A number of factors determine what constitutes an effective cancer therapy. The type (benign and malignant) and organ involved are some of the determinant factors.
An ideal cancer therapy would involve killing or removing cancer cells while leaving normally growing cells intact. When the tumor is accessible, like in small superficial skin tumors, removal is possible. In less accessible cases, however, a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy may be necessary. New and experimental techniques also promise alternatives for safer and more effective cancer therapy. These are gene therapy, bone marrow and stem cell transplants, protease inhibitors and anti angiogenesis drugs. Telomerase inhibitors targeting cell division process and biological therapies enhancing immune system’s response are also being explored. Continue reading “Considering Cancer Therapy as an Option”