New Cancer Treatment


What is angiogenesis?

Angiogenesis is the process in which new blood vessels are formed. This relates to cancer because tumors need to form new blood vessels to grow and spread to other parts of the body. Inhibitors are being developed to cut these forming blood vessels off, slowing down and in some cases stopping the chances of cancerous cells attacking other parts of the body.

The Basics



Angiogenesis is a different approach to treating cancer. Instead of dealing with the tumor itself, it focuses on the blood vessels that allow the tumor to grow in the first place. These inhibitors may slow and stop the growth, but it might not entirely eradicate the cancer like some other treatments. It's not as taxing on the body unlike older treatments, but some things still remain unknown about this new treatment. Side effects can include bleeding problems, blood clots, hypertension, and some possibilities of birth defects have been observed in some animals. The FDA has approved things that are safe to put in angiogenesis inhibitors, but people are a bit skeptical of it due to the fact that it isn't widely used yet, leading to a lack of results and solid information on the processes.