Alternative Cancer Treatment – Dichloroacetic Acid (DCA)
Dichloroacetic Acid (or Sodium Dichloroacetate) which is commonly referred to as DCA is
an interesting chemical compound which has the potential to treat a number of different types of cancer. We will
delve more into this compound and see how it might indeed be of benefit as a cancer treatment.
does not occur naturally but is rather synthesized and prepared as a reduction of trichloroacetic acid. DCA was
originally believed to be of benefit largely in children who experienced lactic acidosis. However controlled
studies were not able to show any benefit. In addition the subjects
could not continue to try the compound due to the progressive toxicities which can occur.
has its real potential benefit as a cancer treatment drug. It has
been found that cancer cells tend to exhibit increased glycolysis due the anaerobic respiration which occurs
through lactic acid fermentation rather oxidative phosphorylation which occurs in the mitochondria of healthy
cells for energy. This mechanism tends to occur in tumors and
mitochondria within cells which function incorrectly. Usually cells
with this condition go through a form of self-destruction and die.
However this does not generally occur in cancer cells.
But an early
study which was published in January 2007 by researchers at the University of Alberta showed that DCA was able
to restore natural mitochondrial function in cancer cells which were grown in mice. By restoring this function it enabled the cancer cells to
about more attention to the compound and an article in New Scientist magazine called it a safe drug which kills
most cancers. This has led to strong interest from the public and
general medical community regarding this compound.
trials with humans who have cancer have not yet been done in the US and they are not yet complete in
Canada. So a scientific and clinical conclusion on the benefits of
this compound are as of yet unclear.
because it is not patented, the compound is available from many sources and a number of medical and non-medical
groups have adopted its use and are promoting the benefits of this compound in treating cancer.
This has also
lead to the potential for people to self-medicate since they can obtain it quite easily. Medical and scientific personnel are very concerned about this because there
are no safe established dosage guidelines. In addition there
appears to be some problem with reactions and toxicity over a long term basis.
considering using this compound would be well advised to seek medical assistance and take advantage of resources
which may be able to help to answer questions regarding its potential use. It is by no means a wonder drug and its use should be done very
results of a number of earlier studies are promising so its potential cannot be ignored. Further study is needed and it will be very interesting to see the results
which come from such controlled studies. Potential users are
encouraged to check on latest information posted on the Internet.