Cancer is the world’s largest killer responsible for 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths worldwide in 2016 alone, according to the latest statistics. The future of this deadly disease does not look any better with forecasts predicting more new infections and deaths in the coming years. The most common therapy for cancer is chemotherapy and drugs, which happen to be very costly. In a recent study conducted by a group of scientists, those methods that we have used over the years could just be what is making cancer spread faster and claim millions of lives.

Accidental discovery

The original research intended to unearth the reason why cancer cells had become so resilient, but the discovery the scientists stumbled upon was much more than they had bargained for.

According to their findings, chemotherapy actually does irreparable damage to healthy cells. This, in turn, causes them to release a protein that hastens the rate at which the tumor grows and makes it more resistant to treatment in the future. It has been shown that chemotherapy can make cancer worse.

The protein in question, WNT16B, is created as a result of the chemo treatment and it boosts the survival mechanism of the cancer cells, resulting in more rapid growth and eventual demise of the patient. The scientists’ findings have been published in the journal Nature Medicine and according to the co-author Peter Nelsen of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center based in Seattle, “WNT16B, when secreted, would interact with nearby tumor cells and cause them to grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy.”

So far a necessary evil

This cancer therapy is extremely expensive. A new research also shows that chemo is responsible for the faster growth of cancer tumors and more rapid death of patients. This only means we got cancer treatment wrong from the start, and as a result, the reason why cancer treatment and management has not made much headway over the years in comparison to other diseases for example HIV/AIDS.

Alternatives

An effective treatment for cancer has been to go natural. This sounds like a cliché in medicine, but nature is really the answer to humanities ailments. This could be a slap in the face of drug companies that have continued to profit in the tune of billions from medications that are not curing cancer but fueling it.

Turmeric and ginger have shown the ability to shrink the size of tumors as well as stop cancer in its tracks. So far, 11 studies have been conducted about this, and the result was a mind-boggling 81% reduction in brain tumor size.

Real life example

Vicky Stewart of Britain is a living example. After being diagnosed with cancer, she rejected the conventional ways of treatment and opted for turmeric spice. This was despite continued warnings from her doctors, who assured her that turmeric would achieve nothing for her, but she was adamant and stuck to her guns. The results are as clear because four years Vicky is cancer free and there are no signs that the cancer is going to make a comeback.

“The doctors absolutely will not say that the diet is going to do anything to help cancer in any way” she said.

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