Cancer And Its Effects On Cancer

1577 WordsNov 23, 20147 Pages
Cancer is one of the most ambiguous diseases. As Jenny Phillips, a researcher in the thoracic oncology field, said, “I think the thing you need to know most about cancer is that we don’t know that much about it.” Yes, it is known that cancer is the uncontrollable division of abnormal cells, but how can it be stopped? That is the question. There are a number of treatments for this disease. There are the traditional treatments: chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. There are also nontraditional treatments such as the use of oncolytic viruses, acupuncture, and the targeting of matrices. Aside from these treatments, are some other treatments that have recently been on the rise: personalized medicine, targeted therapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery. However, despite the number of treatments available for cancer, it is yet to be determined which is the most effective. Part of the problem lies in the fact that cancer is an individualized illness; each cancer is different and acts differently. Gliomas are difficult to treat due to the low accessibility of tumors inside the brain due to the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB). Lung cancer can be difficult to treat, because blood flow to the lungs is very different from that of other organs in the body (Jenny Phillips). In addition to the specifics of each location of the body, each person is different and has a unique genetic make up. This means each cancer will manifest within a certain set of genes which makes the task of finding a
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