It’s Not Cancer: Doctors Reclassify a Thyroid Tumor! Calls for Revised Diagnosis On Some Breast And Prostate Issues.

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1 year 2 months ago - 1 year 2 months ago #1280 by Andrew
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An international panel of doctors has decided that a type of tumor that was classified as a cancer is not a cancer at all.
Article in New York Times Cancer Not Cancer

But this young woman’s story drove Dr. Nikiforov over the edge.

“I told the surgeon, who was a good friend, ‘This is a very low grade tumor. You do not have to do anything else.’ ” But the surgeon replied that according to practice guidelines, she had to remove the woman’s entire thyroid gland and treat her with radioactive iodine. And the woman had to have regular checkups for the rest of her life.

“I said, ‘That’s enough. Someone has to take responsibility and stop this madness,’ ” Dr. Nikiforov said.

He brought together the international panel of experts — 24 renowned pathologists, two endocrinologists, a thyroid surgeon, a psychiatrist who knew the impact a cancer diagnosis could have, and a patient. The group collected a couple of hundred cases from multiple centers throughout the world — patients who had tumors that were contained within fibrous capsules and those that had broken out. All agreed that by the current criteria every one of those tumors would be classified as a cancer. And all of the patients had been followed for at least 10 years. The patients with the encapsulated tumors had not been treated after their tumors were removed.

None of the patients whose tumors stayed within their capsules had any evidence of cancer after 10 years. But some of the patients whose tumors had broken out of their capsules had complications, including death, from thyroid cancer despite treatment.

“This study said it is not the presence of nuclear features but the presence of invasion that can make the difference between cancer and noncancer,” Dr. Nikiforov said. Patients whose tumors are confined within their capsules “have an excellent prognosis,” he said. “They do not need a thyroidectomy. They do not need radiotherapy. They do not need to be followed up every six months.”

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1 year 2 months ago #1281 by Andrew
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When these non-cancerous cases are taken out of the cancer treatment trials statistics because the patients will survive without, or maybe even with, chemo and radiotherapy, what does this do to the statistics for those dangerous outdated treatments?
Soon to be reclassified, according to this excellent article, are low grade breast cancer and prostate cancer. How many more people are wrongly diagnosed? Misdiagnosis is at last under closer scrutiny thanks to Doctor Nikiforov and the panel.

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1 year 2 months ago #1284 by Paul
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Good article and reminds me of people like Andreas Moritz who state that cancer is the bodies way of protecting itself from pathogens, literally by encapsulating them into a tumor. So long as the tumor is not causing an issue with organs and is not itself compromised, then the best course of action is always to leave it alone and instead take a close look at your lifestyle. Many cases of so-called cancer apparently resolve and even reduce and disappeared completely when lifestyle is addressed. This would make sense if the body has been successful in encapsulating a problem.
A tumor is not always a death sentence, but listening to doctors and even family can be.

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1 year 2 months ago #1285 by Andrew
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Yes I think you mentioned Moritz Before or maybe I read about him elsewhere? I like his description of tumours. Certainly fits with the evidence and this article backs him up.

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1 year 2 months ago #1287 by Ozone
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Reclassification of some cancers also adjusts the statistics...works for the medical industry sometimes to their advantage.

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