A latest study has contended that chemotherapy could allow the growth of cancer and can trigger more aggressive tumors in the body.
Various researches carried out in the United States have revealed the effect of drugs on patients suffering with breast cancer. It has been found in the researches that medication has increased the chance of cancer cells migrating to other parts of the body. These cells may thus become life-threatening.
Every year, around 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Britain alone out of which 11,000 die due to illness and weakening of body. Many breast cancer patients are given chemotherapy before any surgeries. As per the new research, though chemotherapy shrinks tumors for a short period of time, it may trigger the spread of cancer cells in different parts of the body.
Toxic medications which enhances repair mechanisms and allows tumors to develop stronger again, also increases the number of “doorways” on blood vessels which allow cancer to spread throughout the body.
The study has been published in The Telegraph. “This explains why some patients, after undergoing chemotherapy and declared cancer free, the disease resurfaces and becomes more lethal, Cancer then becomes incredibly difficult to treat and often becomes fatal once it spreads to other organs. This is when it is classified as Stage Four,” as published in Standard Digital.
“One approach would be to obtain a small amount of tumor tissue after a few doses of preoperative chemotherapy. If we observe that the markers scores are increased, we would recommend discontinuing chemo and having surgery first, followed by post-operative chemo,” reveals Dr. Karagiannis (Researcher).
Chemotherapy is administered in the form of a pill or a intravenous drip.