Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Anti-inflammatory agents are the treatment of the future for cancer… you will hear about it from your oncologist only when Big Pharma has figured out how to patent something natural like black cumin seed (now be called a “new drug”) or old fashioned aspirin. In medicine, a disease is defined as something which is profitable to remedy. For example, arguably the most severe independent risk factor for heart attacks was discovered in the mid-1980’s -high homocysteine – but your cardiologist does not test you for it because the treatment is inexpensive (Vit B12 and vit B6 and L-Methyl folate)! You see, “centsible” (i.e. safe, effective and cost-effective) remedies like diet and exercise and nutritional supplements are treated with disdain by most medical doctors since those treatments are not lucrative. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calls anything that helps treat a disease a drug… but they have to scratch their “expert” heads when they are reminded that the treatment for dehydration is …. water! They literally try and call water a drug. So if your oncologist has not talked to you about anti-inflammatory agents, he or she is either not keeping up with the literature or he or she is, let’s say it – criminally negligent – since your life is on the line! Read THIS and THIS about how aspirin fights cancer. Read THIS and watch this lecture about the new paradigm of using anti-inflammatory agents in general to fight cancer. Warning: anti-inflammatory agents can also be unsafe and cause ulcers and liver and kidney toxicity and one in particular has been shown to increase cancer risk!
Study: Aspirin Could Halt Breast Cancer Growth and Prevent Relapse
A new study suggests that taking aspirin daily could help stop the growth of breast cancer and prevent it from coming back.
Researchers from Veterans Affairs Medical Center published a study in Laboratory Investigation. In the study, they found that a daily dose of aspirin can block the growth of breast tumor cells and fights off cancer stem cell reproduction that can lead to relapse.
“In cancer, when you treat the patient, initially the tumor will hopefully shrink,” said Dr Sushanta Banerjee, of Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, via Eureka Alert. “The problem comes five or 10 years down the road when the disease relapses.”
Dr Banjeree explains that residual cancer stem cells that survive treatment (i.e. chemotherapy, radiation therapy) will be inactive inside the human body until certain conditions will allow them to reproduce. He added that when they come back, they could come back aggressive.
To test aspirin’s efficacy in stopping the spread and changing its molecular signature, Banerjee and his colleagues conducted experiments in mice and incubated cells.
They incubated breast cancer cells and exposed half of it to aspirin, otherwise known as acetylsalicylic acid. The results show that cells exposed to aspirin had more cell death compared to those that were not. Meanwhile, many from the cells that lived were unable to grow.
In the second study, Banerjee used 20 mice models with aggressive tumors. The scientists gave them 75 mg of aspirin for a period of 15 days and studied its effects. By the end of the period, mice who received aspirin had 47 percent smaller tumors.
To test the theory that aspirin could inhibit cancer growth, the researchers gave mice aspirin for 10 days before exposing them to cancer cells. After more than 10 days, they found that the mice had less cancer growth compared to the control group.
Banerjee said that their research allowed them to conclude that aspirin made cancer cells lose their “self-renewal properties.” “Basically, they couldn’t grow or reproduce. So there are two parts here. We could give aspirin after chemotherapy to prevent relapse and keep the pressure on, which we saw was effective in both the laboratory and the mouse model, and we could use it preventatively,” Dr Banerjee explained.
The researchers warn that patients should talk with their health care provider before attempting any aspirin regimen. According to Everyday Health, aspirin can cause side effects such as stomach pain, drowsiness, heartburn, vomiting and nausea.