Do Biopsies Spread Cancer?
When preforming prostate biopsies, doctors often aspirate cells from 30 different samples. Thirty chances for cancer to spread. While needle aspirations are safer than surgical biopsy, there are still dangers. According to Bloomberg News, patients having prostate needle biopsies are seeing an increasing number of anti-biotic resistant infections, such as E. coli. Two of every 100 men undergoing prostate biopsy will develop sepsis, a potentially lethal blood infection. Another study showed that 9 of 100,000 men who tested negative for cancer died within a month of their biopsy.
Breast biopsy complications can include pain, swelling, bleeding, and drainage from the biopsy site, infection and false positive results, leading to unnecessary treatments.
Doctors and researchers have noted that biopsy of a tumor can cause seeding, or spread of cancer cells along the path of the needle track at the biopsy site. Author and health researcher Karl Loren has documented 73 cases of seeding from biopsies causing metastasis on his website, KarlLoren.com.
Dr. Vincent Gammill, Center for the Study of Natural Oncology in Solana Beach, California, presented a case of a woman who had successfully treated her breast cancer naturally since 1994. Last year, her conventional oncologist convinced her that she was a fool to refuse a needle biopsy. She now has new tumors at each of the puncture sites.
"I rarely see distant metastasis until after a biopsy – and then it grows rapidly everywhere, especially in the bones," Gammill said.
In 2011, researchers for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine reported that transperitoneal biopsy of cancer of the bile duct is associated with a higher rate of peritoneal metastasis and they recommend the procedure not be performed if a curative method exists.
While conventional medical doctors must follow AMA protocol, many are questioning the wisdom of biopsies. And as patients become more educated, they are beginning to question the need for invasive and sometimes dangerous tests. There are tumor marker blood tests, ultrasounds, sonograms and MRIs that can also determine the presence of a tumor without risking the spread of cancer or infections. Patients who travel outside the country for safer testing and treatment are taking responsibility for their own healthcare.
Today patients are educated in a way that was not possible before the use of computers. Patients can do their own research and learn about the risks and side effects of treatments and procedures, and get a clear understanding of what is involved before they commit to treatment. The more patients learn, the better choices they can make. And because over half a million patients are going to Mexico and other countries for treatment, it appears that the choice is often to opt out of conventional modalities.
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