Cancer Research May Be Progressing More Rapidly


Cancer research may appear to have made a massive amount of progress since this debilitating disease first became the main focal point for extensive research. At one point in time, cancer researchers may have been baffled on which direction to take in hindering as much destruction as possible that was caused by this disease. Researchers have concluded that one effective method of reducing the risk of cancer may the biggest risk factor: smoking. Other factors may include prolonged exposure to certain environmental chemical components and hereditary factors, even though researchers have yet to come up with a confirmed conclusion. The American Cancer Society seems to provide excellent advice for prevention and treatment resources which also include statistics from data collected on the current treatment methods and their success rates. Once a particular method has been discovered in an attempt to put a halt on irregular cells from spreading throughout the body, researchers seem to be progressing further by enhancing these methods more rapidly that may one day lead to the ultimate cure.

Regardless of the various types of cancer that exist in the human body, biologists may have advanced knowledge to add to cancer research which could be aiding in progressing towards a cure more rapidly. Researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center may have discovered a way to genetically alter a cancer patient’s own immune system. This method has been described as being used in order to encourage the body’s own immune system to counteract the genetic information of mutating cancer cells in tumors. Immunotherapy, a process that describes the increased activation of the immune system in response to the presence of cancer cells, may be most effective in stopping the progressing division of cancer cells. Another useful method although it may still be a work in progress with the use of fighting cancer cells by using oxygen. Research studies suggests that the process of oxygenation on cancer cells seems to inhibit any signs of progressing growth.

When referring to exactly what causes every type of cancer cell to develop more rapidly in various parts of the body as opposed to others, this could possibly be a question that more research may be have the answer to as studies keep progressing. Also, researchers have likely performed further inquisitions into the theory of implementing the use of hydrogen peroxide along with radiation therapy. Unfortunately, the results of the study appeared to be inconclusive since it is assumed there were not enough cancer patients who reported positive results from using this combination. However, recent statistics in the area of cancer research may show an improvement in reducing the amount of fatalities due to malignant cell findings. It has been said that approximately one in every four patients diagnosed with cancer ma not effectively respond to cancer treatments of any degree. Granted that it appears the mortality rate for cancer patients seems to be dropping drastically since the early nineties, it is assumed that the rate at which cancer research has been progressing may develop into possibly creating a vaccine against the deadly illness.

Opinion by Stephanie Tapley


American Cancer Society

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