The medical community has long touted chemotherapy as the only viable treatment for cancer, but a new study is showing that chemo, as has long been suspected, is actually itself, a killer. A new study in England shows that 50% of all cancer patients who receive chemotherapy treatments die within 30 days from the treatment, not the cancer. One in five breast cancer patients receiving palliative care at Cambridge University Hospitals died from treatment.
Per the study’s conclusions:
Between Jan 1, and Dec, 31, 2014, we included 23 228 patients with breast cancer and 9634 patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in our regression and trust-level analyses. 30-day mortality increased with age for both patients with breast cancer and patients with NSCLC treated with curative intent, and decreased with age for patients receiving palliative SACT
Our findings show that several factors affect the risk of early mortality of breast and lung cancer patients in England and that some groups are at a substantially increased risk of 30-day mortality. The identification of hospitals with significantly higher 30-day mortality rates should promote review of clinical decision making in these hospitals. Furthermore, our results highlight the importance of collecting routine data beyond clinical trials to better understand the factors placing patients at higher risk of 30-day mortality, and ultimately improve clinical decision making. Our insights into the factors affecting risk of 30-day mortality will help treating clinicians and their patients predict the balance of harms and benefits associated with SACT.
Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2004 Dec;16(8):549-60
The contribution of cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adult malignancies.
The debate on the funding and availability of cytotoxic drugs raises questions about the contribution of curative or adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to survival in adult cancer patients.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
We undertook a literature search for randomised clinical trials reporting a 5-year survival benefit attributable solely to cytotoxic chemotherapy in adult malignancies. The total number of newly diagnosed cancer patients for 22 major adult malignancies was determined from cancer registry data in Australia and from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results data in the USA for 1998. For each malignancy, the absolute number to benefit was the product of (a) the total number of persons with that malignancy; (b) the proportion or subgroup(s) of that malignancy showing a benefit; and (c) the percentage increase in 5-year survival due solely to cytotoxic chemotherapy. The overall contribution was the sum total of the absolute numbers showing a 5-year survival benefit expressed as a percentage of the total number for the 22 malignancies.
The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.
As the 5-year relative survival rate for cancer in Australia is now over 60%, it is clear that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival. To justify the continued funding and availability of drugs used in cytotoxic chemotherapy, a rigorous evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and impact on quality of life is urgently required.
- The contribution of cytotoxic chemotherapy to the management of cancer. [Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2005]
The TRUTH about CHEMO
Big Pharma, physicians, and others involved in the “Cancer Industry,” profit heavily each time a cancer patient submits to the conventional “Big 3” treatment model:
- cutting out essential body parts via surgical intervention,
- poisoning with chemotherapy, or
- burning the body with ionizing radiation,
…or perhaps a barbaric combination of the three … hence the slang “cut, poison, burn.”
In this article, we’re going to focus solely on chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy was discovered during World War II when a ship carrying sulfur mustards – a nerve agent to be used in chemical warfare – was bombed and the troops on board were exposed to the chemical.
Those men affected tested for depleted bone marrow and lymph systems – cells that naturally divide faster than other cells. Scientists, at the time, wondered if mustard gas could be used in the treatment of cancer cells that also divide faster than normal cells in the human body.
The first versions of chemotherapy drugs were called “nitrogen mustards.” In 1942, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center secretly began treating breast cancer with these nitrogen mustards. No one was cured. Chemotherapy trials were also conducted at Yale University around 1943 where 160 patients were treated. Again, no one was cured. But, since chemotherapy shrunk the tumors, researchers were so excited that they proclaimed the chemotherapy trials to be a “success.”
What’s the Catch?
Gradually, synthetic versions of the nitrogen mustards were developed, but they all had one common trait; they are unable to differentiate between “healthy” cells and “cancerous” cells.
They kill everything. All the healthy cells (bone marrow, immune cells) that are naturally fast dividing are mowed down as surely as the fast-dividing cancer cells.
As an analogy, suppose you were to tell an exterminator that you have a termite infestation in your home. The exterminator, a professional whom you are entrusting, tells you that the best course of action would be to use a chemical which is known to eat away at both the wood and foundation of homes, as well as cause irreparable damage to furniture and windows. Would you do it?
The repercussions of chemotherapy on the human body are intense. Some people call them “side effects,” but the truth is they’re “direct effects.”
Most Common Direct Effects of Chemotherapy
Cognition is affected during chemotherapy. Many patients who have undergone this modality refer to it as “chemo brain” – difficulty with memory, basic thought processes, coordination and mood.
Peripheral neuropathy is tingling in the extremities and may be accompanied by general fatigue or weakness, shakiness, numbness, or pain. These symptoms also affect basic balance, reflexes, and coordination.
Xerostomia is extremely dry mouth and can lead to sores in the soft tissues, difficulty swallowing, and make you more prone to bleeding. Patients report that taste is also affected.
Nausea is one of the most common direct effects of chemotherapy.
Dehydration as a result of vomiting or diarrhea is a concern and drinking plenty of water is critical during chemotherapy treatment. Adequate hydration may ease symptoms of xerostomia and protect your kidneys (working hard to flush the chemo toxins from your body) as well.
Anemia occurs when your body can’t make enough red blood cells. Red blood cells carry the oxygen to your tissues and lack of necessary oxygen results in fatigue, dizziness, inability to concentrate, feelings of being cold and overall weakness.
Neutropenia is what happens when your body doesn’t have enough white blood cells – the backbone of your immune system. This leaves you more susceptible to infection and reduces their ability to fight the residual cancer.
Thrombocytopenia is caused by a low platelet count. You need platelets for blood clotting and not enough means you are more likely to bruise or bleed. This can cause issues with your menstruation, cause bleeding in your digestive tract that manifests in vomit or stools, and cause you to have nosebleeds.
Cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscle. This may cause irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) which can increase your risk of a heart event.
Alopecia will affect all the hair on your body and usually occurs quickly when this treatment is begun. Within several weeks after the conclusion of chemotherapy, the hair begins to grow back. Fingernails and toenails may change as well, either turning colors or becoming very brittle.
Skin Sensitivity is also common and patients report symptoms of irritation, itchiness, rashes, dryness, and burning more easily in the sun.
Infertility in both men and women can occur with chemotherapy; affecting hormones and sperm count. It may also wreak havoc on menstrual cycles, impact overall sex drive, and cause extreme vaginal dryness. And sometimes it triggers the onset of menopause.
Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass. As you age, this is a natural occurrence (women are most at risk). Chemotherapy speeds up the process by lowering estrogen levels rapidly and weakening bone marrow.
As you can see, the impact of chemotherapy on the body can be brutal. It lays waste to your immune system, which is your first line of defense against cancer.
So, as a result, another direct effect of chemotherapy is … ironically … cancer. Yeah, it’s printed right on the chemo drug warning labels (in small print, of course). For instance, Doxorubicin may increase your risk for developing leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells), especially when it is combined with other chemotherapy drugs and radiation. Cyclophosphamide increases the risk of bladder cancer and ovarian cancer. And the list goes on and on…
So, if you go into a cancer treatment clinic with one type of cancer, and you allow yourself to be injected with chemotherapy, frequently a second type of cancer develops as a result. Your oncologist will often claim to have successfully treated your first cancer even while you develop a second or third cancer directly caused by the chemo used to treat the original cancer.
According to a study conducted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at Northern Sydney Cancer Centre and published in the December 2004 issue of Clinical Oncology, the actual impact of chemotherapy on a 5-year survival in American adults is a paltry 2.1%. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15630849) See the chart below.
Dr. Hardin B. Jones (former professor of medical physics and physiology at the University of California, Berkeley) found that cancer patients who underwent chemotherapy actually died sooner than those who refused any treatment. In his study, he found that people who refused treatment lived for an average of 12 ½ years, whereas those who did chemotherapy (and other conventional treatments) lived only an average of 3 years. WOW! I’ll bet you didn’t hear that on the nightly news!
Sadly, the truth is that many people who “die from cancer” really die from the conventional treatments long before they would have actually died from the cancer itself. To put it plainly, the treatment kills them before the cancer kills them. As a matter of fact, the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorouracil “5-FU” is sometimes referred to by doctors as “5 feet under” because of its deadly side effects. Not to mention that a team of researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and Harvard Medical School have linked 5-FU to a progressing collapse of populations of stem cells and their progeny in the central nervous system.
For most adult cancers, the typical best case scenario is that the “Big 3” buys a little time. In a worst case scenario, you will die from the treatment rather than the disease.
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