By: Shivani Velaga
Now, when you think of cancer treatments, the first thought that comes to your mind must be chemotherapy; however, with technology growing at the rate it is at today, this may change. In recent years, a lot has happened to alter the condition of the illness so that it can be treated. As a consequence, patients with cancer and their clinicians have more choices to choose from.
Due to the scientists and biologists in this generation being of a high calibre, new and innovative advances for cancer besides the usual chemotherapy and radiation.
To begin with, the newest treatment for cancer is ‘immunotherapy.’ The primary reason as to why cancer is so hard to combat is due to the fact that cancer cells evade the immune system by tricking them into thinking the cancer cell is not a threat. As a result, the body makes no attempt to fight cancer. These cancer cells are "identified" by certain modern immunotherapy medications, so they are easier to find. These medications can also make the defences of the body better so that they can attack tumours. Most types of cancer are now being combated by this method of therapy.
A type of gene treatment called CAR T-cell therapy has been approved by the FDA. It uses some of your own immune cells to treat your cancer, T cells. By inserting new genes, doctors take the cells out of the blood and change them so they can identify and destroy cancer cells faster.
Despite cancer being such a grave illness, not much awareness is spread about it. As a result, the amount of funding is also low; to combat this, World Cancer Day has been initiated. By raising awareness about cancer and inspiring policymakers and people around the world to take action against the disease, World Cancer Day, which is celebrated on February 4th, aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year.
It is assumed that collectively, the goal of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer would decrease significantly by 2030 and will be achieved through further research in potential treatments.
As the World Cancer Day’s motto says, ‘we should support the fighters, admire the survivors, honor the taken, and never, ever give up hope.’ Happy World Cancer Day!
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