Radiation Treatment Leads To Numerous Complications Including Additional Types Of Cancer According To Scientific Evidence
Despite massive advancements in the field of medicine, most cancer doctors still only have two tools in their arsenal: chemotherapy and radiation. Chemotherapy introduces highly toxic chemicals into a patient’s body in order to kill the cancerous cells, but ends up killing a whole bunch of healthy cells too and causing complications that can be worse than the cancer itself, and this will be explored in future articles on The Cancer Herald. This article will explore the scientific and anecdotal evidence regarding the dangerous side-effects of radiation treatment.
Radiation treatment depends on the basic principle that radiation kills life. Essentially, radioactive particles are like tiny bullets moving at high speed, and when they impact a cell they rip wholes through it and change its molecular structure. Radiation can damage the DNA and RNA of a cell, leading to mutations and cancer. However, doctors believe that a highly concentrated beam of radiation can be used to kill the cancerous cells in a tumor, and technology has been developed in an attempt to make sure that this radiation hits only the cancerous cells and not the surrounding healthy cells.
The first shocking fact is that the radiation used in radiation treatment is the same radiation that is released by nuclear bombs. Indeed, radiation therapy ‘advanced’ thanks to the Manhattan Project, which invented both the nuclear bomb and the nuclear reactor. After the Manhattan Project doctors were able to obtain artificial radioactive isotopes from nuclear reactors, such as Cobalt-60, which was then used to shoot megavolt gamma rays directly at patients. Gamma rays are the most dangerous form of radiation since they can penetrate through the entire body, and gamma rays are what causes people to literally burn up alive or to basically ‘melt’ due to extreme radiation sickness in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion or accident. Gamma rays are still a primary source of radiation treatment today, in procedures such as gamma knife therapy which shoots gamma rays directly into the brain.
Investigating the origins of radiation treatment is even more shocking. Marie Curie was the inventor of radiation treatment. First she discovered the radioactive isotopes polonium and radium, and she believed that radiation cured a wide variety of ailments and began to ‘treat’ patients. Marie Curie eventually went blind from radiation exposure, then went insane and got cancer, and then died, without ever acknowledging that radiation is dangerous. Her papers from the 1890s, and her cookbook, are highly radioactive to this day and stored in lead-lined boxes.
The world remained ignorant about the dangers of radiation through the 1920s, and Radium was included in many products such as toothpaste, hair cream, drinks, and foods, all of which claimed to have curative properties. Eventually of course this practice was completely banned as people started to get severely ill and drop dead.
Essentially, as people realized the dangers of radiation, it stopped being used to treat ailments. The only sector where radiation treatment continued to be used was in the cancer industry.
The most recent major advancement in the radiation treatment sector is particle therapy, which uses particle accelerators to shoot beams of protons, neutrons, or heavier positive ions. The advantage of this is that the depth of the radiation treatment can be controlled by changing the acceleration within the machine. However, any healthy cells that are in front of a tumor will still be irradiated.
Regardless of the type of radiation therapy used, or how advanced it is considered, all radiation treatment depends on the basic principle that radiation kills life. Doctors try to harness this power to just kill the cancerous tumors, but there are many ways this can go wrong. First off, even if the doctors were able to somehow only hit cancerous cells, the radiation can actually cause new types of cancer to form within the tumor that the patient did not have before. This is because radiation damages DNA and RNA, causing mutations, and whether the cancerous cell dies from this damage or mutates into other dangerous types of cancer is basically a lottery.
Now consider that the human body contains approximately 37.2 trillion cells, so a tumor contains billions to trillions of cells. Many of these billions to trillions of cancerous cells will die from radiation, but the chance is high that many of them will mutate into other types of cancer.
A tumor is not a closed system either, it has blood vessels that connect to the rest of the body. If radiation therapy creates new types of cancers within a tumor, then those new cancers can spread through the bloodstream and impact the entire body.
It gets even worse when considering that radiation does not target just the cancerous cells. Any healthy tissue and cells that are in the way of the radiation beam, and were talking billions to trillions of cells, could die or mutate and become cancerous. This is especially true since blood vessels are literally everywhere in the body, and most of the cells in the body are blood cells, so there is no avoiding irradiating lots of blood cells when using radiation treatment. These blood cells can then become cancerous and spread within minutes to the rest of the body.
This is just common sense, and there is science to back it up. The incidence of new cancers in survivors who were exposed to radiation treatment has risen from 9% in 1975-1979 to 19% in 2005-2009. The risk of developing 2nd cancers has been directly linked to radiation treatment and the dose of radiation used, and has been implicated in the occurrence of 2nd cancers in the breast, thyroid, central nervous system, and gastrointestinal tract. The general theme is that radiation can induce 2nd cancers that kill patients years or decades after the treatment, which is a trend that has been found among testicular cancer survivors as well. This data only includes cancer survivors and doesn’t account for the multitudes of people that die during cancer treatment.
The list of scientific evidence is immense. Scientists found that radiation treatment significantly increases the risk of lung carcinoma more than 10 years after exposure for women who smoked while having breast cancer. Patients who received radiation treatment for Hodgkin’s disease were at a higher risk of lung cancer in a dose-dependent and additive fashion. This means every single radiation treatment increases the risk of secondary cancers, and another study confirms this. Another study asserts that it is well known that treating Hodgkin’s disease with radiation causes cancer. Supradiaphragmatic radiotherapy is found to substantially increase breast cancer risk.
Another study reveals that some patients receive greater than 30 times more radiation during radiation treatment than Japanese atomic bomb survivors, with low doses for radiation treatment being about the same amount of radiation that survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki received. Of course, risk is lower since the radiation isn’t blasted at the whole body, but it just shows that radiation treatment uses a lot of radiation that can be comparable to that released by nuclear weapons.
In-fact, an anecdotal report is that a patient had a boyfriend who was an astrophysicist, and he brought home a Geiger counter, which measures radiation. The Geiger counter found that anyone who touched the patient had dangerous levels of radiation on their hands, and they had to do emergency scrub downs to get it off. The patient was then isolated in the furthest corner of the house. Logically, this seems to suggest that radiation treatment could even cause cancer in the friends and families of patients.
A study on one of the newer forms of radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which focuses on concentrating the radiation on cancerous tissue found that it causes more secondary cancers due to giving a higher body dose of radiation. The study also establishes that radiation leaks into the rest of the body following radiation treatment. Another study on proton radiation treatment, which theoretically decreases the irradiation of surrounding healthy tissue, found that it actually has no advantage and causes similar secondary cancer rates as regular radiation.
The scientific papers referenced in this article are only a fraction of all the papers that show radiation treatment causes secondary cancer, and these radiation induced secondary cancers can kill a patient both in the short term and the long term.
This article has barely scratched the surface of all the problems that radiation treatment causes. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, damage to skin, damage to tissue, sores in the mouth, throat, and stomach, intestinal discomfort, swelling, infertility, fibrosis, permanent hair loss, glands which produce saliva and sweat can dry up long term which is extremely uncomfortable, the same thing can happen to vaginal glands, cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline due to brain damage, the gastrointestinal tract can be damaged producing long term diarrhea and bleeding and emissions of bile acid, this also results in malnutrition since food can’t be absorbed properly, and the nervous system can be damaged leading to all sorts of neuropathy. These issues will be discussed one by one in future articles on The Cancer Herald.
Ultimately, it seems radiation treatment has similar downsides to a nuclear bomb landing in your neighborhood, and it seems barbaric that radiation treatment is even an option. Additionally, as explained in the article, radiation treatment was invented by ignorant scientists who thought radiation was healthy, and should have been ceased when the inventor of radiation treatment, Marie Curie, dropped dead from radiation.
The common excuse for radiation treatment is that there are no other options, but that is a blatant lie. Whereas radiation acts like a cellular nuclear bomb, killing any cells in its path, Sodium Dichloroacetate (DCA) acts as a molecular scalpel and kills the cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells alone. Considering all the highly dangerous radiation treatments that the FDA has approved, it makes no sense that DCA has not been approved by the FDA.