By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
This week I read an article on chemotherapy as a cancer treatment, an article written by one of my friends. The article cites the origins of chemotherapy during World War I and goes on with some documentation and statistics to make a case for all cancer patients to reject chemotherapy as a scam. To the unsuspecting, who see the writer, a brilliant political scientist, as a reputable source on this subject, I give a warning. The entire article is hogwash.
This reminds me of one of the moments a friend educated by bumper stickers and un-sourced emails tell me that tetanus is a normal childhood disease that kids get over easily. Read about tetanus, the “T” part of the “DPT” shot you didn’t let your kids get:
Acute respiratory failure is the leading cause of death in tetanus infections. A short incubation period is associated with a particularly grim prognosis. In individuals under age 50, mortality is nearly 100% if symptoms begin within 1 to 2 days. Morbidity is reduced to 35% to 40% if the incubation period is greater than 10 days. The overall mortality rate ranges from less than 10% to as high as 50%. High mortality rates are also associated with early onset of convulsions, individuals who require mechanical ventilation, or delay in treatment. Contaminated wounds located on the head and face are more dangerous than wounds located on other parts of the body. The individual’s age and severity of symptoms also affect prognosis. Recovery is complete if the individual survives the infection.
Do you want to talk “diphtheria?”
Anyone talking about chemotherapy and survival rates who is not a licensed oncologist is invariably parroting the ideas of others that they have no understanding of whatsoever.
Let’s get this out right away, chemotherapy is poison. It can kill you. Doctors know this, and this is taken into account with well established treatment protocols. The idea that every doctor in the world is a dangerous psychotic and drug companies poison cancer patients out of amusement is even crazier than people who think airplanes make buildings vaporize.
Some of the basics we can go into now. If you are diagnosed with cancer, after a biopsy and scans, a treatment plan is developed that can include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. In most cases, a tumor is found, it is removed and pathologists examine it. If it was removed “cleanly,” with little possibility of missing part of it, you still have to deal with what kind of “receptors” the tumor has or had. Some tumors are very unpleasant and require, even after removal, much more aggressive treatment.
The article I am referencing displayed NO familiarity with this process.
All statistics given, and many were, made no sense at all. There were no mentions of cancer states, metastasis or other problems that make internet pontification less entertaining but oh so fatal to those who take this advice.
You see, if you have a tumor removed, a cancer, but receive no radiation or chemotherapy, depending on the type of tumor you had, your survival potential can be as low as 30%. If the tumor was advanced and in metastasis, even chemotherapy may not be able to save you.
What wasn’t mentioned, along with different types of tumors and stages of cancer, is that random cells that are floating around simply start dividing, take seat and kill you.
Chemotherapy kills them before chemotherapy kill you, if all is done properly.
Will you suffer? Of course!
Was anything said in the generalized bullshit “natural medicine” crap? Not hardly.
If you don’t trust your physician, get a second opinion. If you have training, read reputable materials, ask questions, make sure you understand the risks and percentages and make educated decisions about your own healthcare.
However…leave the quacks and crackpots alone.