By the 19th century, surgery has become the foremost therapy for cancer. Little has changed down to our day and looking at the alternative therapy options of chemotherapy and radiation, you may agree with the popularity of surgery. In fact, no other study-proven therapy has been as successful as surgery. Even established therapies as chemotherapy and radiation have not seen the same success and certainly not newer therapies such as antibodies or hormone therapies.
Conversely, due to the many positive studies that back-up surgery, many are moved to conclude, incorrectly, that surgery is 100% necessary, good, or even the most important therapy for cancer.Fact is, there’s much more that needs to be considered.
Let’s take an in-depth look at the most diverse aspects of cancer surgery.
- Tumors are bad cells and must be cut out
Unfortunately,recent decades have seen oncologists,and most cancer patients take this dogmatic view on cancer. The narrow perspective persists despite many pieces of evidence to the contrary. For instance, a team of scientists from the universities of Jena and Potsdam, led by Professor Michael Ristow, demonstrated the oxidation problem of tumor cells with colon cancer as an example. They successfully proved that tumor cells could turn back into healthy cells yet no one in the supposed “scientific” oncology showed any interest.
Sadly, even the results of thousands of cancer patients whose tumors have disappeared without under going any tumor-destroying therapies are still not accepted as proof that diseased cells can transform back into healthy ones. Instead, the repeatedly disproved dogma that cancer cells must be killed or removed from the body through surgery is maintained.
- No tumor equals no cancer
There are many reasons why cancer is perhaps the disease people fear most. Therefore, the psychological benefit of an operation is incredibly significant.
Most cancer patients typically know next to nothing about cancer upon their diagnoses.
So, an incredibly heavy weight is always lifted from the cancer patient’s heart once the surgeon or oncologist tells them, post-surgery, that their cancer has been cut out 100%, that everything’s fine, and they can return to their normal lives.
Consequently, anyone who has ever dealt with cancer, and the accompanying mental and adrenaline deficiency immediately concludes that an operation can lead to a cure, regardless of whether the original tumor would have led to death or not. Hence, surgery became an absolute must especially for those without a deeper understanding of their disease even from a holistic point of view.
- What must be, must be
Many decisions on cancer operations are made in only a few hours or days. This situation is due to the view of most patients who’ve decided that their status is how it will be henceforth. Otherwise, they believe they will no longer be healthy. However,operations, are ultimately irreversible once performed whether it’s for breast, bladder, rectal, prostate, or gastric cancer. Therefore, one must carefully consider if an operation must take place and if so, which operation should be performed.
To be sure, I’m no opponent of surgeries. However, I find the experiences I have had in the last 20 years quite frightening. I’ve seen errors during surgery such as the removal of the wrong lung!I’ve observed unnecessary operations some of which were based on incorrect diagnosis. Also, there have been too many operations performed merely to achieve certain goals and statistics. From complications due to anesthesia to the near-destruction of the immune system and much, much more.
Undoubtedly, surgery is extremely crucial in oncology. However, I think doctors and patients should spend more time planning for an operation. In the meantime, they should look into other possible tumor treatments that do not require surgery and determine whether such treatments might cause the tumor to disappear. I am of course aware of the current status quo:surgery comes first, followed by therapy.Ultimately,this standard is underpinned by the fear of early metastases.
I would like to mention,though, that over the past 20 years I have been able to meet a large number of patients who have initially undergone therapy, and for whom an operation was planned for a later time. However, the operation no longer took place because the tumor had disappeared. This essential aspect is still almost wholly ignored in oncology today.
Dr. Farrah Agustin-Bunch, M.D. has written a great article about the dangers of surgery on cancer patients, which I highly recommend to you.