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Chemotherapy Spreading Cancer

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  • Preoperative chemotherapy may increase the likelihood of metastasis in breast cancer cases by increasing what are known as “tumor microenvironments of metastasis”
  • When mice with breast cancer were given preoperative chemotherapy, it altered the tumor microenvironment in ways that made them more conducive to cancer spread
  • In mice, chemotherapy treatment doubled the number of cancer cells in the bloodstream and lungs compared to mice that did not receive the treatment
  • In 20 human patients who received common chemotherapy drugs, the tumor microenvironments also became more favorable to cancer spread

By Dr. Mercola

Dr. Lee Cowden says most people don’t die from cancer; they die from the side effects of treatment. While the “war against cancer” is moving toward more personalized and so-called “precision medicine” treatments, the old standby model of “cut, poison and burn,” via surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, is still widely used and regarded as the standard of care for many cancer cases.


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