Marijuana Extracts Can Slow Brain Tumor Growth

Cannabis Extracts Treating Brain Tumors

Cannabis Extracts Treating Brain Tumors

A study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics suggests that extracts from cannabis can help beat brain cancer.

Researchers used two active chemical components found within cannabis in addition to traditional radiological treatments used on brain cancer patients. The active chemical components were cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In tests on mice, it was found that the chemicals helped slow the rate of growth in brain cancers.

Brain cancer is one of the most difficult forms of cancer to treat. It has an extremely low survival rate, with only 10% of cases alive, 5 years after diagnosis.

The research team was based at St George’s, the University of London. Tests involved mice with brain tumors, treated in a number of ways. treated brain tumours in mice in a variety of ways, either without any treatment, the cannabinoids alone, irradiation alone or with the cannabinoids and irradiation at the same time.

According to senior research fellow Dr Wai Liu, “Those treated with both irradiation and the cannabinoids saw the most beneficial results and a drastic reduction in size,”

“In some cases, the tumours effectively disappeared in the animals. This augurs well for further research in humans in the future. – this is a mostly fatal disease at the moment”

This may be an important step forward in combating one of the most dangerous forms of cancer.

Cancer Death Stirs up Euthanasia Debate

Brittany Maynard Euthanasia

Brittany Maynard Euthanasia

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, took her own life on Saturday. Maynard had pledged to take her own life 4 weeks ago.

She took her life with euthanasia drugs legally available in Oregon for people with a terminal illness. Maynard vowed to end her life before the cancer symptoms reduced her ability to make decisions for herself.

Brittany and her husband Dan Diaz had to move from California to Portland to take advantage of the euthanasia laws. A statement from Sean Crowley of advocacy group Compassion & Choices said that: “She died as she intended — peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones”.

Maynard was suffering from worsening seizures, headaches, neck pain and other severe brain tumor symptoms. Frequently in pain, she decided to die on her own terms. Her brain tumor was very fast progressing, with diagnosis only occurring 6 months ago. Doctors realized early on that she did not have long to live and would suffer from severe symptoms.

Currently five states in the United States allow euthanasia for terminally ill patients. Maynard’s situation has stirred the debate once more.

Link Between Mobile Phones and Cancer Tested Again

Cell Phone Cancer Link

Cell Phone Cancer Link

For a number of years now health professionals and researchers have been concerned about the possible health rammifications of using mobile phones because they emit radiofrequency (RF) radiation at close proximity to the body for long periods.

Essentially there is concern that if the RF radiation is high enough it has a thermal effect that can raise body temperature and lead to health problems like headaches and brain tumors.

The research has been largely inconclusive though, so governments have tended to warn consumers that there “may be” health impacts from using these devices for long periods of time. The tricky thing is that health professionals still don’t know what the health impacts may be and small studies have only hinted that extended use of mobile phones may be linked to various cancers.

Larger meta analysis of studies and cohort studies have not found any links though, so the risk may have been over stated in the smaller studies or only certain people are at increased risk of cancer from mobile phone use.

Most of the studies that journalists report in the media which show concern over the use of mobile phones are small scale studies and not sufficient to definitively prove there is causal relationship between mobile phones and cancer.

For example a recent French study looked at people with two specific types of tumors – gliomas, which affect neural support cells, and meningiomas, which arise in the tissues surrounding the brain. They looked at the demographics for each participant (age, race, sex, lifestyle) and found a matching candidate who did not have cancer to be in the control group. Then they asked both groups about how they used their cell phones.

You can already tell the veracity of this research is in question because the numbers of participants are small (less than 500) and the people chosen for the control group are a lucky dip – they may get cell phone users, they may not. People are also unreliable when you ask them about their mobile phone usage with most people with a brain cancer tending to overstate their mobile phone usage as they look for a cause of the illness.

In the study in question, only when the researchers looked specifically at people who used their phones heavily did they find any link to cancer. But as noted above, that would most likely include more people who overestimated their use and because the study is already small, by further shrinking it we are looking at a really tiny group. A more viable approach would be to look at the raw data from phone companies which included call times and handset type.

There is generally a lack of consistency within these small studies that indicates something is most definitely wrong with the research procedure. Some indicate tumor prevalent on the side of the head where the phone is used, other say the tumor presents elsewhere. Some studies suggest more powerful phones used in rural areas caused more cancer, other studies found that people in the cities were more likely to get brain cancer from their phone.

So while the media love to report these studies, we can’t trust the veracity of small group studies. Clearly the only way to find out the real link between cell phone usege and brain cancer is to look at cancer rates and link that to individual cell phone usage from phone records and the type of exposure by phone type over many years. A research project that would require a lot of funding and the assistance of phone companies.

Of course if you are concerned about the risk of using cell phones, there are solutions including using hands free devices, using speakerphone or simply sticking with land lines!

Experimental Brain Tumor Drug Available

New Brain Cancer Drugs

New Brain Cancer Drugs

In a new development, Germany has allowed the sale of an experimental brain cancer drug from Biotherapeutics Inc. The United States biotech company has received a special exemption which allows it to sell the drug for 5 years despite the fact it has not finished clinical trials.

Biotherapeutics also has the ability to apply for a 5 year extension at the end of the trial period. The shares for the biotech company have risen sharply on the stock exchange in response to the news.

The company had been touting the results of it’s cancer drug “DCVax-L” in a number of patients in clinical trials. The drug will be made available in Germany in out patient clinics and hospitals for any patient with cancer that began in the brain. That is despite the fact that the drug has only been tested on people with the sever Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) form of the disease.

This is the first time that Germany has allowed a drug to be released in this fashion, so presumably academics have seen some very good outcomes from it’s use. This step by Germany may also lead to other countries in the European Union making promising cancer drugs available quickly, including DCVax-L.

The European Union looks favorably upon quick release of new drugs which have not yet won marketing approval, as a way to encourage biotech companies to set up there.

In early tests, patients taking DCVax-L lived 2.5 times as long as most patients undertaking standard treatment. Standard treatment for brain tumors includes surgery, Temodar chemotherapy and radiation.

Late stage trial data for DCVax-L had been delayed which was a cause of some concern for investors, but this news from Germany has made them very happy. In Germany there are more than 3000 cases of the aggressive Glioblastoma multiforme tumors each year and around 4000 lower grade tumors that might benefit from the new drug.

The company are ramping up for full production of the drug, which should be on sale within a few months in Germany.

The new drug could be a massive windfall with over a billion worth of sales potential in the EU and the United States if it is given full approval. The only thing which might get in the way of cancer patients accessing the drug now is the cost – it will most likely cost more than $70’000 per year for the drug.

However when traditional approaches saw most patients surviving around 14 months, patients on DCVax-L plus the standard treatment survived up to 3 years in the early trials without serious side effects. Analysts warn that the early trials consisted of only a small group of 20 patients.

The drug works by making the body’s immune system track down and kill cancer cells. The immune system’s dendritic cells are controlled and they make antibodies using other cells to agressively kill cancer cells.

A patient’s immature dendritic cells are taken from the blood and mixed with dozens of antigens from brain tumor tissue of the patient obtained in surgery. Then it is purified and injected back into the body as a drug. An exciting new approach to cancer treatment and one of the new forms of drugs that will hopefully improve survival rates in years to come.

Avoiding Cancer With Diet

Cancer Prevention With Vegetables

Cancer Prevention With Vegetables


We are all aware that our diet has evolved within the last 50 years because most most families in the western world now go shopping in supermarkets. How has that influenced our well being? Well, even though cancer in some cases has other contributing variables such as smoking cigarettes, the foodstuff we eat is almost always the main cause, and superstores have modified the way we eat.

A good number of refined foods carry additives and preservatives; while a couple might be from all-natural sources there are 2 that must be eliminated, and they are sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite. These additives will be in bacon, hot dogs, pork, salami and other highly processed meats, they are utilized to help preserve its colour and to make it look less processed. These kinds of artificial additives will also be used to prevent botulism which should give these food products a longer shelf-life, therefore increasing profit. Nitrates and nitrites raises your probability of cancer.

Cooking food by smoking is likewise cancer causing mainly because it irritates our digestive system and may contribute to cancer of the stomach and colon. Likewise pickle foods are already suspected to cause cancer probably due to the large amount of salt employed in the method. Research has linked pickle food to a higher risk of stomach cancer.

Grilling meat on a bbq grill is very high in cancer inducing agents which are known to enhance the chance of cancer. Furthermore sugar, the refined type, has been discovered to be natural energy resource for fast growing cancer cells and since our present day diets are stuffed with it then it is hardly surprising that there’s so much cancer today.

So, if poor food weakens the body’s defense mechanisms, and creates a beneficial condition for cancer to develop then it adds up that the opposite is true for healthy food. We know that non-meat eaters and vegans have less incidents of the health problem, which is because a vegetable founded diet program is very effective in both protecting against and combating these foreign invasive cancer cells.

There are several healthy foods in a plant based diet plan that have been demonstrated to assist the healing of a cancer patient. Red onion, garlic and ginger along with veggies from the cruciferous family which include broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Fruit and vegetables that happen to be abundant in color such as tomatoes, capsicum and pumpkin are also great. Fresh fruit is the same so pick a range of various coloured fruit such as pip fruit, stone fruit and strawberries.

Basically we’ve shifted away from eating foods such as these to convenient foods or foodstuff that have come out of a factory and when a food product is refined or heated it will lose its cancer fighting attributes. Cancer cells are really only a characteristic of a poor diet and by varying your diet you are removing the reasons why it initially came out. For the cancer sufferer changing your diet plan has to be your highest priority.

You’re the only person that can make you healthier and you accomplish that by picking out the foods you consume.

Brain Tumor Symptoms Explained

Brain Cancer Symptoms

Brain Cancer Symptoms


There are a lot of probable brain tumor indicators, and most of these can also be found in those who do not have this medical problem. Therefore, many people often overlook the signals they encounter not understanding they can result in a cancer diagnosis. Understanding the common signs of brain cancer will help by warning folks who have these so that they would carry out a brain scan to find out if a brain tumor is there.

Below are the typical brain tumor symptoms:

Migraines. The most common warning sign is a persistent headache. Over 48% of folks with brain cancer encounter long-term headaches, despite the fact that usually experience them diversely and with no constant pattern. Headache which may be a result of a tumor is usually coupled with nausea and vomiting, and will intensify when you bend over.

Seizures. Seizures are the next most commonly seen warning sign. Among all brain tumors signs it is very common with 33% of sufferers confirming a seizure prior to a medical diagnosis. Seizures can also be connected to other diseases which include heart stroke or epilepsy. If someone is told they have epilepsy or high blood pressure, seizures should still be mentioned to a health care professional. However, if it is a person’s first-time experiencing a seizure, it is usually indicative of a new illness that he or she is probably not alert to. One of several potential illnesses this might indicate is a brain tumor. Thus, an individual ought to receive a brain scan soon after the incident.

Eye sight or Hearing Difficulties. A individual with a brain cancer malignancy will also probably encounter some difficulties or abnormalities in eyesight or hearing. About 25% of patients with brain tumors encounter eyesight difficulties. These problems occur when a tumor causes an increased intracranial force on the portions of the brain that handle hearing and vision.

Behavior and Mental Irregularities. Certain changes in behavior and cognitive ability have been reported amongst individuals with brain tumors. These include issues with short term memory, being unable to concentrate, lacking the ability to find the right words to use when talking, and abnormal conduct such as an unusual deficit of patience or loss of inhibitions.

Strange Sensations. Since the brain manages almost all of the body, a tumor might also cause some problems with any part of the body. Typically, these manifest as odd sensations or a weakening sensation in the legs, arms, facial muscles, or head. These warning signs have been recorded in 25% of patients. Even so, a lot of these are also warning signs of a stroke. If these suddenly arise, the patient must be taken to the physician. If a cerebrovascular event is ruled out, then the affected individual will be advised to get a brain scan to examine for tumors.

Brain tumors symptoms and diagnosis may be complicated. When medical doctors are confronted with these symptoms, they typically think about the more common conditions first before they look at brain cancer. However, quite a few doctors have a tendency to take too much time checking different diagnoses, which may bring about a delay in treatment. As a result, trust only a cancer specialist informed about going through the signs and symptoms.