When it comes to breast cancer, is a "bigger is badder" mindset the right way to assess the problem? Research recently presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology indicates that there's a flaw to this approach. That's because a tumor's size isn't actually the best indicator of its chances of becoming aggressive. Instead, it may help to look at a tumor's genetic signature.
For this research, 6,693 women with early stage breast cancer were enrolled in a study. A sub-analysis identified 826 women with primary tumors smaller than 1 cm. Of these, 196 were determined to be at low risk clinically, but had a high risk based on the genomic signature of the tumors. These patients were randomly divided into two groups. One group received chemotherapy, and the other didn't.
After five years, only a handful of the patients who received chemotherapy had experienced a breast cancer relapse. The overwhelming majority were disease-free. The non-chemo group didn't fare quite as well, leading the researchers to conclude that approximately one in four patients with small tumors are at risk of metastases. When that's true, chemotherapy can help reduce the risk of the cancer's spreading.
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Of course, that still means you're rolling the dice. Three out of four women with small tumors could receive chemotherapy unnecessarily, even if they have seemingly risky tumors. So, is there a better way? Yes, there is. It's to combine the best of alternative medicine with the best of chemotherapeutic medicine.
To treat breast cancer, I recommend high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy followed by ozone therapy for three weeks before starting any chemotherapy and during the chemotherapy. In addition, there are a number of very effective oral therapies that will make chemotherapy more effective while at the same time reducing the toxicity.
And finally, if you do decide to bite the chemotherapy bullet, I strongly suggest that you consult with a doctor who uses low-dose insulin potentiation therapy (IPT). This is a much safer and more effective way to give most chemotherapies. You can go to the clinic website, www.antiagingmedicine.com and look at the video on cancer therapy to learn more about this fantastic way to give chemo. And you can find doctors who are trained in this technique at www.thebestanswerforcancer.org.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD