I have shared my thoughts on tumor growth and cancer without a unifying framework. If you have ever had the nagging thought that the current cancer paradigm is incomplete, this is for you.
I like your diffuse-but-converging reconceptualization... fits nicely with the metabolic explanation of cancer as arising from chronic cellular dysfunction.
Conventional medicine doesnt know the true origin of cancer: the Dirk Hamer Syndrome:
I believe there are other important factors, such as food, environmental toxins, and stress. Exercise, sleep, and emotional/spiritual well-being most likely also play a role. Thus, the general and overall health of the body could be the unseen protection, or vulnerability for cancer growth! What do you think?
This course may be of interest to you
IPAK-EDU Biology of Cancer Unit Links
Units 1 & 2
Course Overview & The Genetics of Cancer
Biology of Cancer Unit 3 - Environmental Factors and GxE
A. Overview and GxE
The Hallmarks of Cancer
Hanahan & Weinberg 2000
Hallmarks of Cancer: The Next Generation
Hanahan & Weinberg 2011 - Hallmarks of Cancer, The Next Generation
Hallmarks Revisited and Addicted to Secretion
Metastasis in Depth
Hallmarks of Cancer and Wound Healing
Hallmarks of Cancer of Unknown Primary
Hallmarks of Cancer - The New Testament
The Hallmarks of Cancer as Ecologically Driven Phenotypes
Colon and Colorectal Cancer
Cancers of the Blood
Cancers of the Brain and CNS
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Great perspective. Thank you Sir. I found this interesting (especially in light of your commentary on how cancer has been invaded by genomics)
I’ll also eagerly await the next installment before fully commenting other than to ask if you are going to address Warburg and the metabolic theory of cancer?
Obviously waiting for the next instalment but (!) have you read The Cancer Code by Jason Fung which proposes the theory that cancer cells are basically a type of reverse evolution ( to behaving the way single celled organisms would). I can’t remember anymore details at the moment but it explained a lot.
Interesting thought about cells switching behaviors as a group emergence.
A very old neurosurgeon told me a story about a glioblastoma clinical trial that he was involved in. He managed to get one of his patients enrolled -- a teenager with an advanced case. The tumor disappeared. People enrolled in that trial had their tumors evaporate - it was an amazing cure. The scientists behind the trial (I believe it was in Boston) of course wanted to bring this cure to market, but the large pharma who owned this special recipe did a cost-benefit calculation and determined that the price would be too high and the (financial) rewards too few to make it worthwhile.
So rather than publicizing this magic recipe for the whole world to benefit from, they simply didn't proceed with bringing it to market.
As for the teenager who was miraculously cured, he got hit by a car a few years later and died. So I guess he had his timeline pretty set in stone.
This neurosurgeon spent the last years of his life draining his own ascites - advanced liver failure - and continued to serve patients until the day of his death.
Yes, the current paradigm is incomplete. Here is why in great detail:
Submolecular Dysregulation Due to Deuterium Accumulation Is the Cause of Cancer.