Cancer Is Not One Disease

Cancer Is Not One Disease

My name is Erica and in January 2012 I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It’s since metastasised into my liver and
also a lymph node behind my pancreas. Every second person will develop cancer in their lifetime. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive. One of the things that hasn’t changed over the last 30 years is the poor prognosis of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The five-year survival rate is only five percent which is a pretty gloomy outcome for those of us who’ve been diagnosed with it. Pancreatic cancer is particularly lethal because by the time it is detected it’s already advanced. That’s partly because the pancreas is in the abdomen very deep and doesn’t cause much in the way of
symptoms as the cancer develops. These symptoms are easily confused with general aches and pains. I think that is one of the hard things about pancreatic cancer is that the symptoms are vague and that they’re easily attributed to
something else – stress, irritable bowel syndrome. Cancers form when normal cells in our body start to divide out of control over time, the growing cancer mass destroys nearby healthy cells. Many of the triggers that cause a normal
cell to start to divide out of control are found inside the cell in our DNA. Our DNA encodes the genetic information
needed to assemble molecules such as proteins which are the building blocks
of our bodies. DNA is under constant attack from
natural chemicals, environmental toxins and background radiation. Here we can see some toxins shown as bright particles interacting with the DNA and causing the
DNA strand to break or causing mutation in the genetic code. Cancer arises through an accumulation of damage to the DNA. In a normal healthy cell, molecules
called p53 are activated following damage to the DNA. p53 is part of our
natural defence mechanism against cancer. By binding to critical parts of the DNA
p53 molecules help guide the cell’s response to the DNA damage. Sometimes the defence mechanism itself can become damaged. p53 is mutated in over half of human cancers and this means that p53 cannot bind to DNA. Without p53, and over a long period of time, cells can accumulate more and more DNA damage
increasing the risk of cancer. Mutated p53 is just one of thousands of
molecular mistakes that can occur in cancer. Modern DNA sequencing and other
new technologies can now enable these molecular mistakes to be detected in
individual cancers. This is important because, even though cancers may look the same under the microscope, we now know they can behave very differently
depending on their genetic makeup. What’s really exciting is that two different
types of cancers that look different under the microscope can share some
common genetic characteristics. This means that drugs that were
developed for one cancer could also be used to treat the other cancer. I know that they’re working on more personalised treatment. It seems that
pancreatic cancer has been one of those ones that has been a bit neglected in the
past but that’s also a difficult one to deal with. I don’t define myself by pancreatic cancer. That’s a big thing for me. I feel affronted when the press continues to say that somebody lost their battle with cancer. We’re all going to die, does that mean we’re all going to die losers in the press’ eyes? I don’t want to focus on battling cancer. I want to focus on living.

3 thoughts on “Cancer Is Not One Disease”

  1. I;v had 3 difference cancer, and not one is related to the other, this last one started in the stomach , and there in no cure for it.    So it just will power to to live it out, I was given 6to8 month Dec 12 and I still going.  So ever one keep up the good work.

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  3. Cancer is a viral disease. Virus destroys mainly end cells (matured cells in Q
    compartment), to which the organism responds with chronic inflammation and
    increased proliferation to restore the organ and clean the debris. In this
    chronic inflammation tumor may emerge. When stem cells are hit, the entire
    Tissue Proliferation Unit disappears, to which the organism responds with
    dysplasia, carcinoma in situ, carcinoma, etc… According to the hypothesis of
    professor Zajicek MD, tumor protects against cachexia (muscle loss, wasting
    manifested as fatigue and weight loss). Every cure, which silences the disease
    driver, namely virus, cures cancer. Muscle loss is seen in all cancer types.
    Cancer is one disease. Example: Fever is a defensive mechanism. Plus two
    degrees protects while plus five kills. As long as tumor does not block any
    vital function or causes pain, it should be left untreated. Patient should keep
    her tumor as much as possible. Some people find alternative treatments, like
    Ann Vigmor diet, very helpful. With a treatment strategy of tumor dormancy and
    with host resistance to virus , only minimal doses of medication may be
    required. Tumor dormancy is a state:when tumor shrinks or stop growing. In any
    case patient feels healthy.

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