Brain Cancer Treatment: New Treatment With DCA

by Glioblastoma Prognosis on August 22, 2010

Brain Cancer Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and/or radiosurgery depending on what the oncology team and patient decide. The factors being considered are patient’s age, location, type, and severity or stage of the tumor, whether it is a primary tumor or brain metastases. Each brain cancer treatment is followed up by an intensive drug program to control possible complications from the surgery like bleeding, swelling, infection, and neurological damage. The current brain cancer treatment is very invasive and prognosis improves only when 90% or more of the tumor is removed. I want to introduce the reader to DCA as a potential brain cancer treatment option.

This little known brain cancer treatment involves DCA or Sodium Dichloroacetate. It is also known as NaDCA and Dichloroacetate. Quite bluntly, it is NOT widely used because there is no money in it for the profit-motivated pharmaceutical companies. As a result, clinical trials don’t get done and this potentially life saving brain cancer treatment does not get ratified by the governments and is not widely available to those that need brain cancer treatment. However, this simple, odorless, colorless, inexpensive, non-toxic, small molecule has been used for more than 2 decades to safely treat lactic acidosis by reactivating the mitochondria. For 80 years, science has known that it is the mitochondria that “breaks” causing cancer cells to grow and proliferate… why wouldn’t you try oral DCA and reactivate the mitochondria as a brain cancer treatment option?

In 2007, research scientists at the University of Alberta (UA), Canada transplanted tumor cells (brain, breast and lung) into rats. For 3 weeks they gave them DCA diluted in water. After 3 weeks receiving this (brain) cancer treatment, it turned out the progress of the disease was stopped in both cases of in vivo and in vitro. Mitochondria were re-activated and “it suggested that they were not damaged as it was previously believed. The mitochondria in tumor cells are NOT irreversibly destroyed, only inactive temporarily. As the mitochondria reactivated, the cells gain a new property” – a possibility of apoptosis, which was blocked earlier. Because of this, the tumors shrank. After 3 weeks their mass decreased by 70%. It is also important to note that the DCA Solution (pure DCA in water) only worked against the cancer cells, leaving the healthy cells intact – making this a superior brain cancer treatment as existing therapies like chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery severely damage the healthy cells around the tumor.

According to Dr. Michelakis, the head scientist in the Universtity of Alberta study, this may happen because DCA targets a process, which may only be observed in cancer cells. He stressed the fact that Dichloroacetate (DCA) may be used as a treatment for several forms of cancer.

Dr. Dario Altieri, the director of the Cancer Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School believes this research shows that we may gain control over the tumors, stop their progress, destroy them, and/or make them more vulnerable with other forms of therapy. DCA offers a unique opportunity in brain cancer treatment, as the blood-brain barrier prevents many existing therapies from getting through to the tumor mass. The small size of the molecule allows it to easily be absorbed by the body and enables transport across the blood-brain barrier to reach affected brain cells.

For more information on the research, subsequent studies, and DCA itself visit It is my strong belief that DCA is a viable brain cancer treatment… especially considering the options.

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