5 Frightening, Lifesaving Things to Know About CT Scans, Side Effects, Blood and Cancer

October 14, 2014 2:00 PM

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5 Frightening, Lifesaving Things to Know About CT Scans, Side Effects, Blood and Cancer

My wife Briggs was driven so far down by chemotherapy for her advanced rectal cancer. Yet in the book I wrote in her memory, Briggs: Love, Cancer, and the Medical Profession, I cite an extensive study of 22 major malignancies. With the exception of such cancers as Hodgkin's disease, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and testicular cancer, and with early-stage surgery yielding high cure rates, it estimated the actual overall contribution of chemotherapy to five-year survival in adults to be no more than 2.1 percent in America and 2.3 percent in Australia.

Irradiated blood is almost universally used in cancer centers. In Japan, the rate of death from elevated potassium or lethal ECG change has noticeably increased since irradiated blood was introduced nationwide.

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