The Fight Against Cancer! The Disease That Touches All Of Us.

Unfortunately this year, about 1.7 million people will hear the dreaded words,”You have cancer” Yet, the great news is more people are surviving.  In 2016, there were 15.5 million cancer survivors in the US. That number is expected to rise to 20.3 million by 2026. The world continues to discover so many new things everyday. In just one year, 31 new therapies  to treat more than 16 types of cancer were approved by the FDA. Further, some say that we can now  decrease the number of colorectal deaths by 12,000 to 20,000 if screening guidelines were followed.                                                                                              In the past, it was difficult to determine which women with early stage breast cancer were at risk for re occurence . The result, many received unnecessary chemo, radiation and hormonal therapy. Now, there is groundbreaking study known as TailorX trial, found that hormone therapy might be all that is necessary to treat 70% of women with the most common of breast cancer.This in turn will save women the unnecessary side effects like fatigue, hair loss, nausea, vomiting and anemia. This will result in a large number of women can safely avoid chemo.                                                                                                          What is the latest innovative treatments? Immunotherapy has now joined the foil. This treatment is very different from the other three traditional therapies used. Cancer cells grow because they are able to stay hidden from your immune system. Immunotherapy works by reprogramming a patients  own immune cells to find and attack those cancer cells throughout the body. It’s had significant positives in young patients with a form of leukemia and adults with multiple myeloma and lymphoma and is extremely promising for treatment for triple negative breast cancer, which is one of the most difficult cancers to treat.                                                                                                                                                      When tumors develop they release fragments of substances containing mutated DNA into the bloodstream. A simple blood test on people who were already diagnosed with cancer can identify tumors associated with 8 common cancer types.The test has become so refined, that it can identify specifically which part of the body these cells are coming from.                                                                                                                                                          Treatment for early stage lung cancer usually involves a lobectomy, which removes a portion of the lung by opening the chest, followed by radiation and chemo. Doctors are now making the process faster by the utilization of a new process called microcoil localization which can pinpoint and remove small bits of affected tissue using a needle inserted through the chest wall to remove the cancer at it’s earliest stage. this minimally invasive surgery results in less pain, shorter hospital stays and less scarring and possible injury to surrounding tissues.                                                                                                              In conclusion, new and improved cancer seeking techniques as well as cancer tests and fighters are making  and taking the fear from the word cancer and restoring it with scientific hope. It is all humanities hope and goal to eradicate this terrible disease that has permeated into each of our lives once and for all. With prostate and breast exams, colon screenings, blood tests and yearly physical, we can all hope to keep abreast of any problems we may encounter. Medical science has brought us to the forefront but, all of us must take advantage by having check ups and tests to keep this and other life threatening disease at bay. Make sure you go for your screenings, tests and checkups! It’s up to you!!

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