posted on Apr, 17 2006 @ 09:40 AM
Yes I did take it out of context as a joke. You have taken quite a few things out of context yourself, like the very points I attempted to make
Obviously living healthier is not going to cure cancer from someone who already has it, and I never once stated otherwise. Living healthier may of
course prevent it. I would prefer not to comment on your brothers case because that is a personal issue you may prefer not to discuss. However you
have chosen to bring it up so may I inquire a little further?
In many cases liver cancer is actually caused by cancer of another organ spreading to it.
The liver is a common site of metastases from a variety of organs such as lung, breast, colon and rectum. When liver metastases occur at the time
of initial diagnosis of the primary tumor, they are described as synchronous. If detected after the initial diagnosis, they are described as
metachronous. The liver is frequently involved since it receives blood from the abdominal organs via the portal vein. Malignant cells detach from the
primary cancer, enter the bloodstream or lymphatic channels, travel to the liver, and grow independently. We do not understand the mechanism of how a
tumor cell can leave the primary site and grow in specific organs. Potentially, the environment of the liver is suitable to the growth of certain
tumor cells. Once a tumor begins to grow in the liver, it receives its blood supply from the hepatic artery.
Heptoma is cancer of the hepatocytes. (The main functioning liver cell). Hepatoma is primary liver cancer. Hepatoma usually grows in the liver as
a ball-like tumor, invading the normal tissue surrounding it. A history of infection with the hepatitis B virus puts individuals at risk of developing
Vinyl chloride is a toxic chemical compound frequently used in manufacturing. It is a combustible, colorless gas. Vinyl chloride is also known as
chloroethene, chloroethylene, and ethylene monochloride. A known human carcinogen, vinyl chloride can cause liver cancer, brain cancer, angiosarcoma,
and other health problems in people who are exposed to it.
People are exposed to vinyl chloride by either breathing in air containing vinyl chloride or consuming water contaminated with it.
Those are other known causes. While a previous history of Hepatitis B is said to increase the risk of Heptoma, it does not imply that heptoma is
caused by this, or whether someone who has/had H. B will ever get liver cancer.
Either way I am no expert, and these are only sources cited done with research by scientists and MD's who are most likely part of the AMA. Although
he has passed, it may be interesting to find if any equipment he ever used would have exposed him to vinyl chloride. If not, then he perhaps had
cancer in another organ without knowing it, or may have just been an unfortunate carrier of H. B in his past. Only you know for sure.
I am not going to sit here and say it was your brothers fault he got that cancer, but something he may have chosen to do in his life may have
increased his likelihood of developing it. You never stated that your brother inherited this cancer through bad genes, so I will assume he did not.