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Copper Cancer: Copper may cause cancer
and tumor chemotherapy resistance

Copper cancer: copper may be a risk factor for some peopleResearchers found copper blood levels were lower in patients without cancer. They state copper is involved in the development of cancer. Analysis of patients with breast cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer showed that serum copper was higher in patients not responding to chemotherapy compared to patients whose tumors responded to chemotherapy treatment. [1] Additional research has identified the cellular ATP7A and ATP7B related drug transport systems as the source of copper induced cancer tumor resistance to chemotherapy. [2]

An extreme deficiency or excess of any nutrient in our body, including water will cause a health problem. The essential nutrient copper is not any different. It is required for many processes in the body. A deficiency is life threatening. [3]

Copper excess increases the risk of cancer, [4] atherosclerosis, [5] oxidative damage, [6] Alzheimer’s [7], Parkinson’s [8] and a host of other diseases.

Sources of high amounts of copper include some dietary supplements, drinking water, bath water and shower water. A person with cancer should test their urine and blood for copper.

A Heavy Metal Screening Test is available for home urine testing. It’s difficult to get a doctor to order and find a lab that can do a copper, ionized (free) copper and copper bound to ceruloplasmin. The ionized copper is the most difficult test to find. 

Copper chelation reduces the body’s production of tumor blood vessel growth factors (angiogenesis) [9] and reduces tumor growth and small blood vessel density in animal studies. Human studies of oral chelation drugs are currently underway. [10] 

Chelation should be done with caution under guidance of a health care professional. I know of one person that went into atrial fibrillation due to magnesium deficiency caused by unsupervised daily, oral, non-prescriptioni chelation. Chelation products will bind and remove toxic metals and essential minerals from your body, food and supplements. You should monitor copper and mineral levels and adjust dosages as indicated.  


[1] The role of copper in drug-resistant murine and human tumors. Majumder S, Chatterjee S, Pal S, Biswas J, Efferth T, Choudhuri SK. Biometals. 2008 Oct 28.  

[2] Copper transport systems are involved in multidrug resistance and drug transport. Furukawa T, Komatsu M, Ikeda R, Tsujikawa K, Akiyama S. Curr Med Chem. 2008;15(30):3268-78.  

[3] Pancytopenia complicated with peripheral neuropathy due to copper deficiency: clinical diagnostic review. Imataki O, Ohnishi H, Kitanaka A, Kubota Y, Ishida T, Tanaka T. Intern Med. 2008;47(23):2063-5  

[4] Induction of tumor cell apoptosis by taurine Schiff base copper complex is associated with the inhibition of proteasomal activity. Zhang X, Bi C, Fan Y, Cui Q, Chen D, Xiao Y, Dou QP. Int J Mol Med. 2008 Nov;22(5):677-82.  

[5] Serum zinc and copper status in dyslipidaemic patients with and without established coronary artery disease.Ghayour-Mobarhan M, Taylor A, Kazemi-Bajestani SM, Lanham-New S, Lamb DJ, Vaidya N, Livingstone C, Wang T, Ferns GA. Clin Lab. 2008;54(9-10):321-9. 

[6] Mechanism of the antioxidant to pro-oxidant switch in the behavior of dehydroascorbate during LDL oxidation by copper(II) ions. Horsley ET, Burkitt MJ, Jones CM, Patterson RA, Harris LK, Moss NJ, del Rio JD, Leake DS. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2007 Sep 15;465(2):303-14.  

[7] Cellular lipid metabolism is influenced by the coordination environment of copper. Kennedy DC, Lyn RK, Pezacki JP. J Am Chem Soc. 2009 Feb 25;131(7):2444-5.  

[8] Copper(II) binding to alpha-synuclein, the Parkinson's protein. Lee JC, Gray HB, Winkler JR. J Am Chem Soc. 2008 Jun 4;130(22):6898-9.  

[9] New strategy of antiangiogenic therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma. Wu XZ. Neoplasma. 2008;55(6):472-81  

[10]  Phase I study of copper-binding agent ATN-224 in patients with advanced solid tumors.Lowndes SA, Adams A, Timms A, Fisher N, Smythe J, Watt SM, Joel S, Donate F, Hayward C, Reich S, Middleton M, Mazar A, Harris AL. Clin Cancer Res. 2008 Nov 15;14(22):7526-34. 


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