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Berkeley Doctor Claims People Die From Chemotherapy treatment, Not the Cancer

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

People who refuse chemotherapy treatment live on average 12 and a half years longer than people who undergo chemotherapy, says Dr. Jones.

According to recent statistics, approximately 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetimes. This saddening reality is made worse when it is acknowledged that modern methods of ‘treating’ the disease are often ineffective and only make the symptoms of the disease far worse. In fact, according to one Berkeley doctor, Dr. Hardin B. Jones, chemotherapy doesn’t work 97% of the time.

In the eye-opening video above, Dr. Hardin B. Jones, a former professor of medical physics and physiology at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses how ‘leading edge’ cancer treatment is a sham.

Studied life expectancy of patients for over 25 years

He has personally studied the life expectancy of patients for more than 25 years and has come to the conclusion that chemotherapy does more harm than good. The bone-chilling realization prompted Dr. Jones to speak out against the billion-dollar cancer industry.

“People who refused chemotherapy treatment live on average 12 and a half years longer than people who are undergoing chemotherapy,” said Dr. Jones of his study, which was published in the New York Academy of Science.

“People who accepted chemotherapy die within three years of diagnosis, a large number dies immediately after a few weeks.” 

According to the physician, the only reason doctors prescribe chemotherapy is because they make money from it. Such an accusation doesn’t seem unreasonable, as cancer

Patients rejecting conventional therapy live 4x longer

“Patients with breast cancer who reject conventional therapy live four times longer than those who follow the system. So this is something that you will not hear in the mass media, which will continue  the myth…”

Despite the fact that the United States spends more on healthcare than any other high-income nation in the world, diseases of affluence continue to increase in prevalence, resulting in a shorter life expectancy.

Perhaps this is because mainstream media and the allopathic healthcare system don’t teach about the importance of preventative medicine. Eating a healthy diet, engaging in exercise, thinking positive thoughts, reducing stress, and enjoying the company of others – or habits that bring joy – are all proven to improve longevity and happiness.

Natural alternatives

In addition, potent all natural medicines, such as cannabis oil, are also strictly regulated and illegal in many areas – despite the fact that CBD-rich oil from the marijuana plant is listed as a remedy on the U.S.’ National Cancer Institute’s website.   www.druglinks.info

As it is, there is no money in a healthy population, which is why fast food joints and pharmaceutical industries thrive in America. Hopefully, Dr. Jones’ efforts will inspire people to seek out alternative options if they or someone they know develops the debilitating disease.

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BLACK SALVE COMPOUND SAID TO BE A MIRACLE CURE SAY SOME.PICS GALLERY

Friday, June 29th, 2018

This salve consisting of Blood Root, Zinc Chloride & other herbal inclusions is said to get rid of skin melanomas, sometimes in just a matter of days. I interviewed the woman who used it on her husband & her/his friends who had lost hope in traditional treatments. She supplied me with a number of images of persons close to her who have used the product & were amazed with the results.

WARNING >>THESE IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS

Mrs M as we shall call her is able to make & sell the salve as treatment for removing growths on animals. We could say that we are animals perhaps & use the product. Not for me to say. I am just telling you her story. I have used the product myself also with great success. Your call to either use it or not. Don’t let the pics scare you. It is just part of the process in healing going through the stages, from application to growth removal.

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The above graphic images show you the basic overall process of killing the tumour or growth.

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DIY BLACK SALVE FORMULA & HOW TO MAKE IT VIDEO

BLACK SALVE OINTMENT TREATMENT FOR CANCERS [22] VIDEO COLLECTION YOU TUBE

THE BLACK SALVE SELF TREATMENT FOR CANCERS TRUE STORY HERE & 22 BLACK SALVE VIDEOS ALSO IN THIS SITE

CANSEMA INDIAN BLACK SALVE TREATMENT FOR CANCERS HOW TO USE & A BREAST CANCER SUCCESS STORY

Applying the salve to the tumour or cancer & covering it with a sterile bandage.Leave for 3-4 days & reapply new bandage & more salve if required. Do not get it wet during this period.Small growths can usually be removed at this stage by pulling off the scab formed & in so doing the salve has done its work & killed the growth.In pulling off the scab it also takes out the deadly growth like popping a cork with instant pain relief.

It leaves a clean empty hole that heals up over a short period using the normal care treatments available. It does not appear to attack the healthy tissue just the infected growth or sick tissue.

NOTE->While the salve is doing its work there will be some level of infection type pain to the person

*I the owner of this site do sing praises of this black salve because having tried it on 2 small growths on my leg, both are gone with no trace of them ever having been there.

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She was a nurse. So why did Helen shun conventional cancer treatment?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Helen Lawson was a respected emergency department nurse and a top cyclist. She died last month from ovarian cancer.

But could her death have been avoided?

Helen Lawson on holiday in Paris in 2010.

Helen, 50, had shunned mainstream cancer treatments.

Her grieving family says the “bright and successful” woman had fallen under the influence of a self-described healer and hypnotherapist who told her not to undergo surgery.

Instead he allegedly prescribed an aggressive and painful treatment called black salve, which ate away at her flesh, leaving her swollen and in pain.

Dennis Wayne Jensen claimed he had cured his own brain tumour twice and had cured hundreds of others of cancer, Helen’s family says.

EDITORS NOTE> Black Salve is only to be used on small surface cancers, a little at a time. This fellow claims it is ok for Internal cancers as well..He is dangerous. I have used it with success the proper way.

Her partner of 21 years, Belinda Davies, said she would drive Helen out to his North Warrandyte home on the bushy outskirts of Melbourne and watch in disbelief as he put his hands on her body, already “mutilated” from his mal-treatment, and say he was driving out the illness.

“He put his hands on her stomach and would breathe out like he was trying to blow away the cancer, telling us that the cancer was gone, and there was only a tiny little bit still there,” Belinda said.

“And here she was so swollen and distended and just unbelievably ill.”

Helen and partner Belinda Davies at the Australian Open.

The case has been described as tragic by Victoria’s Health Complaints Commissioner, Karen Cusack, who has issued Jensen with a 12-week interim prohibition order banning him from providing any health service while the matter is being investigated.

The commissioner said it was alleged that Helen “had been dissuaded from following conventional medical cancer treatment and she subsequently died”.

“I don’t issue these orders lightly, but I am satisfied that this was necessary in this case to avoid a serious risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public at large,” she said.

According to her loved ones, Helen discovered a lump in her pelvic region in January last year but initially brushed it off. A scan in October revealed a 17-centimetre growth on her ovary, more tahn likely advanced overian cancer.

She was booked in for surgery to remove the tumour but pulled out at the last minute, following a visit to Jensen the day before she was due to go into hospital.

Helen, who was a keen cyclist, working on her bike.

“She came home and said she wasn’t having the surgery now,” Belinda said.

“She said ‘Denn [Jensen] said the surgery is not going to work, and I’m just a number to them, and the black salve will draw out the cancer and the black salve will do what the surgeons can’t.

“I had a huge fight with her. I was just saying, ‘This is insane, give yourself a chance. For God’s sake, just give yourself a chance.’ ”

Belinda believes that Helen, an emergency department nurse at the Austin Hospital, received a recommendation for Jensen from a paramedic she worked alongside.

Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, she returned to her home with what looked like black tar all over her stomach, which eventually ate away at her flesh.

EDITORS NOTE >Very dangerous for such a large area.1cm2 at a time maximum

“It rots the skin away. It looks like third-degree burns,” Belinda said.

“It was just horrific & disgusting.”

It is understood the substance was black salve (also known as red salve or cansema), a widely discredited alternative cancer treatment containing the plant bloodroot & zinc chloride with other herbs in some formulations, which can destroy large parts of the skin and underlying tissue, leaving behind a thick black scar.

EDITORS NOTE > The black scar so formed destroys & consumes the infected tissue then the plug can be popped out leaving a clean wound hole behind which heals back up to form a normal skin surface. Prior to this it is painful for a few days & when popped, it is like expressing a boil, then total relief & infection dissapears. There is no ‘BLACK SCAR’

The article refers to destroying large parts of the skin. That is rubbish unless you spread it all over the place like an idiot would do.This is a great formulation & works if used correctly under proper medical supervision. Overdosing on most medications is harmful anyway, so know the rules.It worked for me.

More in this case is certainly not the best. My earlier stories in this site are here >

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This is what happened to a man in Queensland who applied black salve to his head

Editors note > This lesion shown in the image above indicates this person applied the black salve on too large an area for far too long a period. Should be over a few days not months.The area covered appears to be 20 times the area you should cover at a single time as well. Who was guiding this victim?? What was he trying to treat?

“Things like black salve just kill everything, normal skin cells, abnormal skin cells, it doesn’t matter,” said Dr Douglas Grose, president of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia.

“You can’t control it. All you’re doing is killing the full thickness of the skin and allowing it to scar up. It’s a ridiculous technique.”

EDITORS NOTE> Unless medically supervised you cannot control people indiscrimitely using it. You can control how much & when it is used under medical supervision, one would think. Use it but with care & be mindful that it is best in small doses at a time, a little at a time for external cancers only

It is illegal to sell black salve in Australia, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration says it is not aware of any credible scientific evidence showing it to be effective in treating cancer. Nevertheless, the cream has continued to be promoted in online testimonials, and instructions to make it are easily found on the internet.

In 2014, a man in Brisbane was left with a hole in his head after applying black salve to the side of his face for four months. Other disturbing cases have also been reported globally.

Self-proclaimed healer Dennis Wayne Jensen.

Jensen, however, insists black salve “works” and is not an approved mainstream treatment because pharmaceutical companies can’t make any money out of it.

“They don’t want black salve on the market because it cures cancer,” he said in an interview with Fairfax Media on Monday.

He said that when Helen came to him late last year he first offered her alterative products, including another controversial treatment, vitamin B-17.

Jensen said Helen had been told “she wouldn’t live until the next Christmas”.

“She told me, ‘I want you to pull out everything you’ve got,’ ” Jensen said.

The self-proclaimed healer said he recently cured a man of a terminal cancer in his neck and had also healed a woman’s ovaries.

“I actually put my hand on her tummy, over the ovaries, and I was able to heal the ovaries so she could have a baby,” he said.

He said he did not charge for his services, or ask for money – a claim disputed by Belinda, who said he made it clear he expected a donation once Helen recovered.

Jensen attended the interview with two advocates, who brought with them a stack of documents they claimed showed that the interim prohibition order had no legal standing.

It’s still baffling to Helen’s family that a woman who spent her life so focused on her health and working as a medical professional would so thoroughly reject doctors’ advice.

Her sister-in-law, Deb Davies, complained to the Health Complaints Commissioner after Helen’s death, handing over a DVD of graphic photos to investigators.

Fairfax Media was provided with an image of the wound on Helen Lawson’s stomach after she tried to treat her ovarian cancer with black salve, but has chosen only to run a blurred version because it is so confronting.

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“You have never seen anything like what happened to Helen. It is so confronting,” she said.

“Literally above her pubic bone, all across her abdomen almost up to her rib cage, she was raw, mutilated bubbling flesh.”

Belinda said that within a few weeks of Helen applying the black salve the wound was so large that surgeons could not have operated even if they had wanted to.

After screaming matches in which Belinda begged Helen to go hospital, she said she gave in and focussed on trying to be there for her partner.

The pair met in hospital just over 20 years ago when Belinda was Helen’s patient. Much of their life together was spent cycling, with Belinda supporting Helen through an elite mature-age criterium career that saw her top the nation in her age category.

Helen Lawson was a keen cyclist.

Photo: Darrian Traynor

As Helen became progressively sicker, Belinda said, Jensen continued to insist she had been cured.

“He promised her that she would get well and the cancer had died,” she said.

It was only in the final weeks of her life that Helen’s contact with him began to diminish, but only because Jensen was ignoring many of Helen’s increasingly desperate calls, Belinda said.

Helen was rushed to hospital on April 6 after collapsing at home, and died that night. Belinda sent Jensen a message saying that “we lost her, she was riddled with cancer”, but hasn’t spoken to him since.

She believes Helen could have survived at least another few years if it wasn’t for his intervention.

“I’m really struggling. I’m having a really hard time,” Belinda said. “She was the love of my life.”

Belinda and Helen on holiday in Spain.

The continuing investigation into Jensen uses new powers given to the Health Complaints Commissioner. For now, if Jensen fails to comply with the interim order, which prevents him from saying he can cure cancer as well as banning him from providing any health service as the matter is investigated, he faces a large fine or up to two years in prison. He could eventually face a permanent ban.

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THIS 11YR OLD GIRL HAD HUGE TUMOUR OF 10 KILOS GROWING INSIDE OF HER

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

A Queensland Australia schoolgirl had a mass growing so big inside her doctors thought she might have been pregnant.When little Cherish-Rose Lavelle started quickly losing weight her mother Louise knew something was amiss.

After taking the the 11-year-old for a medical examination, it wasn’t long before she was transferred to hospital in Hervey Bay and sent directly to the capital of Brisbane by plane.The aggressive germ-cell cancer was causing Cherish-Rove a lot of pain and Ms Lavelle noticed her daughter’s normally bubbly personality was very different over two months.Rare for a girl of Cherish-Rose’s age, the cancer will set her back a bit from starting Year 6 this month.’This morning she was bright and smiling but right now she is very dispondent,’ Ms Lavelle told the Daily Mail Australia.

Now Ms Lavelle must sell her op-shop business so she can spend months looking after her daughter in hospital.’It’s going to be a long haul,’ she said.Ms Lavelle initially thought her daughter was suffering an eating disorder before she discovered something more sinister was at play.’This is something I want parents to be aware of as I thought she was suffering an eating disorder from being bullied for being overweight,’ she said.’She suddenly lost 14-15kg and I started to demand food into her because I was frightened and then when the pain started in her belly and back I was clueless.’When I was told she had cancer I couldn’t stop crying, it broke my heart.’Now I’ve been told that it is curable I am so very relieved.Now my life has changed nothing else is of importance at all.’ Chemo will shrink the tumour quickly so Cherish-Rose can go into surgery to have it removed.It is another blow for Ms Lavelle who discovered the manager in her shop was allegedly abusing her role through fraud, having to let her and others go and leaving her short staffed as this stressful time.Heartfelt messages have been shared on social media wishing the inspirational young girl all the best with her health & her future..

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THIS WOMAN SAYS SHE CURED HER CERVICAL CANCER WITH CANNABIS OIL

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

 

Shona Leigh said she had second stage cervical cancer cured in eight months using oil supplied freely.

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Video presentation by Jimmy Lin explains how this simple new blood test that can catch cancer early

Friday, January 19th, 2018

A simple new blood test that can catch cancer early | Jimmy Lin

Jimmy Lin is developing technologies to catch cancer months to years before current methods. He shares a breakthrough technique that looks for small signals of cancer’s presence via a simple blood test, detecting the recurrence of some forms of the disease 100 days earlier than traditional methods. It could be a light at the end of the tunnel in a fight where early detection makes all the difference. Check out more TED talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading movers & shakers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global problems, the arts and much more.

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10 cancer symptoms you should look out for & do not ignore them

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

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Most of us think we know the telltale signs of cancer: a lump in the breast, unexplainable tiredness, sudden weight loss… but experts are pointing to lesser known symptoms to watch out for that may lead to earlier detection of the disease.

Professor of medical oncology at Southampton University and lead clinician for Cancer Research UK, Peter Johnson says many early signals are “vague and non-specific”.

“It’s these that people need to be aware of and report to their doctors. But we’re not good at paying attention to our own bodies, to what’s normal for us, so we ignore minor symptoms which occasionally can be caused by early cancer,” he told The Telegraph.

Clinical oncologist Dr David Bloomfield says in most cases catching the disease in its early stages ensures a cure.

He says it’s important to not only be aware of the symptoms noted below, but if something else appears unusual and doesn’t go away in a couple of weeks, get it checked out.

Here are 10 symptoms to note that could lead to early cancer detection:
1. A hoarse or croaky voice

This can be a common component of a cold, but if it persists it should be checked out. The symptom can indicate “an early, curable head or neck cancer such as one of the vocal cords,” says Dr Bloomfield.

2. Heavy night sweats

While the summer heat or the onset of menopause in women could more than likely be the cause of night sweats, it’s a symptom that could also be a sign of lymphoma.

Dr Shankara Paneesha, consultant haematologist in Birmingham, told The Telegraph: “People with lymphoma have high metabolisms because lymphoma cells use a lot of energy, so they get severe, drenching night sweats where they need to change their pyjamas and sometimes the bedding.”

3. Persistent heartburn

For many, heartburn is a common issue following a particularly spicy or fatty meal. But if your heartburn lasts more than two to three weeks and requires regular antacid medication it could signal stomach or oesophageal cancer.

Occasionally it can be linked to ovarian or pancreatic cancer.

4. Middle back pain

For the vast majority, back pain is due to a musculoskeletal issue. But for some it can be a symptom of pancreatic cancer.

Pippa Corrie, consultant and associate lecturer in medical oncology at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says there is a particular sign to note:

“The classic symptom is pain in the upper abdomen that spreads out across the back,” she says.

Situated at the back of the abdomen, as the pancreas grows, it begins to invade nerves which signal back pain.

“While most musculoskeletal back pain will occur in the lower back, that associated with pancreatic cancer is about a hand’s breadth above that and may also come with other symptoms, such as people being off their food, tiredness and weight loss.”

5. Post-menopausal bleeding

This can be a sign of endometrial cancer. Dr Bloomfield says any kind of post-menopausal bleeding should be checked with your GP.

Endometrial cancer is also associated with being overweight.

6. Trouble urinating

As men age, the prostate gland grows. This can increase the need to urinate, especially at night.

Difficulty passing urine or needing to go more frequently could indicate prostate cancer.

7. Finding it hard to swallow

Trouble swallowing can be an indication of a stroke or brain but occasionally it can be an early symptom of a head and neck cancer such as of the vocal cords, oesophagus, mouth or tongue.

Most commonly found in those who smoke and drink regularly, other symptoms can include pain at the back of the mouth.

8. Changes in stools

Blood in faeces is a commonly known indication of bowel cancer. But it’s also important to note any sudden changes in colour, frequency and pain.

In rare cases it can also be an indicator of ovarian or pancreatic cancer.

9. A persistent sore

Changes to moles including itching and bleeding are commonly known as symptoms of skin cancer. Other symptoms include small lumps on the skin that continue to grow, and some cases produce an ulcer that won’t heal.

10. Mouth ulcers

The majority of mouth ulcers are from a viral infection, will clear up in three to four days and are notably painful.

An ulcer in the mouth or on the tongue which lasts for three to four weeks and may or may not be painful could indicate cancer.

Also look for white marks on the tongue or thick, white patches. These need to be checked by your GP as they indicate changes to the mouth’s lining which could lead to cancer.

Henry Sapiecha

Antibiotics which kill useful bugs are giving cancer patients a kick in the guts

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Antibiotics may be impeding our ability to fight cancer, two new studies on gut bacteria suggest.

Bacteria-killing pills such as penicillin already get a bad rap for leading to the rise of the drug-resistant superbugs that create havoc in our hospitals.

Now, two studies suggest they also strip our gut of the healthy bacteria needed to help combat cancer.

The new research might soon lead to doctors prescribing probiotics – or even faecal transplants – before starting a dose of chemotherapy.

What remains unclear is which bacteria out of the millions living inside us are responsible for helping to fight cancer. Each study identified a different bug as being the most important.

Microbiota are the tiny bacterial organisms that live in our gut. The community of these bacteria is called the microbiome.

“This research may be applied by developing strategies to change the microbiome to enhance responses to cancer treatment,” says the University of Texas’ Dr Jennifer Wargo, a co-author of one of the papers.

“But we aren’t yet sure what the right formulations are, so we really need to use caution, as some approaches may not help and could potentially even adversely affect the microbiome.”

The two new studies, published on Friday in the journal Science, looked at the impact of microbiota on immunotherapy, a form of chemotherapy that uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer.

Immunotherapy is “one of the great hopes for cancer therapy”, says Professor Matthew Brown, director of genomics at the Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Brown is an expert on both the microbiome and immunotherapy, and was not involved in the study.

A large number of patients don’t respond to immunotherapy and researchers have been struggling to discover why.

For the first study, French researchers looked at 249 cancer patients receiving immunotherapy. Of those, 69 had been prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics at the same time to treat other infections.

Cancer survival rates were significantly lower for patients who had been treated with antibiotics, the researchers found. Analysis of their gut microbiota showed they had a much lower diversity of gut bacteria, presumably caused by the antibiotics.

To cross-check the results, the researchers gave cancerous mice an antibiotic followed by a dose of immunotherapy. They too had failed to respond to the treatment.

The researchers then gave them microbiota transplants from the patients who did best on immunotherapy. The mice immediately began to respond strongly to the treatment.

“That’s something that should translate rapidly into changes in protocols to minimise antibiotic use before or after immunotherapy. That was really quite a strong finding,” said Professor Brown.

In the second study, a team of researchers in America and France reported on 112 melanoma patients undergoing immunotherapy.

The patients who responded the best to treatment tended to have a much higher diversity of microbes in their gut.

The microbiome of the group that performed well seemed to be building a lot of amino acids – known to promote immunity – while the microbiome of the other patients focussed more on breaking down compounds.

In fact, the researchers found, the abundance of a single bug, Faecalibacterium, in a patient’s gut was one of the strongest predictors of whether immunotherapy was successful or not.

However, the other study singled out Akkermansia muciniphila as the bug linked to immunotherapy success.

Dr Wargo said gut bacteria was likely influencing the immune system in a number of ways, including producing chemicals that interacted with and stimulated immune cells.

“But we don’t know all the answers yet and there is still a great deal to learn,” she said.

Henry Sapiecha

Pen-like instrument detects cancer in mere seconds

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

The instrument developed at UT Austin is claimed to be both much quicker and more accurate at detecting cancer than existing approaches(Credit: University of Texas at Austin)

Distinguishing cancerous tissue from healthy tissue is a chief concern when it comes to surgery, which is why medical scientists are continually looking at new technologies to help surgeons sort the good from the bad. Over the years, we’ve seen research advances in the form of glowing compounds that light up cancerous cells and smart scalpels that offer visual and audio guidance. Now researchers at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin have developed a pen-like device that identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, boosting the chances of a successful procedure.

“If you talk to cancer patients after surgery, one of the first things many will say is ‘I hope the surgeon got all the cancer out,'” says Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, an assistant professor of chemistry at UT Austin who led the team. “It’s just heartbreaking when that’s not the case. But our technology could vastly improve the odds that surgeons really do remove every last trace of cancer during surgery.”

Telling cancerous tissue apart from healthy tissue is key during surgery, and not just to ensure that all the tumor is removed. Taking too much healthy tissue can also be dangerous, raising the prospect of damage to muscle and nerve function, along with other painful side effects.

Currently, the state-of-the-art method surgeons use to differentiate cancer and healthy tissues is called Frozen Section Analysis. The downside to this approach is that it requires a sample to be prepared and assessed by a pathologist, which can take more than 30 minutes and leaves the patient exposed to increased risk of infection. Furthermore, it can prove unreliable in as many as 10 to 20 percent of cases.

The instrument developed at UT Austin is claimed to be both much quicker and more accurate than current approaches. Called the MasSpec Pen, it works by detecting the biomarkers of certain types of cancer, using software to check them against a catalog of 253 samples comprising both healthy and cancerous tissues of the breast, lung, thyroid and ovary.

“Cancer cells have dysregulated metabolism as they’re growing out of control,” says Eberlin. “Because the metabolites in cancer and normal cells are so different, we extract and analyze them with the MasSpec Pen to obtain a molecular fingerprint of the tissue. What is incredible is that through this simple and gentle chemical process, the MasSpec Pen rapidly provides diagnostic molecular information without causing tissue damage.”

The pen simply needs to be held against the tissue while a foot pedal is used to kick off the process. This sees a drop of water fall onto the tissue, allowing small molecules to be absorbed into the liquid. This water is then fed into a mass spectrometer, an instrument with the ability to detect thousands of molecules and interpret the molecular fingerprints of various cancers.

Once this analysis is completed, a connected computer screen will automatically display “Normal” or “Cancer” within about 10 seconds, and for certain cancers, will even name the subtype, such as “lung cancer,” for example. When testing the MasSpec Pen on 253 tissue samples taken from cancer patients, it proved more than 96 percent accurate and was also able to detect cancer in marginal areas between normal and cancerous tissue.

“Any time we can offer the patient a more precise surgery, a quicker surgery or a safer surgery, that’s something we want to do,” says James Suliburk, head of endocrine surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and a collaborator on the project. “This technology does all three. It allows us to be much more precise in what tissue we remove and what we leave behind.”

The team has filed patents for the technology, and expects to start testing it during oncologic surgeries in 2018. A paper describing the research was published in Science Translational Medicine, while the video below provides an overview of how it works.

Source: University of Texas at Austin


Henry Sapiecha

Men Shouldn’t Ignore these 10 Warning Signs Of Prostate Cancer

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Cancer is a disease that can affect almost every major organ in the body – from our skin to our liver. However, prostate cancer affects more men than any other cancer type apart from skin cancer. Based on data between 2010 and 2012, the NIH estimates that an astonishing 14 percent of the male population will be diagnosed with some form of prostate cancer in their lifetime. An estimated 220,800 cases were reported in the USA in 2015, with deaths at 27,540. By 2012, there were almost 3 million men living with prostate cancer in the US. It’s important not to live in fear, but the statistics should concern you enough to be more vigilant regarding your health and the health of your loved ones. Remember, the biggest fight against cancer starts with prevention.

Getting To Know The Prostate

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system that is found just underneath the bladder. Roughly the size of a walnut, this gland produces fluid that supports the sperm used for sexual reproduction. The prostate grows naturally throughout the lifetime in two major “growth spurts”. The first obviously happens during puberty and the other during a man’s thirties. The weight of the gland grows from about 20 grams during adulthood to double its weight by time a man reaches his 70s. [2] However, the sudden growth of the prostate can put pressure on its surrounding organs and tissues and cause pain and problems with urination and bowel movement. Learn about these warning signs and symptoms of prostate cancer below.

#1: Painful Or Difficult Urination

Dysuria is a term that means painful or difficult urination. With this symptom, you may find it difficult to urinate even if your bladder feels full; or be able to urinate but with mild to severe pain in the pelvic or perineal area (but note that a burning sensation in the urinary tract is usually due to a urinary tract infection). Dysuria is a cause for concern because it can indicate that something may be pressing against your urinary tract (the tract that allows urine to flow out from the bladder) most likely an enlarged prostate, a symptom of prostate cancer.

#2: Frequent Urination

Frequent urination can also be a sign of prostate cancer. When the enlarged prostate or tumor compresses the bladder, it reduces its capacity to hold urine – ergo, more frequent trips to the bathroom to urinate. This can also lead to a feeling that your bladder isn’t fully empty even after repeated urination. [3]

#3: Very Weak Urine Flow

Slow or reduced urine flow usually accompanies the previous symptoms mentioned above. When something is blocking the urinary tract or bladder, the urine flow is greatly reduced, often to a mere dripping or dribbling. This also makes it hard to direct the stream of urine, even with a lot of force being made by the abdominal muscles during urination.

#4: Hematuria

Blood in the urine or hematuria is a cause for worry for anyone – male or female. In the case of prostate cancer, blood in the urine can indicate that the tumor has damaged the urethra or bladder – causing bleeding.

Bear in mind that severe problems with urination are late symptoms of prostate cancer – usually occurring when the prostate gland has already reached a large enough size to disrupt the normal function of the urinary system.

#5: Blood In Semen And Painful Ejaculation

As with hematuria, there should be concern if blood appears in semen. Vascularized tumors are prone to bleeding, which can be the reason why blood-tinged semen is considered a sign of prostate cancer. The tumor itself can be bleeding or damaging surrounding prostate tissue to cause bleeding and pain.

#6: Swelling Of The Legs And Feet

There are two ways wherein prostate cancer can affect the lymph nodes – the first by compressing them, affecting the flow of lymph fluid in and out of the nodes and the second by metastasis to the lymph system. When the ducts that lead to and from the lymph nodes near the pelvic area become blocked, it causes a build-up of fluid in the lower extremities. This can cause mild to severe edema in the ankles and feet, or even the entire leg. However, lower extremity lymphedema usually happens after surgery and therapy but there is still a risk of it occurring prior to the start of treatment, depending the stage of the tumor. [4]

#7: Pain In The Hips, Back, Or Chest

When prostate cancer has reached the last state (stage four), it has usually spread or metastasized to other parts of the body. The most common place where prostate cancer metastasizes is bone. This is why pain in the hips (pelvic bone), back (spine), and chest (ribs) are indicative of widespread bone metastasis in cases of prostate cancer. In a study on prostate cancer in 2000, 90 percent of autopsies done on people who died of prostate cancer revealed bone metastasis. [5]

#8: Urinary And Stool Incontinence

When metastasis has spread to the bones in the spinal column, it can start to affect spinal tissue as well. Because the spinal cord is a part of the nervous system and contributes to the control of the muscles of the bladder and the rectum, metastasis can lead to problems with urinary and stool control, manifesting as incontinence. This can start as feeling the urge to urinate and defecate but never making it to the bathroom on time, eventually leading to full incontinence. [6]

#9: Erectile Dysfunction

While many people believe that erectile dysfunction only occurs after treatment for prostate cancer has started, science begs to differ. In a 2015 study on baseline erectile dysfunction and diagnoses of prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction was present in more than half (53 percent) of the total number of subjects, with severe ED occurring in roughly half of that number (24 percent). This demonstrates that baseline erectile dysfunction is a prevalent warning symptom of prostate cancer. [7]

#10: Weight Loss And Fatigue

Unexplained weight loss and fatigue is common among all types of cancer. When any kind of tumor develops, the body basically “feeds” it which causes it to spread and grow. The nutrients sent to the cancer cells starve the healthy cells, leading to weight loss and easy fatiguability. This is actually one of the earliest signs of cancer, with affected people only noting weakness at the beginning stage of the disease to severe fatigue and weight loss as the staging of the cancer progresses. [8]

Your Number One Tactic: Prostate Cancer Screening

Here’s the truth: most of these signs and symptoms only occur when prostate cancer has already progressed to later stages. More often than not, men with the early stages of prostate cancer are asymptomatic – meaning they don’t feel any different or don’t manifest any signs and symptoms of the disease. This is where screening comes in. You may not know it but you maybe be at risk for prostate cancer.

The three most common methods for prostate cancer screening are:

1) digital rectal exams (DREs)
2) prostate-specific antigen (PSA) detection in the blood and
3) checking for the presence of the protein Engrailed-2 (EN2) in the urine.

The first method allows the manual palpation of an enlarged prostate, raising the alarm for the performance of other screening tests to fully assess the condition. The second is also able to detect an enlarged prostate through PSA levels in the blood, which is useful if the prostate cannot be palpated through a DRE. While the ability of these tests to actually detect prostate cancer is not 100 percent, they are very valuable in detecting abnormalities with the prostate and have positive effects on mortality rates beyond 7 years. [9][10]

The EN2 test is based on relatively new research and reported to be not yet available. A laboratory test currently identifies EN2 in urine, and a simple home test kit is envisioned which will be similar to a home pregnancy test strip. [11]

But remember this: Not all enlarged prostates are cancerous.

An enlarged prostate is not always a cause for concern. In fact, this condition is very common in older men – occurring in about 90 percent of men in their 70s and 80s. Hyperplasia or the enlargement of the prostate naturally occurs as a man ages. When this growth doesn’t stop, it can develop into BPH – which stands for benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is not at all cancerous and is generally regarded as not requiring any form of treatment – unless there is great difficulty in urination. However the urinary symptoms of BPH are similar to prostate cancer, which makes adequate screening even more important. [11]

Note: As with the rest of this website, this article is not medical advice nor a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. We do not advise self-diagnosis or self treatment. If you believe you have the symptoms mentioned or are concerned about your health, please schedule an appointment with your doctor / healthcare advisor.

References:

[1] National Institutes of Health. SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Prostate Cancer. http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/prost.html

[2] Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria, Australia). Prostate gland and urinary problems. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/prostate-gland-and-urinary-problems

[3] National Institutes of Health. Prostate Cancer Prevention and Early Detection. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/moreinformation/prostatecancerearlydetection/prostate-cancer-early-detection-symptoms-of-prostate-cancer

[4] Rasmusson, E., et. al. (2013). Low rate of lymphedema after extended pelvic lymphadenectomy followed by pelvic irradiation of node-positive prostate cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3842657/

[5] Bubendorf, L., et. al. (2000). Metastatic patterns of prostate cancer: An autopsy study of 1,589 patients. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0046817700800350

[6] Alizadeh, M. & Alizadeh, S. (2014). Survey of Clinical and Pathological Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients With Prostate Cancer. http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/gjhs/article/view/38296/22260

[7] Ong, W., McLachlan, H. & Millar, J. (2015). Prevalence of Baseline Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in an Australian Cohort of Men with Localized Prostate Cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25847707

[8] Langer, C., Hoffman, J. & Ottery, F. (2001). Clinical significance of weight loss in cancer patients: Rationale for the use of anabolic agents in the treatment of cancer-related cachexia. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0899900701800010

[9] Mistry, K. & Cable, G. (2003). Meta-analysis of prostate-specific antigen and digital rectal examination as screening tests for prostate carcinoma. http://www.jabfm.org/content/16/2/95.short

[10] National Institutes of Health. Prostate Cancer Screening – for health professionals. http://www.cancer.gov/types/prostate/hp/prostate-screening-pdq

[11] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostate

[12] Roehrborn, C. (2005). Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: An Overview. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1477638/

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Henry Sapiecha