Breast cancer therapy puts at further risk

Ladies, if you’re ever diagnosed with early stage breast cancer an oncologist will probably tell you your prognosis is good, and that much is true. But that’s where the truth will end and the fear-mongering will begin.

He’ll explain that it’s still cancer, so he’s going to want to do everything possible to make sure you’re 100 per cent free of the disease: surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. You know, “just to be on the safe side.”

But if the slash, burn and poison approach sounds like anything BUT safe to you, you’re not alone. A research team from Johns Hopkins agrees.

We’ve known for years that chemotherapy and radiation can cause leukaemia in some women with early stages of the disease. Now, a new study conducted at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Centre is painting a much darker picture.

Researchers reviewed more than 20,000 cases of early stage breast cancer and found that the number of leukaemia cases were nearly DOUBLE previous estimates. In fact, radiation to treat breast cancer may have already spread thousands of cases of leukaemia.

And this is one wound that time doesn’t heal. Researchers found that even a full five years after radiation treatment, your leukaemia risk is as strong as ever.

Leukaemia isn’t the only serious side effect you’ll need to worry about with these harsh treatments. Far from it…

  • A recent study has shown that even small doses of radiation can do enough artery damage to increase the risk of heart attacks and other cardiac events.
  • In another breast cancer study, patients who received chemotherapy showed signs of cognitive impairment (called “chemo brain”) a full 10 years after treatment!
  • And research has found that chemotherapy can actually cause chemo resistance allowing cancer to thrive.

Listen, any hunter worth his salt will tell you that you don’t need a bazooka to hunt squirrels. If your doctor is insisting on pulling out the big guns to blast away at your early stage breast cancer, it’s time to hunt down a second opinion.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Risk of Marrow Neoplasms After Adjuvant Breast Cancer Therapy: The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Experience, jco.ascopubs.org

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