I would consider this type of radiation for cancer
May 25th, 2016 by Holly Cornish
For decades, the conventional treatments for cancer have often been worse than the disease itself. These therapies, including radiation therapy, are devastating to healthy cells.
The public has been waiting for a long time for mainstream medicine to come up with something better than cutting, poisoning, and burning. Now, it looks like they finally have something worth our attention.
After many years of development, there’s an effective alternative to radiation — one that doesn’t destroy healthy tissue and cause a host of other afflictions in the process.
Until recently it’s been incredibly expensive – and used so rarely there wasn’t a large enough sample of patients to be sure it was effective. But now it’s more affordable and available than ever before – and there’s significant evidence it works…
Breast Cancer Survivor was told:
Doctors didn’t give Wiltrude much hope when they diagnosed her with cancer in the year 2000. Wiltrude, a German psychologist, never thought cancer would happen to her. But it did. And it came as a big shock.
One doctor told her, “You’ll be dead in a year.” Late stage breast cancer is virtually incurable using conventional treatments. Even M.D.s admit it. They talk about “buying you more time.” (Don’t count on it. The evidence shows you’re better off doing nothing than chemo.)
When Wiltrude told her doctor she was going to try alternative treatments, he said, “You are committing suicide with what you’re doing.” But she was determined to find a way to beat her cancer.
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, this European woman came across a book by my good friend Bill Henderson, one of the smartest and wisest people I know when it comes to cancer treatment.
She tried Bill’s top, number one recommendation — a gentle treatment you can do at home for just $5.15 a day. What’s more, the cost goes down to $3.50 after six weeks because you just need a maintenance dose. And it even tastes good.
Not only has Wiltrude passed the five-year cancer survival mark, she’s survived for 12 years. We just interviewed her recently for this publication. The radiologist who tests her every year told her, “You’re the only one with this kind of result.”
You can find out more about Bill’s proven cancer treatment plan if you click here.
When I ask him about some of the treatments that top alternative doctors use, Bill sort of shrugs and says, “They’re fine, but why bother? My treatment works, you can do it yourself, and it costs practically nothing.”
He’s coached thousands of cancer patients with all different types and stages of cancer. Most of the people who follow the detailed, specific plan in this Special Report get over their cancer and live for years.
“Almost any kind of cancer is reversible,” says Bill. “I never give up on anyone.”
I wouldn’t call it a “miracle cure,” but proton therapy, also called proton beam therapy or PBT, is proving to be a better way to treat cancer than conventional radiation therapy.
PBT has been in development since the 1950s, but it’s just now becoming accepted into mainstream oncology and affordable to the masses. The facilities used to cost $200 million to build but now, says the Wall Street Journal, they’ve come down to $40 or $50 million.
And doctors are using the therapy to successfully treat all kinds of cancers, including those that are typically hard to reach — from tumors in the central nervous system, to lung and prostate cancer, and nearly everything in between.
It’s truly a revolutionary approach to defeating cancer.
What is proton therapy?
Traditional radiation therapy is also known as “photon therapy,” in which x-rays or gamma rays are focused into a beam that penetrates the surface of the body into the tumor.
The trouble with this type of therapy has been twofold:
- The radiation beam doesn’t stop at the tumor. It travels all the way through the body. The healthy tissue between the tumor and the beam actually receives a higher dose than the tumor itself.
- The beam is wide — it can only be narrowed and focused to a certain degree.
So, while the radiation penetrates the tumor, it also destroys the healthy tissue around and behind it, causing multiple life-altering side effects.
Proton therapy is administered in much the same way as conventional radiation, but the advantage is that the beam is far more precise. It stops at the tumor, protecting healthy tissue behind and around the cancerous growth.
In fact, a recent advance in technology enables technicians to precisely model and fill the three-dimensional shape of the tumor.
There are two elements that give PBT its precision:
- The beam’s path is mathematically predictable, and therefore, controllable. Proton beams are measured on what’s called a “Bragg curve.” The peak of the curve shows the technician exactly where the proton beam will come to a stop, so it doesn’t go beyond the point of the tumor.
- Pencil beam scanning, an application technique that electronically guides the pencil-point sharp proton beam back and forth across each layer of the tumor’s thickness in three dimensions. (Like a 3D printer, but in reverse.)
Think of it like this.
Imagine a tumor as an overripe, rotting peach. The tree it hangs in is your body.
Traditional radiation therapy is a firehose aimed at the peach. It blasts through the peach, but it doesn’t stop there. It also rips out the delicate branches, leaves and buds all around it, causing a lot of collateral damage.
Proton therapy is more like sunlight narrowed into a tight beam through a magnifying glass. It burns into the bad peach, destroying it without causing harm to the surrounding environment.
The mathematical predictability of the proton beam allows the technician to control it, stopping at the margins, rather than burning only the surface or burning all the way through.
Proton therapy used in central nervous system cancers
The ability to zero in on the tumor while sparing the surrounding tissue makes proton therapy a far better option for cancer in the central nervous system (CNS), especially in children.
Pediatric medulloblastoma is a type of fast-growing brain tumor that originates in the cerebellum, near the brain stem, and accounts for about 18% of childhood brain tumors. Brain cancer, although rare overall, is the most common type of cancer in infants and toddlers.
It’s often treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and conventional radiotherapy. But because of its location, and the fact that children’s brains are still developing, the potential damage to the healthy brain tissue makes the treatment protocol worse than the disease.
But the precise application of proton therapy is changing that.
Researchers published findings in the January 2016 issue of Lancet Oncology revealing that proton therapy used in 59 children aged 3-21 had similar survival rates to conventional radiotherapy, but with vastly reduced long-term toxic side effects.1
The children’s hearing, mental function, hormone levels, height and weight were all measured before and after the study.
The researchers discovered the children, particularly those who were eight years old or younger, had much less hearing loss and better neurocognitive functioning such as verbal comprehension and processing speed compared to those who received conventional treatment.
What was really amazing, however, is that the children had no damage to the heart, lung, gastrointestinal or reproductive systems, and no seizures. All these side effects have been reported in conventional radiotherapy.
And the good news isn’t just for kids. . .
A reasonable option for a growing number of adults
A study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics shows adults with medulloblastoma treated with proton therapy experienced less weight loss, nausea and vomiting. Researchers also recorded less gastrointestinal and blood toxicity. With this gentle treatment, patients maintained more white blood cells, hemoglobin and platelets.2
Proton therapy has shown similar results in the treatment of chondrosarcoma (bone cancer) and chordoma, tumors that occur anywhere along the spine, from the base of the skull to the tailbone.3
PBT for lung cancer
Conventional radiation treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has long caused many terrible side effects, including damaging inflammation of the esophagus and lungs, as well as pulmonary fibrosis (scarring and thickening of lung tissue).
In an effort to alleviate or avoid these side effects, doctors often limit doses, which makes the treatment less effective.
But with PBT, studies have shown reduced toxicity to healthy tissue and fewer long-term side effects in treating this type of lung cancer, even while delivering higher doses of radiation to the tumor.4
And what’s even better, researchers at Loma Linda University Medical Center found this to be true whether the tumors were centrally or peripherally located.5
So no matter where in the lungs the tumors reside, PBT can reach and destroy them with little damage to healthy lung tissue.
Proton therapy treatment centers
It used to be difficult to find medical centers using PBT, but today the number is growing by leaps and bounds.
According to the National Association for Proton Therapy, there are about 20 proton therapy locations in the United States, with three in California, one in Washington, and the rest spread across the eastern states. There are 16 more treatment centers in development.6
Proton beam therapy has come a long way in the last six decades, from a radical new technology to a better way to treat cancer with a comprehensive treatment plan.
Readers of this newsletter know I have a strong preference for natural treatments (and I successfully got rid of my own prostate cancer entirely with supplements, a low-carb diet, infrared sauna and exercise; I was also treated for a week at a German clinic with ozone therapy, hyperthermia and IV vitamin C).
But there are circumstances where I would choose this therapy. If my natural efforts to get rid of tumors had failed, PBT would have been a perfect way to eradicate them with a high measure of safety and few side effects.
PBT should not be considered something you do “instead of” the lifestyle changes we need to make to get healthy. It’s a high-tech fix for when things have already gotten out of hand.
And if you’ve had cancer once, you should assume that essentially you’ve always got it and it could come roaring back anytime. Drastic interventions like surgery and PBT are a way to buy yourself time while you get your act together and make smarter lifestyle choices.
According to the National Association for Proton Therapy, the cost of PBT is higher than conventional radiation therapy, but generally less than surgery. And, “nearly all insurance providers nationwide cover proton therapy as does the U.S. Medicare program,” they say.7
If you or someone you love is fighting cancer, ask your oncologist about proton beam therapy and if it might be a good treatment option in place of radiation. And check with your insurance company to see if they’ll cover it.
It’s possible this exciting new treatment option is within your reach, and may only require a few hours’ flight to get there.
References Article #1:
1 Long-term toxic effects of proton radiotherapy for paediatric medulloblastoma: A phase 2 single-arm study.
4 Significant reduction of normal tissue dose by proton radiotherapy compared with three-dimensional conformal or intensity-modulated radiation therapy in Stage I or Stage III non-small-cell lung cancer.
5 High-dose hypofractionated proton beam radiation therapy is safe and effective for central and peripheral early-stage non-small cell lung cancer: Results of a 12-year experience at Loma Linda University Medical Center.