This process, if unchecked, will eventually lead to the formation of a cancerous tumor. As the abnormal cells circulate within the bloodstream, the cancer can also spread to other parts of the body. This can cause the formation of more tumors and further deplete the body"tms energy supply, weakening and eventually poisoning the patient with toxic byproducts.
There are many fairly innovative techniques used to accurately assess the presence of cancer in the body. This section of my paper will attempt to describe two of the procedures which are used to diagnose two separate types of malignancies. The first procedure I will discuss is used in the diagnosis of Prostate cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 1998, 345,000 Americans will be told they have prostate cancer. In addition to that, they also predict that deaths from prostate cancer in the U.S. will reach 41,400 this year, nearly as much as breast cancer (Rubin, 39). By far the biggest factor in the sharp rise of prostate- cancer diagnoses is the increasingly widespread use of the PSA test, which in many cases can detect the disease early in its course, long before the tumor becomes palpable. Many urologists
Developed by biologist Gaston Naessens, the 714X treatment consists of three consecutive series of twenty one days of injections of nitrogen rich camphor and organic salts directly into the lymphatic system. Jacinte Levesque, O.M.D., of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and a close associate of Naessens, notes this therapy was developed when Naessens observed that cancer cells required and used up a lot of nitrogen, often stealing it from healthy cells. In order to do this, cancer cells excrete a poisonous compound called the "co-cancerogenic K factor", which paralyzes the immune system, allowing the cancer cells to draw the needed nitrogen from the healthy cells (Kastner, 235). When the 714X is introduced into the system, it acts as an attractor for the cancer cells, because of the high level of nitrogen in the camphor. Now, because the cancer cells are getting their nitrogen from the camphor molecules, they no longer have to excrete the K co-factor to immobilize the healthy cells"tm defensive system. In other words, it is like a distraction, because the 714X does not kill the cancer cells, but rather attracts them and feeds them in order to liberate the immune system. While the 714X is engaging the cancer cells, the cancer cells, the immune system starts to pick up, and is able to do the job once again since it is not paralyzed by the co-factor anymore (Kastner, 237).
Dr. Burzynski has found that the BDS consists of short - chain amino acids , known as polypeptides, that are able to inhibit cancer cell growth. He has named these polypeptides antineoplastons (meaning anti-new cell growth). The body of the cancer patient has only about two or three percent of the amount of antineoplastons of the body of a healthy person (Chopra, 572). Because of this, the BDS becomes deficient against the chemical and physical carcinogens, viruses, and other cancer causing agents, leading to the development and continued growth of cancer.
In 1991, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) issued an official statement approving of Dr. Burzynski"tms work in the treatment of cancer.
In the U.S., 15,800 new cases of invasive cervical cancer occurred in 1995, and 4,800 women died of the disease, according to statistics from the American Cancer Society (Hinterhauser, 31). Each year, more than 50 million U.S. women have Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer. After a woman has a Pap smear, she waits two weeks for the result. If the test shows any abnormalities, she has a second Pap smear and starts waiting again. A second abnormal result means a microscopic examination of the cervix along with a biopsy, then waiting several more weeks for biopsy results. This waiting, however, may be over. New research is focusing on a pencil - sized device that requires merely a sweep across the cervical surface to detect cancer (Chopra, 566). The device actually works by detecting the differences between how normal and abnormal cervical tissues absorb and emit light. Shining light of certain wavelengths on the cervix causes the tissue to fluoresce. Fluorescence indicates the concentration of fluorophores and cell structure. Compared with normal tissue, precancers have a different cell structure, more blood vessels, and an increase in certain molecules such as collagen, elastin, and keratin. Using data from hundreds of patients, researchers have developed a computer algorithm to take the fluorescence results and determine the