Advancements of Radiation Oncology in Cancer Research

Advancements of Radiation Oncology in Cancer Research

symptoms of breast cancerEven though cancer is difficult to cure in the final stages there are still researches are going to find the proper medicine for it in the final stages. For all types of cancer, it is possible to treat in the early stages. But the issue is sometimes there will not be any symptoms in the early stages which makes treatment process delay. As medical breakthroughs are discovered every day and the prevention, cure, and treatments available for hundreds of diseases, cancer remains the second leading cause of death among men and women after heart disease. This does not mean that cancer research breakthroughs lack or is not coming along as fast as advances in other areas. It simply indicates that the new treatment technologies, such as radiation are developed and studied, not carried out at the same speed as diabetes, influenza, and cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention.

One of the problems of cancer treatment is that it is difficult to define prevention techniques, to some extent. Although doctors and researchers have discovered that tobacco, asbestos and other carcinogens may cause disease, there are no clear guidelines that ensure the person is free of cancer. Some have even argued that cancer is not a disease but a “condition” and to avoid the snuff and cancer-causing agents can help, there’s really nothing you can do to reduce your chances of developing cancer there.

Radiation Oncology – Most Advanced Treatments

Although the number of diagnosed cases of cancer cannot be cut as much as desired, the number of deaths diagnosed cases has fallen dramatically in recent years. In fact, cancer mortality has declined significantly since 1993 and a report by the New York Times in 2007 that 12,000 cancer deaths from the year 1993. As mentioned in the above paragraphs, many advances that come from “early detection and treatment of some of the leading causes of cancer deaths -. tumors of the lung, colon, breast, and prostate”.

One area where most improvement has come in cancer treatment is radiation. Radiotherapy is – as it seems it would be – the process for the treatment of cancerous tumors with radiation. Radiation oncology is done by doctors who use radiotherapy, involves dozens of different treatment methods that implement specialized highly advanced technology and equipment to deliver precise beams of radiation to the affected area without coming into contact with the surrounding tissue. An oncologist can use a wide range of specific therapeutic methods, only a few that are IMRT, or intensity modulated radiation therapy and TomoTherapy. Each of these has its advantages, and both are effective to deliver precise doses of radiation.

Only a radiation oncologist can help you decide exactly what form of radiation therapy may be better for a particular type of cancer, but overall progress in oncology gives new hope to cancer patients worldwide. As science continues to develop new tools and methods of treatment, we can expect more medicines and treatment process in the coming future to cure cancer in any stages and can reduce the death rate due to cancer.