Cancer is the disease which every other person is concerned about these days. If you take a survey, you would realize that there are quite a number of people suffering from this disease at a point in time.
There are a lot of treatments available for cancer these days that are making use of the latest technology to make use of this disease. People from all over the world and scholars from various universities have been trying various methods to treat cancer.
In the recent past, there have been various advancements in the treatment of cancer.
Best Technological Advancements in the Field of Cancer Treatment
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
This kind of therapy is capable of treating a number of cancer types. It allows radiation oncologists to use higher doses of radiation to cancer cells but limit the exposure to the normal tissues and cells at a minimum.
This treatment method enables oncologists to bombard the cancer cells with higher amounts of radiation but in a very controlled way.
The machine makes use of a computerized tool to shape up the radiation according to the treatment plan for the particular patient.
This tool is devised in such a manner that the radiation moves continuously and also change the intensity and the shape of the beam so as to fit the requirement of the patient as per their treatment plan as well as the size and the shape of the tumor so that maximum can be obtained out of it.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy
It can be used for both tumor controlled radiation as well as sparing the normal tissues from damage due to the effect of the radiation. It can effectively shape up the radiation to suit the shape of the tumor cell and also bombard the malignant tumor cells with higher doses of radiation, however, ensuring that the normal cells around the tumorous tissue are not harmed even the slightest.
A thing about the tumors is that it can move during a treatment and from one treatment session to the next as a result of the normal internal organs and hence it even the smallest differences in the way of the treatment is taken care of.
(HDR) High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
This therapy is another mode of targeting the tumor cells directly with the high dose rate of radio waves and not affecting the adjacent cells and organs.
The radioactive source travels to the target site with the help of a catheter
3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy
This makes use of the CT simulator which helps the physician to map and pinpoint the target.
Simulations can be performed very easily and quickly and with more efficiency. Furthermore, the procedure is also a patient compliant method.
The clinical application of the new technology allows treating lung, liver, bone and prostate tumors, among others, with the utmost precision in the administration of the treatment.
This precision, together with the possibility of applying high and highly curative doses, translates into a notable decrease in the sessions needed for treatment.
All this said and done there are new avenues to treat cancer and specially customize the treatment program on the basis of the requirement and the compliance ability of the patient.
These new treatment methods for cancer also ensure that more people suffering from the disease can be treated at large.