Despite advances in understanding the development of cancer and how it spreads, the method of cancer treatment hasn´t changed much. For the past several decades the main treatment options for a cancer patient have been surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Although there are newer chemotherapy drugs available to treat cancers, the cancer death rate continues to rise. How are we mistaken? Each of the current treatment options is associated with inherent risks and side effects and most patients are submitted to some combination of these options. The actual safety of chemotherapy drugs is already debatable. However, our study is another confirmation that these drugs not only cause temporary side effects, but they significantly promote cancer growth and recurrence of cancer, for which the drugs are originally intended as a treatment.
Chemotherapy drugs are designed to kill the rapidly growing cells, and therefore they attack cancer cells as well as healthy cells in the body. Due to such indiscriminate killing of all cells, the chemotherapy drugs cause wide spread damage in the body. All the well-known side effects from chemotherapy ranging from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and hair loss to decreased immunity and its complications, bleeding, and damage to the vital organs can be attributed to this non selective cellular destruction. In some cases the patient succumbs to the side effects of the treatment earlier than the cancer itself. Studies show that chemotherapy drugs could be killing up to 50% of patients in some hospitals within the first month of initiation of the treatment. However, these may not be only temporary side effects as is perceived by everyone. Most of the chemotherapy drugs are also linked with secondary cancers.
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