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Cancer Surgery Promotes Metastasis

  • Cancer metastasis is the primary cause of most cancer deaths, [1-3] and yet the public remains almost completely unaware that surgical removal of a tumor has been known to cause cancer metastasis for over 100 years.
  • In 1910, researchers implanted tumors into mice and found when they left the tumors alone, cancer metastasis almost never occurred. But when they incompletely cut out the tumors, metastasis frequently occurred. [4]
  • A few years later a similar experiment was conducted using highly metastasizing tumors, and the results were the same – tumor resection increased cancer metastasis compared to control mice whose tumors were left untouched. [5]
  • This same phenomenon was demonstrated in humans by Dr. Warren Cole of the University of Illinois in 1974. In a series of experiments published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Dr. Cole wrote, “Ten of our patients underwent an unsuccessful attempt by a surgeon to remove the tumor. All surgeons know that this procedure is usually followed by an increased growth of the tumor…metastasis develops so commonly after excision of the primary. ” [6]