Chemotherapy can help breast cancer cells spread

Ladies, if you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you want to do everything you can to get rid of the cancer… and keep it from spreading.

So, you might be tempted to jump onboard with the “slash-and-burn” approach of mainstream medicine: chemotherapy to shrink the tumour, followed by surgery to remove it.

Not so fast.

Think carefully before you agree to that chemo treatment – because according to a new study, those drugs could help open the door for cancer cells to enter your bloodstream and set up shop elsewhere in your body.

The study looked at the effects of common chemotherapy drugs like paclitaxel on tumours in both human and animal tissue. It turned out that even though the drugs did decrease tumour size, they increased the risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body. This is called “metastasizing.”

The chemo drugs did this by boosting the activity of what’s known as “tumour microenvironments of metastasis” (TMEM), which are places on your blood vessels where cancer cells clump up with immune cells that usher them right into the bloodstream.

The study found that depending on the type of tumour, the increase in TMEM activity caused by chemotherapy can as much as TRIPLE the chance that a common type of breast cancer (oestrogen-receptor positive/HER2 negative) will metastasize.

We already know that chemo can wreck your immune system and lead to other life-threatening complications like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

But the damage it can do turns out to be much worse than you may have ever thought.

And when you consider that radiation can double your risk of developing a secondary cancer … and surgery may not add a single candle to your birthday cake … it’s tough to understand why so many docs recommend these treatments without a second thought.

Many breast tumours won’t spread on their own and don’t require such aggressive treatment!

So, if you’re weighing your treatment options, talk to your doc about proven alternative therapies like intravenous vitamin C – which I use in my own practice – before signing on for chemo.

And even if you’ve already had a mainstream treatment like radiation or chemo, supplements like quercetin, curcumin, Berberine, and fish oil have powerful anti-cancer properties and can help protect against your cancer’s return.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Chemotherapy Before Breast Cancer Surgery May Fuel Metastasis, statnews.com/2017/07/10/breast-cancer-chemotherapy/

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy induces breast cancer metastasis through a TMEM-mediated mechanism, stm.sciencemag.org/content/9/397/eaan0026

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