cancer

Doctors and patients haven’t been told the truth about cancer drugs for years. Here’s why and what to do…

6 by / on 8 Nov 2017, / in cancer

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a remarkable study, just published in the BMJ which had found that over half of the new cancer drugs released onto the market in a four year period by the EU drugs regulator had no good evidence that they were effective. In other words, there was also no evidence that their benefits outweighed their risk or that they were value for money.

Most new cancer drugs won’t let you live longer or improve your quality of life

4 by / on 13 Oct 2017, / in cancer

Cancer drugs can come with nasty side-effects, we know that, but they are worth taking because they have been properly scientifically tested and found to help patients live longer and have a better quality of life. But the latest research shows that the reality is not so comforting. Over half of new drugs are being prescribed to patients with little or no evidence they do any good at all. Here’s how it works.

Genes don’t explain why cancer spreads. Bring the body back into the picture

11 by / on 25 Sep 2017, / in cancer

Why are some cases of cancer cleared from the body after surgery while others lurk, waiting to metastasize and emerge elsewhere months or even years later? There is no good answer at the moment because the conditions that allow these invaders to flourish doesn’t fit with our gene-focused theory of how and why cancer develops in the first place.

Dietitians and cancer specialists both favour failed treatments

4 by / on 24 May 2017, / in cancer, low carb diet

Patients hoping for a diet to help with diabetes are doomed to disappointment in South Africa. Meanwhile over a billion pounds has been spent in the UK on cancer drugs that don’t work, says a new report. In South Africa, the scientist who blew the whistle is in the dock…

How to cut the chemotherapy dose in half and get better results. (The nurse who is giving power back to cancer patients)

15 by / on 7 Mar 2017, / in cancer

Last week I ended my post with the finger pointing firmly at sugar (glucose) in the blood as being a vital source of fuel for cancer growth. Turning cancerous has the effect of re-wiring a cell’s energy production system so it becomes more demanding and less efficient (known as glycolosis).

How the ketogenic diet starves a tumour then genetically engineers the cancer cells

6 by / on 20 Feb 2017, / in cancer

Last week I ended my post with the finger pointing firmly at sugar (glucose) in the blood as being a vital source of fuel for cancer growth. Turning cancerous has the effect of re-wiring a cell’s energy production system so it becomes more demanding and less efficient (known as glycolosis).

The real myth is that eating sugar doesn’t feed your cancer

29 by / on 14 Feb 2017, / in cancer

A fine example of post truth and alternative facts appeared in the Guardian on Monday. Defining any diet that made a medical claim as a fad, the article consigned them all to the bin.

New theory signals end of the war on cancer. Makes way for non-drug treatments

16 by / on 18 Nov 2016, / in cancer

A diagnosis of cancer is really scary. It can seem as if there are only two options, neither very appealing. Conventional treatment which promises a lot but is likely to be toxic and gruelling or the complementary route, seen to lack the punch needed to beat cancer.

Got cancer? Want to explore other options? This is all you need to start

12 by / on 20 Jul 2016, / in cancer

Twelve years ago Robin Daly’s 23-year-old daughter Bryony was dying of cancer when he set up a charity called Yes to Life to provide information about unconventional treatments such as changes in diet, supplements, vitamin C infusions, oxygen therapy and the like. At the time, although popular all such complementary options were sternly rejected as ineffective and possibly dangerous by conventional oncologists.

Cancer U-turn on the way? Diet and supplements moving up the prevention agenda

12 by / on 15 May 2016, / in cancer

I’m not given to melodrama but I think I have just spotted that the cancer establishment is getting ready to perform a massive, unthinkable, screeching U-turn. Impossibly expensive new drugs are out and diet, exercise and supplement (yes you read it right) are in.

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