Today I Learn… I make a point of learning something new everyday. This is what I learn each day

1, Jul 3, 2013

Inflammation and cancer

Filed under: Cancer,What I am reading — admin @ 12:20 am

Avoid inflammation. Here’s why. “Inflammation is the Fuse that Ignites Cancer

“Despite popular belief, less than five percent of cancer is solely genetic (in the sense of being directly inherited by family members). Most cancers have a cause and those causes bring about chronic inflammation as part of the process. New research suggests an emerging link between infection, epigenetics and cancer. Changes catalyzed by pathogenic inflammation can transform cells into cancerous tumors. According to, ‘Several types of inflammation—differing by cause, mechanism, outcome, and intensity—can promote cancer development and progression.” [1] A study by the Cancer Research Institute also agrees, saying, “Chronic inflammation plays a multifaceted role in carcinogenesis.'”

1, Jul 1, 2013

“Cancer is Fueled by Sugar and Destroyed by Oxygen”

Filed under: Cancer,What I am reading — admin @ 12:42 am

Afraid of cancer? Read this article. There are some bold statements about cancer. Plus, learn some biology, too.

Go here for more details.– “The Important Role Oxygen Plays in Cancer Treatment

“One of the most important things to remember about cancer is it is NOT a chemotherapy disease, it is NOT a radiation disease and it is not a Vitamin C disease. Cancer is actually a metabolic dysfunction tied to genetic mutations, and the first step in fighting it is on the metabolic level. This approach is what has helped our team achieve a unique and successful treatment strategy. Let’s learn how oxygen plays a role in the development and treatment of cancer.”

“Every cancer has a trigger: infections, chemical toxins or heavy metal toxins are a few of the main ones. Early changes are seen through metabolic shifts that ultimately cause mutation, continually pushing genetic changes, growth and spread throughout the life of the cancer. Let’s take a look at how changes in oxygen metabolism are some of the first metabolic signs of difficult cancers.”

1, Mar 10, 2013

How cancer cells make a chaotic mess of their genetic code

Filed under: Cancer — admin @ 12:03 am

I read this interesting piece of information on 2/27/2013. A study in the journal Nature showed cells that used up their raw materials became “stressed” and made mistakes copying their genetic code. It is said that supplying the cancer with more fuel to grow may actually make it less dangerous. This is something new.

Most normal cells in the human body contain 46 chromosomes. However, some cancerous cells can have more than 100 chromosomes with inconsistent pattern. This diversity helps tumors adapt to become untreatable and colonise new parts of the body.

The key to conquer cancer is to crack how cancers become so diverse in the first place. Cancers are driven to make copies of themselves, however, if cancerous cells run out of the building blocks of their DNA they develop “DNA replication stress”.

The study showed the stress led to errors and tumour diversity. “It is like constructing a building without enough bricks or cement for the foundations. “However, if you can provide the building blocks of DNA you can reduce the replication stress to limit the diversity in tumours, which could be therapeutic.”

Even though it “just seems wrong” that providing the fuel for a cancer to grow could be therapeutic, one scientist believes, that “replication stress was the problem and that new tools could be developed to tackle it.”

For now, let us keep our hope for the day when cancer can be cured.

1, Sep 24, 2012

Don’t play with life-threatening disease

Filed under: Cancer — admin @ 12:29 am

When I read Time magazine, Sept 7, 2012 issue, an article about Tig Notaro who has cancer in both breasts, I felt like writing something about this.

The 41-year-old Tig Notaro first noticed a lump in her breast a year ago but did not seek medical attention until this July when she got her first mammogram.

“The doctor came in and her tone was very scary,” she said. “She said ‘OK, so, we have found something in both breasts.’… I was stunned… After all the explanation I said, ‘Wait a minute, are you telling me that I possibly have cancer?’ and she said, ‘Well, we have to get biopsies done but from what I can see with all the testing we’ve done today it is very probable that you do in both breasts, yes.’” Notaro added, “I am not saying that I have cancer. I am saying I got not-great news yesterday.”

The delay is a very costly mistake. There are quite a few breast cancer patients at our clinic who are in their 30s. In fact we see more young cancer patients now than before. I wish Tig Notaro knew that her chance of survival decreased as she delayed taking care of the fatal lumps in her breasts.

1, Mar 10, 2012

A Doctor’s Life Cut Short by Cancer

Filed under: Cancer — admin @ 12:34 am

Once again, I read this news in our internal circulation. A dentist, age 50, was in excellent health, being a doctor and having been careful about diet and nutrition. He was shocked when he learned that he had stage 4 colon cancer. He died four months after the initial diagnosis.

His family set up in his memory Thomas P. O’Sullivan IV Foundation to supports research, education, advocacy and early detection of colorectal cancer. This is the only organization in the area dedicated to this form of cancer. The foundation is funded primarily through the annual proceeds of the Tom O’Sullivan Golf Classic.

Stories like this often serve as a reminder of the importance of early detection of any type of cancer.

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