Thinking about cancer, prevention and cures.

After spending billions of dollars, the giant pharmaceutical companies and scientists were able to come up with a vaccine for COVID 19 in little more than a year’s time.

As with most things involving billions of dollars there are serious issues regarding equity and access to the vaccine.

Yet the success at creating the vaccine in a short time is stunning to me, even as we need to address the inequities.

I’ve been thinking about cancer a lot lately.

I have written about the thousands of global cancer deaths that resulted from the nuclear arms race between the Soviet Union and the United States in the 1950s. Above ground nuclear testing in Nevada, just 300 miles north of where I grew up in Los Angeles, led to frequent nuclear clouds above my home and poisonous fallout circling the earth.

My mother had Hodgkin lymphoma at the time. Was her death from nuclear fallout? Nobody can say.

The Chicago Tribune has a story about ethylene oxide, an industrial produced carcinogen.

The Trib reports that for the past at least four years two Illinois-based companies have failed to report emissions to the Toxics Release Inventory of the Environmental Protection Agency.

A Medline Industries plant in north suburban Waukegan last appeared in the inventory during the mid-2000s, even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency later determined the facility has been responsible for some of the nation’s highest cancer risks from air pollution.

Oak Brook-based Sterigenics stopped filing annual reports with the EPA in 2018, the same year neighbors and political leaders fought to shut down one of the company’s sterilization plants in west suburban Willowbrook.

Exposure to even small concentrations dramatically increases the chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer, leukemia and lymphomas during a person’s life.

Last month, the EPA’s inspector general reported that industry-connected political appointees in the Trump administration blocked the agency from investigating ethylene oxide polluters and prevented career staff from warning Americans about the hazards.

Another report from the inspector general, released a year ago, condemned Trump appointees for failing to schedule public meetings about ethylene oxide in 16 of the 25 communities across the nation where the lifetime risk of developing cancer exceeds agency guidelines, including two in Lake County.

On another personal note, yesterday I had my six month follow up MRI.

On November 7, at the very moment that the vote defeating Donald Trump was announced, I was having surgery to remove a kidney with a cancerous tumor

The good news is that the MRI shows no recurrent cancer. I will be checked again in six months.

The tumor they removed was a papillary renal carcinoma. Papillary renal cell carcinoma (prcc) accounts for 10-15% of the total renal cancers, or 6 to 9,000 cases a year. The other type, way more common, is known as clear cell renal cancer.

The National Cancer Institute reports that there are around 8 different therapies for treating clear cell renal cancer.

There are no therapies for treating papillary renal cancer.

That’s the one I had that was surgically removed.

In a recent study by the National Cancer Institute, African-Americans who contracted kidney cancer were more likely to have papillary renal carcinoma than were white people. This may be related to the sickle-cell genetic disorder, however, there have been no studies that verify this association.

There has never been any research for therapies to treat papillary renal carcinoma.

No trials for any treatment therapies at all.

Profits drive research and there’s not enough of us to make it profitable.

3 thoughts on “Thinking about cancer, prevention and cures.

  1. Cancer was cured in the 1930’s by Dr. Royal Rife.

    Dr Royal Rife’s discoveries and inventions
    Posted on July 8, 2020
    The American Medical Association (AMA) Strikes Again

    …On November 20, 1931, forty-four of the nation’s most respected medical authorities honoured Dr. Rife with a banquet they named “The End To All Diseases.” Rife’s dear friend and supporter, the politically influential Dr. Milbank Johnson was the host of the banquet. That same year, Popular Science magazine told Americans nationwide about Royal Rife and his treatments. Physicians came from all across the U.S. to observe his work and verify his findings. In 1934, the University of California funded a research project that brought 16 terminally ill patients from the Pasadena County Hospital to Rife’s lab in San Diego for treatments. After 90 days of treatment with Rife’s machine, 14 patients were completely cured, and within the next 4 weeks the two other patients followed, completely cancer-free.

    Sworn affidavits and medical experts testified to the complete remission of the “hopeless” cases within four to six weeks. Every person treated by Rife’s Frequency Machine was cured with no adverse effects.

    In 1939, Rife was formally invited to address the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England, which had recently verified his findings. He was also invited to speak in Germany and France…
    The big blow came when someone had vandalized Rife’s virus microscopes.

    In 1939, a laboratory in New Jersey that was repeating Rife’s work had burned down while the scientist running the program was visiting Rife in San Diego. The fire came just as the scientists were preparing to announce confirmation of Rife’s work…

    Dr. Hamer who had sent up his own practice and was treating upwards of 40 patients a day with Rife’s technology had to give up his machine or else he would be removed from the medical society because the machine wasn’t authorized by the AMA…
    Dr. Couche and Dr. Milbank were the only ones that didn’t give up Rife’s work/return to selling pharmaceuticals. Milbank said he would gladly give it all to cure cancer.

    In 1944, just as he was about to make a public announcement about Rife’s device, Milbank died a rapid death of food poisoning. In late 1950’s and early 60’s, two federal inspectors examined Milbank’s hospital records and concluded that he was likely poisoned.


  2. Great news, Fred. And thanks for the education as well. Keep on keeping on…. with love, Bernardine

  3. I’m very glad to hear you are well, Fred.

    Demons are in control of our health care…their evil goal is the accumulation of extreme wealth…not our health.

    Greed has been good to our corporate overlords…Capitalism has worked spectacularly…as designed…for the greedy few to exploit the rest of us…until we wise up and rise up.

    If cancer only afflicted the super rich, it would have been cured long ago?

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