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History of Cancer Cures





History of Cancer Cures

Hippocrates (460 BC - 370 BC) is referred to as "the father of medicine." He proposed a cancer cure based on the humor theory of four bodily fluids: black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood. According to the humor theory, if a patient's humor became unbalanced, the patient developed cancer or other illnesses.

To rebalance the patients' humor, treatment consisted of diet, bloodletting, or purging. Surprisingly, humor-theory treatment remained popular until the 19th century. The humor theory was later proven to be incorrect.

Surgery as a possible cancer cure was described in the 1020s by Avicenna in "The Canon of Medicine." He promoted the surgical removal of diseased body parts or tissues. In the 16th and 17th centuries, more doctors dissected bodies to discover the cause of death.

Between 1871 and 1874, English surgeon Campbell De Morgan formulated that cancer spreads from a tumor to other body areas. Nevertheless, using surgery to cure cancer had poor results due to hygienic problems of that time period.

With hygienic improvement, surgery eventually became an effective cancer cure for early-stage cancer. But the later the cancer stage, the less effective surgery became. And cancer sometimes returned despite surgery.

At the end of the 19th century, Marie and Pierre Curie, of France, found radiation to be a possible non-surgical cancer cure. Surgeons began working with radiologists, improving cancer-cure results. But radiation's effectiveness depended on the cancer's location.

In the 1940s, several patients with advanced cancer of the white blood cells were given mustard gas intravenously rather than nasally. The patients improved remarkably - but temporarily. Researchers began searching for other anticancer substances, giving birth to chemotherapy.

Since then, many anti-cancer drugs have been developed, exploding drug development into a multibillion dollar industry. So is chemotherapy the cancer cure? No. Unfortunately, some cancers are resistant to chemotherapy.  

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For years, many research and studies have been trying to establish the link between proper nutrition and the prevention of cancer. Most experts believe that the human body is composed of numerous cancer cells however cancer won't develop unless triggered. As a matter of fact, experts have stated that cancer cells are expected to appear in the body at least 6 to 10 times within a person's lifetime.

So the search for a cancer cure has been going on for hundreds of years. And you can see that a "real" cancer cure doesn't exist. Hundreds of years of seeking a cancer cure has only led us to radiation, chemotherapy and surgical therapy. And even these don't work well on all cancers.


Cancer involves groups of bodily cells growing and dividing uncontrollably, refusing specialization for specific bodily functions, invading and destroying other bodily tissues, and sometimes spreading throughout the body. Most cancers form a tumor, but not all. For example, leukemia (cancer of the blood or bone marrow) doesn't.

Cancer affects people of all ages, but affects older people more. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer killed 7.6 million people worldwide in 2007.

Cancer is caused by damaged genes within bodily cells. These damages can be caused by tobacco smoke, asbestos fibers, radiation, chemicals, or viral infections. Cancer-promoting genetic damages can also be inherited.

Basically, cancer cells are immortal "brain-damaged" cells that act crazily, killing normal cells and interfering with normal bodily functions.

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