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Bizarre medical case: parasitic tumours

The BBC has just reported on an extraordinary medical case: an immune-compromised man whose death was at least partially due to cancer, but the cancerous cells were found to be of invertebrate origin. It seems that a tapeworm egg penetrated the lining of his intestines, mutated and became cancerous, proliferating into hundreds of separate tumours throughout his body.

So effectively the man died of parasitic cancer, without his own cells being cancerous.

Truly bizarre.
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Old 05.11.2015, 13:00
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Re: Bizarre medical case: parasitic tumours

Amoebas, parasites, tapeworms and other types of spirochetes have long been linked to a very large number of health issues like tumor growth/metastasis, mental health issues, neurological problems, cardio-vascular ailments and auto immune problems.

eg studies have ahown that borrelia burgdorferi spirichetes which are one of the most common types of tick-borne bacteria, can induce mast cell activation. Unfortunately research in this field has been terriby slow despite growing need to address the outdated diagnosis and treatment options. These micro organisms are incrediby resistent and innovative. There is a long way to go to improve detection in order to enable early treatment.
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Re: Bizarre medical case: parasitic tumours

All true, but the point of this particular story is that the cancerous growths were of the parasite's cells -- a cell from the tapeworm proliferated and metastasised into multiple parasitic tumours. Truly bizarre and somewhat creepy!
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Re: Bizarre medical case: parasitic tumours

Not the only tapeworm case reported today either.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34732010
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Re: Bizarre medical case: parasitic tumours

Yes it is creepy and also shows us there is a whole lot we do not yet understand about tapeworm host cell invasion mechanisms. The case study by the New England Journal of Medicine is available online.

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All true, but the point of this particular story is that the cancerous growths were of the parasite's cells -- a cell from the tapeworm proliferated and metastasised into multiple parasitic tumours. Truly bizarre and somewhat creepy!
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Not the only tapeworm case reported today either.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34732010
Gruesome. But for some reason I just don't believe that story; maybe because of the posed photo, maybe because the surgery supposedly took place 3 months ago and there doesn't seem any point in reporting the story now.
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Gruesome. But for some reason I just don't believe that story; maybe because of the posed photo, maybe because the surgery supposedly took place 3 months ago and there doesn't seem any point in reporting the story now.
You could say the same about the first story. The man first sought treatment in January 2013, he died in May 2013 so why report on it now just because the story has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. And why take so long to publish it in the first place? It's over two years since it happened. Guess both NJM and BBC are short of health related news items.
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Re: Bizarre medical case: parasitic tumours

Can think of a few reasons why it has only been published now. Apart from the time it takes for researches to provide evidence for the paper and handle administrative issues (e.g. obtain consent from next of kin), there are often long delays in publishing, especially when it comes to peer reviewed journals. Therefore it is very likely that the article had been drafted much earlier.

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You could say the same about the first story. The man first sought treatment in January 2013, he died in May 2013 so why report on it now just because the story has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. And why take so long to publish it in the first place? It's over two years since it happened. Guess both NJM and BBC are short of health related news items.
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