Cancer treatment has improved over the years – thanks to technology. Unlike in the past, today cancer patients can access a variety of treatment options. This has significantly reduced the number of cancer deaths.
It is projected that over eight million people die because of cancer yearly. Research indicates that there are more than 100 types of cancer. Each type of cancer varies in terms of severity, prognosis, and mortality rates.
At some point diagnosis of cancer was tantamount to a death sentence. However, things have changed and many people are getting healed from cancer– following the introduction of more advanced treatments.
Below are some of the experimental technologies used to treat cancer:
Clustered Regulatory Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats is an experimental treatment for cancer – that works by altering a patient’s DNA in a process called gene editing. The treatment checks to find mutations in the genes of a patient and then gets rid of the cancerous part of the DNA.
Although it is still in the experimental stage, this technology has shown a lot of promising results. T-cells of cancer patients – found in the body’s immune system have largely been used throughout the experiment. The process of gene editing triggers the cells to attack mutated cancer cells or destroy malignant tumors.
BEMER refers to a medical device that is used to strengthen a patient’s muscles, organs, and immune system through electronic magnetic signals. The devices are aimed at ensuring that body cells function and do not result in abnormalities. It also enhances blood flow to tiny blood cells and microcirculation.
BEMER technology is not similar to magnetic field therapy. The technology was developed in Germany by a German Doctor known as Dr. Klopp. The growing popularity of BEMER treatment technology is as a result of its ability to increase blood flow.
Immunotherapy is another option that uses the latest technology to treat cancer patients. The technology uses a patient’s immune system to attack cancer cells. Immunotherapy works by the injection of a dead or weakened virus into the cancerous cell.
The body’s immune system is then made to attack the cancerous cell – thinking that it is the virus the body was vaccinated for. Immunotherapy appears to be leading other technologies in the pursuit of curing cancer.
Laparoscopic technology has been used by doctors for many years to treat different diseases including cancer. It allows doctors to view the inside of a patient’s body without necessarily conducting a surgical operation.
Laparoscopic cameras are placed through minute incisions in different parts of the body and directed to the specific area of concern. However, the images are usually unclear – making it difficult to solve the problem affecting the patient. But recently a new system known as PINPOINT was invented – designed to improve laparoscopic imaging.
Guided Radiation Therapy (IMGT)
Another modern technology being experimented with cancer treatment is called Guided radiation Therapy (IMGT). This technology uses linear accelerators that allow more precise radiation treatment.
The technology is able to recognize the size and shape of a tumor in the body of a patient. It is mostly used due to the fact that tumors move and reshape as a result of normal body functioning.