Chemotherapy: A Five Year Cure?

Cancer drugs have peculiar characteristics. They are themselves carcinogenic agents. They cause the formation of drug-resistant cells. They can enhance the malignancy of the tumor and its ability to spread. These drugs often directly combine with and alter the genetic material (DNA and RNA) of the cells, normal ones as well as cancerous.

As a result of such genetic alterations, tumor cells that do manage to survive chemotherapy grow more aggressive. In fact, sometimes after chemotherapy, metastases show up in strange sites in which they would not normally grow. Sometimes, instead of repressing tumor growth, such treatment accelerates it. The tumors can spread wildly.

Cancer drugs are toxic, and not just to cancer cells but to normal cells, as well.

Chemotherapy is toxic by design amongst the most poisonous substances ever introduced into the human body. Aside from the rigors of such treatments, chemotherapy is a dose-limiting treatment. That means, doctors often have to stop giving it or they will kill the patient.

Much chemotherapy is the result of empirical discoveries. But chemotherapists are especially proud of those drugs, like 5-fluorouracil, that are the product of what they call "rational therapeutics." These are compounds created in a laboratory based on their molecular structure, and only then administered to patients. They are generally manmade, chemical substances.

Even when they are of natural origin they are usually manipulated until they are essentially synthetic entities. And even when natural they are poisons that have been adapted for the purpose of killing cells, rather than for providing nutrition or gently boosting immunity.

Yet, they are also recognized as failures in the treatment of most advanced adult carcinomas. In 1991, in fact, NCI scientists concluded: "Because chemotherapy is not a cure for the common types of cancer in adults, new therapies must be developed."

But these new orthodox therapies, so far, have been as toxic as the drugs they are meant to replace.

The Central Problem

Around the world, toxic drugs are increasingly being used as the treatment of choice for cancers of all kinds, including advanced carcinomas. Over the last dozen years, this use has increased dramatically. It is a rare patient today, with advanced cancer of any type, who is not urged in the strongest terms to take such drugs.

"In virtually all cases such treatment is taken into consideration. Dr Vincent DeVita, former director of the National Cancer Institute, who has played a major role in the promulgation of this type of treatment, has said that he regards virtually all patients with metastatic or recurrent disease as candidates for chemotherapy. The US government's PDQ system advises that "all newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer may appropriately be considered as candidates for one of the numerous ongoing clinical trials."

What Is A Cure?

For Webster, a cure is "something that corrects, heals or permanently alleviates a harmful or troublesome situation," the "restoration of health form disease."

To the cancer establishment, however, a cure is defined as a "five-yeardisease-free interval."

Oddly, a person can receive treatment for cancer, be clear of any symptoms or indicators of cancer for five years, and be declared "cured." If the cancer then re-emerges, she can be in the paradoxical situation of being "cured" and dying of cancer at one and the same time. Sadly, this does, in fact, happen.

The cancer establishment can in no way say they have won the war on cancer. But, this establishment often holds out the prospect of a cure through conventional methods, including chemotherapy.

Article copyright Canadian Health Reform Products Ltd.

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By Ralph Moss

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