients of the significant risks and serious harm associated with proposed treatments as well as alternatives to their suggested treatment.
However, because of their power of intimidation coupled with the trust and respect we have for medical doctors; whom we think and believe are in their profession to save lives, we do not ask crucial questions when it come to our life at the very crucial time of being told – sometimes outright lie – that you have cancer.
It is much easier to heal yourself of cancer once you become an empowered patient.
To become empowered you would need to do a number of things including:
1.  Find out what causes cancer generally; most importantly, what caused YOUR cancer: and what stops it from growing.
2.  When you are told you have cancer, do not agree to any treatment right away, but to quote Oprah Winfrey, when she was interviewing some people on her show who were wrongly diagnosed as having HIV, “...do not ask for a second opinion, but go for a third and fourth opinion” before you decide how to proceed; because for all you know there is nothing there after all!
You may have heard the expression “there is no stupid question.” Never has there been a better time to ask questions. Your health and your life depend on it!
You must remember that cancer is not a death sentence; but rather the body crying for help!
Respond by doing the right thing.  Changing the lapses in your daily life.  Having cancer is a wake-up call for you to slow down and do the right thing.
Meanwhile visit our Natural Remedies for Cancer Therapy

Article Summary

·       Radiation therapy cancer treatment uses high-powered X-rays with the intention to kill cancer cells.
·       While in the past researchers believed that radiation could actually kill cancer cells, researchers are now discovering that radiation treatment creates more cancer!
·       While radiation appears to target cancer cells and can regress tumours, this is only in the short-term, before the tumours re-grow with a vengeance.
·       Radiation therapy can be useful for palliative care as a method to control pain or manage other quality of life symptoms.
·       BEFORE you schedule any radiation therapy appointments to treat your cancer, there are 10 questions you need to ask your doctor. These questions are meant to empower you to take control of your health and have a clear understanding of the cancer treatment being offered.
1.  What is the goal of the radiation for my cancer? Is this a cure or a short term solution?
2.  What will your proposed treatment do to my cancer stem cells?
3.  How will you support my immune system during treatment?
4.  How will you protect my heart, lungs, and/or other organs from the radiation?
5.  How will this treatment change the cancer environment: will it only kill some of the cancer cells and leave me vulnerable when the cancer stem cells go on to create more cancer?
6.  What is your opinion on taking antioxidants and other supplements during treatment?
7.  How will radiation affect my risk of distant relapse? 
8.  What lifestyle changes will I need to make to improve the outcome of the radiation treatment and protect my body during treatments?
9.  Will a planning CT (CAT scan) be required to determine the area to be treated? Will I require more than one of these scans which inherently subject me to even more radiation?
10.     Would you give this same treatment to your wife or children, and if not, what would you recommend for them? Would you do it yourself?

Sources and References

·       Stem Cells, PubMed
NOTE: This article was originally written by Elyn Jacobs TTAC.


What Your Oncologist Isn’t Telling You About Chemotherapy and Radiation





Cancer is big business, no doubt about it. But did you know that the treatment your doctor orders could actually increase the likelihood that you will become a repeat customer?
Conventional Cancer Treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation actually promote Cancer. Yes! You read that correctly… they promote cancer!
Cancer is increasingly becoming a survivable disease, yet the treatments cause considerable collateral damage – including initiating new, second cancers.
Second Cancers are cancers unrelated to the original cancer, which can be triggered by the very same imbalances or cancer-causing agents that led to the first cancer.  In fact, doctors sometimes refer to the risk of a second cancer as “friendly fire” – that is treatment for one cancer resulting in the initiation of a second cancer.
How in God’s name could any doctor fail to mention to a patient the possibility that second cancers can be created by the very cancer treatment they are administering?

How Long Has it Been Known That Chemotherapy and Radiation Can Lead to Second Cancers?

The link between Chemotherapy and radiation and the development of second cancers has been known for decades! Even the American Cancer Society acknowledges that Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy are Carcinogens and may increase risk for developing a second cancer, and that the risk is even higher when both therapies are given together. Yet still this information is not typically shared with patients or is severely downplayed by oncologists.

Chemotherapy and Second Cancers

Chemotherapy targets the DNA of cancer cells, specifically rapidly dividing cells. However, in the process it also impacts healthy cells. Risk is dose and treatment-duration related.
The most common cancers linked to chemotherapy drugs are:
§  AML (Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia)
§  MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome). 
The news of ABC’s Good Morning America host Robin Robert’s diagnosis of MDS is a perfect example.

Radiation and Second Cancers

Beyond the obvious link from radiation exposure to cancer (Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Atomic Bomb blasts in Japan) and all the credible new information linking cell phones and EMFs to cancer, radiation therapy has been recognized as carcinogenic for many years.
Like chemotherapy drugs, radiation therapy destroys cancer cells but also harms healthy cells.
Radiation therapy has been linked to the occurrence of solid tumours of the lung, stomach, and bone, and to various types of Leukaemia such as AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukaemia), CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia), and ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia).

The Links Between Chemotherapy and Radiation to Second Cancers are Known and Vast:

·       Chemotherapy drugs that are Alkylating agents such as Mechlorethamine, Cyclophosphamide, Chlorambucil, Melahalan, and others interfere with a cell’s DNA that can sometimes cause AML and MDS.
·       Non-alkylating chemotherapy agents (platinum-based drugs) such as Cisplatin and Carboplatin attack cancer cells in a similar way, increasing the risk for leukaemia. Risk is dose related and the risk of developing leukaemia increases even more if radiation is given along with Cisplatin or Carboplatin (or other platins).
·       In the case of Topoisomerase II Inhibitors such as Etoposide, Teniposide; and Mitoantrone, the drugs stop cells from being able to repair DNA, sometimes causing leukaemia, often within as little as 2-3 years.  Anthracyclines, while still Topoisomerase II Inhibitors, are less likely to cause leukaemia.
·       Targeted therapy drugs such as Zelboraf and Tafinlar, which are used to treat melanoma, increase the risk of Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the skin.
·       Patients given immunosuppressive medication (they suppress the immune system), such as Cyclophosphamide, Chlorambucil and Nitrogen Mustard (for treatment or during organ transplants) are proven to develop second cancers.
·       Radiation treatment for breast cancer significantly increases risk for developing Lung Cancer.
·       Radiation treatment to the prostate can result in carcinomas.
·       Chemo used to treat lymphomas and breast cancer can initiate bladder cancer.
·       Chemo has been linked to the initiation of testicular cancer.
·       Prior cancer treatments are a key risk factor for subsequent neoplasms for childhood cancer survivors.
·       Stem cell transplants increase risk of second cancers from the chemotherapy and radiation used as well as the associated suppression of the immune system.
While secondary malignancies may be due to many factors, chemotherapy and radiation are both carcinogens; exposure to these therapies can result in an increased risk of second cancers.
Sadly, many oncologists do not inform their patients that the treatments they prescribe could possibly lead to a second cancer. Now you know and The Truth About Cancer is here to educate and empower you with this knowledge and information.
Please help bring more awareness about the dangers of second cancers from chemotherapy and radiation by sharing this article with your friends and family.

Article Summary

·       Conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation cause considerable collateral damage – including initiating new, second cancers.
·       The link between chemotherapy and radiation and the development of second cancers has been known for decades. Even the American Cancer Society acknowledges these treatments are carcinogens and that the risk is even higher when both therapies are given together.
·       The most common cancers linked to chemotherapy drugs are AML (acute lymphocytic leukemia) and MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome).
·       Radiation therapy has been linked to the occurrence of solid tumours of the lung, stomach, and bone, and to various types of leukemia such as AML (acute myelogenous leukemia), CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia), and ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia).
·       Sadly, many oncologists do not inform their patients that the treatments they prescribe could possibly lead to a second cancer.

Additional Information:

Article Summary

·       Conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation cause considerable collateral damage – including initiating new, second cancers.
·       The link between chemotherapy and radiation and the development of second cancers has been known for decades. Even the American Cancer Society acknowledges these treatments are carcinogens and that the risk is even higher when both therapies are given together.
·       The most common cancers linked to chemotherapy drugs are AML (acute lymphocytic leukemia) and MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome).
·       Radiation therapy has been linked to the occurrence of solid tumors of the lung, stomach, and bone, and to various types of leukemia such as AML (acute myelogenous leukemia), CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia), and ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia).
·       Sadly, many oncologists do not inform their patients that the    treatments they prescribe could possibly lead to a second cancer.

Additional Information:
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Sources and References

·       Second Cancers in Adults

Note: This article was originally written by Elyn Jacobs for TTAC.



Chemo Brain Is Real

Chemo Brain Is Real:











Chemotherapy Causes Permanent Brain Damage

The reality of "chemo brain" has been established by researchers who have discovered clear evidence that patients develop cognitive issues after undergoing chemotherapy.

The new studies reveal that chemotherapy can lead to problems with focus and recall with a sense of "brain fog" being described by many participants.

There have been many theories of negative effects on the brain caused by chemotherapy, but this study is the first to describe the scientific mechanisms that may explain how it occurs.

The study conducted at the University of British Colombia in the Psychology and Physical Therapy Departments chose a test group of breast cancer survivors. The participants were asked to complete a series of tasks and their brain activity was recorded. The results showed the minds of people with chemo brain lack the ability for sustained focused thought.

Although many patients and healthcare workers use the terms "chemo brain" or "chemo fog," many doctors describe the condition as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or cognitive dysfunction.

Most people who are experiencing the condition regardless of what it is called are able to do everyday things. But there seems to be a noticeable decrease in ability to perform as well as before they underwent chemotherapy.

Symptoms can include:

• Memory loss or reduction in recall
• Hard time finding the right word for an object
• Trouble staying focused or on tasks
• Struggles with wandering thoughts
• Challenges with multi-tasking
• Difficulty with simple mental maths
• Fatigue (tiredness and lack of energy)
• Difficulty keeping up with a conversation
• Confusion and/or brain fog

The statistics are not yet well established as to how many people have mild cognitive impairment after cancer treatment.

One review surveyed women with breast cancer and suggested the proportion of women with cognitive impairment ranged between 17 out of every 100 (17%) and 50 out of every 100 (50%). More research and data is necessary to confirm how many chemotherapy patients have these problems.

Medical professionals and researchers do not know the direct cause of mild cognitive impairment. 

Research however, points to several factors, including:
  • Chemotherapy
  • Other cancer treatments
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Old age
  • Depression and/or changes in cytokines (blood proteins).


Chemotherapy effects

German researchers looked at women with breast cancer before, during and after chemotherapy. Their research suggested that other unknown factors affect thought processes before chemotherapy, but that chemotherapy may make these problems worse in some women.

Research suggests that people who have mild cognitive impairment are also more likely to have depression, anxiety and fatigue. We don't know whether the causes of these are the same as the causes of cognitive impairment, or whether one leads to the other. One of the problems with testing for these issues is that tests do not always record the sort of issues that people have after being diagnosed with cancer. So people who are experiencing problems often have "normal" test scores.

A Dutch study researched women with breast cancer and contrasted cognitive challenges and the correlation between the different types of chemotherapy.
They looked at women before and after treatment and compared them with women not having chemotherapy and women who didn't have breast cancer at all. The results indicated that women treated with high-dose chemotherapy were more likely to have cognitive impairment than those treated with standard-dose treatment.

Researchers have also used MRI scans to see if the brain works differently in people who have had chemotherapy. Participants in the study were given a memory test. The test started with simple questions and became increasingly more difficult. While they were taking the test, they were given an MRI brain scan. The researchers could see an increase in the activity in the brain during the test in both the control group and those who had chemotherapy. There was measurably less activity in the people who'd had chemotherapy.

Kristin Campbell, an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and leader of the research team, said:
"Physicians now recognize that the effects of cancer treatment persist long after its over and these effects can really impact a person's life."
She also felt that these findings could help healthcare providers test and measure the effects of chemotherapy on the brain.

Additional Note: 

Anyone who is looking for a Natural, Botanical, Herbal Treatments and Remedies for cancer, should have a very close look at:

http://natural-healthshop.com/Chemotherapy-Protocols_c102.htm. 

Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org

http://news.ubc.ca

http://www.naturalnews.com/049675_chemo_brain_chemotherapy_dangers_permanent_damage.html. Accessed: 15th. December 2015.


NOTE: This article was originally written by Sandy J. Duncan, a NaturalNews Staff Writer in May 2015.