A new wave of new cancer treatment options is emerging and is set to change the current courses involving chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
Some of the new alternatives do seem like taken from fiction movies. Immunotherapy, or bionic therapy, is based on boosting the body’s defenses by using mutated or artificial antibodies. Usually, the immune system takes care of any abnormal cells inside the body. In the case of cancer, the diseases can mask its presence, eluding the reach of antibodies.
Monoclonal antibodies and checkpoint inhibitors have already been successfully used in the treatment of cancers and mark the basis for a number of new drugs, including Nivolumab and Pembrolizumab. Because these courses employ the body’s own resources to fight the disease, the treatments are safer, less invasive, better targeted and more effective than say radiation, which destroys both sick and healthy cells.
Robotic surgery is another cutting-edge alternative. Meant to be a superior form of surgery, minimally-invasive and more accurate, this is a powerful tool in the fight against cancer. The robot-assisted therapy is better suited for smaller tumors but can handle a wide number of scenarios. Compared to traditional operations, it causes less damage and the patient recovery period is considerably shorter. It has some limitations though, the frame is quite large and it can’t reach some parts of the body.
In addition to these, there are now considerably more experts and major medical centers equipped to better handle treatments and recovery.
Even compared to only a few years ago, the threat of cancer doesn’t seem as scary, as medicine has made significant advancements and offers improved medical care and better outcomes.