Chemotherapy Backfires – Causes Normal Cells To Feed Tumors

A new study reveals that chemotherapy, used to “treat” those with cancerous tumors, actually backfires, causing normal cells to feed tumors and even protect cancerous cells. The study was published in Nature Medicine and has been reported by Fox News, Yahoo and the BBC (among many other mainstream outlets). New York University Medical Center’s Dr. Arthur Caplan says the study’s results are not a surprise since they have known, “something is getting secreted [by the dying cells].” He went on to say that chemo is a “race between the poison, which is chemo, and you trying to live long enough to benefit from the result.”

This study, however, seems to suggest that the chemo might be more poison than thought and might actually be shortening the lifespans of some patients.

The study found that healthy cells damaged by chemotherapy secreted a protein called WNT16B which boosts cancer cells survival rates.

According to Peter Nelson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, “The increase in WNT16B was completely unexpected.” But that information helps explain why so many of those we see receive chemotherapy and appear to be on the mend often have cancer cells grow back more aggressively than before.

The team of scientists wrote that the “results indicate that damage responses in benign cells…may directly contribute to enhanced tumor growth kinetics.” They also said that they confirmed their findings with breast and ovarian cancer.

So the medical world is beginning to understand that chemotherapy as practiced leaves the cancer sufferer with a weakened immune system and an even more aggressive cancerous tumor. Not a good position in which to be. One might think that the diseased stand a better chance without chemotherapy. Only time will show how the medical profession will respond to this finding.



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