« Patient’ with different kinds of cancer(s) have been cured by the use of drugs! »
As We Know It, in 1930, « Cancer of the Lung was a Rare Disease… in the 70’s a Drastic Change Occurred – Lung Cancer Had Become The Leading Cause Of Death From Cancer Among Males In The United States of America! »
« Scientists Are Hopeful That Many Cancers Will Be Cured By ‘Chemo’ In The Future! »
An uncontrolled growth and spread of body cells, is often known as « Cancer. » Under a microscope, the black dotted cells known as nuclei are identified as cancer-cells. This identity is defined in comparison to healthy living cells that are small (black dots) with a wall-like perimeter surrounding them. The large black-dotted nuclei has no such wall.
These invading cells can occur in all kinds of animals and plant-life alike. Our focus, in this submission is basically a closer-look at cancer, and a-focus-on-humankind and the very real threat to our health and life.
The process of cell division gets out of hand during the cancerous invasion process when cellular modules are continually produced, vastly more than needed. Making matters worse, these unneeded cells continually produce more unneeded (or wanted for that matter) cell tissue. While these new « wild cells » continually divide, they are in the habit of forming larger and larger masses of new tissue… These are identified as tumors.
Not all tumors are harmful or life-threatening. Some of these « tumors » are benign. Albeit, being of no use to the body, they could easily interfere with its normal activities. These type(s) of tumors are usually surrounded by a « skin-like » membrane, limiting its growth, preventing the invading cells from spreading into other regions of the body. The killer-cells, called « malignant, » are not contained… They have no walls holding them in – keeping them from spreading into other areas or regions of the body. They invade all normal cellular tissue – they grow and spread rapidly, invading, dominating, and destroying all normal cellular tissue – these monsters are also tumors – THESE MONSTERS ARE CANCER!
Cancer can occur in any kind of living cell. Being that there are many types of « cell tissue » in existence, the human category alone has over one hundred different kinds of cell tissue… so there can be more than one kind of cancer cell(s). In short, « Cancer is not one disease but a large family of diseases! »
The human body is made up of many different types of cellular tissue. Each of these is in turn, made up of or contains many other different kinds of cell tissue. Many of these cells constantly divide, making it possible for the body to make more of itself, explaining why young humans grow; why the body repairs itself; and the replacing of worn-out tissue, etc.
The four major kinds of cancer are called:
« Carcinomas, » « Sarcomas, » « Leukemias, » and « Lymphomas. »
Many types of skin cancer(s) can be typed as « Carcinomas » or cancer(s) of the skin. Identified with the skin-like linings of the lungs, the stomach, internal organs, glands and/or the upper and lower intestines of humans and animals alike.
The connective tissue(s) like bone, cartillage, and fat is attacked by a cancer known as « Sarcoma. »
This is the type of cancer that attacked my nine year old niece.
Cancers involving bone marrow cells are « Leukemia. »
« Lymphoma(s) » is identified as cancer that attacks the blood. Albeit, both of these cancers attack blood cells, lymphoma is the cancer that attacks the « Lymphatic System » (or Lymph Glands). The lymph is the fluid that fills the spaces between the body’s cells.
According to cancer research, more than ninety percent of cancers appear or occur in persons over the age of forty. Due to the fact of people living longer, cancer has become a common disease. This conclusion is partly drawn on the fact that people were not living long lives, primarily past the age of thirty-five or forty.
Chemicals is another factor that is partly to blame for the epidemic. Cigarette smoke being the primary principle in infections then and now.
Cancer, in these United States, is known to be a major culprit in death-dealing infections; second only to ‘Heart Disease. Current statistics show only a little over one third of recorded cancer patients as being actual survivors. Many patients are and have been treated with radiation, in carefully administered measures of X-Rays, Radioactive Cobalt, Radioactive Isotopes, and/or Chemotherapy (Drug Treatment).
These types of treatment is intended to possibly cure the cancer patient of his or her affliction(s).
The purpose of research by a multitude of clinics and research institutions all over the world, is to prevent new cases of cancer. The detection of the disease in its early stages allow for an early defence; allowing for the implementation of new and improved treatment while finding new ways to prevent and/or cure this killer disease.
The detection of cancer is paramount. The successful treatment of the disease is more than likely; before the spreading process has begun; taken effect once its presence has been announced.
« Karkinus, » as defined by the Ancient Greeks, means « Crab » or « Crab-like » because of the crablike spreading of the invading cancer. « Crab-cancer » is what it was called by the ancient Romans. Malignant growth is also spread when the invader is broken off from the original growth. Different parts of the body are invaded by the cancer cells via the blood stream or the lymph vessels. The new colonies of the evil invaders are called « Metastases. »
In an essay by « Helena Curtis, » and « T. Gerald Delang, » of the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, report an observation of « Chimney Sweeps » in 1775, believed that « soot » from chimneys was the cause of cancer. This report was recorded by a London based surgeon named « Percival Pott. » He said that chemicals may not be the ultimate cause of cancer but seem to have had an effect on living cells in such a way that cancer(s) develop.
Chemical based food coloring and flavoring used as preservatives, along with more than four hundred other cancer causing material(s) commonly used in industrial endeavors, have been identified as root sources with the testing of laboratory animals since 1930. Coal Tar was utilized in producing cancerous cells in rabbits by scientists back in nineteen-fifteen. Fifteen years later, more scientists found the chief carcinogen in the coal tar experiment, according to cancer researchers.
The conclusive details have resulted in the industrial communities steps to try and protect the workers who are exposed to coal, tar, soot, asbestos, dyes in other commonly used material(s).
Clear answers are not always present when chemicals are added to our food(s) as flavoring, coloring, or preservative agents. Many governments attempt to make sure that these types of chemicals are not cancer causing carcinogens. One example of chemical bans is « Cyclamates. » These are a kind of artificial sweetener commonly used by consumers. There has been plenty of disagreements by government agencies and researches regarding the banning of these types of chemicals. The United States Government has banned the use of cyclamates due to laboratory test-rats.
« Three out of four, » say The American Cancer Society. « Lung Cancer Deaths are the result of cigarette smoking. » They state « The Death Rate From Lung Cancer Is Ten Times As High Among Cigarette Smokers As Among Those Who Have Never Smoked. Those who smoke two or more packs of cigarettes per day, the rate is twenty times as high as among non-smokers. »
Laboratory results support these findings. Carcinogens are contained within tars on tobacco. Many scientists agree that more research is needed in order to learn about the reasons why people smoke.
Cancer epidemiology is the study of cancer occurrences in different groups of people. One example of this study is the research on lung cancer in smokers and nonsmokers alike.
Cancer often does not always cause pain or show itself during the early stages. Early cancers are almost always detected by doctors during regular (and/or irregular) physical examinations.
Hidden cancer is often revealed through a simple test could save hundreds of thousands of lives every single year. However, no such test exists – there are particular tests that detect particular types of cancer(s). One such test is called « The Papanicolaou Test. » This test is used to detect cancer in the womb, particularly the cervix. The « PAP Test » is the commonly known name for detecting cervix cancer. A trained medical professional can almost always, with the use of a microscope, pick out the cancerous cells as opposed to normal cells. Scientist, collectively, have been utilizing this method of cancer detection for many other forms of cancer.
Researchers say many forms of cancer cannot be traced to outside agents as they are forced to seek the cancer causes within the body. Heredity is a major area of concern as living organisms inherit the basic makeup through the passed down cellular tissue(s). Mice in laboratories have been tested and researched regarding this question; supposing something is or was wrong within the cells of the parent – could this be possible, the passing of cancerous cells via generation to generation?
Closely studied lab mice have been bred relating « generation after generation » in an attempt to compare what happens within and to different groups.
Cancer(s) and other cellular tissue have been transplanted from one animal to another, especially those who happen to be or are much like identical twins. The results vary. In some strains, about ninety to one hundred percent of these mice have developed certain types of cancer. In other strains cancer is almost unknown. The test results have shown inherit cancer or a possible tendency toward it in the tested lab mice.
Human studies haven’t been able to prove this theory, as they have not anything so defining. Albeit, several types of tumors do seem to run in families. This research does not mean that other family members would develop the same disease.
In learning about the relationship between cancer and heredity, a great deal more research is needed.
Exposure to rays, radiation(s), ultraviolet, x-rays, and radio active elements, i.e., radium are also agents of cancer. People who have to work outdoors and are constantly exposed to large doses of ultraviolet rays can possibly contract and/or develop skin cancer to commonly exposed areas of the skin, such as the back of hands, the neck, and most probably the face.
In 1895, ‘Wilhelm Roentgen’ discovered that x-rays were a most powerful form of a cancer causing agent. Prolonged exposure to x-rays when not carefully utilized, developed cancer(s) to the skin and bone.
Only the smallest possible amounts of radiation should be used in taking dental or chest x-rays. However, it is not to say that x-rays shouldn’t be administered, because when handled correctly, « The benefits of careful medical use, far outweigh the possible risks. »
Unnecessary use of x-rays, by law, is forbidden. New types of equipment today, has been designed to protect both the patient, administrating technicians, and the doctor.
Studies across the globe have shown that the cancer rate among people residing in cities is only slightly higher than those who dwell in rural areas.
Motor powered vehicles, power plants, and factories need to burn fuel in order to operate. The burning of these fossil fuels discharged into the air (mainly over cities) – the burned fuel becomes waste which is a carcinogenic cancer causing entity – Air Pollution!
Some carcinogenics, according to the (cancer) article, may take up to twenty years or more before a cancer develops.
Another monster which seeks to suck all the life from us is the « Virus! »
The virus is the smallest of germs. Studies have found that the deadly invader(s) grow only within living cells.
Some time around 1900, an American Doctor and scientist, discovered that certain types of cancer in tested chickens is caused by a virus. From that point in time, other researchers, as well, have found that many other cancer-causing viruses have been discovered. Cancer from viruses have been found in hamsters, monkeys, mice, as well as other mammals through profound and rigorous research.
According to many researchers, a virus is made up of a substance called « Nucleic Acid, » wrapped in a coating of protein. The record goes on to say that there are Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA), and Ribonucleic Acid (RNA). These cells are the living things our bodies are made of. The « DNA » cells are the blueprint of our individuality – our physical identification, (if you will); determining the structure of the cell and for that matter, what substances that particular cell will manufacture.
When a living cell is invaded by a virus, the nucleic acid of the virus slips out of its protein coat and becomes an invisible part of that cell. When this happens, it is highly possible for these viruses to produce new viruses creating hundreds of new viruses to come to fruition. Hundreds of these killer demons are created and released from the cell(s) which go out to infect other cells.
It’s been noted that oftentimes, the virus does not order the invaded cell to replicate. Instead, the nucleic acid becomes a part of the DNA of the living cell – « Assimilation! »
By doing this, a virus can possibly change a normal cell into one that is cancerous. The replicated DNA makes an exact copy of itself and is passed onto other living cells.
When the cell divides, each of the two new cells receives one of the copies. As I can best understand the explanation, before a cell divides, its DNA replicates, making an exact copy of itself. The new cells are exactly like each other and like the original cell! This changed or duplicated cell is cast, « A Mutation! »
Does this all sound too « Science Fiction? » Does a few movie titles come to mind? How about « The Thing From Another World, » starring James Arness grab you? You’d probably remember the version of the « Thing » starring ‘Kurt Russell. How about « Alien » starring Sigourney Weaver? There are many other moving pictures plays depicting alien assimilations on the big screen as well the « Boob-Tube! » Remember « The Invaders » with Roy Thinnes? I often wondered were many of the ‘Sci-Fi’ authors got their material. But this Man-killer of which we speak, is life action continuing and constant danger(s).
A lot more research is greatly needed before mankind can win the war against cancer. Vaccines have been in development by scientists for the sole purpose of destroying these cancer-causing viruses. New cures are being sought by many scientists around the world.
Many scientists truly believe that cancer cells could be mutants. This belief is supported by the action(s) of some carcinogens, i.e., chemicals and x-rays. They all are in agreement that these agents (from Hell) cause cancer while also creating mutations that are not cancerous…
How many would question the logic to that statement?
However, they (collectively, according to medical reviews and reports) do agree that thousands upon thousands of chemicals are being tested for their effect in relation to substances that are known cancer-killers. Although many other chemicals have been tested for the substances found within living cells – while others have been chosen at random. The drugs currently used today against cancer have been found in this manner. The cost of this research goes beyond affordability.
The scientific goal in this fight against cancer is to know everything possible about normal cells is the key to understanding and controlling the abnormal cells that are cancerous.
Radiation, X-Rays, and Radioactive Isotopes have been used to kill cancer cells. Medical Professionals, Engineers, and many other researchers have designed equipment to pinpoint the targeted cancer cell(s), while minimizing the damage to the normal or healthy cell(s).
One of the methods, as this author understands, used for treating cancer is surgery. The goal of the surgeon(s) is to completely remove the cancerous tissue. The down side to this choice is that surgery is not always possible, nor is it the answer. Therefore, another treatment must be found.
You may recall, previously, the mentioning of my beautiful young niece who was attacked by this vile menace.
Her name – « Allyse Virginia Coulter-Cruz! » This beautiful angel was diagnosed with « OsteoSarcoma » (Bone Cancer), at the innocent age of ten (10). I can remember when she complained of her legs being in pain while we vacationed in the « Pocono Mountains. » Our family had no reason to think it was anything other than child-hood fatigue… We did a lot of walking in the mountains in those days. I carried her around on my back most of the remaining time during that particular trek. Once the pain passed, she walked around on her own, playing and running around with her cousins.
The disease wasn’t discovered until after we’d been back in the city; post vacation, a week or so, not much longer than that. Allyse was out walking with her mother, in their neighborhood of ‘Tacony,’ when she tripped on a sidewalk. Her leg of course was broken. Witnesses were stunned to see the odd way in which it was twisted.
Allyse underwent several surgeries, remissions, and relapsed twice during her superior and courageous battle.
Allyse was born to « Charmaine Ruth Coulter, » my beloved Sister-In-Law, on July 1st, 1988. Just prior to this child’s fourteenth birthday, she lost the fight. She left us to return « Home » on June 30th, 2002.
« Our Beloved Angel Was Born Unto This Earth, Has Returned To Heaven! »
On a personal note, I’ve decided to share this story/information in hopes that the stated experience may provide some insight and aid in ones research as well; providing some helpful background into the deadly evil destruction of this menacing disease and the effects it has on the living…
There was another personal experience pertaining to cancer’s terrible and deadly attack. I knew a man, a friend, who contracted throat cancer and passed away way too soon. The killer struck from out of nowhere – a totally unexpected attack. It was simply horrible to witness his suffering. Charles (Charley) Palmer of « East Falls » in ‘Philly,’ PA suffered only a short while before succumbing to his illness.
In this (Charles’) case, it was surely the cancer that surely killed him. In the case of my niece, it was the viral infection that caused her untimely demise.
Another friend of mine who contracted this terrible disease is a guy who lived across the street from me. His name is Edgar (Buddy) Johnson. He contracted lung cancer and managed to survive after surgery. He is still alive and kicking to this day. His current age is eighty-two. And still another of my friends who have suffered this killing machine was Ronald (Kenyatta) Reed. He passed away at the age of sixty-seven. The surgery that would have probably saved him was a « Bone Marrow Transplant. »
Remember, in its early stage(s), cancer may not cause pain or show itself… it’s the testing and physical examination(s) that ultimately detect the threat.
Chemotherapy, or the utilization of drugs to fight this disease is a common method administered by cancer specialists. The treatment incorporates a combination of chemotherapy and radiation, according to medical journals, reviews, and professionals.
The drug administration is intended to make the cancer cells more susceptible to radiation. The medical reports go on to state this treatment will prolong a person’s life while relieving pain. It’s also been reported in the medical communities, that « patient’s with different kinds of cancer(s) have been cured by the use of drugs used in this fashion. » Scientists have said they are hopeful that many cancers will be cured by « Chemo » in the future.
We shall See… as we remain hopeful.
« Cancer, So United It Cannot Cripple Love, Shatter Hope, Corrode Faith, Destroy Peace, Kill Friendship, Suppress Memories, Silence Courage, Invade The Soul, or Steal Eternal Life – It Cannot Conquer The Spirit! »
~ In Constant, Never-Ending, and Loving Memory of Our Own Sweet Allyse ~
Til Next Time…