How Effective is Chemotherapy?

How Effective is Chemotherapy?

Basically, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are cytotoxic, meaning poisonous or deadly to living cells.

They work by killing the cancerous cell, preventing with its ability to divide and grow. The only difference between the two is the method of delivery.

Radiation therapy works through high energy waves like x-rays and gamma rays. Chemotherapy works in the bloodstream through oral medicines and injections either introduced through the skin or into the veins.

This article reviews the findings of a study conducted in Australian which tested the efficacy of chemotherapy in treating cancer.

This study is often the focus on arguments between science-based medicines supporters and natural-based treatments supporters for cancer.

The Shocking 2% Efficacy Rate

             Results of study shows differing effect of cytotoxic chemotherapy to different cancers with Australian and American Adults as the subjects.

Table 1 Percentage of 5-Year Survival Due To Chemo Among Australian and American Adults

This table derived from the cancer registry data in Australia and from the Surveillance Epidemiology, End Results data in the USA for 1998 quoted in the study The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies.

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The results have suggested that cytotoxic chemotherapy makes just a minor contribution to the percentage of survival.  If we put it in context, it is just a mere gamble of funds and hope in investing into chemotherapy. Not mentioning that it is painful, requires a lot of time on the part of the patient and his family, and the overall health of the patient to survive a series of medications and tests which have dubious effects on the cancerous part of the body.

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