WHAT RADIATION THERAPY DOES TO THE BODY (PART 1)

by Yeong Sek Yee & Khadijah Shaari

One of the tragedies of radiation therapy, after it had burned your body, is that it may “reward” the cancer patient with  a second cancer and this comes quite commonly in the form of leukemias (including acute myelogenous, chronic myelogenous, and acute lymphoblastic leukemias) or pre-leukemias (myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS).

In this article, we shall concentrate on MDS. A myelodysplastic syndrome is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells and there are abnormal (blast) cells in the blood and/or bone marrow. In a patient with a myelodysplastic syndrome, the blood stem cells (immature cells) do not become healthy red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets. These immature blood cells, called blasts, do not work the way they should and either die in the bone marrow or soon after they go into the blood. This leaves less room for healthy white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets to form in the bone marrow. When there are fewer healthy blood cells, infection, anemia, or easy bleeding may occur.

For more general information on MDS, visit the website of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/myelodysplastic/Patient/page1

Incidentally, the NCI also specified that one of the causes of MDS is… “past treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer.”

What other evidence is there? Let us quote from 3 other sources:

1. In the MDS website (http://www.mds-foundation.org/what-is-mds/), the main cause for MDS  is listed as:

“Radiation and chemotherapy for cancer are among the known triggers for the development of MDS. Patients who take chemotherapy drugs or who receive radiation therapy for potentially curable cancers, such as breast or testicular cancers, Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, are at risk of developing MDS for up to 10 years following treatment. MDS that develops after use of cancer chemotherapy or radiation is called “secondary MDS” and is usually associated with multiple chromosome abnormalities in cells in the bone marrow. This type of MDS often develops rapidly into AML”. 

2. The world famous Mayo Clinic, USA (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myelodysplastic-syndromes/basics/causes/con-20027168), clearly states that:

Myelodysplastic syndromes that occur in response to cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, or in response to chemical exposure are called secondary myelodysplastic syndromes. Secondary myelodysplastic syndromes are often more difficult to treat.”

3. The American Cancer Society, USA (http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/medicaltreatments/secondcancerscausedbycancertreatment/second-cancers-caused-by-cancer-treatment-treatments-linked-to-second-cancers)clearly acknowledged that:

“Radiation therapy was recognized as a potential cause of cancer many years ago. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have been linked to past radiation exposure. Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a bone marrow disorder that can turn into acute leukemia, has also been linked to past radiation exposure.”

In June 2012, Good Morning America co-anchor announced that she had developed myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) barely five years after she had “beaten breast cancer.” Obviously, she had chemotherapy and radiation therapies.

(NB: We have seen cancer patients developing leukemias shortly after completing conventional cancer treatment).

In addition to causing a second cancer, radiation therapy also cause heart diseases…you may wish to read the following:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/07/economist-explains-22

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091022202710.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131028162046.htm

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/would-you-ever-use-chemo-or-radiation-for-cancer/

http://www.cardiovascularbusiness.com/topics/practice-management/surviving-cancer-cost-radiation-chemo-induced-cardiovascular-diseases

CONCLUDING REMARKS 

It is extremely tragic and incomprehensible that the medical (or cancer) establishment still uses ionizing radiation that is clearly proven and known to be carcinogenic (as established by the International Agency for Research on Cancer). 

It is also inconceivable that such conventional cancer treatments should cause so much pain, agony and money and then the patient has to suffer another form of cancer, heart disease or disorders to the bones, etc. Hence the cycle of treatment has to be repeated. 

Is this why conventional cancer treatment is referred to as “the Cancer Industry?” Is this healing or what is it that you want to call it? 

We welcome your opinion.

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