New Technologies Improving Cancer Treatment

Posted by CancerCenterNorthTexas on April 29th, 2019

Over eight million people die of cancer each year all over the world.  So far, research has identified over 100 types of cancer and they all affect people differently. For the longest time a cancer diagnosis meant a time of difficult treatment and a likelihood of it not working but things are slowly changing. Treatment methods have improved and some of these are bringing hope to patients and turning the tides.

Technology has seen the innovation and improvement of treatment methods that now remove the death sentence that was previously associated with cancer. Some of the recent innovations include:

•    CRISPR – Clustered Regularly interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) changes a patient’s DNA, a process known as gene editing. The procedure finds any mutations in the genes and then takes out those containing cancer. It results in the body attacking cancer cells causing tumors to shrink or completely disappear. The technology has successfully treated breast cancer but is still at the experimental stage.

•    Improvements in laparoscopic imaging – Laparoscopic imaging involves making tiny cuts into the body and passing small cameras through the body to get images of the affected area. Images were of low quality but a system known as PINPOINT is changing this. The new system features improved lighting and near HD images which can be used to make more accurate deductions.

•    Immunotherapy – This method involves injecting an extremely weakened virus or a dead one that the patient has already received a vaccination for straight into cancer cells. The body then responds by attacking the cancer as though it were a virus the body has been vaccinated against. This procedure has been successful in treating inoperable cancers and those with low survival rates.

With these advancements in technology and more in the offing, cancer is no longer as scary a prospect as it used to be. Mortality rates continue to decrease and families can rest easy knowing that there is hope, even for a possible cure in the long run.

About North Texas Cancer Center at Wise

North Texas Cancer Center at Wise, a division of Choice Cancer Care, is now operating as the Cancer Center at Wise Regional and is one of the most renowned cancer treatment centers in Texas. The center unites some of the best cancer doctors and surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. Our expert team delivers superior cancer treatment in Texas, with the best results available.

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