Cancer is not a single disease with a single cause and a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment. Although cells in different parts of the body may look and work differently, most repair and reproduce themselves in the same way. Normally, cells divide in an orderly and controlled way. But if for some reason the process gets out of control, the cells carry on dividing and develop into a lump called a tumour. Tumours are either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Doctors can tell if a tumour is benign or malignant by removing a piece of tissue (biopsy) and examining a small sample of cells under a microscope.
In a benign tumour the cells do not spread to other parts of the body and so are not cancerous. However, they may carry on growing at the original site, and may cause a problem by pressing on surrounding organs.
In a malignant tumour the cancer cells have the ability to spread beyond the original area of the body. If the tumour is left untreated, it may spread into surrounding tissue. Sometimes cells break away from the original (primary) cancer. They may spread to other organs in the body through the bloodstream or lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system – the body’s natural defence against infection and disease. It’s made up of organs such as bone marrow, the thymus, the spleen, and lymph nodes. The lymph nodes throughout the body are connected by a network of tiny lymphatic tubes (ducts). The lymphatic system has two main roles: it helps to protect the body from infection and it drains fluid from the tissues.
When the cancer cells reach a new area they may go on dividing and form a new tumour. This is known as a secondary cancer or a metastasis.
The bladder is a hollow, balloon-like organ that is located in the pelvis.
The kidneys filter waste products out of your blood. The waste products are mixed with water to create urine which passes down two tubes called ureters and into your bladder. When your bladder is full, the urine passes out of your body through a tube called the urethra, which is when you go to urinate.
Cancer of the bladder is estimated to be the ninth most common cause of cancer worldwide. Rates in males are three to four times those in females. Incidence rates are high in many southern and eastern European countries, in parts of Africa and the Middle East, and in North America. The highest estimated mortality is in Egypt, where rates are more than three times greater than the highest rates in Europe and eight times those in the USA. In the USA, the incidence in whites is higher than in blacks. In general, in Western countries, incidence rates have been rising, but the increase has slowed or stopped in many.
Types of bladder cancer
If the cancerous cells are contained inside the lining of the bladder, doctors describe it as superficial or non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. This is the most common type of bladder cancer, accounting for 7 out of 10 cases, and the least serious. When the cancerous cells have spread beyond the lining into the surrounding muscles of the bladder, it’s referred to as muscle invasive bladder cancer. This is less common and has a higher chance of spreading to other parts of the body (metastasising.)
Blood in the urine (haematuria) is the most common symptom of bladder cancer.
Less common symptoms of bladder cancer usually involve a change in the normal pattern of urination such as:
- a need to urinate on a more frequent basis
- a sudden urge to urinate
- a burning sensation when passing urine
Most people with bladder cancer do not experience pain when they are urinating.
Rarer symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- pelvic pain
- bone pain
- unexplained weight loss
- swelling of the legs
You should always consult a licensed health practitioner if you have blood in your urine so that the cause can be investigated. It is very unlikely to be the result of bladder cancer, particularly if you are under 50 years old. The more likely cause is a bladder infection, such as cystitis, kidney stones or, in men, an enlarged prostate gland.
Several risk factors have been identified including:
Smoking – this is the single biggest risk factor for bladder cancer. This because tobacco contains more than 40 different types of carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals. If you smoke for many years, the carcinogenic chemicals will pass into your urine and begin to coat the lining of your bladder. This can then cause genetic mutations that lead to the development of bladder cancer. It is estimated that half of all cases of bladder cancer are related to smoking, and people who smoke may be as much as six times more likely to develop bladder cancer than non-smokers.
Exposure to chemicals – this is the second biggest risk factor for bladder cancer. Previous studies have estimated that this may account for around 25% of cases. Chemicals known to increase the risk of bladder cancer include:
- aniline dyes
Occupations – those that have been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer are manufacturing jobs that involve the following:
The link between bladder cancer and these types of occupations was discovered in the 1970s and 1980s. Since then, regulations relating to exposure to cancer-causing chemicals have been made much more rigorous and many of the above chemicals have been banned.
At the moment, the proportion of occupation-related cases of bladder cancer that are diagnosed is still quite high. This is because it can take up to 25 years after initial exposure to the chemicals before bladder cancer starts to develop.
However, due to the introduction of much tighter regulations regarding the use of chemicals, the number of occupation-related cases of bladder cancer should start to decrease in the future.
Other risk factors for bladder cancer include:
- having radiotherapy to treat previous cancers that occurred near the bladder, such as a kidney cancer
- having a permanent tube in your bladder (an in-dwelling catheter) to drain away urine because you have nerve damage that has resulted in paralysis; this is often the case in people who have had a spinal cord injury
- having previous treatment with a chemotherapy medication called cyclophosphamide which is often used to treat breast cancer and ovarian cancer
- taking a type of steroid medication called glucorticoids on a long-term basis; this type of medication is often used to treat allergic conditions or conditions where the immune system attacks healthy tissue (autoimmune conditions), as well as being used to prevent the body rejecting donated organs
If you do the Jeff McCombs Candida Protocol you will already be avoiding all of the foods that trigger cancer. However here are the foods to avoid at all costs.
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food or chain restaurants and all processed food.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eat mostly fresh, organic vegetables and fruits.
Avoid all foods that are high in unhealthy saturated and trans- fats, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats and oils, margarine, and shortening. Eliminate refined white flour, which is found in the majority of foods found on a typical grocery store shelf, including bread, bagels, crackers, cakes, cookies, and other baked good, pasta. Also avoid alcohol, caffeine, simple carbohydrates, sugars and sugar products, foods that are overly spicy, and all processed and commercial “junk” food. Stay clear of all inorganic pasteurized milk and dairy products, including yogurt and cheese; best to eat only raw, organic dairy products.
Empower yourself, and choose a diet emphasizing organic whole foods, including plenty of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, oats, whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat. Include a variety of preferably soaked, nuts and seeds, especially pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Minimize your intake of red meat; though be sure to consume adequate amounts of organic, free-range poultry, bison and wild-caught fish. Eat generous quantities of both raw and lightly steamed organic vegetables and large fresh salads daily. Preferably, cook with virgin coconut butter/oil and use extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil and hemp seed oil as condiments on veggies and as the base for your daily salad dressing. Throughout the day, drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid drinking—as well as bathing, and showering in—unfiltered tap water, as tap water contains heavy metals and pesticide residues that can settle in high concentrations in the body.
The raw food diet is a food plan that can be of great benefit if you suffer from bladder cancer. Using the guidelines outlined above as a base camp for a clean and healthy diet, one can then transition into a raw food diet as desired. Raw food generates rapid results because of its ability to thoroughly detoxify and liberate your body’s previously untapped energy.
The diet mainly consists of raw fruits, vegetables, and soaked and sprouted nuts and seeds, supplemented with daily consumption of fresh green juices made from a variety of vegetables such as celery, romaine lettuce, spinach, carrot, kale, parsley, and an ever rotating seasonal selection of other organic veggies. Raw foodists enjoy salads, dehydrated flax crackers, seed and nut patés, blended soups, smoothies, and marinated veggies, often mixed with soaked sea vegetables. Since little to no cooked food is consumed, the raw diet has the advantage of instantly eliminating many common allergens. No cooked wheat or wheat by-products are consumed, and generally dairy is omitted, though some might choose to eat moderate quantities of raw goat or sheep milk products, often in the form of a fermented food, such as homemade raw kefir or yogurt.
Dr Gabriel Cousins, at the Tree of Life Center, endorses the raw food plan as the ultimate healing diet, and offers 100% raw food meals at his healing retreat in Patagonia, Arizona. An important note when choosing a raw food diet: there is an issue of trade-offs. You might miss cooked foods, though you will not miss bladder cancer. More times than not the raw food diet presents itself as an incredible tool that can be used to quickly transition from a serious health challenge into a healing process, ultimately resulting in greater health and well-being.
Useful nutrients for treating and preventing bladder cancer include vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin B3 (niacin), B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. The amino acid L-arginine is recommended, as are alpha-lipoic acid and a trace mineral formula, as well as omega-3 oils, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Garlic capsules, acidophilus, and hydrochloric acid (HCl) can be helpful, as can Wobenzyme, a proteolytic enzyme formula than helps protect against inflammation. Other nutrients include the amino acids alanine, glutamic acid, and glycine, as well as beta-sitosterol and quercitin. Modified citrus pectin is also recommended because of its ability to reduce the risk of bladder cancer becoming metastasized. Additionally, the nutrient IP6 (inositol hexaphosphate) is suggested for its potent immune-enhancement properties.
Daily management of environmental toxins, which show up in the body as excess heavy metals, is an important preventative measure. Take a recommended dose of Chlorella, EDTA, and Zeolite drops. Additionally, eat fresh cilantro, or take cilantro capsules each day that fish – fresh, frozen or canned – is consumed.
- Vitamin D (classed as a hormone) has been shown to have cancer-killing properties. Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day http://nc.vitaminstrength.com/ for a period of up to 4 weeks.
- Coral Calcium – Coral calcium website
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin
- Omega 3s
- Selenium – an essential trace vitamin which acts as a deterrent against cancer in general.
- Zinc – essential for healthy immune function.
- Iodine – good for energy metabolism and repair of tissues.
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Research now shows that massage can be very beneficial to those with cancer, specifically for managing pain and depression. The gentle massage used during an aromatherapy massage promotes relaxation and helps to eliminate toxins from the body. Even a simple hand massage can have a positive effect.
The essential oil and hydrosol of frankincense (boswellia carteri) has shown to be particularly beneficial in killing bladder cancer cells because of its antimicrobial and antioxidative activity. A team of scientists from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center evaluated frankincense oil’s impact on both normal human bladder cells and cancerous human bladder cells in culture. The results showed that frankincense oil was harmless to the normal cells — but the natural extract zeroed in it killed the cancer cells.
Sweet fern (comptonia peregrina) and sweet gale (myrica gale) hydrosols can be combined and used topically as a compress or diluted in water and drank throughout the day. Both plants have shown to be cytotoxic (toxic to cells) against human cancer cell lines.
Herbs that have proven to be beneficial in easing cancer symptoms include Artemisia, pokeroot, periwinkle, mistletoe (Viscum album), colchicines, hemlock, Berberis aquifolium, foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), and burdock root. Hoxsey formula (an herbal formula, developed by the late Harry Hoxsey, N.D.) is recommended, as is Essiac, a traditional cancer remedy of Native Americans. The herbal spice tumeric, which contains curcumin, an anti-cancer agent, can also be helpful, as can astragalus and maitake, a medicinal mushroom. Fennel tea can help to reduce the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Other useful herbs for helping to address co-factors related to cancer, such as immune deficiencies, include Cat’s claw (uno de gato), Echinacea, garlic, green tea, oregano oil, Pau d’arco, and nettle root. Milk thistle can be helpful because of its ability to detoxify the liver and improve hormone balance. Also consider Chimaphila umbellata, or pipsissewa, (an evergreen plant) horsetail, and uva ursi, which all have potent antiseptic properties. Betulinic Acid from Birch trees has been shown to block the growth of melanoma and thuja tincture has served as a successful therapy for many cancer cases, as has bromelain, phenolic antioixidants from mint, centella extract from gotu kola (hydrocotyle centella), perillyl alcohol from lavender flowers, pollen from honeybees, pearl barley (hordeum vulgare), reishi mushroom (ganoderma lucidum), shiitake mushroom (lentinula elodes), cauliflower (brassica oleracea), wax gourd (benincasa hispida), calendula (calendula officinalis), chaparral (larrea divaricata and larrea tridentate), white mulberry (morus alba), Japanese pepper (piper futokadsura), thyme (thymus serpyllum), Chinese cucumber (trichosanthes kirilowii) and stinging nettle (urtica dioica.)
Combine red cabbage, celery, and lettuce juice, and drink 8 ounces twice a day. Carrot, cucumber, beet, radish, and garlic juice can also be helpful Combine grape, black cherry and blackcurrant. Wheatgrass juice is also beneficial, as is asparagus juice and fresh apple juice. Fresh green juices are an important nutrient dense boost to the diet; create new combinations of vegetables, and discover your personal favourites.
Exercise regularly, at least three times a week for 45-60 minutes each session. If you smoke, stop, and keep away from exposure to second hand smoke. Also avoid drinking alcohol, coffee, and all products that contain caffeine. Take care to properly manage stress and reduce your overall stress levels, as stress can negatively affect healthy immune function. In addition, drink an 8-ounce glass of pure, filtered water every two hours during the day to help flush out your urinary tract and keep properly hydrated.
Soybeans and other legumes contain diadzein and genistein, naturally occurring phytoestrogens which block the action of oestrogen in the body, slowing the growth of hormonally-dependent tumours. Genistein also blocks the activity of certain oncogenes (chromosomal genes believed to initiate cancer.)
Curry powder, turmeric, garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper re anti-cancer, immune-stimulating, anti-oxidant and cholesterol-lowering and have a multitude of health-enhancing effects.
Broccoli does two jobs as a cancer fighter. It contains the anti-tumour compounds found in cruciferous vegetables as well as a fair amount of folate, a B vitamin that protects cells from DNA damage.
Studies have found this to be beneficial in killing off bladder cancer cells.
- Go for a walk outside in the sun every day for an hour.
- Laugh every day as often as you can, as much as you can.
- Get a magnetico sleep pad.