Can cancer be cure or fully healed? We delved deep into cancer to find you the absolute truth. Almost all families in the western world have been affected by this dreadful disease that we call cancer, yet the general population don’t know of alternatives to chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
Can cancer be cured? Yet is such a goal truly achievable in the near future? Patients and doctors know all too well that cancer is not one disease and there is no singular cure for the complex group of disorders.
Yes, Cancer can be cured but not always. Cured means that the cancer has gone away, and there is no chance of it coming back.
Despite the progress against cancer, however, it is still the number-two killer in the U.S. after heart disease. Doctors know how quickly certain cancers tend to come back, if they are going to. For example if testicular cancer is going to come back, it tends to be within three years, but breast cancer can come back 15 or even 20 years later.
Most Cancers Can Be Cured If Found Early
Many cancers can be cured these days. More than 7 out of 10 children are cured of cancer. Testicular cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and many cases of leukaemia can all be cured in adults with current treatments. Most skin cancers are cured with surgery. And many cases of thyroid cancer and cancer of the larynx (voice box) are cured with radiotherapy.
Many other types of cancer are also cured if they are found early enough – for example, three quarters (75%) of breast cancers found at an early stage. Of course, there is still a long way to go before we can cure most cancers. The difficulty is that different cancers are caused by different things, so there isn’t one strategy that can prevent them. They also respond to different treatments so no one treatment can cure them all.
Patients Eventually Develop Resistance to Medical Therapies
Although more people are living or living longer with cancer than in years past, that is still not truly curing cancer. Cancer will certainly remain part of the human condition but the question is how best to tamp it down when it does appear. One of the biggest challenges that remains is making sure therapies continue to work with patients in the long term and pinpointing if that means cancer therapies should be administered in combination or deployed in a specific order for certain patients.
Unfortunately, some patients don’t respond to these wonderfully new therapies and some patients that do respond initially eventually develop resistance to those therapies and so the tumor returns. Obviously that’s in the way of curing cancer because we want a treatment that a patient will never develop resistance to.
Cannabis and Cancer
The cannabis plant (also known as the hemp plant) has been used in just about every culture for centuries. In fact, cannabis is included in the 50 fundamental herbs within the cornucopia of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been cited in ancient texts as having a healing effect on over 100 ailments. In recent years in the United States, the collective mood is changing in regards to cannabis/hemp (aka “marijuana”).
Cannabis and The Endocannabinoid System
In the mid-1990s, renowned Israeli researcher Dr. Ralph Mechaoulam, professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, made an exciting discovery that would forever change how we look at our biological relationship to plant medicine. Dr. Mechaoulam discovered a subtle system within the body that seemed to have a balancing effect on every other system. He called it the Endocannabinoid (EC) System and it can be found in all mammals, including humans.
The EC system consists of a series of molecular receptors that are designed to receive cannabinoids. In particular this includes cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as well as other related substances such as cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN).
Prior research in the 1980s led Mechaoulam and others to pinpoint two main receptors for cannabinoids − cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2). Researchers at the time also defined the natural substances called endocannabinoids, which our body produces on its own in a similar way it produces endorphins. Phytocannabinoids (namely THC, CBD, and their variants), on the other hand, come directly from the cannabis plant.
Cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 are designed by the body to be specific targets for THC, while our natural endocannabinoids help to synthesize it. The process of THC-cannabinoid receptor binding and what this does for the body is what researchers have been studying for over two decades. They are doing this in order to find out exactly how cannabis works in healing cancer.
Microbiologist Dr. Christine Sanchez of Compultense University in Madrid, Spain has been studying cannabinoids and cancer since the early 2000s. She was the first to discover the anti-tumor effects of cannabinoids.
“We now know that the endocannabinoid system regulates a lot of biological functions such as appetite, food intake, motor function, reproduction and many others and that is why the plant has such a wide therapeutic potential,” says Dr. Sanchez in a video interview for the web-based cable channel Cannabis Planet.
Cannabis and Cancer Tumor Growth
“We observed that when we treated [astrocytoma, a type of brain tumor] cells with cannabinoids, the THC…was killing the cells in our Petri dishes,” Dr. Sanchez says. “We…decided to analyze these components in animal models of breast and brain tumors. The results we are obtaining are telling us that cannabinoids may be useful for the treatment of Breast Cancer.”
Sanchez and other researchers have confirmed that the most potent effects against tumor growth occur when THC and CBD are combined.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, which does not have a psychoactive effect, has long been known as a potent anti-cancer agent. This is because of its ability to interfere with cellular communication in tumors as well as in its ability to instigate apoptosis, or programmed cancer cell death. Some research studies, including in vitro and animal-based trials conducted by San Francisco-based researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center, have also shown that CBD may affect genes involved in aggressive metastasis. It does this by helping to shut down cellular growth receptors.
Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (i.e. THC), the psychoactive counterpart to CBD, has been shown to reduce tumor growth as well. It has also shown to have an effect on the rate of metastasis, including for non-small cell lung cancer − the leading cause of cancer deaths globally. A 2007 study on THC and highly-aggressive epidermal growth factor receptor-overexpressing (EGF-expressing) lung cancer conducted by Harvard Medical School found that certain EGF lung cancer cells express CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. They found that the presence of THC effected metastasis of these cells by reducing the “focal adhesion complex,” which plays a vital role in cancer migration.
Studies have also been conducted on the combined effect of CBD and THC on lung, prostate, colon, pancreatic, liver, bladder, cervical, blood-based, brain, and other forms of cancer. These studies lend increasing evidence to the fact that cannabinoids are not only antioxidant phytonutrients but powerful “herbal chemo” agents.
Says Dr. Sanchez: “One of the advantages of cannabinoid-based medicines would be that they target specifically tumor cells. They don’t have any toxic effect on normal non-tumoral cells. This is an advantage with respect to standard chemotherapy that targets basically everything.”
Cancer Survivor Darren Miller Credits Cannabis Oil
In July 2015, Illinois resident Darren Miller went to the hospital with a variety of unusual symptoms. After an open-heart surgery that occurred a few days later, on his 50th birthday, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and told he only had six months to live. Yet, six months later, Miller proved doctors wrong by ridding himself of cancer, with the help of cannabis oil.
Miller was no stranger to the healing power of cannabis. He was already using the plant to aid him with his Multiple Sclerosis when he received his cancer diagnosis. Miller’s brother, who’s also a cannabis patient, alerted him to the ECS Therapy Group, where he learned about cannabis oil as a possible treatment for cancer. ECS co-founder Mark Pedersen works as a liaison between doctors and patients and was able to help Miller navigate his options when it came to cannabis treatment options.
Through ECS, Miller found out that his best bet was to become a resident of California in order to obtain the high-THC cannabis oil produced there, the kind that has been shown to cause cancer cells to die off and disappear. And so, after his first round of palliative chemotherapy, Miller and his wife packed up their lives and made their way from Illinois to California, so he could access this potential miracle cure.
All in one day, Miller rented an apartment, met with a cannabis-friendly doctor, and registered as a medical marijuana patient with the state of California. According to Miller, cancer-curing cannabis oil is “easy to make but not easy to find.” He ended up going to four or five different dispensaries before finding the oil, which is akin to Rick Simpson Oil and causes tumors to die, at the Emerald Room dispensary.
The cannabis oil — which requires a whole pound of high-THC Indica to make about 2 ounces—is not only hard to come by, it is also expensive. According to Miller, a 90-day supply can run up to $3,000, which is not covered by insurance. But, he had located the medicine he was seeking.
Frank Brown, manager of the Emerald Room, shares more about the cancer-fighting regimen. “We found that the most effective treatment for cancer is high-grade THC cannabis oil that contains over 55 percent or more THC,” Brown explains. “It is critical that the patient follow a strict protocol at the same time, understanding that cannabis, oils, and extracts are a very personal thing. Over the course of 90 days, the patient needs to ingest 60 grams of THC oil, and reassess thereafter.”
Miller ended up doing two rounds of the 90-day treatment in California, returning to Illinois occasionally to supplement with his palliative chemotherapy. After six months of this regimen his doctors found that he was in remission from lung cancer — a disease that supposedly had marked him for death after only a few months.
Conclusion on Cancer Cures
All forms of cancer have been proven to be healed or completely cured since the dawn of time. Medical therapies can only do a small fraction that Nature can do for us. There exists thousands of holistic herbal remedies that can cure cancer, as well as a lot of other aliments…problem is – Big Pharmaceuticals do not support research into potential cures for many diseases that they are profiting immensely from.
It is up to us to do our own research and make our findings public for all to see, in order for everyone to educate themselves on how to take better care of their bodies, and thus heal themselves, and avoid thousands upon thousands of unnecessary medical bills.