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Author Topic: Chemo and radiation actually make cancer more malignant  (Read 915 times)


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Chemo and radiation actually make cancer more malignant
« on: August 02, 2012, 06:56:23 am »

This is interesting.  I have often heard people "theorise" about this before, but I haven't found any articles supporting this before.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the developed world, and yet we are still in the dark ages when it comes to treating and understanding it.

The colossal failure of conventional cancer treatments reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of what cancer the "enemy" actually is. For one, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are both intrinsically carcinogenic treatments. The only justification for their use, in fact, is that they are highly effective at damaging the DNA within cells with the hope that the cancer cells will be more susceptible to being harmed than the healthy ones (sadly, not always true).

The reality, however, is that the "collateral damage" from treatment is inevitable; it is not a matter of "if," but to what degree the damaging side effects will occur. As in real modern warfare, the decision to strike is often based on deciding how much collateral damage to "civilian" populations is deemed acceptable. This is not unlike the fixation in toxicological risk assessments for drugs, environmental pollutants, food additives, etc., where determining "an acceptable level of harm" (a rather horrible oxymoron) to the exposed population is the first order of business.



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Re: Chemo and radiation actually make cancer more malignant
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012, 07:24:10 am »

A rather one sided picture of the subject, of course, but there is no doubt that better treatments are both possible and inevitable.

Just to give some perspective... when I was a young nurse, "chemo" was very primitive and harsh, often worse than the cancer itself. But a great deal of good work has been done, in spite of all the roadblocks and perverse incentives, and chemo today is vastly improved in every way. Cancer of all kinds is less prevalent, and the life expectancy of most cancer patients is far, far better than ever before. So let's not toss out the baby with the bath water here.

Let's work toward creating a world where any and all treatment (and preventative measure) is widely available in the free market. That is the ultimate answer to just about every question.
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