Cancer goes beyond GeneticsFor decades, cancer specialists believed that cancer was solely the result of DNA mutation that in turn caused cells to grow uncontrollably. However, recent findings suggest that it is actually a subset of cells called cancer stem cells that develop into cancer and make it such a malicious disease.
Cancer Stem Cells: What all Cancer treatments should be targetingCancer stem cells, also known as mother cells, can infinitely renew themselves and produce daughter cells to form a tumour. While daughter cells cannot live forever, mother cells can survive for long periods of time and are even resistant to chemotherapy and radiation. As a matter of fact, traditional chemotherapy and radiation can promote an increase in mother cells. The following outlines how cancer is often (but inadequately) treated:
- The patient receives a therapy to shrink his or her tumours
- The patient’s cancer goes into remission
- The patient’s cancer returns and this time more aggressively
Diagnosing Breast Cancer…most of the timeOverall, breast cancer diagnosis and treatment is based on a number of generalisations. One of those generalisations involves changes in the shape of breast tissue. Almost any breast abnormality can be labeled as cancerous and thereby be subjected to any of the following radical treatments:
Vitamin D: Mother Nature’s Immune RegulatorIn order to explore the theory of fighting cancer by targeting cancer stem cells, scientists developed a culture of mammary gland cells containing both breast cancer stem cells and non-stem cells. Then, they exposed the culture to vitamin D3 and the results were remarkable. First of all, the irregularly shaped mammary gland cells took on a more organised and symmetrical shape. Secondly, certain cancer cell markers and growth factors in the culture decreased. These results indicated to researchers that vitamin D maybe effective in preventing breast cancer and as an adjunct to treatment, while limiting its recurrence.
Vitamin D treatment for Breast Cancer poses many benefitsVitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin” and exposure to direct sunlight allows the body to naturally manufacture Vitamin D. Research into Vitamin D indicates a role for Vtamin D in Breast Cancer prevention and treatment.
- Vitamin D supplements are affordable and can be taken for both preventive and treatment purposes
- Vitamin D lacks the harmful side effects that come along with traditional cancer therapy