Stiff Tissues—The Ideal Environment for Cancer Cells to Thrive

Written by Nancy

Cancer is a disease that is characterized by a mutation of healthy human cells, which then can through the body to disrupt normal bodily functions. Cancer cells are healthy cells that develop abnormal gene structures during cell division; the change in their genetic make-up causes them to multiply uncontrollably and then spread through the entire body. The abnormality begins in one cell, which then divides repeatedly, growing larger until it eventually gains the ability to spread to the rest of the system.

To its credit, the human body tries to stop the spreading of cancer and may even succeed when it detects abnormal cells in the system. This process can be assisted with surgical and pharmaceutical interventions which can stop the cancer in its tracks. However, stiff tissues present a significant problem in this treatment process because tissue stiffness plays a central role in the growth and spread of cancer cells.

How Does Stiff Tissue Form?

Physical forces play a very important role in regulating the activity of cells and tissues in the human body. The stiffness of tissues is determined by pressures generated from factors such as the local blood supply, tumor growth, fibrosis (scar tissue formation), and water content.

How Does The Stiff Tissue Worsen Cancer?

This elevated pressure in the tissues effectively decreases the ability of cancer treatment medication from reaching cancerous cells and presents a major hindrance to treatments.  The increased pressure, immature blood vessel structure and the hyperpermeability of the tumor all render pharmaceutical treatments less effective.

So stiff tissue worsens cancer in two different ways; on the one hand, it creates an environment that stimulates the growth of cancer cells and allows them to spread through the body, and on the other, it reduces the efficacy of chemical interventions.

See an Integrative Oncologist in Sherman Oaks

If you feel that your conventional cancer treatment has been ineffective, consider seeing an integrative oncologist. Dr. Fischer, who practices at Vitality Integrative Medicine in Sherman Oaks, can be reached at (424)278-4325.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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