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Chemotherapy and Radiation for Cancer Treatment
Cancer cells lose their ability to be controlled in natural growth and reproduction by the body and multiply very fast, often migrating through metastasis to other parts of the body in addition to the original site. Normal cells know when to stop growing, particularly in repair situations, but cancer cells are different from normal cells in ignoring the body’s signals to stop growth.
The cancer cells become erratic and keep multiplying rapidly and, if not controlled or killed, the cancer cells disrupt normal and essential cell functions, crowd out normal tissue of organs and eventually, if not stopped, cause organ failure resulting in death. Cancer cells mimic healthy cells and unfortunately camouflage themselves to sometimes go unrecognized by immune cells defending our bodies. The current standards of care for cancer unchanged for decades are chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
Radiation treatments for cancer, or radiotherapy, involve the use of radioactivity including ionizing radiation from Gamma-rays, X-Rays or Cobalt-60 as killing agents in therapy. Chemotherapy involves chemical agents and drugs that attempt to disrupt cancer cell growth and kill cancer cells.
Did you know Chemotherapy was first developed as a U.S. Army poison gas program during World War II? Thus, chemo attempts to poison and kill cancer cells and tumors. Chemotherapy attempts to interrupt the cancer progression in the body and target killing cancer cells. If not controlled or killed, the cancer cells disrupt normal cell functions including natural cell growth and multiplication and replacement of normal tissue of organs.
Chemo is also utilized to shrink the cancer tumor size prior to surgery, with an objective to make removal less invasive and more effective. Chemotherapy is the sanctioned therapy when cancer has metastasized or spread beyond where the cancer originated.
Success rates for chemotherapy have been highest in ovarian, testicular and Duke’s C cancers. Are you aware the medical profession considers cancer cured if a patient is cancer-free for 5 years after treatment; even if cancer reoccurs in year 6?
Another common misrepresentation are cure rates for cancer that knowingly include statistics from cancer types, there are more than 200, known to be primarily non-lethal. A beneficial website for information is www.cancer.net. Surgery Surgery seeks to remove the cancer cells and tumors through cutting into the body in a cancer tumor location and removing a tumor(s); thus resolving the cancer by extraction of cancer cells and tumors. Chemotherapy and radiation are often prescribed in conjunction with surgery as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment plan.
Radiation Approximately 60% of cancer patients receive radiation in some form either alone or in combination with chemotherapy. Radiation uses radioactivity aimed at killing the malignant cells and tissues involved in cancer. Radiation can in fact damage or kill cancer cells, but radiation can also cause secondary cancers after the primary cancer has been treated; thus being classified as a carcinogen defined as a cancer-causing agent.
Are there ways to make radiation more effective against cancer and less destructive to white cells and red cells produced by the bone marrow that are essential for oxygen and nutrient delivery in the body and thus energy itself?
A study by D.J. Allendorf and associates presented at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine Comprehensive Care Symposium in 2003 reported, “Oral treatment with whole glucan particles may be a useful therapeutic intervention following radiation exposure to accelerate myeloid [bone marrow] recovery and increase survival after radiation exposure.”
In addition to being a carcinogen, radiation in many instances involves free radicals responsible for cancer-causing mutations to the body’s DNA. Free radicals are in actuality molecules that have lost an electron and are therefore “unpaired,” similar to a sparking wire uncontrolled in the body.
Potential Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation
Chemo has risks. Chemo suppresses the immune response while studies indicate Chemotherapy patients are 14 times more likely to develop leukemia and 6 times more likely to develop cancer of the bones, joints and soft tissue.
Most forms of chemotherapy and/or radiation also cause Vitamin A depletion and interfere with intestinal Vitamin K absorption, needed for proper blood density. Dermatitis on the skin is common, while red blood cell levels needed for sufficient energy are almost always lowered after chemotherapy. Surgery is invasive by definition, increasing the risks of infections and even MRSA.
Some additional side effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation may include: nausea and/or vomiting; constipation; appetite loss; hair loss; low red blood cell count (anemia) and a weakened immune system with increased susceptibility to infection.
Also fatigue; easy bruising and/or bleeding; mouth sores; persistent numbness and tingling sensation in the hands and/or feet, or weakness due to nerve damage. Plus kidney damage; harm to the heart muscle; infertility and menstrual period cessation. The probability of resolving cancer and tumor issues must be greater and more important than the almost certain side effects to be encountered through chemo and radiation therapy.
Listen to Frank Jordan’s brief audio commentary for questions to ask your physician about Chemotherapy. NSC Chemo-Radiation Package The NSC Chemo/Radiation Package includes Extra Strength NSC-100 60 ct MG Beta Glucan plus NSC IMMUNITION CoQ10 with MG Beta Glucan. Beta glucan has extensive scientific research related to chemotherapy and radiation reported in www.betaglucan.org including:
Kondrotas A, et al; 2007. Quote: “As a immunostimulating agent, which acts through the activation of macrophages and NK cell cytotoxicity, …beta-Glucan as an adjuvant to cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy demonstrated the positive role in the restoration of hematopiesis [red blood cells-oxygen-energy] following bone marrow injury.
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