Video Transcript: How to Keep Circulating Tumor Cells Under Control
Ty Bollinger: So, Dr. Bita, last question. What would you say to somebody that’s recently been diagnosed with cancer? What questions should they ask their oncologist to figure out if they are going to receive adequate treatment or not?
Dr. Bita Badakhshan: Okay, if someone got recently diagnosed with cancer, first of all you want to know why. Why did you get cancer? Going, rushing into doing chemo, radiation, surgery is not the way to go. And they shouldn’t get scared. It’s just a wake-up call for them to change their lifestyle, change everything and trying to have their body fight this.
Your body can handle anything as long as you don’t hurt it. You have good sleep. You don’t have stress. You make sure you drink water enough and all the basic stuff. And they should want to do different kind of labs to see what kind of nutritional deficiency they have, what they do, and boost their immune system before they do any surgery, any chemo, any other things.
Or look at the integrative part of it. See your other options. I mean chemo is good, for cancers like—some fast—like some testicular cancer, some leukemia lymphomas. Some cancers do respond to chemo. But some less solid tumor cancer, like breast, lung, melanomas, those you don’t respond. And patients say, “Oh that’s not true, because there are patients who have been living for 20 years after doing chemo.” Yeah, because circulating tumor cells in your body can live 30 years.
I have a patient that was diagnosed with melanoma 30 years before and then died with seizure because the CTC end up going to his brain after 30 years. So we know circulating tumor cells, stem cells, can live forever, and it all depends on your immune system and how your body is handling it. If you have perfect immune system, you take care of your body well, you keep the circulating tumor cells in control.
I mean, I tell people—later stage, you could live with your cancer forever. Like diabetes, like hypertension, you just have to keep the immune system good.
Ty Bollinger: So then your message to somebody who may have been diagnosed with what the oncologist says is terminal cancer is, “Don’t give up.”
Dr. Bita Badakhshan: Exactly. Don’t give up. Don’t give up. That’s the thing, you have to be willing to fight. It’s all you. If you give up, if you say, “Oh, that’s it.” That’s it.
You have to first be very strong, decide that you are going to fight it, and you can do it. You could fight it. That’s the thing. You could do it if you really want to.
And you look at the other alternate, integrative ways. You don’t rush into it. Do your own research. You have time. You don’t get cancer overnight. You’ve been having this for years.
Ty Bollinger: So take the time to make a good decision, maybe find a doctor like yourself.
Dr. Bita Badakhshan: Thank you.
Ty Bollinger: Thank you Dr. Bita. I appreciate it.
Dr. Bita Badakhshan: Thank you, pleasure to be here.