excerpts from Surviving Cancer

20 million people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and over 85 million diagnosed with prediabetes in the United States.

Studies show that people with Type 2 diabetes are 2X as likely to develop certain types of cancer as those without diabetes.

This means that the next epidemic to afflict the population will be that of cancer, unless the incidence of diabetes can be reduced.

“This an excellent book…very informative and useful. It is factually supported, eminently readable and lucidly written. Surviving Cancer provides insight and valuable advice for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. As an oncologist working in this field for decades, I highly recommend this book.”

~~ M.V. Pillai. MD, FACP, Clinical Professor of Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, President & CEO, INCTR(USA) & Senior Advisor – Global Virus Network.

Prologue

Fear is what most people feel upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer—and perhaps you have experienced this fear. The capacity to feel fear is an integral part of human nature, but so are adaptations that allowed our ancestors to survive many life-threatening situations for tens of thousands of years. My objective in writing this book is to share with you that it is possible for anyone confronted with the prospect of dying from cancer to lessen the degree of threat that cancer makes on your life. There are real actions you can take to prevent yourself from dying from cancer.

In a nutshell, you will learn that if you have been diagnosed with a solitary cancer, such as a tumor, it may cause symptoms due to its location or size. But in a vast majority of cases, a solitary cancer can be treated, or removed. It is when that cancer releases thousands of cancer cells that roam all parts of the body, scouting for suitable locations to start their own housekeeping that makes cancer life threatening. If even just a few succeed, they can create enough disruption of metabolic processes in the body to endanger life itself. They do so by confiscating nutrients your normal cells need to sustain themselves, not just in one site but in multiple parts of your body.

Think of cancer as an iceberg in the ocean and you are a ship approaching it. One can’t know the true size of the iceberg by looking at the top of it. You can only see the portion above the water, and what is beneath the sea is usually far larger. Similarly, one can’t know how long a cancer has been in existence when it is detected; it may have been growing for years if not decades. One can navigate around a solitary iceberg once the location and the direction of movement is known. Similarly, more often than not, one can survive a solitary cancer once the location and size are known. But the chance of an accident increases when one has to navigate around multiple icebergs. In the same way, when the number of cancers in the body is increased, the chance of survival is reduced.

My message is that many types of cancer are survivable—and this book will serve as your guide around the iceberg. In reading these pages, you will see that the body can continue living while accommodating a solitary cancer. There are actions you can take to prevent it from spreading, even if there are complications. How to use this knowledge to face the threat and survive is the good news you will get in these pages.

The why of cancer

Cancer has been present throughout human history. Our 21st century science has come a long way to understand cancer, how some cancers (but not all) are caused, how some cancers (but not all) may be successfully treated, and how some cancers (but not all) can be prevented from occurring in individuals. But, in general, the prevention and complete eradication of all cancers still eludes us.

This book is my contribution to the literature on cancer and reflects my decades of study as a trained MD to think about the human body and the causes of disease, especially cancer and diabetes. I will present new ideas and insights into what cancer fundamentally is, how it occurs in the body, why it is so hard to “cure,” and what choices each of us individually has (and collectively as a society as well) to prevent cancer-related death. My explanations for why cancer happens are extremely important to understand, especially if you have been diagnosed with it.

Who this book can help

My objective in writing this book is to reduce the incidence of cancer-related deaths in general, but especially in four populations.

  1. This book will be an invaluable resource for anyone who has already been diagnosed with cancer localized to a single site of origin and not yet colonized in another part of the body.
  1. I also write this book for anyone who believes they are at risk of cancer due to heredity, lifestyle, working conditions, stress levels, or for any other reason. As you will see, my strategy about preventing death from cancer opens a new path to understanding it and being able to take actions to ensure it does not happen to you.
  1. I also seek to help anyone who is a survivor of cancer, so you can better understand what you can do to live as long and as well as possible. Many cancer survivors succumb to the same or different cancer years after their first diagnosis and treatment, but it is possible to influence this outcome.
  1. Lastly, this book will be especially important for anyone with Type 2 diabetes, who are twice as likely to develop certain types of cancer compared to individuals who do not have diabetes. I became familiar with this statistic because I have been researching and studying Type 2 diabetes for more than 20 years. During this time, I developed new theories and ideas to explain how high blood sugar develops and becomes Type 2 diabetes. In 2015, I published a book, Eat Chew Live to explain those concepts and teach people how to avoid Type 2 diabetes. Along my journey to understand high blood sugar and diabetes, I became especially intrigued as to why people with high blood sugar levels have a higher incidence of cancer than people who do not have high blood sugar. In applying my knowledge about the cause of Type 2 diabetes to the biology of cancer, I learned and developed several insights that I believe help explain the link between diabetes and cancer.

The diabetic audience for this book is a growing one. According to the International Diabetes Federation, in 2015 there were 415 million people living with diabetes in the world and, that number will climb to 642 million by the year 2040. Given that diabetes is considered a serious epidemic now, this statistic means that cancer is likely to follow and become the next epidemic as more and more diabetics develop it. The growth of cancer cases will impact the financial resources of both developed and developing countries, as well as the pocketbook of every individual who is affected. Therefore, another objective of this book is to explain a methodology to reduce the incidence of cancer in people who have high blood sugar such as those diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes. Understanding this will help you decide what to do to prevent cancer and how to do it.

Overall, my sincere hope is that the information in this book will help you and your loved ones – no matter which of the above groups you might belong to: healthy but concerned, diabetic, a survivor of cancer, or newly diagnosed with cancer. Your journey with me begins by understanding how cancer starts, how it survives and spreads, and how you can starve it so a single tumor or localized cancer site can be successfully treated without your unknowingly setting up the conditions that help cancer spread throughout the body.

I believe everyone can do a lot to postpone or prevent the occurrence, halt the reoccurrence, or prevent the spread of cancer, so that you can be in charge of living a healthy life for as long as possible, experiencing what matters to you most.