reply to post by Phage
Chemotherapy, although not by itself radioactive, is not without some nasty side effects:
Chemotherapy drugs are toxic to normal cells as well as cancer cells. A dose that will destroy cancer cells will probably cause damage to some
normal cells. Doctors adjust doses to do the least amount of harm possible to normal cells.
Some patients feel few or no side effects, and others may have more serious side effects. In some cases, a dose adjustment is all that is needed to
reduce or stop a side effect. Some chemotherapy drugs have more side effects than others.
Some of the most common side effects are:
nausea and vomiting
loss of appetite
anemia and fatigue
easy bleeding or bruising
sores in the mouth and throat
neuropathy and other damage to the nervous system
Nausea and vomiting are common, but can usually be controlled by taking antinausea drugs, drinking enough fluids, and avoiding spicy foods. Loss of
appetite may be due to nausea or the stress of undergoing cancer treatment.
Some chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss, but it is almost always temporary. Low blood cell counts caused by the effect of chemotherapy on the bone
marrow can lead to anemia, infections, and easy bleeding and bruising. Patients with anemia have too few red blood cells to deliver oxygen and
nutrients to the body's tissues. Anemic patients feel tired and weak.
If red blood cell levels fall too low, a blood transfusion may be given. Patients receiving chemotherapy are more likely to get infections. This
happens because their infection-fighting white blood cells are reduced. It is important to take measures to avoid getting infections. When the white
blood cell count drops too low, the doctor may prescribe medications called colony stimulating factors that help white blood cells grow.
Neupogen and Leukine are two colony stimulants used as treatments to help fight infection. Platelets are blood cells that make the blood clot. When
patients do not have enough platelets, they may bleed or bruise easily, even from small injuries. Patients with low blood platelets should take
precautions to avoid injuries. Medicines such as aspirin and other pain relievers can affect platelets and slow down the clotting process.
Chemotherapy can cause irritation and dryness in the mouth and throat. Painful sores may form that can bleed and become infected. Precautions to avoid
this side effect include getting dental care before chemotherapy begins, brushing the teeth and gums regularly with a soft brush, and avoiding mouth
washes that contain salt or alcohol.
After just burying my fourth friend from cancer last month, in which they went through the whole treatment protocol, and died from the treatment
(kidney failure or multiple organ failure or nasty infection which takes hold), I am not a big fan of this treatment.
If it saved some people on here, then good for them. The person I knew who lasted the longest ( he was originally given 2 months) was taking herbal
supplements on the side, and when he tired of the yukky-tasting tea after 4 years, he refused to drink it anymore. Within 6 months he was dead from
tumors all over the body.
I believe that there are many great cures in nature, and the future of cancer treatment should be boosting the immune system to recognize the tumor
and eliminate it, without the need for invasive treatments, butchering surgeries, or chemo, which destroys the organs of the body and causes the tumor
to send seeds to metastasize throughout the body.
I have completely lost faith in traditional western medicine. We had all better come up with something better and quickly.....From the 1950s on, we
were all given polio vaccines, cultured on green monkey kidneys and swimming with Simian Virus 40 (SV 40), the cause of many cases of cancer today.
That means most of us are carrying this SV 40 time bomb within us. And NO, they haven't cleaned up the supply. Even today, the oral polio vaccine
given to infants has SV 40 in it....And we wonder why the pediatric cancer wards are overflowing...