The Future of Cancer Treatment
New Medical Developments: Savannah Hook
What Causes Cancer?
How Do We to FIght Cancer?
The first is chemotherapy. Chemotherapy works by targeting cells that are going through the process of mitosis. Unfortunately it does not only target the cells that are cancerous. That is why it is also associated with hair loss, stomach pain, nausea, and tiredness. This is because the cells are not able to rejuvenate themselves properly.
The second type of common treatment is radiation. Radiation works by focusing high powered energy on the cancerous cells to kill them. Like chemotherapy, radiation is not flawless. Because it cannot be specifically targeted to the tumor or cancerous cells, it kill all cells in the area.
Cancers' Horrific Path
In order to prevent some of the negative side effects of chemotherapy a new technology to slow down mitosis in certain areas has been developed. As a checkpoint for cell production the environmental condition is checked. By using a cold cap on a patients head, where mitosis is occurring frequently for hair, the process can be slowed down. Because it is slowed down, the chemo will no longer target those cells and hair loss will not occur. Over the next 10 years these will try to gain FDA approval.