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Glioblastoma Cause & Effect

iStock_000006391407XSmallMany factors contribute to Cancer, but the key catalyst (even the underlying engine) is one of many Viruses, particularly CMV, but also VZV, Epstein Barr as well as other Viruses SV-40, BK, JCV and HPV. Each cancer in our body has one to many viruses associated with it. Some key ones are HPV – Human Papilloma Virus causes Cervical, Anal, Mouth, Throat, Lung, Vaginal and Penile Cancers. Epstein Barr causes Lymphoma, JC Polyoma Virus causes Colon Cancer. Epstein Barr, HPV & CMV have all been associated with Breast Cancer, thus one reason for it’s prevalence. Now down to kids Cancer, Medulloblastoma Neuroblastoma and it’s 99% terminal twin cancer Glioblastoma. For these cancers its mainly CMV (Human Cytomegalovirus), though other viruses like SV-40, JC and BK are also capable and have been found in these tumors.

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Viral Cancer I’ve written often about the fact that 99% of Glioblastoma and 92% of Medulloblastoma show active CMV infections  and show signs that CMV has hit and run certain tumor cells making genetic and epigenetic changes.  

Now researchers are testing Neuroblastoma for CMV and the latest research shows 100% of the tumors showed signs of CMV or cyclomegalovirus.  This continues to reinforce that brain cancers key consistent factor is the triggering of oncogenisis  is by a viral infection that over expresses oncogenes and disables key anti-oncogenes thus driving these devastating cancers and leads towards potential opportunities for new and less devastating treatment options including using anti-virals like Valcyte. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kz18ub4qbkjj2gy/ijc28265.pdf

HCMV is found is 99%+ of Glioblastoma Brain Tumors.  Researchers are now beginning to measure the level of CMV infection in the tumors as a prognostic marker for expected survival.  The research shows that Low Levels of CMV in a Glioblastoma tumor correlates to survival beyond 18 months.  Actively treating CMV in Glioblastoma has a direct and positive improvement in patients survival length.  This issue needs further research and the same research applied to other cancers to improve their survival rates.

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The human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and glioma sym- posium was convened on April 17, 2011 in Washington, DC, and was attended by oncologists and virologists involved in studying the relationship between HCMV and gliomas. The purpose of the meeting was to reach a consensus on the role of HCMV in the pathology of gliomas and to clarify directions for future research. First, the group summarized data that describe how HCMV biology overlaps with the key pathways of cancer. Then, on the basis of published data and ongoing research, a consensus was reached that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that HCMV sequences and viral gene expression exist in most, if not all, malig- nant gliomas, that HCMV could modulate the malig- nant phenotype in glioblastomas by interacting with key signaling pathways; and that HCMV could serve as a novel target for a variety of therapeutic strategies. In summary, existing evidence supports an oncomodula- tory role for HCMV in malignant gliomas, but future studies need to focus on determining the role of HCMV as a glioma-initiating event.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/u0f80r60kc8qkh5/%28H%29%20Neuro%20Oncol-2012-Dziurzynski-246-55.pdf

“HCMV can also do every one of the things that generally considered the 10 hallmarks ofcancer,” says Kalejta, a member of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, Carbone Cancer Center, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center and Institute for Molecular Virology at UW-Madison.

http://www.med.wisc.edu/news-events/new-evidence-links-virus-to-brain-cancer/32922

Ketogenic Diet To Fight Cancer

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Oncology Team,

Can the hospital recommend a dietary plan at the hospital for new cancer patients in addition to the current standard of care & clinical protocols since diet is not mentioned as part of most protocols? In this way, you are not deviating from standard protocols, just supporting healthy long term patient education on how to feed the body, not the cancer.Please read this and then consider the current standard care advice / plan of “have patients eat whatever they will eat on the hospital menu” in hospital after brain tumor resection surgery, radiation and beyond” versus the hospital designing, informing and offering a high good fat and low carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet” along with healthy dietary guidance for cancer patients under your care.

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Ignition of a match, with smoke on dark backgroundCancers including Glioblastoma and Medulloblastoma over express the Cox-2 enzyme driving chronic inflammation and enabling the microenvironment for viruses like CMV and as well as cancer spread. Specific anti-inflammatories that target Cox-2 down regulation including Melatonin, Curcumin, Aspirin, Chokeberry/Aronia Berry and L-Lysine have been shown to help reduce cox-2 over expression.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/foz18g2jvs9i7gg/%28N%29%20HCMV-Cox2%20regulation.pdf

Brain cancers and head and neck cancers together account for more than 873,000 cases annually worldwide, with an increasing incidence each year.

A major problem with such research is that the role of many infectious agents may be underestimated due to the lack of or inconsistency in experimental data obtained globally.

Our analysis of the literature showed the presence of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) in distinct types of brain tumour, namely glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and medulloblastoma. In particular, there are reports of viral protein in up to 100% of GBM specimens.