(NaturalNews) The future of chemotherapy treatment for cancer appears to be moving towards a more targeted poisoning approach rather than a systemic one, which may actually be shown in time to cause the same amount of harm as existing chemotherapy treatments. For the very first time, doctors in the U.K. have administered what are known as "chemo baths" to patients with cancer, meaning they have isolated certain cancerous bodily organs in cancer patients from the rest of their bodies' blood supplies for the purpose of directly injecting chemotherapy poisons into these specific organs.
The way it works is that doctors first inject balloon mechanisms into patients' blood vessels in order to temporarily block blood flow and isolate their infected organs from the rest of their bodies. After being quarantined, these isolated organs are then pumped full of toxic chemotherapy drugs, sometimes at levels significantly higher than would typically be injected systemically using existing chemotherapy protocols. The idea behind the approach, of course, is to prevent patients' entire bodies from becoming damaged by chemotherapy, which more often than not ends up becoming their eventual cause of death rather than their cure.
Are chemo baths really any better than traditional chemotherapy?
According to Dr. Brian Stedman, a consultant interventional radiologist quoted by BBC News
, the chemo bath process typically takes about an hour, which supposedly gives the body plenty of time to filter out the chemotherapy
toxins before a normal blood supply is restored to the isolated organ. But the process also puts an incredible toxicity load on the targeted organ that would otherwise not occur during a systemic poisoning routine, which could actually end up causing cancer patients
more bodily harm in the long run than if they received normal chemotherapy, or, of course, no chemotherapy at all.
Time will tell whether or not the novel treatment protocol is accepted by the mainstream medical community, as well as whether or not it is any less deadly than existing chemotherapy treatments. Particularly for liver cancer, the chemo
bath treatment might prove somewhat more effective than traditional chemotherapy at mitigating cancer cells, at least for a time. But it is still too early to fully ascertain how an already overburdened liver will fare in the long term after receiving an acute dose of chemotherapy using the chemo bath process.
Experts are also openly admitting that chemo baths do not actually cure cancer
, but rather they may help to slightly prolong lifespan in some patients. This means that, regardless of whether a cancer patient receives chemotherapy or a chemo bath, he or she will still most likely die from a combination of both cancer and chemotherapy. So while some are hailing chemo baths as a cancer treatment of the future, the procedure is still just as incapable of curing cancer as traditional chemotherapy.Sources for this article include:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-20270400http://www.dailymail.co.ukhttp://www.nytimes.com