WHY TRADITIONAL MEDICINE IS LOSING THE “WAR ON CANCER”

Every year, nearly 560,000 Americans die of cancer, and it is perhaps the most feared of all diseases. But why is cancer so terrifying? Far more people die of heart problems and stroke. The answer is simple: Conventional cancer treatments are not only toxic and debilitating, but they rarely work.

The problem with the conventional approach to cancer is that it is mired in an outdated, faulty paradigm. Since the first mastectomy was performed in 1882, the focus has been on purging cancer cells from the body via surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

We’ve spent hundreds of billions of dollars on the “war on cancer” in the past 40 years, yet we’ve made no significant progress. The death rate from cancer has not changed appreciably since 1950, and the survival gains attributed to blockbuster drugs — which often cost more than $100,000 per year — are measured in months rather than years.

Traditional cancer treatment is efficacious only for early-stage cancer in most cases. Unfortunately, in the US, we have made little progress in the treatment of advanced-stage cancers in the past 20 years.

A study was published in December 2004 in the British journal, Clinical Oncology, entitled “The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-Year Survival in Adult Malignancies.” The authors, one medical oncologist and two radiation oncologists, analyzed the results of all randomized clinical trials performed in the US and Australia that reported a statistically significant increase in 5-year survival due to the use of chemotherapy in adult malignancies.

The trials that were analyzed were performed between 1990 and 2004. The authors’ conclusions were:

  • Contribution to 5-year survival in Australia was 2.3%
  • Contribution to 5-year survival in US was 2.1%
  • Median survival in lung cancer has increased by 2 months in the past 20 years.

Overall survival benefit of less than 5% has been achieved in the adjuvant treatment of breast, colon, and head and neck cancers. Clearly, the need for an alternative form of cancer treatment is great and imminent.

Conventional therapies for stage III and IV cancers aren’t just ineffective, they’re also dangerous and dehumanizing. The “maximum purging” approach is analogous to killing houseflies with a shotgun. It doesn’t necessarily get rid of the flies, and look at all the damage it does to your house. Patients often suffer more from treatment than they do from the disease itself.

A New Paradigm for Attacking Cancer

To eradicate cancer, one must attack the cancer cells and clean up the poor environment that initiated it. This requires multiple modalities, aimed at the cells, the environment, and the cell-to-cell communication mechanisms.

Some of these therapies enhance immune function and the body’s ability to help put the brakes on the undisciplined, rapid cell division that is characteristic of cancer.

Others improve overall health and protect against cachexia, or wasting, which is a serious concern for cancer patients.

And more than a few therapies provided by the DaSilva Institute have direct anti-tumor or anti-metastasis effects.

But they all have one thing in common: None of our therapies ravage the body or further deteriorate quality of life. In fact, in virtually all cases, they improve it.

At the DaSilva Institute, we don’t treat cancer itself. We instead help cancer patients, whether they choose to take an all-natural approach to fighting tumors, or prefer to use our therapies to help them manage while undergoing traditional surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

Learn more about the natural medical services we offer for those with cancer.