The immune system as key to cancer treatment

Triggering its activity with microbial agents

Marina Walther-Antonio, Dirk Schulze-Makuch

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Abstract

Traditional methods such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy offer only limited success in treating cancer. Part of the reason is related to our misunderstanding of what cancer is: it is not the cause but the consequence of a weakened living system. Localized cellular stress, caused by toxins, mutagens or radiation, coupled with a weakened systemic response or inability to support or defend the cells that are under attack, cause these cells to revert to an ancient, unicellular mode of survival, therefore cutting links with the overarching organism and defend themselves from the threat as if they were individual entities. We hypothesize that strengthening the organism, specifically the immune system, is a more promising approach toward a cure for cancer than attempting to exterminate cancer cells. The hypothesis can be tested by experiments that are designed to strengthen the immune system by both traditional means (e.g., ingestion of natural substances known to increase the activity of the immune system, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts), diminish immune system inhibitors released by cancer cells (e.g., TGF-β), and by the injection of heat-killed or genetically altered pathogenic bacteria to trigger a massive response (fever response) of the immune system into the affected area and compare those results to traditionally used methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-392
Number of pages5
JournalBioscience Hypotheses
Volume2
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Biofilm
  • Cancer treatment
  • Fever
  • Immune system
  • Microbe
  • Pathogen
  • Survival
  • Unicellularity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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The immune system as key to cancer treatment : Triggering its activity with microbial agents. / Walther-Antonio, Marina; Schulze-Makuch, Dirk.

In: Bioscience Hypotheses, Vol. 2, No. 6, 2009, p. 388-392.

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