from Wakeup-World Website
Sixteen years later, my father also died from cancer. As horrific as the disease can be, I remember thinking during my mother's illness that the treatment was worse than the cancer.
Watching our mother endure chemotherapy - and the effect it had on her physical, mental and spiritual well-being - both my sister and I seriously questioned for the first time whether we would choose such a treatment if we were ever diagnosed with cancer.
To this day, my answer is
still a resounding NO...
But each chose the
well-worn path of chemotherapy. Each died within a year and a half,
many much sooner.
Sadly, countless others have similar stories, like this comment posted on a recent The Telegraph article:
Deeply believing cancer treatments increase mortality rates, instead of survival rates (a case in point: my mother died from an infection around the tube used to administer the chemotherapy, not the cancer itself), the recent headline about how chemotherapy spreads cancer and encourages more aggressive tumors, only confirms what many of us in the alternative health and wellness field have suspected for decades.
Chemotherapy - The Devil is in the Details
Preoperative chemotherapy - also known as neoadjuvant chemotherapy - is a standard treatment protocol given before surgery in the hope it will shrink tumors to the point that follow-up surgery will not be as invasive (an example is where a lumpectomy can be used, instead of a full mastectomy).
But a new study (Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Induces Breast Cancer Metastasis through a TMEM-mediated Mechanism) in the journal Science Translational Medicine has found that this practice may actually add fuel to the fire and promote the spread of cancer to other regions of the body, thereby significantly increasing the risk of dying from the disease.
In the study, mice with breast cancer who were given chemotherapy, had double the number of cancer cells in the lungs and bloodstream, compared to mice that did not receive the treatment.
Moreover, scientists found that chemotherapy made blood vessels more permeable to cancer cells. Immune cells that transport cancer cells also increased.
Chemotherapy has been found to promote cancer spread in humans as well.
In twenty patients who received chemotherapy drugs, it was discovered that tumor microenvironments became increasingly favorable for cancer metastasis.
According to The Telegraph:
Lead researcher of the animal study, Dr George Karagiannis, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, believes the findings will be an important component of how to create safer chemotherapy treatments in the future.
As Dr. Mercola points out, this isn't the first time researchers have shown chemotherapy promotes cancer.
In 2012, scientists established that chemotherapy for prostate cancer damages DNA in healthy cells and caused them to secrete more of a protein called WNT16B, which boosts tumor growth and may encourage cancer cells to develop resistance to treatment.
Incredibly, it's been known as early as 2004 that chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival, with a five-year survival rate of,
Considering the relative low effectiveness of chemotherapy - and significant risk of cancer spread and more resistant tumors down the line - we may ultimately be better off following the lead of this Telegraph reader: