There are some newer developments on several fronts regarding what’s new with colon cancer.
1. There are a number of biomarkers that are expressed on the cell surface of colon cancer cells that can be utilized for sensitive screening tests. We may not get a single reliable biomarker test like the PSA test for prostate cancer. Rather there may be a future test involving a combination of three or more markers, which would be a sensitive screen for colon cancer (see Ref. 4).
2. The immunostimulator levamisole has been tested in combination with the chemotherapy agent 5-fluorouracil and the cancer response rate is encouraging. This combination is much better tolerated than chemotherapy alone. Such a combination makes sense to me as the toxic side-effect of the chemotherapy is partially reversed while the cancer combating force is not diminished, but even enhanced (Ref. 5).
3. Radiation sensitizer, such as xanthenes are starting to show some promise as is discussed in Ref. 6. With these caffeine related chemicals tumor cells are arrested in the cell division cycle at a point where radiation can become more effective and the tumor kill cell rate is increased resulting in better clinical survival rates.This concept is not new and has been talked about in the 1970’s, however, it has matured now to the point where it can be utilized.
4. There is a lot of progress being made in imaging studies such as a virtual colonoscopy, where the patient never gets a colonoscope introduced through the rectum (Ref. 7). Instead CT scan images of the colon are analyzed by computer and translated into a “virtual colonoscopy”. There is no requirement for a cleansing procedure any more, just a special low residue diet two days prior to the procedure. A thin rectal probe is inserted only 1 inch into the rectum and carbon dioxide is introduced in order to distend the colon. CTscan X-ray films are then taken. This procedure takes only 10 to 15 minutes and the results are instantly known. Polyps of 6 mm (=1/4″) in diameter can be detected, which is more than adequate to find colon cancer before it is invasive.
5. As mentioned in the introduction, colon cancer prevention is better than a cure: Food and vitamins have been shown to be very effective in cutting down the colon cancer rate in man (Ref. 8). Unfortunately, man is the only creature on earth who is deliberately denying this truth and manages to foul up the hormone balance until the immune system finally breaks down and cancer occurs. I would suggest that one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal in terms of prevention is to go on a permanent zone diet (Ref.8).
6. The power of bio-identical hormones: As Ref. 9 points out progesterone replacement helps to not only prevent or improve breast cancer and prostate cancer, but also colon cancer, as this is also a glandular cancer. This was mentioned at the end of colon cancer treatment.
7. The newest approach, which is utilized at the BC Cancer Clinic in Vancouver, BC is a “Personalized Onco-Genomics Program” (POG). Here the tumor is analyzed for gene DNA sequences using a DNA sequencer to determine the difference of the genome of the cancer cells versus the genome of the healthy cells. In the case reported in this link a blood pressure medication was used to block the biochemical pathway that the cancer cells used to multiply. Within weeks the cancer cells melted away and the patient with incurable colon cancer was cured!
Summary re. colon cancer
- Colon cancer is silent.
- Early detection of colon cancer through stool tests for occult blood and colonoscopy saves lives.
- Low fat and low cholesterol food intake will significantly reduce the risk for colon cancer.
- Vegetables, fruit and other fiber intake binds carcinogens from the stool and prevents colon and rectal cancer.
- A Toronto University study has shown that Vit. C and E can cut the colon cancer rate in half (antioxidant effect of these vitamins).
- Recent studies showed that exercise reduces the risk for colon and other cancers significantly (see this link).
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2. Cancer: Principles&Practice of Oncology. 5th edition, volume 1. Edited by Vincent T.DeVita, Jr. et al. Lippincott-Raven Publ., Philadelphia,PA, 1997. Chapter 32, Section 7: Cancer of the colon.
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8. B. Sears: “The age-free zone”.Regan Books, Harper Collins, 2000.
9. Dr. John R. Lee, David Zava and Virginia Hopkins: “What your doctor may not tell you about breast cancer – How hormone balance can help save your life”, Wellness Central, Hachette Book Group USA, 2005. Page 29 – 38 (Chapter 2): Risk factors for breast cancer. Page 360 to 374 explains about xenohormones and how they cause estrogen dominance.