Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment part 1 by Dr. Sarah Myhill
Once a diagnosis of cancer has been given, this means that there will be trillions of cancer cells already established. For a tumour to be visible on a scan, there must be between a thousand million and a million million cells present. Anything that can be done to reduce this total load is going to be helpful. The standard conventional approach to cancer, i.e. surgery, radiotherapy, and possibly chemotherapy undoubtably has its place. The problem is targeting treatment so that as much of the tumour is killed as possible with normal cells spared. In practice this is a very difficult balancing act.
However, there are other things that can be done over and above this which not only make these treatments more effective, but greatly reduce side-effects from such therapies. In my experience and evidence from a large body of medical literature, these interventions very much improve chances of survival.
You may ask yourself why these additional therapies are not routinely available within the NHS. The answer is that the NHS is overwhelmed with cancer and is struggling to provide the three basic frontline modalities of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. It simply does not have the capacity to do the rest. This is up to you, the patient.
The idea of this handout is to equip individuals with all the information they need in order to help themselves. There are marker tests which can be extremely helpful and give us an idea of which therapies are appropriate and how successful they are and these can be extremely helpful in monitoring treatment and progress.
The Underlying Biochemical Principles of Treatment
The fundamental principles behind these extra therapies are as follows:
- starve the cancer of its food supply;
- get rid of growth promoters;
- ensure excellent nutritional status with vitamins and minerals (to allow healing and repair);
- improve antioxidant status (to mop up free radicals created by the cancer treatments and limit side effects);
- sleep well (when healing and repair take place);
- do a good detox regime (to get rid of exogenous tumour initiators and growth promoters);
- check thyroid function (underactive thyroid is a major risk factor for cancer);
- use natural anticancer substances as suggested by appropriate tests;
- alkalinisation has been described as the poor man’s cancer treatment. Western diets are a major risk factor for cancer and most people eating Western diets have a tendency to acidosis. See Acid-Alkali balance.
- monitor the effects of treatment.