New Cancer Drugs Uncovered

There are a number of new cancer drugs currently undergoing preliminary testing, which are in no doubt raising the hopes of many of those unfortunate enough be battling cancer at this time, as well as the hopes of their families & loved ones. But are these high expectations of life extension, or even of being completely cured truly justified by the claims of the medical industry on the capabilities of these new drugs?

For many of the people in the UK who saw the Tonight program on ITV, “Can We Beat Cancer” who find themselves in similar circumstances to those featured on the program will likely be hot on the case of the drugs mentioned. For me, on the other hand, having uncovered some truly horrific facts about chemotherapy which shed a very different light on orthodox treatments, there were immediate doubts in mind regarding this new wave of cancer drugs.

Firstly we are all so captivated by the term ‘Drugs’ when associated with serious diseases such as cancer, as if all the answers & even miracles are encompassed within this term. When used in conjunction with statements such as ‘Medical Breakthrough’ we become even more drawn in to the possibilities which may lie with such drugs, especially today with cancer being such a profound killer. Well, this is exactly the reaction intended by those who continue to convince the vast majority of the population that drugs are in fact the best, if not the only hope they have should they be diagnosed with cancer at any time in their lives.

The truth; cancer patient + cancer drugs = huge profits

In light of this, let’s take a closer look at some of these new cancer drugs of which so many people are living in anticipation for, or who may in the future be putting their lives over to;

  • Iressa (gefitinib)

Iressa may currently be used to treat people with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or NSCLC that has spread to other areas in the body. Iressa is what is known as an EGFR Inhibitor; this means it only works where mutations of the epidermal growth factor receptor on the surface of cancer cells is detected.

There are distinct characteristics to the group of patients likely to have the level of EGFR needed to respond to such treatment; women, people who have never smoked, people with adenocarcinoma, and those of Asian ethnicity.

Iressa attaches itself to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) on the surface of the cancer cell, preventing the attachment of epidermal growth factor (EGF) onto the receptor. EGF is a form of protein found in the body & once attached to a receptor, an enzyme called tyrosine kinase (TK) is formed. This enzyme instigates the cancer cell’s ability to grow & divide, causing the cancer to spread, through a chemical process triggered off within the cancer cell it’s self.

Iressa has shown good results in many cancer patients initially, however this tends to be followed by a relapse. This is most likely down to the ability of cancer cells to become resistant to drugs they are treated with. I have read medical reports of patients achieving full remission through the usage of Iressa, only for the cancer to return & for this same line of treatment to be found completely ineffective the second time around. As Iressa is mostly only used following the failed attempts of treating with chemotherapy, there is little hope of any forms of treatment being successful the second time around.

Known Side Effects

Nausea & Vomiting – Usually treated with anti-sickness medication.

Diarrhea – Usually controlled with further medication.

Skin rashes – Acne-like rashes, dry, itchy, sore & irritated skin.

Vision Problems – Pain, redness of the eyes, blurred vision, itching & soreness of the eyes, conjunctivitis.

Fatigue – Extreme fatigue & lack of energy.

Loss of Appetite – Possibly resulting in weight loss & may be linked to feelings of extreme weakness.

Hair & Nails – Loss of hair & loose, brittle nails.

Increased Blood Pressure – Symptoms are headaches, dizziness, blurred vision.

Lung Disease – Affecting around 1 in 100, this is a rare side effect, involving inflammation of the lungs. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing & fever. This is very serious & can even result in death.

Conclusion

We are not looking at a potential cure here but merely at an extension of life. The ability of cancer cells to become resistant & to return with complete immunity to this drug means it does nothing more than ‘bide us more time’.

The side effects are not pleasant, to say the least & once the cancer does return, as scientific testing has shown it almost inevitably does, what options are there left?

In my opinion; a great let-down for something instigating such high hopes among many sick people.

  • PARP Inhibitors

Early results in the use of PARP inhibitors for treating breast cancer are said to be promising. PARP stands for poly(adenosine-disposphate-ribose) polymerase, an enzyme which repairs damage done to our DNA.

These drugs are said to work by “obstructing the ability of cells damaged by chemotherapy or through genetic mutations to repair themselves, causing tumour cells to die as a result” (WSJ).

PARP is found in all cells, including cancer cells & helps damaged cells to repair themselves. According to some doctors, because cancer cells have BRCA gene faults, if they can stop the PARP-1 working then these cells will be unable to repair themselves & will die. As healthy cells do not contain BRCA gene faults they should still be able to repair themselves despite the fact that PARP-1 is blocked in all cells of the body, not just cancer cells.

This treatment is still in the early trial stages, but could be a successful treatment for cancers with an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. This drug, when used in conjunction with chemotherapy may reduce the resistance of cancer cells to the chemotherapy. This treatment is only currently available to those with an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene being treated for advanced-stage breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer through the participation in clinical trials.

Known Side Effects

As this is such a new treatment little is yet known about side effects, however there are a few that doctors do already know about; Drop in Blood Cell Count – Causing tiredness, shortness of breath, an increased risk of infection or bleeding problems.

Conclusion

Although it is stated that inhibiting PARP-1 should not affect the functioning of healthy cells this quite simply cannot be the case, as is shown in the fact that this can cause a drop in blood cell count. Surely this is evidence of damage to blood cells, which are unable to repair themselves? I find it very hard to believe that PARP would be found in all healthy cells if it was not in fact needed by them as part of their healthy functioning. We should be increasing the strength of our healthy cells & immune system, not obstructing their ability to repair themselves, common sense tells us we are just weakening our entire body in the hope of killing the cancer cells before the damage to our healthy cells kills us first. Cells are the making of our entire form, our bones, our blood, our skin as well as our internal organs, by denying them of something which they to maintain themselves we just leave ourselves wide open to infection & further illness.

  • Herceptin (trastuzumab)

Another drug used against breast cancer & also stomach cancer; apparently herceptin can stop the growth of breast cancer & in some cases can even reduce the size of the tumour. Herceptin is only used either in conjunction with chemotherapy or by those who have already completed two courses of chemotherapy.

Herceptin is part of a group of cancer drugs called monoclonal antibodies. Monoclonal antibodies recognise & attach themselves to certain proteins which may be found on the surface of cancer cells & are said to trigger the immune system to attack these cells. While assisting in the elimination of certain types of cancer cells, these drugs are said to cause ‘little’ harm to healthy cells.

In around 20-30% of breast cancer & apparently in 6 – 40% of stomach cancer cases there are excessive amounts of a protein called HER2 found on the cancer cells, which encourages the growth of these cells. Such cases of these types of cancer are referred to as being HER2-positive, where breast cancer patients are concerned this can be very aggressive & fast growing. Herceptin attaches itself to the HER2 protein on the surface of cancer cells & prevents the epidermal growth factor protein from attaching itself, the epidermal growth factor triggers the chemical reaction within the cancer cell causing it to grow & divide.

Known Side Effects

Common Side Effects:

Fatigue – this can last anything between 6 months – 1 year after treatment, although gradually decreases over time.

Flu-like Symptoms – Nausea, sickness, headache, fever & chills may be experienced & are said to subside after a few hours following treatment. These side effects are usually counteracted with further medication.

Allergic Reaction – Affects around half of patients, usually reduces across further treatments. Symptoms include fever, chills, skin rash, hives, itching, wheezing, headache, sickness, flushes, faintness, breathlessness & difficulty breathing.

Diarrhea – Usually treated with further medication. Affects around 1 in 3 people.

Heart Problems – Fast & irregular heart beat & is therefore unsuitable for patients with a history of heart disease or high blood pressure.

Pain – Abdominal, chest, joint & muscle pain may be experienced.

Less Common Side Effects:

Reduced White Blood Cell Count – Causes an increased risk of bacterial infection, which in some cases may be life-threatening. Symptoms of infection are headaches, feeling cold and shivery, aching muscles, coughing, sore throat, & possibly pain when passing urine.

Lung Problems – Coughing & respiratory distress.

Heart Damage – May cause heart damage, affects around 1 in 25 people, or even heart failure.

Liver Problems – Usually monitored with regular blood tests.

Insomnia – difficulty sleeping.

Fertility Problems – Unknown effects on fertility (but still listed).

Conclusion

Considering the claims that this drug causes ‘little harm to healthy cells,’ when you look at the above side effects, this is clearly put into perspective. Anything which produces side effects like this & more commonly according to some reports than widely published, is harmful & damaging to our cells & our long term health.

Another strong-point; this drug is only used with or after chemotherapy. Chemotherapy causes significant damage to our body & kills more people than cancer. Surely to use this in the first place is beyond all reason, let alone in conjunction with another drug with such awful side-effects like almost any one of the above! Everyone knows the poor quality of life which results from chemotherapy, especially from repeated treatment, I can only dread to think about the suffering people may endure through a combination of chemotherapy & herceptin.

A fair few of the side effects mentioned are treated with ‘further medication.’ Further discomfort & damage to our body can be the only real result of this, even if initial relief is felt.

Medical Industry figures indicate a 50% increase in the survival rate of those using herceptin against breast cancer; unfortunately just more misleading statistics. The true figure is just 12%.

Additionally, this drug is currently being tested for its effectiveness against other types of cancer & has actually increased the death rate by 2.5%.

Overall Conclusion

We are not looking at any real new concepts in the fight against cancer here, just the same old ‘drugs,’ upon ‘drugs,’ upon ‘drugs.’ The side effects of & potential dangers of all of these new drugs are profound & would appear to be most unpleasant. I personally would never even consider touching them, I won’t say “even if my life depended on it,” because it never would, my life will always depend on ‘my own lifestyle choices,’ not drugs prescribed to me by any doctor.

When hearing statements about these drugs being set to potentially benefit thousands of cancer patients & you consider that 1 in 4 of the population is directly affected by cancer, this is a lot of people, even if 3-4% of them did benefit from them -this would still be thousands of people! As it is medical statistics but these figures much higher, but again these statistics are in fact flawed in many ways. One example of this is the 40-50% survival rate of chemotherapy patients, what is not always made clear is that this is only over a five year period. If you were to take into account how many people live the rest of their lives completely cancer free & never die of cancer, the treatment, or through any indirect cause from the treatment, this figure is just 3%! This is due to the increased susceptibility to cancer that chemotherapy causes, far more often than not it does return in the future & this time the chances of survival are far less.

In this day & age & with the advanced levels of science, is this the best they can come up with? The truth is that there are many scientist whose research is dedicated to the greater good of humanity, but as the medical industry has superior credibility among the vast majority of the population & with their findings being made readily available to us, if not pushed on us, people simply do not hear of or even take notice of alternative research.

The real cure for cancer:

There are, in reality, many, very real cures for cancer but they are just simply overlooked by most people who put their faith & indeed their lives in the hands of their oncologist alone. Perhaps we should remember that these people, although no doubt they are acting with the best of intention, are trained in ‘medical school’ on the usage of ‘drugs’ to treat cancer. They do not have knowledge or experience in natural treatment options & therefore now is surely the time for us to take control of our own fate by educating ourselves on other methods of treatment that are proving successful for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. There are so many stories written by people who have cured themselves after they were deemed incurable by their medical professionals & some have even recovered after being literally on their death-bed.

The main aspect to consider when attempting to cure cancer is that certain lifestyle adjustments need to be made, something was not working for you or you would not have become ill & the thing I am talking primarily about is diet. Changing the diet alone can be enough to reverse many cases of cancer, especially if it is in the early stages & always the best place to start. If you are not prepared to give up foods you like, or are not prepared to give this a try, then the true desire to get well again is not there. This course of action has no painful side effects, only that it can make you feel better & better over time. Certain foods contain nutrients that directly attack cancer cells, others boost the immune system response & also when following a cancer diet you are ‘starving’ the cancer cells while ‘feeding’ healthy cells, giving your body the best opportunity of wiping out the cancer.

Cancer Killing Supplements:

In addition to your diet & for a more aggressive attack on cancer it is a good idea to add cancer fighting supplements to your daily regime. Certain supplements are over 100,000 times stronger in their healing properties as well as cancer fighting ability than chemotherapy.

Top Supplement Recommendations:

These are the best cancer fighting supplement combo’s available at this time.

The numbers in brackets equal how many bottles should make one months supply.

  • Vortexia, Creation, Quzu (PrugX, BLA): The first three provide an extremely powerful combination in terms of boosting the immune system response & vibrational frequencies of cells for increased health & healing. Add on PrugX & BLA for the most potent cancer-killing combination of products available on the market today.
  • PrugX, BLA, MC2 Combo: PrugX & BLA are Energetic Medicine types & are formulated through the principles of Quantum Physics, which states that; all matter is ultimately energy, as indeed is every thought, which Quantum Physics has proved & energetically enhanced medicine works on level with these energies as well as those of disease in the elimination of the latter. (3,3,2, / 4,4,2 / 6,6,3)

Different Types of Breast Cancer Drugs

As breast cancer survivors would attest, the journey to purging the body of the cancer cells is not easy. The good thing about the struggles that one has to overcome during treatment however is the fact that one feels like a real winner when health is finally regained. The easiest way to handle treatment is to gain knowledge about the breast cancer drugs and their side effects. Once this is done, the patient is in a better position to prepare him or herself psychologically for the treatment regimens and the effects that may come with them.

Some of the most common breast cancer drugs are used in chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and biological therapy. Drugs in the chemotherapy regimen are intended to stop further multiplication of the cancer cells. They include drugs such as Flurouracil, Epurubicin, Clyclophosphamide, Adrriamycin Methotrexate, and Mitozantrone among others. Some of these cancer treatments are used in combination in order to give the patient maximum benefits. The most common side effects experienced when the chemotherapy drugs are used include hair loss, nausea, premature menopause, fatigue, hot flashes, and temporary low blood count. Once complete healing is attained however, most of these side effects disappear. Some like menopause are however permanent.

Hormone therapy includes the use of cancer drugs such as Tamoxifen, Arimidex, Femara, and Aromasin. Tamoxifen is specifically used in pre-menopausal women, while Arimidex, Femara, and Aromasin are administered on postmenopausal women. Drugs administered under the hormone therapy regimen inhibit cancer cells from growing by preventing the release of the estrogen hormone by the body. The hormone therapy drugs are often used after breast cancer surgery to prevent further growth of cancer cells in the breasts. Taxol is also another cancer drug that falls in the hormonal inhibiting category. The drug is specifically administered to patients who had received Adriamycin during chemotherapy. Some of the noted side effects for the drugs as used in the hormone therapy regimen are manifested through vaginal dryness and hot flashes. When Taxol is used, patients may experience tingling or numbness of their feet and hands, and muscular pains. Painful joints are also a common complaint among patients receiving Taxol treatment. Other drugs such as Herceptin fall in the biological therapy regimen. Drugs in this category work by boosting the patient’s immune system. The immune system in turn acts by destroying existing cancer cells.

The specific type of breast cancer drugs to be used on an individual patient is determined by the oncologist based on the patient’s condition. Depending on the patients age, health condition, resistance to specific cancer treatments and the stage of cancer, the oncologist may recommend different or a combination of breast cancer treatments. Notably however, the list of cancer drugs will continue growing in coming days, especially because researchers continue investigating newer and more effective treatment methods. Patients may also benefit from newer drug discoveries through taking part in clinical trials.

Lung Cancer Drugs

Cancer of lung is the most widespread cause of cancer death in the world. In the UK, approximately 100 people are diagnosed with the cancer on a daily basis, and roughly 1 in 5 of them will have small cell lung cancer, for which the rate of survival is very low: simply 3 per cent of patients with it are expected to live more than 5 years following diagnosis.

Chemotherapy applies drugs to kill cancer cells. One or more drugs of chemotherapy might be administered by means of a vein in your arm or taken orally. A combination of drugs typically is provided in a series of treatments over a period of weeks or months.

Chemotherapy could be applied as a first line treatment for lung cancer or as added treatment following surgery. In a number of cases, chemotherapy could be utilized to reduce side effects of your cancer.

Iressa (gefitinib) is an innovative new type of anti-cancer drug for people with the most common type of cancer of lung. It is unlike all prior chemotherapy. That is, Iressa works by distinctively blocking cellular enzymes that stimulate cell enlargement.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Iressa (gefitinib) tablets as a sole agent treatment for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Iressa is being approved as a treatment for patients whose cancer has maintained to progress despite treatment with platinum-based and docetaxel chemotherapy, two drugs that are presently the standard of care in this disease.

The lung cancer drug Iressa has had noticeably positive effects for a number of the people who take it. Their tumors get smaller by more than 50 percent, and they live months and sometimes years longer than expected.

Iressa and drugs like Gleevac and Tarceva are part of a fairly new class of drugs. Different from standard chemotherapy drugs, the new class specifically targets a gene in tumors named the epidermal growth factor receptor. This receptor assists tumors spread and grow, and these drugs obstruct this receptor.

Antioxidants: The Best Antioxidant Supplement

The health conscious mentality of most people these days has made them close to obsessed in finding the best antioxidant supplement available on the market. But how can you blame them? With so much scientific and health research citing the multitude of benefits antioxidants can provide consumers, it is no wonder people are searching far and wide for the best antioxidant supplement they can get their hands on. Whether it’s a younger physical appearance, better-looking skin, or cancer prevention, antioxidants have been proven to be very healthy, versatile, and useful. After all, oxidation is the underlying cause of most health concerns, including numerous skin conditions, multiplication of cancer cells, and many other diseases. By taking these supplements, the supposed natural oxidation process is blocked and in some cases, even reversed.

However, in order to know which of these products is considered to be the best antioxidant supplement, we must examine the process involved in producing the actual product itself. This production process should be as natural as possible and should therefore not involve too many extraneous chemicals that might be found in a highly industrial factory or lab. A number of scientific studies have revealed that the human body is not that efficient, if at all, in absorbing or using antioxidants that have too many synthetic ingredients. Therefore, the perceptive and health conscious consumer should look for supplements that include mostly natural and organic ingredients. So, the question now is, what kind of foods containing healthy amounts of antioxidants do we recommend as a good source for antioxidant supplements?

It should be noted that the antioxidant content in food is actually measured through the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). Many herbs and spices actually top the list as being some of the best sources of antioxidants, as they have a very high score on the ORAC scale. Berries and fruits are also considered powerhouses when it comes to their rank on the ORAC scale, thus making them the prime ingredients in some of the best antioxidant supplements. Grapes, pomegranates, blueberries, acai, mangosteen, and cranberries are amongst the top 20 best sources of antioxidants. Other sources that are not spice-based or fruit-based are things like tea, coffee, and vegetables (spinach, brussels sprouts, and kale just to name a few vegetables).

When looking for the best antioxidant supplement, you should look for products that contain mostly natural antioxidant containing ingredients, things like herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables.