Do Biopsy Potentiate Cancer?
"Biopsies are often dangerous -- despite what your doctor might tell you!"
This excellent piece of research done by Karl Loren, is a must read for all
who are faced with this dilemma. Karl's, resource rich, website goes in much
more depth in this specific area (work in progress) is linked on the title
The Depths of Deceit Mammography
X-Rays and Cancers
Politics in Healing : The Suppression & Manipulation of American Medicine
The Politics of Cancer Therapy
"First I thought that I could search for "spreading cancer through biopsy"
in the search engines. To help you avoid the several days I wasted, you need
to know that the special word is "seeding." In other words if you use a
search engine and search under "biopsy and cancer" and any of several other
phrases, you won't find much, but if you search using the phrase "biopsy and
seeding," you will suddenly find lots of medical opinions and studies --
studies and opinions that suggest that it is very dangerous to get a
biopsy -- despite what many other doctors might say.
Here is an example:
Additionally, doctors and researchers have noted that biopsy of a cancerous
tumor can cause spreading or "seeding" of cancer cells along the path or
track made by the biopsy needle. This could cause a cancerous condition
which had been confined solely to the prostate capsule to spread into
surrounding tissues, making a serious health concern even more
problematical. (This quote comes from this source.)
[Note the use of the phrase, "prostate capsule." This is a reference to the
fact that the body will try to "encase" or "wall off" a cancer. Here the
term is "capsule."]
But, then I found many, many more reports of cancer spreading because of
biopsy. Click here, for instance, to look at 47 scientific reports of which
many described the spreading, or "seeding" of cancer because of a biopsy.
And, click here to find another 73 such reports -- most of which describe a
real danger of cancer spreading throughout the body just because of a
Then I found several individual doctors, or reports, on the web, describing
the dangers of biopsy. These are generally described and linked from my
summary page on biopsy -- click here.
The decision is final! Biopsies are often dangerous -- despite what your
doctor might tell you!"
Should You Get A Biopsy Of That Lump (the full article is here)?
by Karl Loren
Cancer & Biopsy
Many people get "lumps." Woman find them in a breast and sometimes die of
Have You Ever Found A Lump?
The most common cancer for women is breast cancer. (Note)
The most common form of "treatment" is called "self-examination." Virtually
every doctor pounds on you that you MUST do a self-examination of your
breasts -- you women. They are saying this because they are aware of the
growing hostility toward medical fiddling with your health -- not to say
The Wall Street Journal reports that TOO many people get TOO many tests,
According to a Harris Interactive poll released last week, nearly 80% of
physicians say malpractice fears lead them to order more tests than are
More than half said they suggest invasive procedures such as biopsies more
often than they would based on their professional judgment alone.
....Because if there IS cancer there, the biopsy is likely to cause it to
It just makes sense. The word "biopsy" comes from "bio-" which means "life,"
and "-psy" which is from the larger Greek word, "opsis" meaning "vision" --
thus, a "biopsy" is a look at life, or an examination of living tissue. One
way or another, a "piece" of your flesh, or of some part of your body, is
cut out so that it can be examined under a microscope.
Typically the doctor who does the actual biopsy will place a color stain on
the sample tissue -- a stain that makes the cells easy to see. Then he
treats the sample with paraffin so that the individual cells won't be moving
around, or changed. By this time, of course, the cells are no longer alive.
He then SLICES the paraffin into thin slices -- about the thickness of a few
THIS is what he looks at. When it is done this way several people can look
at the same sample and come to an agreed conclusion.
Different parts of your body will have different rates of cell division. For
instance, brain cells never divide. You got what you got! Other cells might
divide every three weeks. Different rates. The biopsy examination looks at
the cells of the sample and can detect how many of them are in the process
of cell division. If the sample shows that 10% of the cells are in the
process of cell division, and that type of cell ought not to show more than
1% of them going through cell division, then that sample shows abnormal
growth -- cancer.
Even though cancer is considered abnormal and rapid growth of cells, the
entire mass of a cancer is normally rather slow growing -- because it is
"encased." It grows inside a wall, or shell. The body is trying to protect
itself from the cancer -- because cancer would otherwise spread throughout
the body. So, the body tries to protect itself by building a wall around the
cancer to keep any of its cells from "leaking out." (Actually, some cancers
are very slow-growing [breast and prostate] while others are very fast
The least dangerous type of cancer is usually considered "skin cancer," or
"basal cell carcinoma." This type of cancer hardly ever spreads through the
body. It "spreads" by just affecting the tissue right next to it -- and
growing that way. For this reason a biopsy of basal cell carcinoma is not
dangerous at all -- but, of course, you don't know it is basal cell
carcinoma until you do the biopsy. An experienced doctor can usually tell by
inspection and a history from the patient whether or not it is skin cancer.
Generally, these are safely removed with simple surgery, and even if some of
the cancer cells are "missed" there is no need for radiation or
chemotherapy -- just a bit more surgery to get the remaining cancer cells.
When the cancer DOES leak out there is a special word -- the cancer is said
to metastasize -- start spreading into other parts of the body. It grows
like an octopus -- reaching its tentacles throughout the body.
The doctors all know this, but there is a special reason why they don't tell
you that a biopsy is likely to cause the cancer to start spreading.
They will tell you that the biopsy is painless, not expensive, and that it
can be done during an office visit. They will tell you that it is covered by
They will tell you that if there is cancer in this lump, it is vital that
you know about it so that you can start treating it quickly. They will tell
you that if you start treating it quickly the chances of winning the battle
over cancer are tremendously improved.
They will explain, in detail, the "fine needle biopsy," where the needle is
tiny, and is inserted through the flesh into the lump, a very small amount
of material is withdrawn into the needle, and there will be no scar -- no
If there is cancer there, of course, they will then tell you that you should
move VERY quickly to start treatment. You may not realize it, but there are
only three legal treatments for cancer in most of the US. The laws of
California make it a serious case of "unprofessional conduct" for a doctor
to diagnose cancer and then treat it with anything other than the approved
methods -- chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. He can lose his license to
practice medicine. He could even go to jail.
So, you discover the lump. You go to your doctor. No doctor would ever
recommend AGAINST a biopsy -- he must be safe or he can lose his license and
perhaps millions of dollars in a malpractice lawsuit. So, he tells you, "You
need a biopsy, right away. They are safe and not painful. I can do it right
now." or, he says, "Go see Dr. Smith, dermatologist, he can do a biopsy in
his office, immediately."
We are all hoping, at this point, that it is NOT cancer. The doctor may even
say, "Well it doesn't look malignant to me, I don't think it's cancer, but
it's better to be safe than sorry. Get the biopsy to find out."
Here is what he DOES NOT tell you BEFORE the biopsy: "Once you have had the
biopsy, if the doctor finds that there is cancer, then you must start your
Even if he tells you before the biopsy that you would have to start
treatment immediately, he won't tell you "WHY." The reason, he will admit if
you ask, is that the biopsy, itself, can start the spread of the cancer from
the inside of the casing it was in. Remember, the body is protecting itself
from having the cancer spread -- it builds a wall around the cancer. Once
you penetrate that wall, even with a very tiny needle, the cancer cells
(they are certainly smaller than the needle) can leak out through the hole
and enter the body. These cancer cells can enter the blood stream and within
a few seconds they have been distributed throughout the entire body.
Perhaps your immune system is strong enough to handle these stray cancer
cells. Perhaps they just won't find a good place to "live." But, perhaps you
have just allowed the doctor to cause the metastasizing of your cancer.
Obviously if the leak continues for only a day or so it is much less
dangerous than if the leak of those cancer cells continues for weeks or
months. So, the doctor does the biopsy, discovers cancer, and then tells you
that you must start treatment immediately. I think it is medical malpractice
for a doctor to fail to warn a patient that a biopsy can cause an immediate
spreading of the cancer, and that such "spreading" then would appear to
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