Normally I try to make my little insert of an article on the upbeat but no matter how hard I try, I’m still having a hard time doing this one. Death is not what any of us want to hear about or experience. However, I must remind myself that not everyone who undergoes chemotherapy dies. According to a study that has been reported, someone said that survival rate is 2 percent.
Before I go further I would like to say once again, I believe that medical professionals should become a team and do what could possibly be done for the best of their patient. In other words, chemotherapy and radiation are not the only protocols that could be used. Other protocols all over the world are successfully being used. I feel that we should combine the ones that can be used safely in trying to combat this cancer war. Furthermore, patients should have more of an educated say in their treatment, and more options should be offered.
Recently, I read about a research study performed by the Weizmann Institute of Science. Their ﬁndings appeared in the Journal Blood. They found out that cancer involves a breakdown in the mechanism that regulates the pace of the cell. They explained that when this happens, the cells divide rapidly leading to overgrowth that overtakes the body. That’s where Chemotherapy doesn’t work.
For you science buffs, you can read more about this at Science Daily.
When I looked at www.chemocare.com, they listed several reasons.
“- Some of the cells that are not killed by the chemo mutate (change) and become resistant to the drug. Once they multiply, they may be more resistant.
– Gene ampliﬁcation. A cancer cell may produce hundreds of copies of a particular gene. This gene triggers an overproduction of protein that renders the anti cancer drug ineffective.
– Cancer cells may pump the drug out of the cells as fast as it is going in, using a molecule called p-glycoproteins.
– Cancer cells may stop taking in the drugs because the protein that transports the drug across the cell wall stops working.
– Cancer cells may learn how to repair the DNA breaks caused by some anti-cancer drugs.
– Cancer cells may develop a mechanism that inactivates the drug.”
No matter what therapy one uses to ﬁght cancer, I am convinced that the immune system must be built up instead of destroying it. God gave us that natural ability; maybe all it needs is just a good boost.