Breast cancer, medically known as malignant breast neoplasm, is a cancer that starts in the breast tissue. The vast majority of breast cancers fall into one of the following categories:
- Ductal Carcinoma, this is the most common and it starts in the ducts that transport to the nipple.
- Lobular Carinoma, starts in the area the produces milk called lobules.
New Breast Cancer Treatment: DCA
DCA was recently found by the University of Alberta (2007) to kill human breast, lung, and brain cancer cells. A new mechanism was uncovered that is common in these types of cancer cells. DCA reactivates the cells mitochondria, which is ‘broken’ in cancer cells, and this reactivation triggers the cells natural suicide system. This process is called ‘apoptosis’ and is part of the natural life cycle of all cells.
Cells are created, divide, and specialize. When cells become worn out or damaged their natural programming tells them to die. In cancer cells this does not happen and the cells continue to live and usually multipy, hence the spread of cancer. DCA stops this process, thereby stopping the spread of cancer. In fact, in the clinical trials DCA shrunk tumors buy up to 70% in just 3 weeks. DCA did this and did not have any effect on the healthy cells (unlike chemotherapy and radiation therapy.)
Additionally, DCA actually makes cancer cells more vulnerable to other forms of cancer treatment. Because of this DCA can be used at the same time other cancer treatments are being used.
Breast Cancer Treatment
There are various breast cancer treatments which can be based on many factors such as age, stage, and type of cancer.
Common breast cancer treatments include:
- Chemotherapy, breast cancer treatment drugs that kill the cancer cells (and often also kill healthy cells).
- Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy, similar to chemotherapy in that radiation is used to kill cancer cells.
- Breast Cancer Surgery, the cancer cells are cut out via surgery.
Prognosis and survival rates vary greatly and depend on many factors. These breast cancer treatments also have many well known and documented side effects. Some breast cancer treatment drugs can be very dangerous. Case in point, the FDA just withdrew approval for Avastin and called it ‘dangerous.’ In 2007 researchers at the University of Alberta uncovered a new use for an old compound. They found that DCA (sodium dichloroacetate) can shrink cancer tumors by up to 70% in only 3 weeks.
How Do You Know DCA is Working?
Patients sometimes report feeling pain or ‘burning’ sensation at the tumor site, usually within the first few days of using DCA. This is a good indication that DCA is working to break down the tumor. DCA may be the most beneficial form of breast cancer treatment to be uncovered in many years.