Is There A Cure For Cancer?
Oct 3, 2007 by Peter Jameson
Regrettably, there is no total and complete cure for cancer although in some cases the cancer will go into a partial or complete remission.
The term remission is used to describe the shrinking of cancer and it is used by doctors to categorize the extent of the shrinkage of the cancer.
The term complete remission is used to categorize cancer that is no longer evidenced in tests, scans and x-rays and complete remission may mean a cure.
Partial remission is used to categorize cancer that has shrunk but is still present and partial remissions almost always return.
The good news is that the earlier the cancer is discovered the greater the chances of treating it successfully and early detection most often means that less extensive treatment will be required.
The ways of attempting to get cancer to go into remission are numerous and we will look at the most common below.
Radiotherapy is also sometimes known as radiation therapy and in this treatment the cancer cells are bombarded with a beam of high energy radiation such as X-rays which is intended to destroy them.
Chemotherapy uses strong drugs to fight the cancer cells and these drugs generally have very unpleasant side effects. Chemotherapy is sometimes used alongside other treatments, such as radiotherapy and surgery.
Surgery attempts to remove the cancerous cells from the body and generally some of the surrounding healthy cells are also removed to try and ensure that all of the cancer cells have been removed.
Complementary therapies are generally but not always used alongside the treatments listed above. They may help people with cancer in coping with the symptoms and the side effects of treatments as well as with the often complex and distressing emotions that cancer can cause.
Is The Medical Profession Hiding Some Wonder Cure?
There are many conspiracy theories about numerous things and one of them holds that there is some wonderful cure for cancer that is being concealed because doctors and hospitals make such a lot of money from treating their patients.
This particular conspiracy theory is however almost certainly 100% untrue because :
Doctors and laboratory scientists as well as their family members die of cancer at the same rate as everyone else with one exception.
Healthcare professionals and biomedical researchers are less likely to develop and/or die of lung, larynx, esophageal and other tobacco related cancers because they are more aware of the dangers of tobacco and are less likely to smoke than the rest of the population.
Other medical breakthroughs of all types are quickly announced and then put into practice as with antibiotics and vaccines and all kinds of live saving electronic and electrical equipment.
Only a few decades ago, less than one in ten children with leukemia survived ten years after diagnosis but with modern chemotherapy, the cure rate for these children is almost eighty percent.
Other examples of related progress include Hodgkin's lymphoma, bone and kidney cancers in children and testicular cancer.
Fewer than half of all people with cancer in the West actually die of the disease and many who are not 'cured' still go on living for years with relatively few changes in their lives thanks to years of research and the subsequent advances in various treatments.
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