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The Cancer Foundation was established to raise money for cancer research, alternative medicines and treatments of cancer.
The UK's strict safety legislation will only allow treatments after lengthy and costly safety tests are carried out. This can take many years, restricting access to cutting edge treatments
Other countries have alternative methods which are far superior to those in the UK, but you must be able to travel to these countries and pay for the treatment yourself, you are not entitled to them and possibly will not even learn of them unless you do the research yourself.
With your support, we will raise money to help bring these treatments to the UK.
Proton Beam Therapy
What is Proton Beam Therapy?
Proton Beam Therapy is the most precise, painless and non-invasive form of radiation therapy used today to treat cancer and other benign conditions. Proton beam therapy has treated nearly 50,000 patients worldwide, since 1954. Most of those patients were treated in research facilities; however, since 1990, the Optivus system has safely treated over 15,000 patients in a clinical setting.
How Does Proton Therapy Work?
Protons are stable, positively charged subatomic particles with a mass 1,800 times that of photons. These characteristics allow the proton's dose of radiation to be controlled in 3 dimensions to the exact shape and depth of the tumour within the body. As protons travel through the body interacting with tissues, their velocity slows until reaching the intended target – the tumour – where the bulk of the energy is released in a sharp burst (ionization), followed by a rapid decline in dose energy. This phenomenon is known as the Bragg Peak. Virtually no radiation is expended beyond this point. Consequently, tissues in front of the target (entrance dose) receive a very small dose. Tissues adjacent to and beyond the tumour receive virtually no dosage.
The Bragg Peak represents the delivery of a full, localized uniform dose of proton energy within the tumour. Targeting the tumours with such precision in 3 dimensions makes Proton Therapy far superior to other radiation treatment options. As a result, Proton Therapy is ideal for tumours in or near critical structures (such as the brain, heart, optic nerve or spinal cord) that are inoperable and cannot tolerate much radiation. Conventional radiation therapy can control many forms of cancer; however, most of the radiation is deposited on healthy tissue. Because X-rays are only controlled in 2 dimensions, healthy tissue beyond the cancer (exit dose) receives high-doses of radiation.
Conditions Treated With Proton Therapy
Listed below is an abbreviated list of conditions that benefit from proton therapy.
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- Brain tumors in children
- Chordomas and chondrosarcomas
- Isolated brain metastases
- Macular degeneration
- Carcinoma of the nasopharynx
- Orbital and ocular tumors in children
- Locally advanced oropharynx cancer
- Pituitary adenomas
- Prostate cancer
- Sarcomas of the base of skull and spine in children
- Non-small-cell lung cancer (medically inoperable)
- Uveal melanomas
Unfortunately, the only proton beam therapy in the UK is in the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Trust and is only suitable for treating the eye, so you will have to travel abroad and pay for the treatment yourself. The treatments costs thousands of pounds and are not subsidised by the NHS. The NHS are planning to bring the therapy to the UK in the next few years, but won’t confirm when at the moment.
Below is a link to the centres around the world:http://ptcog.web.psi.ch/linksC.html
The UK Health System will only prescribe certain cancer drugs due to costs, but they will advise you of which drugs you need and leave it to you to pay for the treatment yourself.
The cost of the treatments is phenomenal and in many cases not an option due to the costs.
The Cancer Foundation aims to help fund these drugs and make them available so the unfortunate people who cannot afford them will have access to them through interest free finance packages.
Please contact us for more information.
Nature's anti-cancer remedies
Below is a list of top anti-cancer foods, drinks and spices:
The most powerful anti-cancer food of all is, of course, a daily helping of seafood - for the complete range of the 72+ natural trace elements, without which we cannot help but sicken - and worse.
The complete natural range of the 72 trace elements is the best anti-cancer food there is. This is the reason why the breast cancer rate is 21 times lower, the lung cancer rate is 36 times lower, the prostate cancer rate is 137 time lower, and the colon cancer rate 187 times lower among the Sinhalese, and most likely, the people of India as well. Unlike Sri Lanka, India does not have a public health care system, hence the lack of figures for India.
Nevertheless, the nutritional customs are all but identical in these two countries, and while some Indian agriculture has switched to the trace element deficient Western chemical methods, much of their agriculture still returns all life wastes to the soil - and with them, the 72 trace elements. And China is not far behind the Sinhalese, with basically the same agricultural situation.
So, since seafood is the only readily available food hereabouts which still contains the complete natural range of the 72 nutritional elements, a daily helping of seafood is your most powerful and most effective weapon against cancer.
Other anti-cancer foods, drinks and spices are as follows:
Tomatoes. Besides loads of vitamin C, tomatoes are one of the richest sources of the flavenoid lycopene - which gives them their red colour - which has shown to defend, in study after study, against cancers of the lungs, cervix, prostate and mouth. Tomatoes are also one of the chief ingredients of "the Mediterranean diet", now well known for the many important health benefits it conveys.
Blueberries. In addition to plenty of flavenoids - the rich pigment of the berries - which has repeatedly shown to protect against several cancers, blueberries may also hold "the secret of youth". In a study published in Journal of Neuroscience, investigators found that elderly rats fed the human equivalent of at least 1/2 cup of blueberries per day, improved in balance, coordination and short term memory. A normal serving consists of one cup. Like other fruits and vegetables - and particularly so the 'dark' ones - blueberries contain chemicals that act as antioxidants, now believed by scientists to protect the body against "oxidative stress," one of several biological processes that cause aging.
Red Cabbage, Red Beets. All cabbages - including their kin broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts bok choy, and so forth - are not only rich in calcium, but recent research has shown that they are also extremely rich in anti-cancer flavenoids, the source of the purple colour of the red cabbages. But the red cabbage tops them all; it is the richest source of flavenoids among all vegetables, besides red beets, of course. Red beets have so much of these flavenoids that it can alarm people who are not used to them, because it turns urine red. But there is no reason to panic, it's just the abundance of the potent flavenoids in red beets.
Whole Wheat. In a recent study at the University of Iowa, scientist found that the more whole grain there is in a woman's diet, the lower her risk of breast cancer, as well as heart disease. In this study, as well as an analysis of 40 other studies on 20 kinds of cancer, investigators established that consumers of whole wheat products (bread, pasta, cereals) have a 33% lower risk of these diseases than those who do not eat whole wheat products.
Oranges. Already well known for their high vitamin C content, much recent research in the food sciences has shown that oranges are also rich in many other potent anti-cancer compounds. Investigators have now found that oranges contain more than 170 photo chemicals, including more than 20 from the potent carotenoid family alone. In addition, compounds called limonoids - which give citrus fruit their slightly bitter taste - appear to be highly active anti-cancer agents as well. Regular consumption of oranges is associated with significantly lower lung and stomach cancers.
Strawberries. In a study tracking the diet and health of 1.271 people, researchers at the Harvard School of Health found that people who love strawberries have a 70% lower incidence of cancer. But, and as many other studies have shown, the same holds true for all other colourful and deeply coloured berries, such as cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, red and purple grapes, and so forth.
Beans. Much recent research in the food sciences has established that all kinds of beans are loaded with protease inhibitors, compounds that make it hard for cancer cells to invade adjacent tissue. Fava beans contain much herein, which has shown to block carcinogens in the digestive tract. And soy beans are especially rich in isoflavones, which appears to reduce the risk of breast cancer by blocking the tumour-growing influence of oestrogen. Lentils also belong to the bean family, and are one of the tastiest, most versatile, and easiest to prepare beans.
Chili peppers and jalapenos. Contain a chemical, capsaicin, which may neutralize certain cancer-causing substances (nitrosamines) and may help prevent cancers such as stomach cancer.
Flax. Contains lignans, which may have an antioxidant effect and block or suppress cancerous changes. Flax is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to protect against colon cancer and heart disease.
Garlic. Has immune-enhancing allium compounds (dialyl sultides) that appear to increase the activity of immune cells that fight cancer and indirectly help break down cancer causing substances. These substances also help block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development. Diallyl sulfide, a component of garlic oil, has also been shown to render carcinogens in the liver inactive. Studies have linked garlic — as well as onions, leeks, and chives — to lower risk of stomach and colon cancer. Dr. Lenore Arab, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the UNC-CH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) schools of public health and medicine and colleagues analyzed a number of studies and reported their findings in the October 2000 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. According to the report, people who consume raw or cooked garlic regularly face about half the risk of stomach cancer and two-thirds the risk of colorectal cancer as people who eat little or none. Their studies didn't show garlic supplements had the same effect. It is believed garlic may help prevent stomach cancer because it has anti-bacterial effects against a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, found in the stomach and known to promote cancer there.
Licorice root. Has a chemical, glycyrrhizin, that blocks a component of testosterone and therefore may help prevent the growth of prostate cancer. However, excessive amounts can lead to elevated blood pressure.
Red wine. Even without alcohol, has polyphenols that may protect against various types of cancer. Polyphenols are potent antioxidants, compounds that help neutralize disease-causing free radicals. Also, researchers at the University of North Carolina's medical school in Chapel Hill found the compound resveratrol, which is found in grape skins. It appears that resveratrol inhibits cell proliferation and can help prevent cancer. However, the findings didn't extend to heavy imbibers, so it should be used in moderation. In addition, alcohol can be toxic to the liver and to the nervous system, and many wines have sulfites, which may be harmful to your health. Note: some research indicates that alcohol is considered a class "A" carcinogen which can actually cause cancer - You should probably switch to non-alcoholic wines.
Rosemary. May help increase the activity of detoxification enzymes. An extract of rosemary, termed carnosol, has inhibited the development of both breast and skin tumors in animals. We haven't found any studies done on humans. Rosemary can be used as a seasoning. It can also be consumed as a tea: Use 1 tsp. dried leaves per cup of hot water; steep for 15 minutes.
Sweet potatoes. Contain many anticancer properties, including beta-carotene, which may protect DNA in the cell nucleus from cancer-causing chemicals outside the nuclear membrane.
Teas: Green Tea and Black tea. Contain certain antioxidants known as polyphenols (catechins) which appear to prevent cancer cells from dividing. Green tea is best, followed by our more common black tea (herbal teas do not show this benefit). According to a report in the July 2001 issue of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, these polyphenols that are abundant in green tea, red wine and olive oil, may protect against various types of cancer. Dry green tea leaves, which are about 40% polyphenols by weight, may also reduce the risk of cancer of the stomach, lung, colon, rectum, liver and pancreas, study findings have suggested.
Tumeric. (curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, is believed to have medicinal properties because it inhibits production of the inflammation-related enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), levels of which are abnormally high in certain inflammatory diseases and cancers, especially bowel and colon cancer. In fact, a pharmaceutical company Phytopharm in the UK hopes to introduce a natural product, P54, that contains certain volatile oils, which greatly increase the potency of the turmeric spice.
Grapes, red. Contain bioflavonoids, powerful antioxidants that work as cancer preventives. Grapes are also a rich source of resveratrol, which inhibits the enzymes that can stimulate cancer-cell growth and suppress immune response. They also contain ellagic acid, a compound that blocks enzymes that are necessary for cancer cells - this appears to help slow the growth of tumors.
Mushrooms. There are a number of mushrooms that appear to help the body fight cancer and build the immune system - Shiitake, maitake, reishi, Agaricus blazei Murill, and Coriolus Versicolor. These mushrooms contain polysaccharides, especially Lentinan, powerful compounds that help in building immunity. They are a source of Beta Glucan. They also have a protein called lectin, which attacks cancerous cells and prevents them from multiplying. They also contain Thioproline. These mushrooms can stimulate the production of interferon in the body.