Immune system damage
is almost universal. The whole panoply of blood diseases is seen:
thrombocytopenia with its loss of white blood cells that guard against
infection; severe bone marrow hypoplasia; inability to synthesize
fibrinogen; abnormally long bleeding time; granulocytopenia. Resulting
infections can be treated with antibiotics, but these can bring their own
set of side effects.
Heart damage can occur
weeks, months or years after treatment, signaled by rapid heart beat,
shortness of breath, distended neck veins, swollen ankles, enlarged liver
and heart. Up to 30 percent of high-dose Doxorubicin-recipients develop
congestive heart failure.
Over 40 percent of
patients experience mouth ulcers, pain and bleeding, which can make eating a
torture. Other problems: candidal, herpes and viral infections; dry mouth,
drooling, painful swallowing. Loss of sensation, muscle pain, weakness and
changes in senses and motor skills are common. Methotrexate causes stiff
neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, fever and lethargy for up to 72 hours.
Paralysis, paraplegia and death have also occurred. Vinblastine and
vincristine cause double vision, loss of bladder control, impotence, and
paralysis of the bowel wall.
Ear damage and hearing
loss are associated with cis-platin, which is being used against testicular,
ovarian, cervical, and head and neck cancers.
can be profoundly damaged, resulting in sterility.
BCNU causes pulmonary
fibrosis: lungs harden, with dry cough, fever, difficult breathing and
cyanosis in 20 to 30 percent of patients.
From a monthly newsletter published by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D., author of The
Cancer Industry, The Cancer Chronicles, 161 West 61st St., New York City,
New York 10023.
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