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Chemo could spread disease and create more aggressive tumors

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is a treatment protocol in which chemo is administered before surgical removal of a tumor. Its purpose is to shrink the tumor and conserve breast tissue; however, despite greater tissue conservation, the treatment may lead to an increase in local recurrence or metastasis
  • Recent data demonstrate adjuvant-treated breast cancer induces the release of vesicles containing a protein triggering metastatic growth in the lungs
  • While the traditional view that cancer is a genetic disease is held by many, evidence-based data demonstrate it is driven by dysfunctional mitochondrial metabolism. Research shows transplanted mitochondria into cancer cell cytoplasm triggers the cell to stop growing abnormally
  • Key principles of treatment and prevention include gut microbiome restoration, optimal levels of vitamin D, reduced exposure to toxins and cyclical ketosis as it improves metabolic flexibility and reduces your cellular dependence on glucose, the primary fuel for cancer cells

Cancer is a disease of uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells, also called a malignant growth or tumor. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer, signing the National Cancer Act. His goal was to make a national commitment to find a cure, after which Fort Detrick was converted to a cancer research center and renamed the Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center.

Since then a number of chemotherapeutic and surgical treatments have been developed in an effort to treat cancer. In 1991, mortality rates from cancer began to decline, falling 0.5% per year from 1990 to 1995.


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