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Stomach Cancer Information

Information on Stomach Cancer:

The causes of stomach cancer

Scientists do not currently know the cause of stomach cancer, but they have identified a number of risk factors that can affect your chance of getting it.

Diet is of particular importance – especially in the case of high quantities of smoked or pickled food. Food hygiene is also important as this can reduce the spread of the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria (carried by some types of fly) that can cause stomach ulcers. Many stomach cancer patients have had persistent stomach ulcers leading up to their cancer.

Middle aged (and slightly older) men seem to be the group of people at highest risk from stomach cancer, but it is also found in a higher incidence amongst those suffering from pernicious anaemia – a condition that affects the lining of the stomach and results in a lack of vitamin B12.

The symptoms of stomach cancer

 The following symptoms can be a sign of stomach cancer, although other conditions can induce the same effect:

  • Persistent indigestion.
  • Weight loss.
  • Reduced or lack of appetite.
  • Vomiting.
  • Feeling abnormally bloated after eating,
  • Having blood in your stools (bowel motions) which can sometimes make black stools.

 If you exhibit any of the above symptoms, please consult your doctor for further advice as soon as possible. As with many other cancers (or potential cancers), early intervention is the key to success.

Methods of diagnosis

 Having taken your full medical history and conducted a physical examination, your doctor is likely to want to conduct the following tests:

  • Faecal occult blood test – to detect if there is any blood in your bowel motions.
  • Gastroscopy – After you have fasted to empty your stomach, the doctor will use a narrow flexible telescope to examine the inside of your oesophagus and stomach under local anaesthetic. The gastroscope can be used to photograph the stomach lining and, if necessary, the doctor can conduct a biopsy at the same time.
  • Barium meal – This is where an X-ray of the stomach and oesophagus is taken with the aid of barium – a substance which shows up clearly on the x-ray.

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Dr Burzynski and Antineoplastons

Back in the early 1970s, Dr Burzynski discovered that there was a fundamental difference between the peptides in the blood and urine samples of cancer patients versus healthy individuals.  The cancer patients were missing some substances that are normally present.  He named these antineoplastons.

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He theorised that by synthesising the missing peptides and putting them back into the body of the cancer patient, he could restore the natural balance and help the body to fight off the cancer.  Dr Burzynski has been artificially synthesising these substances since the 1980s in order to help his patients, and for them to be used in clinics outside of the USA.

Dr Burzynski has worked for decades to save lives and to prove the efficacy of his treatments, despite a running battle with the FDA and the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, who were allegedly under pressure by the FDA.

Appallingly, whilst the FDA was frittering away over $60 million of taxpayers’ money, the US government, via the Department of Health was simultaneously filing patents on Dr Burzynski’s discoveries.

If there is no credence to Dr Burzynski’s discovery, then why are so many of his patients alive years, if not decades, after diagnosis of “incurable” forms of brain cancer?

Equally, why would the US government patent application state “the neoplastic conditions treatable by this method includes neuroblastoma, acute promyelocytic leukaemia, acute myelodysplasia, acute glioma, prostate cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer, medulloblastoma, and Burkitt’s lymphoma.”  (Source: US patent #5,605,930; “Compositions and Methods for Treating and Preventing Pathologies Including Cancer”; Filed 3/7/94; Approved 2/25/97 The USA Dept. of HHS.)

Incredibly, the string of 11 related patents were granted despite them being copycats of a patent that Dr Burzynski had already been granted several years before!

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For more information on Dr Burzynski’s discovery, and the video detailing his legal battles to bring this discovery into mainstream medicine, visit our alternative medicine section or visit Dr Burzynski’s web site:

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Testicular Cancer Information

Information on Testicular Cancer:

The types of testicular cancer

Testicular cancer comes in two different forms. Seminomas are more common in the 25 to 55 year old age group whilst teratomas are more commonly found in the 15 to 35 year old age group. Sometimes a patient may have both types of cancer present in the same location.

With this type of cancer also affecting young men, it highlights the need for regular self-examination to give yourself the best chance of detecting the condition early. Testicular cancer has a very high success rate in terms of treatment, but that relies upon early detection. For this reason, we have included a testicular self-examination section that you should follow at least once per month.  Visit the early detection and testicular self-examination sections.

The causes of testicular cancer

Scientists know very little about the cause of testicular cancer. However, they have established that here is no evidence to suggest that strain or injury increases your testicular cancer risk (although a lump from an injury could mask a potential tumour), and that having had an undescended testicle during infancy does increase your risk.

The symptoms of testicular cancer

Look out for:

  • Any change in size or weight of your testicles.
  • A swelling in one part of a testicle – which can be painless.
  • A dull ache in the scrotum, groin, lower abdomen or lower back.
  • A sore, or a small patch on the shaft or tip of your penis that irritates and won’t heal.

Sometimes a patient’s testicle can suddenly become enlarged and very tender to touch. On occasion, particularly with small tumours, the physical symptoms can begin elsewhere in the body because the cancer has spread. These symptoms can include (but are not limited to) stomach ache, back ache, or a persistent cough. A more extensive list of potential cancer symptoms can be found in the cancer overview section.

Although these symptoms can be a result of other less serious medical conditions, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of them – particularly in the case of a lump.

Methods of diagnosis

Diagnosis of testicular cancer is often begun with a physical examination and the taking of your medical history.

Ultrasound can also be a valuable tool in helping to differentiate between cancer and swellings (or lumps) due to other conditions. However, the only accurate way to definitively diagnose cancer (determining the exact type and best course of treatment) is to examine the testicle in question under the microscope under general anaesthetic. This is because unlike other cancers, biopsies are not recommended because they can help to spread the disease.

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Recommended Books on Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Whilst Cancer Uncensored the book, is a complete reference guide to cancer prevention, early detection and survival, I would always advise people to read around the subject so that they can make their own informed decisions when it comes to their health.  By all means, consult with your Doctor… but ultimately all decisions regarding your own health are yours.

I found the following books to be immensely helpful.

I will constantly add my recommended books on cancer prevention and treatment over time, so please check back here often.  Equally, I will also add resources for recipes, anti-cancer diet strategies and more.

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Uterine Cancer Information

Information on Uterine Cancer:

The causes of cancer of the uterus.

Although Scientists have not yet determined the cause of cancer of the uterus, they have identified a number of factors that can put you at risk.

Your age group is quite important because uterine cancer is rare in women under 50 years old – being much more common in women aged 50 to 65.

Using oestrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for extended periods of time may slightly increase your uterine cancer risk, but a combination of oestrogen and progesterone causes no change to your uterine cancer risk at all.

A treatment for breast cancer called tamoxifen has also been shown to slightly increase your uterine cancer risk if taken over a long period of time, but it is argued that the immediate benefits of this medication far out-weigh the potential long term side effects.

The good news is that use of the oral contraceptive pill is believed to significantly reduce a woman’s risk of developing uterine cancer.

The symptoms of uterine cancer.

The following symptoms are often found in cases of uterine cancer:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding – such as in between periods, or periods that are much heavier than normal.
  • Bleeding which starts after the menopause in post-menopausal women.

Even though these symptoms can be caused by other medical conditions, it is important that you contact your doctor immediately if you are experiencing them.

Methods of diagnosis.

There are a number of methods used to diagnose uterine cancer. The most common ones are as follows:

  • Dilatation and curettage (D & C) – Which involves your doctor inserting an instrument into your uterus via the cervix (under a general anaesthetic) in order to remove samples of tissue from the inner lining of the uterus. The tissue samples can then undergo microscopic examination for any abnormalities.
  • Hysteroscopy – This technique allows your doctor to obtain a biopsy from the uterus whilst visually examining the lining using a small instrument called a hysteroscope.
  • Vaginal ultrasound.

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Oesophageal Cancer Information

Information on Oesophageal Cancer:

The causes of oesophageal cancer

Oesophageal cancer is quite rare in the UK. Consequently the exact causes are not known. However, Scientists have found that it is much more common in older people, particularly men.

It is also thought that poor diet and conditions such as chronic acid reflux (repeated surging of the stomach contents into the oesophagus) can increase your risk of oesophageal cancer.

The symptoms of oesophageal cancer

The following symptoms may indicate the presence of oesophageal cancer:

  • Having difficulty swallowing.
  • A feeling that food is sticking on its way down to the stomach.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Pain or discomfort in the throat, behind the breast bone or in the upper back.
  • Persistent acid indigestion.
  • Persistent cough.

The symptoms mentioned above can be caused by a number of medical conditions other than cancer, but if you are experiencing any of the above you should contact your doctor immediately.

Methods of diagnosis

Having taken your medical history and conducted a physical examination, your doctor may wish to conduct the following tests:

  • Barium swallow – This is where an X-ray of the oesophagus is taken with the aid of barium – a substance which shows up clearly on the x-ray.
  • Endoscopy/oesophagoscopy – Using an endoscope, your doctor can examine the oesophagus for any abnormalities. During this procedure a biopsy can be taken if there are any signs of oesophageal cancer.

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Mouth and Throat Cancer Information

Information on Mouth and Throat Cancer:

The causes of mouth and throat cancer

Scientists are not yet familiar with all of the causes of mouth and throat cancer, but there are a number of factors that are known to increase your risk.

The primary factors in the UK seem to be alcohol and tobacco – especially in combination. Pipe and cigar smoking in particular, greatly increase your chances of developing cancer of the cheek or lip.

The people at higher risk of mouth and throat cancer tend to be older people, and are more commonly male.

The Epstein-Barr virus has also been discovered as a cause of cancer of the nasopharynx (an area behind the nose), but this is very rare in the UK.

The symptoms of mouth and throat cancer

The symptoms of mouth and throat cancer can vary quite considerably, depending on which part of the mouth or throat are affected. However, a list of general symptoms has been included for your information:

  • A painless ulcer or sore that does not go away.
  • Pre-cancerous conditions within the mouth such as leukaplakia (thickened white patches) or erythroplakia (red patches) on the surfaces of the mouth that can develop into cancer.
  • The most common area for mouth cancer is the tongue or bottom of the mouth. It is very often painless but some people experience pain. Slurring of speech is possible if the tongue is affected.
  • Occasional bleeding within the mouth.
  • Difficulty and pain when chewing or swallowing.
  • Loose teeth.
  • Earache.
  • Enlarged lymph gland in the neck

The symptoms shown above can also be the result of other medical conditions, but if you are experiencing any of the above, you should consult your doctor immediately. On occasion, it may be your dentist that spots any abnormality. He or she will refer you to your doctor.

Methods of diagnosis

Having taken your medical history, your doctor will conduct a physical examination of your mouth, throat and neck. This may involve the use of small mirrors and a bright light to improve visibility.

If necessary, the doctor may use a nasendoscope to get a better view of the back of the mouth and throat. The nasendoscope is a narrow flexible instrument that is passed through the nose to access the throat. It can also be used to obtain a biopsy (under local anaesthetic) from inaccessible places within the throat.

It may be necessary for you to be examined more thoroughly under general anaesthetic if there is a strong indication of cancer of the mouth or throat.

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Skin Cancer Information

Information on Skin Cancer:

The types of skin cancer

There are three main types of skin cancer. These are:

  • Basal cell carcinoma,
  • Squamous cell carcinoma, and
  • Malignant melanoma – which is discussed in another section.

Over 75% of skin cancers in the UK are basal cell carcinomas – a cancer of the cells at the bottom of the skin’s outermost layer. The second most common type of skin cancer is called squamous cell carcinoma – a cancer of the outermost skin cells. Malignant melanoma is the rarest of the three types, but has been given its own section because of its differences.

Basal cell carcinomas almost never spread to other parts of the body due to their slow growth, but if they are undetected or left without treatment, they can become ulcerated (often referred to as a rodent ulcer).

Squamous cell carcinomas are more dangerous than basal cell carcinomas in that they are known to spread to other parts of the body. Fortunately, the majority of those that detect this type of cancer early have no re-occurrence of the condition after surgery.

The causes of skin cancer

 Risk factors for skin cancer:

  • Exposure to sunlight (especially for those with fair skin) – Ultraviolet light from the sun is the primary cause of skin cancer in the UK. Sun beds are also thought to increase your risk.
  • Radiotherapy – can cause skin cancers in later life.
  • Carcinogenic chemicals – if you are handling certain chemical substances at work, you should be sure to wear the appropriate protective clothing. Chemicals suspected to be related to skin cancer include petroleum and diesel derivatives, cutting oils, carbon compounds such as coal tar, soot and pitch, paraffin waxes, arsenic, asphalt, creosotes and hair dyes. This list is by no means exhaustive, so please exercise caution.  Visit the environmental risk factors section for other environmental factors.
  • Immunosupressants – drugs used to lower your immunity after organ transplant do increase your skin cancer risk.
  • Hereditary conditions – although considered rare, hereditary factors can also increase your risk.
  • As many as 92% of suntan lotions can also contain ingredients that may be detrimental to your skin, so take a look at our article entitled “Excessive sun exposure or excessive suntan lotion exposure?”

The symptoms of skin cancer

 Skin cancer can appear in different forms. Symptoms to look out for are:

  • A small lump on your skin that can be smooth or waxy in appearance. It may bleed sometimes or develop a crust.
  • A flat red spot which can become scaly or crusty.
  • A firm, red lump.
  • A hard, horny lump that is tender to the touch.

Malignant melanoma has slightly different symptoms. Click here to read about this type of skin cancer.

These symptoms can appear anywhere on your body but are generally found on skin that has been exposed to the sun, such as your face or neck, arms, hands and lower legs.

Although there are similar skin conditions that are not cancerous, you should consult with your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms – particularly if they do not disappear with 2-3 weeks.

Methods of diagnosis

The initial examination is normally carried out by your GP who simply examines the area of skin. If your doctor has any concerns, he or she will normally refer you to a dermatologist for further investigation.

Your dermatologist may advise you to undergo a biopsy to give a definitive diagnosis.

In the case of basal cell carcinoma, after surgical removal there will often be no need for further tests, because this type of cancer rarely spreads beyond the site of origin.

Squamous cell carcinomas, however, are more of a risk – so you are likely to be asked to undergo additional tests to make sure the disease hasn’t spread. These tests can include a physical examination – feeling your lymph glands, a chest x-ray, etc. Your doctor will discuss with you what tests may be necessary.

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Prostate Cancer Information

Information on Prostate Cancer:

Unlike most other types of cancer, prostate cancer is often present in small amounts within the prostate with no ill effects. The difference is that this type of cancer often remains dormant for some time before it develops into something more serious. Approximately 30% of men over 50 years old have cancerous cells within their prostate. These cancerous cells often grow so slowly that they never result in any physical symptoms, but on occasion the cancer can grow rapidly and travel to other parts of the body in the blood stream.

The causes of prostate cancer

 The cause of prostate cancer is not fully understood, but there are a number of risk factors that can influence how likely you are to develop this cancer:

  • Being over 50 years old – very few men under 50 develop this type of cancer,
  • Living on a diet with a high animal fat content,
  • Having relatives who currently have or have previously had prostate cancer,
  • Your ethnic origin may also play a part in your level of risk – for example, Afro-Caribbean men are more likely develop prostate cancer than Asian men.

The symptoms of prostate cancer

 Prostate cancer can present itself with any of the following symptoms:

  • Having difficulty urinating.
  • Needing to urinate more often than usual, especially at night.
  • On rare occasions, having blood in the urine.

The above symptoms are not restricted to prostate cancer, they can also occur in the case of benign prostatic enlargement. However, if you exhibit any of the above symptoms, please consult your doctor immediately. Early detection could save your life.

It is also important to realise that you will only have these detectable symptoms when prostate cancer has become advanced enough to put pressure on the urethra. On some occasions, the first symptoms of an aggressive prostate cancer are aching hips or back, caused by the cancer having spread to the bones.

As with any cancer, early detection is the key to successful treatment. Look out for any symptoms. You may also consider testing on an annual basis, as a measure to detect any abnormal cell growth early.

Methods of diagnosis

 Having reported your symptoms to your GP, the two initial tests for diagnosing prostate cancer are a PSA blood test and a rectal examination to feel for any abnormalities.

The PSA test detects and monitors your level of prostate specific antigen – a substance that is found in your blood, (having been released by your prostate), that increases in the presence of prostate cancer. Unfortunately, this test is not conclusive, because other conditions such as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) can elevate your PSA level – but it is still a good indicator.

If either of these initial tests indicates a potential case of prostate cancer, further tests will have to be carried out at your local hospital. These can include any of the following:

  • Biopsy of the prostate.
  • Cystoscopy – where the doctor examines the urethra and bladder through a telescopic tube to detect any blockages.
  • CT scan or CAT scan.
  • Intravenous urogram.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI or NMR scan).
  • Trans-rectal ultrasound scan.
  • X-rays – to see if there has been any spread of the cancer to other parts of the body, especially the bones.
  • Isotope bone scan – a radioactive substance is injected into a vein and the whole body is scanned to highlight any areas of abnormal bone. Bone scans can detect cancer earlier than conventional X-rays.

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Alternative Medicine for Cancer Patients

“If you are in the health profession and want to get a lot of people angry at you, begin to cure incurable diseases”.  David J Getoff, Naturopath and Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist.

The following articles represent a comprehensive guide to the alternative medicine or integrated medicine available for people with cancer.

This section has been entitled Alternative Medicine because it is not permitted to be called “treatment” under current legislation / regulations.

This is unfortunate, because much of this medicine is based upon solid scientific principles.  It just involves methodologies that are not easy to monetise, cannot be patented, or else are from outside of the mainstream medicine and pharmaceutical “club”.

As a result, mainstream medicine will criticise the level of data available, whilst simultaneously refusing to make the funding or research opportunities available to help it to become part of accepted mainstream medicine.  Equally, history is always written by the victor, so do not believe everything you read!  Numerous senior researchers have gone on record, stating that the pharmaceutical giants they work for have falsified research data in order to suppress potentially revolutionary treatments or to advance weak or dangerous treatments into which they have invested.

Whilst I strongly suggest you read the articles below, I must reiterate (for legal reasons) that the discussion of any of these forms of alternative medicine is not an endorsement or recommendation.  This section is merely a starting point for your ongoing research and consultation with your Doctor.

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Environmental Risk Factors

Discover how your everyday environment can affect the likelihood of you developing cancer.  Of course diet and exercise play a major part in determining your cancer risk, but environmental risk factors are very important.  Learn what to avoid via the articles below:

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Modern Cancer Treatment and Its Limitations

In many parts of the Western world, due to European directives and federal law, the only legally accepted cancer treatment protocols involve surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

“Why would a patient swallow a poison because he is ill, or take that which would make a well man sick?”  – L.F Kebler, M.D.

Does this mean that these are the only ways of treating cancer?  No.  But to offer anything else, your Doctor would risk losing their medical license, substantial fines and in the US, even a prison sentence.

In the late 1970s, after studying the policies, activities, and assets of the major U.S. cancer institutions, investigative reporters Robert Houston and Gary Null concluded that these institutions had become self-perpetuating organisations whose survival depended on the state of no cure.

They wrote, “a solution to cancer would mean the termination of research programs, the obsolescence of skills, the end of dreams of personal glory, triumph over cancer would dry up contributions to self-perpetuating charities and cut off funding from Congress, it would mortally threaten the present clinical establishments by rendering obsolete the expensive surgical, radiological and chemotherapeutic treatments in which so much money, training and equipment is invested. Such fear, however unconscious, may result in resistance and hostility to alternative approaches in proportion as they are therapeutically promising. The new therapy must be disbelieved, denied, discouraged and disallowed at all costs, regardless of actual testing results, and preferably without any testing at all. As we shall see, this pattern has in actuality occurred repeatedly, and almost consistently.”

Indeed, many people around the world consider that they have been “cured” by therapies which have been “blacklisted” by the major cancer institutions and the medical community at large.

The individual Doctors are not necessarily to blame, but the system has overridden good conscience and common sense.

According to Dr Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D, “we, as doctors, are really 007 agents of the pharmaceutical industry.  We are totally blind and ignorant that the pharmaceutical industry has hijacked medicine.  We learn a couple of years of physiology, but as soon as we go on the clinical side we are asked to forget those and begin to learn pharmacology, in order to treat symptoms rather than understand the primary cause of the health problem”.

This view is apparently shared by many Doctors, including Lorraine Day MD (former Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, San Francisco hospital), but they are powerless to change the system.  She explained, “we doctors are taught in our medical training that virtually 80% of disease has no known cause.  We are not taught to treat the underlying cause of disease, we are only taught to treat the symptoms.  This does not get a person well!”

Dr Fritz Schellander explained that “Every now and again there are new drugs introduced. There is a great stir – but actually it only adds a matter of weeks or months to life expectancy.  Until recently there hasn’t been a single study that could conclusively show that radiotherapy to the breast has any effect on survival and yet we apply it almost routinely to often very young patients.  Many patients would not choose chemotherapy and radiotherapy if they knew the real facts, the real scientific evidence.  A study has been reported which claims that nearly 70% of oncologists would not opt for chemotherapy, if their turn came.”

Part of the way the stranglehold has been maintained is the way in which the success rate of mainstream treatments are reported.  The significant difference is between relative success rates and absolute success rates.

Firstly, let me define success rate.

In the cancer research industry, the closest thing you get to a “cure” is a five-year survival.  So if you survive five years and a day, you were a “success”.

Cancer is the only disease where you can die of the condition you were “successfully” treated for.  It sounds ludicrous, but this has enabled the cancer industry to massage statistics.

In the same vein, early detection has increased so-called survival rates, because by detecting the disease earlier, it isn’t necessarily that the patient will live longer overall, but they are more likely to survive five years from diagnosis.

What many people do not realise, is that their tumour may have taken as long as 10 years to develop to the extent where it was noticeable.

Therefore, much of the improvements in success rate of cancer treatment is down to the way the statistics are handled, as opposed to the actual effectiveness of the treatment.

The difference between relative success rates and absolute success rates is even more important.

Imagine you had a cancer treatment, where 2 more people out of every 100 people would survive five years after receiving it (as opposed to no treatment at all).  If you now develop a new cancer treatment, such as a different variation of chemotherapy, if it now saves 3 additional people out of every 100, it has a relative success rate of 50%.  This is because it “cures” 50% more people than the previous methodology.

However, if you were to express the data as an absolute success rate, you would say that the absolute success rate of that treatment was 3%.  i.e. 3 out of every 100 people.

Just to clarify, that does not mean only 3% of the people survive, it means that 3% MORE people survive than if offered no treatment at all.

Look how much easier it is to justify putting somebody through chemotherapy and radiotherapy when you can talk about a 50% relative success rate, rather than a 3% absolute success rate of the treatment.

A study of every randomised controlled clinical trial of chemotherapy performed in the US, (from 1990 to 2004), was conducted and published under the title “The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies”.  The results showed the following cancer “cure” statistics attributable to chemotherapy – based upon absolute success rates:

Pancreas    0%
Soft Tissue Sarcoma    0%
Melanoma    0%
Uterus    0%
Prostate    0%
Bladder    0%
Kidney    0%
Unknown Primary Site    0%
Multiple Myeloma    0%
Stomach    0.7%
Colon    1%
Breast    1.4%
Head and neck    1.9%
Lung    2%
Rectum    3.4%
Brain    3.7%
Oesophagus    4.9%
Ovary    8.9%
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma    10.5%
Cervix    12%
Testes    37.7%
Hodgkin’s Disease    40.3%

Testicular cancer and Hodgkin’s disease, which both appear to be quite responsive to chemotherapy, only represent 2% of the total number of cancers.

When you strip away the relative success rates, modern chemotherapy, (which can destroy your immune system, and rob you of your quality of life without giving you any more time), leaves a lot to be desired.

“In oncology we have the problem that progress has been very, very slow and we are still living with the paradox of treating cancers with carcinogenic agents!  This feels completely wrong to me!”  – Dr Fritz Schellander

The overall average was a 2.1% improvement in five-year survival rate compared with not using chemotherapy at all.  The same process, when applied to Australian data resulted in a 2.4% improvement in five-year survival rate.

Again, just to clarify, it didn’t mean that only 2.1% of Americans survived cancer, it just meant that chemotherapy only contributed to an additional 2.1% people having a five-year survival rate.

It is no wonder that the American Cancer Society stated “Surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy seldom produce a cure” in their “Cancer facts and figures 2007” literature.

So 2.1% more of the US patients survived for 5 years when given chemotherapy.  But for the 97.9% of patients who did not get an increase in five-year survival rate, let us look at the price they paid for the attempt – the side effects of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy include:

Abnormal ECG’s, Abdominal Cramps, Anemia, Arterial Damage, Bleeding Sores, Bleeding Ulcers, Blood Clotting, Bone Marrow Suppression, Brain Shrinking, Chromosomal Lesions, Chronic Radiation Proctitis, Constipation, Cumulative Toxicity, Cystitis, Deafness, Decreased White Cell Count, Dehydration [severe], Destroys linings of intestines, Destroys Mucous Membranes, Destroys Skin, Diarrhea [severe], Difficulty Absorbing Food, Dizziness, Endometriosis, Flu Symptoms, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Hair Loss, Heart Disease, Hematological Problems, Hyper Sensitivity Reactions, Hypertension, Immune System Damage, Impaired Concentration, Impaired Eye Sight, Impaired Hearing, Impaired Language Skills, Impaired Memory, Impotence, Increased Infections, Joint Pain, Kidney Damage, Leucopenia, Liver Fibrosis, Liver Lesions, Loss of Appetite, Loss of Libido, Loss of Nerve Function, Loss of Taste, Lung Damage, Lymph edema, Malnutrition, Nausea, Necrosis, Neurological Damage, Neuropathy, Neutropenia, Nerve Damage, Numbness, Oral Ulcers, Permanent Disabilities, Psychological Distress, Radiation Burns, Radiation poisoning, Renal Dysfunction, Sexual Dysfunction, Soreness of Gums and Throat, Sterility, Stroke, Sudden Menopause, Suicide, Ulceration, Urinary Bleeding, Vascular Damage, Vomiting [severe], Weakness, Weight Loss, and TOXIC DEATH!

Was it really worth it?  Especially when you look at Doctors such as Dr Joseph Issels in Germany, who was able to get a 24% success rate from over 16,000 cases over a 40 year period using alternative therapies, even after chemotherapy and radiotherapy had done their damage.

Or a 22% 5-year success rate for “incurable” forms of brain cancer achieved by Dr Burzynski, M.D., Ph.D. in Texas, using his revolutionary Antineoplastons treatment.

Diffuse, intrinsic, childhood brainstem glioma had never before been cured in any scientifically controlled clinical trial in the history of medicine.  Now, Dr Burzynski has “cured” dozens of  patients as part of his FDA approved clinical trials – trials using treatment methods outside of the mainstream Western cancer treatment protocols.  This is after the FDA spent 10 years and $60 million of tax payer’s money trying to shut him down!

As I mentioned in the introduction of my book, Cancer Uncensored, I pull no punches.  This data is shocking and will feel contradictory to what we have been spoon-fed by the Cancer research organisations who are forever pushing the “cancer cure just around the corner” mentality, even whilst they throw more money at methodologies that have not improved survival rates for decades.

How on earth have the medical and cancer research communities been able to keep the fact that chemotherapy barely works under wraps?

Is a 2.1% improvement worth hundreds of billions of dollars in cancer research conducted over decades, when 85% of cancer is preventable in the first place?  If we had focused on prevention all those years ago, most of the cancer patients today would never be in the position to even need treatment.

In a recent patent application by the US government, (when they attempted to patent Dr Burzynski’s antineoplastons – which were already patented!), the US government even admitted, “Current approaches to combat cancer rely primarily on the use of chemicals and radiation, which are themselves carcinogenic and may promote recurrences and the development of metastatic disease.”

In a German study of elderly breast cancer patients (80 years old and older), where half received treatment involving chemotherapy and the other half received no treatment at all, the untreated group lived an average of 11 months longer.

An article on says it all…

“Cancer drugs, pushed by many drug companies as the only ‘scientific’ method of combating cancer alongside chemotherapy, have been found to actually make cancer worse and kill patients more quickly. The findings come after research was conducted on the cancer drugs at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  Sold at a premium price to cancer sufferers, it turns out these drugs are not only ineffective but highly dangerous.

Something known as anti-angiogenesis is the primary function behind many such widely-used cancer drugs that were analyzed in the study.  Researchers examined drugs such as imatanib (a leukemia drug that goes by the brand name Gleevec) and sunitinib (a drug for gastrointestinal tumors — brand name Sutent), finding that these drugs may initially reduce tumor size but afterwards cause tumors to ‘metastasize’ aggressively. This means that the tumors come back much stronger and grow much larger than their original size.

As a result, patients develop life-threatening tumors that oftentimes kill patients more quickly as a result of taking the drug.

When study researchers induced anti-angiogenesis in mice, there was an initial 30% decrease in the volume of the tumor over 25 days. Afterwards, however, the tumors that had metastasized to the lungs tripled.  Researchers published the findings in the January 17 issue of Cancer Cell, with study authors shocked by the findings.

“Whatever manipulations we’re doing to tumors can inadvertently do something to increase the tumor numbers to become more metastatic, which is what kills patients at the end of the day,” said study author Dr. Raghu Kalluri.

It is clear that these cancer drugs are virtually ineffective at treating cancer, even killing patients who may have otherwise survived.  Of course a number of natural anti-cancer substances do exist that have been found to be largely effective in reducing tumor size and most importantly combating the onset of cancer.  Perhaps the most amazing anti-cancer substance for your health is high quality turmeric.  Turmeric has been found to reduce tumors by an astounding 81% in recent cancer research.  And contrary to cancer drugs, turmeric does not come loaded with deadly side effects.

Quite the opposite, turmeric instead comes with beneficial properties that can prevent your risk of disease and positively affect over 560 conditions.

Vitamin D is another essential anti-cancer nutrient.  Amazingly, vitamin D is much more effective than pharmaceutical drugs at fighting cancer, and is virtually a free nutrient.  Instead of paying a premium price for deadly cancer drugs, your vitamin D levels can be significantly improved by soaking up some sunlight.  It is important to receive a blood test to ensure you are within the optimal vitamin D level range.  The correct test you should receive is 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D.  The optimal range is 50-70 ng/ml, though if you are fighting cancer or heart disease it is 70-100 ng/ml.”

In a further article, published on, it was highlighted that chemotherapy can make cancer far worse, due to its damaging effects on healthy surrounding tissues…

“A team of researchers looking into why cancer cells are so resilient, accidentally stumbled upon a far more important discovery.  While conducting their research, the team discovered that chemotherapy actually heavily damages healthy cells and subsequently triggers them to release a protein that sustains and fuels tumor growth.  Beyond that, it even makes the tumor highly resistant to future treatment.

Reporting their findings in the journal Nature Medicine, the scientists report that the findings were ‘completely unexpected’.  Finding evidence of significant DNA damage when examining the effects of chemotherapy on tissue derived from men with prostate cancer, the writings are a big slap in the face to mainstream medical organizations who have been pushing chemotherapy for years as the only option available to cancer patients.

The news comes after it was previously revealed by similarly breaking research that expensive cancer drugs not only fail to treat tumors, but actually make them far worse.  The cancer drugs were found to make tumors ‘metastasize’ and grow massively in size after consumption.  As a result, the drugs killed the patients more quickly.

Known as WNT16B, scientists who performed the research say that this protein created from chemo treatment boosts cancer cell survival and is the reason that chemotherapy actually ends lives more quickly.

Co-author Peter Nelson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle explains:

“WNT16B, when secreted, would interact with nearby tumour cells and cause them to grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy.”

The team then complemented the statement with a word of their own:

“Our results indicate that damage responses in benign cells… may directly contribute to enhanced tumour growth kinetics.”

Meanwhile, dirt cheap substances like turmeric and ginger have consistently been found to effectively shrink tumors and combat the spread of cancer.  In a review of 11 studies, it was found that turmeric use reduced brain tumor size by a shocking 81%. Further research has also shown that turmeric is capable of halting cancer cell growth altogether.  One woman recently hit the mainstream headlines by revealing her victory against cancer with the principal spice used being turmeric.

This accidental finding reached by scientists further shows the lack of real science behind many ‘old paradigm’ treatments, despite what many health officials would like you to believe.  The truth of the matter is that natural alternatives do not even receive nearly as much funding as pharmaceutical drugs and medical interventions because there’s simply no room for profit.  If everyone was using turmeric and vitamin D for cancer (better yet, cancer prevention), major drug companies would lose out.”

It makes grim reading when you know that the main institutions take decades to change their strategies.

But it would be entirely irresponsible of me to recommend, or dissuade you from engaging in any particular course of treatment.  It is between you and your doctor to decide what is appropriate for you, but I would ask you to question your doctor about the absolute success rate of his or her proposed course of treatment, and whether it is wise to engage in a treatment that deteriorates, if not destroys, your immune system and quality of life.

If your Doctor cannot give you accurate absolute statistics, or will not support your choices, perhaps you should find a different Doctor?

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Cancer Treatment

The following articles help to explain the current cancer treatments that are considered mainstream in many (but not all) countries and discuss the scientific discoveries that could yield the next breakthroughs in cancer treatment.  However, you should also visit our Alternative Medicine section to see what complementary therapies are available outside of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.  Visit our latest news and articles section for more information.

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Pancreatic Cancer Information

Information on Pancreatic Cancer:

Pancreatic cancer can develop in any part of the pancreas, but tumours found in the head of the pancreas are much more common than those found in the body or tail of this organ. Cells on the inner lining of the ducts of the pancreas are the usual site for abnormal growth and result in a type of cancer known as adenocarcinoma.

Other types of pancreatic cancer such as islet cell tumours are much rarer and respond quite differently to treatment. Your doctor should be able to answer any questions about these forms of pancreatic cancer.

The causes of pancreatic cancer

 Scientists have not identified the exact causes of pancreatic cancer, but have shown that older people are much more at risk than younger people. It is rare to see pancreatic cancer in people under 50 years old.

Other factors that can increase your risk of pancreatic cancer are cigarette smoking and chronic pancreatitis, a condition where the pancreas becomes irritated and sometimes enlarged.

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer

 The symptoms of pancreatic cancer may take some time to develop, which illustrates the value of early detection, but when they become apparent they may include the following:

  • Jaundice – where the skin and whites of the eyes become yellowed. This can happen if the head of the pancreas is the site of the developing tumour. As the tumour grows it can block the bile duct, preventing bile from leaving the liver and entering the small intestine – on its way out of the body. This also results in pale bowel motions and dark yellow urine.
  • Vague discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen, which can sometimes be felt in the back. In the earlier stages, the discomfort may not be present all of the time, but it eventually returns. Some patients find that the pain is reduced by sitting up or leaning forward.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Reduced or loss of appetite.
  • Reduced energy and tiredness – if the pancreatic cancer is an islet cell tumour, it can affect the amount of insulin your pancreas produces. This can result in low blood sugar levels that can even cause spells of dizziness.

Although these symptoms can be the result of other medical conditions, it is important that you consult your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of them.

Methods of diagnosis

 Having taken your medical history and conducted a physical examination, the following tests can be conducted by your doctor to help diagnose pancreatic cancer:

  • CT (CAT) scan – Which can also be used to help conduct a biopsy with more precision.
  • ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography) – Using a flexible instrument called an endoscope that is passed through your mouth, your doctor can inject a type of dye (that shows up clearly on x-ray) into the opening of your bile duct and the duct of your pancreas. This enables him or her to obtain an x-ray picture of the ducts that will show any blockages. If necessary, any blockages can be removed during the same procedure.
  • Laparoscopy – a procedure whereby the doctor is able to examine the pancreas under general anaesthetic using an instrument called a laparoscope. If there appear to be any abnormalities, the doctor can also conduct a biopsy at the same time.
  • Laparotomy – on occasion pancreatic cancer cannot be accurately diagnosed before investigative surgery is necessary to evaluate the full extent of the condition.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan).
  • Ultrasound – which can also assist in obtaining a biopsy.

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