The GcMAF Book

Chapter 13

The AMAS Test-An Alternative To Nagalase Testing

The AMAS test is useful both as a screening test for early cancer and for monitoring cancer therapies. AMAS is elevated when cancer is present and goes down below baseline when cancer is gone. AMAS is over 99% accurate (when done twice) and can be used instead of Nagalase to find and follow cancers. (Unlike Nagalase, AMAS does not detect the presence of viruses.)

The AMAS test:

  • a naturally occurring antibody present in serum of all people, including children
  • accurately detects early cancer of all types
  • positive if any type of cancer exists anywhere in the body
  • greater than 95% accuracy; repeat testing greater than 99% accurate; false positive and false negative rates less than 1%
  • the earliest anticancer antibody to appear
  • detects cancer very early; your doctor may not be able to find the cancer
  • detects cancers long before they appear on imaging
  • early detection dramatically increases the possibility of a permanent cure
  • goes down with successful cancer treatment
  • normal levels in successfully treated cancer patients indicates absence of malignancy

The AMAS cancer test: an alternative to Nagalase testing

Until Nagalase testing becomes available, I recommend the AMAS (Anti-Malignin Antibody, Serum), a test that definitively determines whether or not cancer is present. In this broad-based study (click on ref 13) dozens of researchers and medical centers conclusively demonstrated the value of AMAS as a screening tool for finding cancers early.

All cancers make anti-malignin antibody. Because we are making cancer cells all of the time, anti-malignin antibodies are present at low levels in everyone. Normally, a healthy immune system (one with activated macrophages) is destroying these cancer cells as they are formed. An AMAS level that rises beyond the baseline of 135, however, tells us that the immune system is not getting rid of those new cancer cells in a timely way, and their numbers are therefore increasing. Cancer is afoot.

AMAS is both a cancer screening test and a cancer monitoring test. In other words you can use it to determine whether cancer is present, and you can use it to track therapy.

The brainchild of neurochemist Samuel Bogoch, M.D., Ph.D., AMAS is similar to the PSA for prostate cancer and CEA for colorectal cancer, except that AMAS simultaneously screens for all cancer types, not just one.

A positive AMAS will tell you that cancer is present, but it won’t tell you what kind of cancer it is, and it won’t tell you where that cancer is located. (Not knowing a cancer’s name and location tends to drive doctors nuts. “How can you treat a cancer when you don’t know what it is or where it is? they mutter.)

How AMAS works

Our immune system recognizes an antigenic protein on the surface of cancer cells. In 1988 Dr. Bogoch discovered this antigen and named it “malignin.” When our immune system “sees” malignin, it starts making an antibody named anti-malignin antibody. Dr. Bogoch then developed the AMAS test to identify the presence of cancer by identifying the presence of anti-malignin antibody.

Using the AMAS for monitoring cancer

When a treatment shrinks a cancer, the AMAS will go down. Whether that treatment is surgery, chemo, radiation, an alternative cancer therapy like GcMAF, or spontaneous remission—if the cancer is smaller, the AMAS goes down. If cancer remains, the AMAS is positive. When a cancer is gone (again, regardless of cause), the AMAS reverts to normal.

A rising AMAS tells us cancer is growing

AMAS is an extremely precise immunoassay. Levels above baseline indicate the presence of cancer with 95% accuracy on the first testing and over 99% accuracy when tested twice.

The cutoff point for a positive AMAS is 135. More than 99% of patients with cancer have AMAS levels above 135. AMAS levels below 135 are seen in normal individuals who do not have cancer.

Sequential AMAS levels can also be used to track tumor advancement and the effectiveness of therapies. AMAS levels will always increase if cancer is growing and spreading. Conversely, AMAS levels will decrease if the cancer is being effectively destroyed (whether by surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, GcMAF, or other alternative cancer therapies).

AMAS and breast cancer

AMAS has identified breast cancers as small as a pencil dot (too small for any form of imaging).

Clinical research data shows that breast cancer can only be presumed cured if the AMAS returns to normal (<135) after treatment and that breast cancer cannot be presumed to be in remission unless AMAS returns to normal.

The usual followup methods for breast cancer include imaging (CT scans, MRIs, or x-rays) and hormonal blood tests, looking for signs of cancer after treatment. AMAS testing provides a much more accurate way to know whether cancer is still present, and at a fraction of the cost. Not to mention the inconvenience.

Although these studies were done only on breast cancer patients, there is no reason to believe that the results would not apply to all types of cancer.

Cancer patients who no longer have evidence of cancer on imaging, but do have a positive AMAS test could nip a returning cancer in the bud by utilizing natural alternative cancer therapies (including GcMAF when it becomes available).

Avoiding unnecessary biopsies

If a patient has a mass on imaging, the AMAS will tell whether it is malignant or not. A negative AMAS means the mass is not cancerous, and therefore a biopsy is not necessary. Use of the AMAS test could thus reduce the pain and suffering of needless biopsies. Not to mention the cost.

AMAS compared to Nagalase

AMAS differs from Nagalase in that AMAS is specific for cancer, while Nagalase identifies an enzyme made by both viruses and cancer cells and is therefore unable (by itself) to distinguish between the two. Because Nagalase testing cannot distinguish the difference between cancer and virus, AMAS is a better screening test for cancer.

How to order the AMAS test

To order a free AMAS kit, call 1-800-922-8378 or order online at: AMAS is a product of Oncolab, Inc., 36 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02215. Phone: 617-536-0850.

Please note

According to Oncolab: The AMAS test “should be used in the context of good clinical judgment by a physician experienced in the treatment of cancer.”

“A normal AMAS level can occur in non-cancer, in terminal cancer, and in successfully treated cancer in which there is no further evidence of disease; clinical status must be used to distinguish these states.”

“As in all clinical laboratory tests, the AMAS test is not by itself diagnostic of the presence or absence of disease, and its results can only be assessed as an aid to diagnosis, detection or monitoring of disease in relation to the history, medical signs and symptoms and the overall condition of the patient.”

Possible future developments

Dr. Bogoch has shown that purified AMAS kills cancer cells in a test tube. From this research a future treatment can be developed in which injections of anti-malignin antibody would be used to treat cancer.

Dr. Bogoch’s contribution to science and medicine will hopefully someday be recognized with a Nobel Prize.

Copyright © 2010 Timothy J. Smith, M.D.