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Pancreatic cancer

Category: Illness or disabilities

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description


 

Cancer known medically as a malignant neoplasm, is a broad group of various diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. 

In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumours. Not all tumours are cancerous.

Benign tumours do not grow uncontrollably, do not invade neighbouring tissues, and do not spread throughout the body.

There are over 200 different known cancers that afflict humans.

 

 

Causes


 

 
 

All cancers are caused by either a pathogen or by radiation damage.  The pathogen can be a virus, bacteria, fungus, parasite [such as those found in cats and unwormed dogs], toxin [such as insecticides, pesticides, food additive, or smoke particles and pollution], heavy metals [cadmium, mercury, lead, aluminium, nickel etc] and pharmaceuticals.  The latter category may be a surprise, but there is evidence that a number of pharmaceuticals are implicated in causing cancer. 

Doctors tend to classify cancers according to the organ that is affected.  But the body is an integrated system, as such a pathogen in particular may invade and attack the entire body.  The cancer may spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream.  In reality it is the pathogen that is spreading not the ‘cancer’, although infected cells can travel. 

 

Doctors should be hunting the pathogen, not concentrating on one organ. 

So, how do you use the site? 

  • Cancer - We have a section on Cancer in general, with more detail on the causes of cancer.
  • Pancreas disease - But we also have a section for each organ and the pathogens that can attack that organ.  This latter is more specific as to the pathogens, because it includes pathogens that cause diseases other than just cancer.  On the other hand, the section on cancer describes known cancer causing pathogens.  So both routes will give you information.

Please follow the links.

It is worth adding a note on two very distinctive trends in Pancreatic cancer.  It has long been known that toxins are a prime cause of Pancreatic cancer, for example:

exposure to pesticides, asbestos, benzene, and chlorinated hydrocarbons may increase Pancreatic cancer risk. PMID:  26293241

but there is also a strong correlation between this form of cancer and pharmaceuticals, especially statins, and  heavy metals

Statins

Using eHealthme and one example statin, we find that

On Sep, 26, 2016,  96,881 people reported to have side effects when taking Simvastatin.
Among them, 147 people (0.15%) had Pancreatic Cancer

 

Heavy metals

It is worth adding that heavy metals in general appear to be heavily implicated in Pancreatic cancer.  The section on Pancreas disease provides a number of examples, as there are early signs of attack before the pancreas becomes cancerous.  The following extract is simply an example of the sorts of attack mounted:

Mercury as an Insulin Mimic: Mechanism of Action and Potential Physiological Consequences :  Barnes, David M.; University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
Polypeptide hormones are important in the regulation of many metabolic processes; however, little is known regarding the ability of environmental pollutants to disrupt polypeptide hormone action. Although information regarding the hormone-like effects of heavy metals is limited, preliminary data reveal that mercury induces hexose transport and increases protein synthesis with patterns, magnitudes, and kinetics identical to those of insulin.
Mercury's insulin-like effects and extended half-life in the body may lead to a chronic stimulation of the insulin signal transduction pathway which either may initiate or prevent the normal feedback mechanisms that regulate insulin responses. Alterations of these normal feedback mechanisms could result in a long-term modulation of insulin responsiveness.  This project ……. [has] following objectives:

1)      to compare the effects of mercury and insulin on hexose transport and protein synthesis in hepatocyte, adipocyte, and skeletal muscle cell lines, representing the tissues involved in glucose homeostasis;

2)      to determine the signal transduction pathway(s) targeted by mercury to induce its insulin-like effects; and

3)      to determine if prolonged exposure to mercury induces cells to become nonresponsive to subsequent stimulation with insulin.

Moreover, these results will contribute to a better understanding of the ability of xenobiotics to function as hormone-mimics and may contribute to an understanding of the role of environmental factors in the induction of diseases or dysfunctions associated with insulin nonresponsiveness.

and

Cadmium is a nonessential metal that is known to accumulate in the human pancreas. …. Our meta-analysis of cohorts with high exposure to cadmium is also consistent with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer .. Cadmium can cause the transdifferentiation of pancreatic cells, increases in the synthesis of pancreatic DNA, and increases in oncogene activation. Thus, cadmium is a plausible pancreatic carcinogen. PMID:  10698473

and

Cobalt is an essential trace element which is widely distributed in nature. Most of cobalt consumed is used in the manufacture of alloys, and although not released extensively in the environment, it may represent a hazard to human health. ….. Polycythemia and hyperglycemia with transitory damage to pancreatic alpha-cells have been widely reported after cobalt administration. PMID: 2646660

 and

…. developmental arsenic exposure may lead to a different pattern of cancer, including increases in pancreatic and hematopoietic cancer, as compared with adult or lifetime exposures to inorganic arsenic.  PMID:  21431798

and

The Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health of the New Jersey Medical School undertook a detailed mortality study of a pigment plant in Newark which utilized [Lead and zinc chromates]. … An increased incidence of lung cancer …. stomach and pancreatic cancer among the total cohort was evident. PMID:  7059230

there are more examples, but this suffices to demonstrate the problem.

Treatment


 

 
 

Much treatment these days is based on killing the cancerous cells.  This may kill the pathogen as well, it may not.  Thus if the chemical used is effective on the pathogen, then the cancer may be halted, if it is not then the cancer will simply re-emerge, because the pathogen [or radiation] is still there.

Given that two major causes of pancreatic cancer are heavy metals and pharmaceuticals, the use of chemotherapy is debatable.  It may 'kill' the cancer cell, but it may also release the heavy metal particle causing the cancer and thus only serve to spread the cancer further.  The problem is well recognised, albeit without the understanding that you cannot 'kill' a heavy metal particle:

Currently, chemotherapy is the accredited, standard treatment for unresectable, advanced pancreatic cancer (PC). However, it has … shown treatment-resistance and followed dismal prognosis in many cases. Therefore, some sort of new, additional treatments are needed for the better therapeutic results for advanced PC. PMID:  26677434

The key to curing - definitively healing - the person is to find the pathogen - FIND THE CAUSE.  We have started to add the specific pathogens to the site - the actual bacteria, viruses etc and all the papers we can find from PubMed on foods and plants that specifically fight that pathogen.  In other words we hope to build up a list of plants that can help fight the foe directly!

If you find that the cause is indeed heavy metals then there are both plants and pharmaceuticals that can chelate metals from the body.  These are known as chelation agents.  Different agents work on different metals, thus first you need to know the metal, then you can turn to the section on that metal on this site and under the healing section find the plants and minerals that will specifically handle that metal.  For example, antimony poisoning, and mercury poisoning are handled differently.

References and further reading

self portrait

The paintings are by Frédéric Fiebig, an artist born in 1885 in Talsen (Russian Empire). Fiebig was a lifelong traveller, passionate about nature, from which he drew his inspiration. 

His life was filled with tragedy.  His wife Elisabet died in 1943 , his daughter Raya, born of a Jewish mother, was deported to Gaggenau by the Nazis.  Debora, the mother of his children, was taken in July 1942 in the roundup of the Velodrome d'Hiver. She was interned at Drancy and perished at Auschwitz.  Marked by the hardship of two World Wars, he became almost blind from 1946 and ceased to paint. He was transferred in 1948 to Schweisguth Sélestat a home for the poor, and died there, February 6, 1953.

We have chosen him and his paintings because his paintings show that from adversity can come gentleness and beauty.  Even adversity of an appaling kind can still be fought, even conquered, using the 'creative spirit' in us - see the suppression actions.

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