No More Chemo: Doctors Say It’s Not So Far-Fetched

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There’s a revolution occurring in cancer treatment, and it could mean the end of chemotherapy.

When it comes to taming tumors, the strategy has always been fairly straightforward. Remove the offending and abnormal growth by any means, in the most effective way possible. And the standard treatments used today reflect this single-minded approach — surgery physically cuts out malignant lesions, chemotherapy agents dissolve them from within, and radiation seeks and destroys abnormally dividing cells.

There is no denying that such methods work; deaths from cancer have dropped by around 20% in the U.S. over the past two decades. But as effective as they are, these interventions can be just as brutal on the patient as they are on a tumor. So researchers were especially excited by a pair of studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week that showed a new type of anticancer drug, which works in an entirely different way from chemotherapy, helped leukemia patients tally up to an 83% survival rate after being treated for two years.

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The report was only the latest to emerge since 2001, when imatinib, or Gleevec, the first drug to veer away from the take-all-comers approach on which cancer therapies have been built, accomplished similar improvements in survival for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST).

Could the end of chemotherapy be near?

“It’s a question we are all asking,” says Dr. Martin Tallman, chief of the leukemia service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. “I think we are definitely moving farther and farther away from chemotherapy, and more toward molecularly targeted therapy.”

It’s the difference between carpet bombing and “smart bomb” strategies for leveling an enemy — in this case a fast-growing mass of cells that can strangle and starve surrounding normal tissues. Targeted therapies, as they are called, are aimed at specific pathways that tumor cells use to thrive, blocking them in the same way that monkeying with a car’s ignition, or its fuel intake, can keep it from running properly. The advantage of such precise strategies is that they leave healthy cells alone, which for patients means fewer side effects and complications.

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“The field is moving toward using the right drugs at the right time in the right patients,” says Dr. George Demetri, senior vice president of experimental therapeutics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “We’re moving toward a more precise understanding of cancer, and being able to tailor therapies toward an individual’s cancer.”

In the case of the NEJM studies, researchers were able to target an active receptor on immune cells responsible for enticing them to grow out of control, blocking the protein and essentially shutting down two different types of leukemia tumors.

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Already, patients diagnosed with GIST can avoid chemotherapy altogether, thanks to Gleevec. “No patient diagnosed with GIST should be getting chemotherapy today,” says Demetri. Patients who develop certain types of lung cancer or melanoma caused by a cancer-promoting mutation known as BRAF are also starting to replace toxic chemotherapy agents with new, more precise medications designed to thwart the BRAF pathway. And a study presented at the most recent meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology showed for the first time that a chemotherapy-free regimen led to a higher survival rate after two years than traditional chemotherapy for acute promyelocytic leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow.

The refined approach does have a weakness, however. Cancer cells, like bacteria and viruses, are wily enough to bypass roadblocks to their survival, and often mutate to overcome the effects of targeted drugs. That’s the case for a small percentage of patients on Gleevec. But even that shortcoming isn’t insurmountable. With growing knowledge about the molecular processes that drive tumor biology, researchers are able to design medications that thwart cancer cells’ attempts to bypass medications. It’s all about staying one or two steps ahead of the cancer, and already, researchers are testing drugs that address Gleevec resistance and hoping to widen the resistance gap. “The field is moving so fast that there are new drugs already being developed to tackle new resistant clones,” says Tallman. “[Resistance] is a concern, yes, but it doesn’t negate our excitement about the future.”

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Working in the doctors’ — and patients’ — favor is the fact that cancers aren’t monolithic entities composed of the same abnormal cell copied thousands of times over. Individual tumors may be composed of different types of aberrant cells, possessing a variety of mutations that are susceptible to different drugs. And this cast of cells can be ever changing over the course of an individual patient’s battle with the disease.

While such heterogeneity and unpredictability could, on one hand, make tumors too daunting to tackle, they also represent an opportunity to employ an entirely new way of fighting tumors. Traditionally, if a tumor developed resistance to a chemotherapy agent, doctors would have abandoned it completely and moved on to another drug or another treatment strategy. But now they are able to biopsy tumors and perform more sophisticated genetic and molecular tests that help them to decide, for example, that the bulk of a tumor remains susceptible to a targeted therapy while only a small portion has become resistant. They can then either remove the resistant portion surgically or add another targeted therapy to tackle just that portion while keeping the patient on the original regimen that will still treat the remainder of his cancer. “That’s a new concept,” says Demetri. “That didn’t exist before targeted therapies.”

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For patients, these types of creative strategies could mean gentler, more tolerable cancer treatments, and more years of living cancer-free. Combinations of drugs may become the norm, much as they have become the standard for treating HIV infections. So far, says Dr. Scott Kopetz, associate professor of gastrointestinal oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, refined targeted-therapy cocktails appear to work best for blood-cell and immune-cell cancers like chronic leukemias that tend to be more homogenous from the start, making them susceptible to the newer drugs. Solid tumors such as those in the breast, prostate and lung generally contain a wider variety of genetically different cells even at diagnosis, which makes them more challenging — although not impossible — to treat with targeted drugs. “Where there is a lot of genetic heterogeneity, such as in most solid tumors, there is more headwind we have to fight against, more opportunities for rapid resistance to develop,” says Kopetz.

That means that for the time being, chemotherapy may remain part of the cancer doctor’s arsenal — and even these agents are being revamped to cause fewer side effects. New ways of encasing the toxin in fat-based bubbles or linking it to nanoparticles that deliver the drug just to the tumors while bouncing off healthy cells are making regimens more tolerable.

Increasingly, though, chemotherapy may become the treatment of last resort, rather than the first wave, as some basic truths about cancer are being knocked down and rewritten. For instance, it may not be as helpful to treat cancers by where they originate — in the breast or prostate or lung — but rather by the processes that fuel them. That’s why a targeted drug developed to treat melanomas is now used to suppress lung cancers, and why genetic and molecular analyses of tumors are becoming more critical to match the right medications to the right cancers.

“Many, many fundamental concepts in cancer are being challenged now based on new information,” says Tallman. “Of course that is leading to major shifts, paradigm shifts in treatment approaches and ultimately, I think, better care [for] patients and better outcomes.”

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Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. However, when most people use the word chemotherapy they are referring specifically to drug treatments for cancer that destroy cancer cells by stopping their ability to grow and divide. 


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@aliberaldoseofskepticism<<And if you change your pH too much in either direction, you would die. It's a stupid Manichaean bifurcation that makes absolutely no sense.)>> 


So you just agreed right there that the Alkaline/Acid treatment should help. If your pH is off of the optimum on either side, you die. Cancer patients as far as I have researched are always too acid. Their blood may still be alkaline slightly but anything under 7.2 is causing problems. Saliva pH levels help reflect this lower pH by showing up in the low 6 or high 5 pH range consistently. The only time a cancer patient would probably die from too high alkaline, is if they did something stupid to bring up their pH too fast. This would not give the body time to kill the cancer, but would cripple the other systems, thus killing them from something else. Repeat; stupid. 


The goal is to return the body to optimum pH. This in its self may not cure you on its own, but leaving your body acidic most definitely will lead to sooner death. As you stated in the quote above, "too much in either direction...", any significant deviation from the norm is fatal. Yes we do need certain acids, but there needs to be a balance. If alkaline foods and minerals are not provided along with all the acidic ones we eat, then the body can not buffer the excess acid as efficiently, and must rely on the metabolic stores that are needed for other processes.


The typical diet is not balanced optimally to help the body regulate its pH. So doesn't it make sense to follow the acid/alkaline principles of balancing the diet? How do you not get that? Are you a McDonald's shareholder?


mytyde
mytyde

Just so everyone knows, there has been NO decrease in cancer mortality in the last several decades. The increased "survival" rate is due to the measurement they use, which is that cancer patients live 5 years past their diagnosis date. People now are being diagnosed earlier but die in the same amount of time as if they hadn't been diagnosed.
The apparent increased survival rate is a statistical trick.

Also, this early diagnosis lends itself to overdiagnosis because most cancers naturally go away before they're diagnosable, thus some people may be receiving chemo for tumors which were already going to heal on their own

KelleyEidem
KelleyEidem

It is almost funny how the medical profession is claiming it might be on the verge of a breakthrough in the field of cancer when they have been legitimate cures for cancer in existence for many decades. Those real cures were stomped on time and again.

Meanwhile, at least 20 million people in the US have suffered unnecessarily from treatments that often killed them. 

It's a scandal of monumental proportions. 

KelleyEidem
KelleyEidem

The cure rate has NOT improved 20% over the last two decades. Utter nonsense derived from playing with statistics and changing diagnosis patterns.

More lesions are being diagnosed as cancer due to the climate of lawsuits based on failing to spot cancer. So the pathologists err on the side of over diagnosing. It's far easier to cure a noncancer that is called cancer thus increasing cure rates.

There was also a rash of so-called cancer diagnoses for prostate and breast cancer. 

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And we need to looking at whole person....What is blocking the bodies ability to fight the cancer.?..What is exhausting the person physically, mentally, emotionally....It should not just be about drugs.

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This is but one fine example of the start of payoffs from decades of concentrated research into all areas of how our bodies work; continuing research builds on our ever-increasing knowledge of those workings at ever finer detail - whether that involves receptors, enzyme interactions, protein folding or a raft of things.

For at least the first half of this century, medicine's future lies in the realm of nano-, neuro-, and gene, and our ability to put research results into practice.

I've followed the history of this and related things a bit and while I can appreciate the simple truth of the long slog from "throw something at it and hope" to precisely hitting a target, when I read something like this article my first response is "Great!  It's about time."

I recently had a Type 1 tumor removed from my lung and the doc decided to do a lobectomy as well; although the nodule was "clean" - no fuzzies, no tendrils, no spread, and while it likely was a good decision, it was a bit more than I cared for overall.  But, so far, so good, and no need for any kind of chemo.  Knock wood.

Looking ahead a bit one would have an explorer team of 'bots injected which would scope out such a tumor - analyze it and radio out the results.  A second 'bot team would then go in and eat it for lunch and then flush out of the body naturally.

Further on, one could be innoculated at birth with monitor 'bots who'd catch any kind of abnormalities and either take care of it themselves or radio for help for something more complicated.  It's really not that far-fetched, simply a bit of sensible extrapolation.  I look forward to this, tho I may not live long enough to see it.

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TerryHarris
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@tactilefractal  Well yes and no. I agree with you  however this is an important step to move away from 20th century medicine into the 21st. Smaller and smaller to the molecular then eventually atom level. Cell surgery leading to building things from the atom up- nanotech This is what its going to take to "cure" cancer!!

tactilefractal
tactilefractal

This is really just a matter of semantics.  Targeted drug therapeutics are still the small molecules that seek out and interfer with molecular biomolecules.  The only difference would be increased specificity and higher affinity, which translates into using less of the drug to accomplish the desired goal.  The jargon chemotherapy may implicity be considered a drug that suppresses the cancerous mass and normal cells simulatenously, thus giving side effects and sickness.  However, anyone that takes a medicine for heart burn to blood pressure knows that side effects are prevalent there too.  This article is a bit misleading, since I thought it would be a description of the newer radio-based immunotherapies, but alas, its just confusing.

As for the alkaline versus acidity fellow.  He's not much different from someone standing on a box telling you they know best about your afterlife.

Best wishes folks and use your brains.

DonPorter
DonPorter

Chemo is a VILE money making part of the NO Heal  No Cure AMA medical system.   Anyone can Beat cancer - Just stop the deadly chemicals in our foods, Minimize drugs, eat organic, No Soda-pkgd. or fast foods.  No sugar, No red meat !  Beware of $$ driven Drs. !  I beat stage IV metasticised cancer with NO CHEMO, RADIATION, minimum drugs .  Just get Alkaline NOT acidic. See Dr. Otto Warburg 1931 Nobel Prize winner friend of Albert Einstein !

rutnerh
rutnerh

Molecular targeting is a specific approach unlike sledge hammer chemo that should be abandoned along with a futile attempt to eradicate every local and circulating tumor cell. Ditto the idea of drug screening for max affinity and rapid responses that cause enormous side effects from binding to a wide range of non- targets with lower affinties, hence side effects. Far wiser to use lower affinity drugs as seen naturally in highly selective cell chemistries.

rutnerh
rutnerh

Molecular targeting is a specific approach unlike sledge hammer chemo that should be abandoned along with a futile attempt to eradicate every local and circulating tumor cell. Ditto the idea of drug screening for max affinity and rapid responses that cause enormous side effects from binding to a wide range of non- targets with lower affinties, hence side effects. Far wiser to use lower affinity drugs as seen naturally in highly selective cell chemistries

StacyLeighRoy
StacyLeighRoy

The medical industry is run by a very wealthy Big Pharma that has the ACS/FDA/NCI wrapped, hushed, and very paid off.  They're all operating under a hush hush understanding, that this is a business, cancer is the subject and its all about the money is reeling in.  Trillions of dollars.  There's a lot of people getting rich while people succumb and die to cancer. American Cancer Society will never find a cure, and people have to stop giving them their hard earned dollars, the 'War Against Cancer' is a FRAUD.  Its hype and it keeps people in the dark about whats really going on.  They've admitted plenty of times, they have to disband if there's a cure, and the ACS is a 3 billion dollar business.  They're rich, off of the entire Nation and Big Tabacco is their number one funder.  Tabacco and Cancer Society?  Yup, hand to mouth, same team advertising for both companies.  Wake up people.  There was a cure in 1920, it cured thousands of people of their cancer, it was never approved, because curing people-there's no money in it.  Alternative methods of healing was considered 'quackery' and it got tossed and all the evidence was burned (except for a few people who were cured, wrote books) that herbal cure was meant to be so shoved under the carpet, that both the US and Canada banned the number one ingredient (Sheeps Sorrel) that extinguishes cancer cells.  You can't buy that herb or distribute it.  Grow it, get your hands on the other 3 herbs and you have the cure for cancer.  Drink 6 ounces a day, stay alkaline, because cancer can only grow in an acidic environment, B17 zaps cancer killing it, and ketones, the cancerous matrix does not survive with flooding of ketones through the body.  Deplete glycogen levels.  Start informing yourself now, there's new methods of treatments other than chemo which kills.  Oh yeah, scandal is putting it lightly.  The most immoral, sinful crime against the human race in the entire century.  Been going on many decades now.  We just need to wake up, get some knowledge, know what your options are if cancer happens.  Know that there are many cures, and the body will heal itself.  

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aliberaldoseofskepticism
aliberaldoseofskepticism

The AHA only represents about one in six doctors. And how exactly would any of that stuff lead to genetic mutations that would cause cancer.

(And the "alkaline/acid diet" is stupid. It's just something a grade 5 student who just got his hands on litmus paper would come up with. It's not like your body doesn't have a lot of different acids and bases in it. And it's not like some of those acids aren't essential to your diet, hint: Vitamin C is known as ascorbic acid. And if you change your pH too much in either direction, you would die. It's a stupid Manichaean bifurcation that makes absolutely no sense.)

Also, a Nobel doesn't make someone right all the time. Hell, Einstein said "God does not play dice". Niels Bohr came along and showed us...God trying to make point, and then rolling a 7.

gumshoo
gumshoo

@DonPorter Good for you Don!  I agree completely. Went vegan and I don't eat anything I can't pronounce or spell.  Lost 85 pounds pretty easily using this model too!  I'm happy you are well and beat the cancer.  Onward!

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StacyLeighRoy
StacyLeighRoy

The medical industry is run by a very wealthy Big Pharma that has the ACS/FDA/NCI wrapped, hushed, and very paid off.  They're all operating under a hush hush understanding, that this is a business, cancer is the subject and its all about the money is reeling in.  Trillions of dollars.  There's a lot of people getting rich while people succumb and die to cancer. American Cancer Society will never find a cure, and people have to stop giving them their hard earned dollars, the 'War Against Cancer' is a FRAUD.  Its hype and it keeps people in the dark about whats really going on.  They've admitted plenty of times, they have to disband if there's a cure, and the ACS is a 3 billion dollar business.  They're rich, off of the entire Nation and Big Tabacco is their number one funder.  Tabacco and Cancer Society?  Yup, hand to mouth, same team advertising for both companies.  Wake up people.  There was a cure in 1920, it cured thousands of people of their cancer, it was never approved, because curing people-there's no money in it.  Alternative methods of healing was considered 'quackery' and it got tossed and all the evidence was burned (except for a few people who were cured, wrote books) that herbal cure was meant to be so shoved under the carpet, that both the US and Canada banned the number one ingredient (Sheeps Sorrel) that extinguishes cancer cells.  You can't buy that herb or distribute it.  Grow it, get your hands on the other 3 herbs and you have the cure for cancer.  Drink 6 ounces a day, stay alkaline, because cancer can only grow in an acidic environment, B17 zaps cancer killing it, and ketones, the cancerous matrix does not survive with flooding of ketones through the body.  Deplete glycogen levels the cancerous cells thrive on sugar/glycogen.  Cannabinoids seems to be bursting thru as a curing method as well.  Start informing yourself now, there's new methods of treatments other than chemo which kills.  Oh yeah, scandal is putting it lightly.  The most immoral, sinful crime against the human race in the entire century.  Been going on many decades now.  We just need to wake up, get some knowledge, know what your options are if cancer happens.  Know that there are many cures, and the body will heal itself.  

Here's lots of ways to cure cancer:

http://www.cancertutor.com/Articles/Brief_Overview.html

DonPorter
DonPorter

@gumshoo @DonPorter   EXCELLENT !!    You are one of a growing number of INFORMED "Not Brainwashed" Americans !

Congrats !!

samsonite333
samsonite333

@schroeea @dawnowens I work in the radiation oncology dept.  Everyone who knows anything medical can tell you that everyone has cancer cells in their body.  Our immune system controls these cells.  However sometimes something goes wrong in the body and the cancer cells multiply so fast that the immune system cannot control it.

DonPorter
DonPorter

@schroeea @dawnowens 

 Study Acidic vs alkalinity   All diseases require an acidic cell environment to prosper   Dr. Otto Warburg Nobel Prize winner 1931

schroeea
schroeea

@dawnowens

Don, I have to disagree with you even though I am a natural lifestyle supporter.  My brother-in-law is as organic and non-GMO as a person can get and he got a rare form of leukemia.  Please, do not go around rabble raising about the natural lifestyle that "makes your immune system stronger."  If you were to research cancer, it has nothing to do with your immune system.  Cancer is a result of an abnormality within a cell that for some reason decides to go haywire one day... it's not a virus or bacteria.

dawnowens
dawnowens

@michael80 @DonPorter @gumshoo  Michael, how do you know?  You don't know what you could have accomplished yourself without chemo but with diet and other changes; and you also don't know that you are 'cured'.  In any event, the chemo undoubtedly destroyed your immune system so any new cancer will run rampant, unlike in the nutritional approach which makes your immune system stronger. 

michael80
michael80

@DonPorter @gumshoo Idiot. I had cancer and without chemotherapy I would be dead. Stop scaring people with your folksy simplistic solutions.