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Chemotherapy’s Dangerous Side Effect of Increased Cancer Growth

In life-threatening situations, doctors and patients look to drastic measure to help them survive. But for patients with cancer, could their decision on how to treat their condition actually worsen their health?

Chemotherapy has been touted as one of the most extreme yet common methods of fighting cancer. Used alone or with other cancer treatments, chemotherapy can stop cancer, slow cancerous growths, and, according to new findings, increase cancer.

chemotherapy drugs and patient

A combination of medicines used to fight cancerous cells, chemotherapy has been questioned as a reliable source for treating cancer for years. Examinations show that this technique can damage and destroy healthy cells in patients, and, worse, cause the regrowth of cancerous tumors.

During chemotherapy, DNA cells are often injured, leading to an increased production of proteins called WNT16B, which are believed to aid in the development of cancer cells. According to BBC News, about 90% of patients with serious forms of cancer who undergo chemotherapy continue to suffer as the cancerous cells quickly become resistant to medicine and regrow.

Some experts even go so far to say that chemotherapy is a poison, not a treatment, since it weakens the immune system and merely fights cancer short-term. However, chemotherapy can, for certain patients, cure cancer and prevent cancer from attacking again after treatment. In some cases, chemotherapy could be the patient’s last resort for survival, and their only hope for destroying this relentless, life-taking condition.

New advances have already been made to target the killer cells, and processes have been refined to help keep cancer patients safe. For experts, the next step in this field will be to develop a precise method that will not only kill cancer cells, but prevent them from returning.