Cancer has, unfortunately, become far too common, and you probably know someone who has already been impacted by the disease. Researchers and experts are working tirelessly every day to create new treatment options that will help kill cancer cells and put people into remission, and many strides have already been made. But there is a new and promising cancer treatment technique for tumors that everyone should know about.
Molecularly Targeted Therapy
Molecularly targeted therapy is a new treatment technique for tumors that involves the use of drugs that have been formulated at the molecular level in order to specifically find, attack, and destroy the cancer cells of a particular form of cancer, leaving the healthy cells of the body alone.
Glivec is the model drug that has been paving the way for this new type of treatment for tumors.
It’s also referred to as STI571, and it works against a type of leukemia known as chronic myeloid leukemia. This cancer causes an excessive production of white blood cells. Doctors have been trying out this drug in the hopes that similar prescriptions can also be developed to treat other types of cancer. This new treatment technique for tumors is showing a lot of promise, and it would be an incredible way to target cancer cells while keeping the rest of the body strong. Because of its positive findings in clinical settings, Glivec will be made available to patients soon.
An Injection of Nitrobenzaldehyde
In addition to targeted cancer treatments like Glivec, other researchers are working on determining the effectiveness of a chemical known as nitrobenzaldehyde. This is injected right into a tumor and then it is given time to move throughout the tissue of that tumor. The doctor then aims ultraviolent light in the form of a concentrated beam at the tumor, thereby causing the cancer cells to become highly acidic to the point that they self-destruct within just a couple of hours. Therefore, this could be another promising treatment for cancerous tumors, especially in patients who do not have surgery as an option for removing the tumor. More research is necessary to determine the effectiveness of this type of treatment on all types of cancer cells, but the studies that have been conducted thus far are looking good.
Keep an eye out for new cancer treatments and advancements in cancer care over the next few years. Doctors are continually finding new ways to treat patients in a less intense way than chemotherapy.