New Cancer Treatments

Many new cancer treatments are discovered quite regularly. One such ‘new’ treatment is actually an old and recognized treatment that has been around for a long time. This most promising of new cancer treatments is a simple compound called DCA (sodium dichloroacetate).

Old “New Cancer Treatments”

DCA has been in use for over 10 years for the treatment of congenital lactic acidosis. This condition is attributed to a group of inborn errors of the mitochondrial metabolism. The leads to an accumulation of lactate and hydrogen ions in the blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid. The condition is characterized by progressive intramuscular deterioration. DCA corrects the condition. It is thought to act at the mitochondrial level, in effect ‘fixing’ broken mitochondria.

This same mechanism is now believed to stop and reverse cancer. It is believed that in a cancerous cell the mitochondria is broken and a cell does not die off when it is supposed to, a process called apoptosis (programmed cell death). Apoptosis is part of a cells normal life cycle.

Instead this ‘immortal’ cell replicates itself. DCA turns the mitochondria back on and allows the cell to die a normal death. Thus the cancer is stopped and eliminated. Using DCA to treat cancer is one of the most significant new cancer treatments that is currently being studied. DCA is relatively inexpensive, a daily dose is about $5 and it is very safe. The only side effects are a condition called neuropathy which can be prevented with the co-administration of thiamine (vitamin b1). Of all the new cancer treatments DCA appears to offer the most hope.

New Cancer Treatments

Programmed Cell Death

Handling DCA

DCA is heat sensitive and must be stored in the freezer. It is also sensitive to oxygen so you must ensure that an oxygen absorbing dessicant packet is supplied with DCA. DCA is also hydroscopic, meaning it easily absorbs water. Accordingly it should be only opened as long as it takes to prepare a dosage, humid conditions should be avoided.