End of Chemotherapy?


Normal cells (above) vs Cancer cells (below)

(Photo credit: National Cancer Institution)

Article link: http://healthland.time.com/2013/06/26/no-more-chemo-doctors-say-its-not-so-far-fetched/

Chemotherapy has long been one of the most common methods to treat cancer, however this may change in the near future. Chemotherapy is a combination of drugs and aims to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells. Drugs used in Chemotherapy, often called Chemo drugs, targets rapid growing cells whether they are cancer cells or normal cells. There are many side effects of Chemotherapy like anemia, or a low red blood cell count. Doctors are thinking of other treatments that are less harmful to the body and more specialized for the patient.

This article reports that doctors are looking into alternative treatments. Chemotherapy may not die out and become a reserve treatment due to the fact that it is still a proven method to fight against cancer. This article is newsworthy since it talks about a fairly large issue and talks about how the improvements in the understanding of cancer change how it is treated and the types of treatments that are developed for it. I felt the article could have given a little more background on Chemotherapy like in the paragraph above. This article was interesting to me since I know cancer is a big issue and it is very difficult to cure.


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