5 Things You Should Know About Chemotherapy
I've not personally been there, but I have a few friends that are in the midst of fighting
cancer and I've also lost a few family members to this disease. So, I know how frightening cancer can be.
Unfortunately, one of the things that is just as frightening is chemotherapy. Treating cancer with chemo has got to
be the world's worst double whammy.
But as awful as chemo is, researchers recently discovered that it's much worse than we ever thought.
Fuel for the fire
We can now add this new evidence about chemo to the list of things your oncologist would rather you NOT know about
1) Chemo is highly effective in only 10 types of cancers. All of these cancers are rare in adults, except one
2) Chemo causes "chemobrain." As I mentioned recently, this condition is "post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment."
In some patients, brain fog symptoms have lasted more than two decades.
3) Chemo can cause secondary cancers.
This summer a well-known American television presenter announced that she had developed a secondary cancer. Her
doctors believe that chemo treatments for breast cancer caused this new malignancy. And with that news, I'm sure
many people realized for the first time that chemo could be the primary cause of further cancers.
And that brings us to the newest item on this list…
4) In some cases, chemo actually fuels cancer.
Chemo causes DNA damage to healthy cells. Cancer experts believe this damage may be part of the reason why some
patients develop chemo resistance.
Researchers were studying this phenomenon when they made an alarming discovery. They found that DNA in healthy
cells, damaged by chemo, caused a massive secretion of proteins. One of these proteins, called WNT16B, actually
nourishes and promotes the growth of cancer cells.
Researchers found high levels of WNT16B in healthy cells surrounding prostate, breast, and ovarian tumours in
This is devastating. In the past, cancer patients might endure the harshest chemo side effects with faith that the
misery would all be worth it. But in some patients, misery is compounded by increasing the cancerous load.
Fortunately, we have one last item on the list of things your oncologist would rather not talk about…
5) There's a natural alternative to chemotherapy. It does no harm to healthy cells. So there's no resistance to