The improved understanding of molecular biology and cellular biology due to cancer research has led to new treatments for cancer since US President Richard Nixon declared the " War on Cancer " in Competition for financial resources appears to have suppressed the creativity, cooperation, risk-taking and original thinking required to make fundamental discoveries, unduly favoring low-risk research into small incremental advancements over riskier, more innovative research.
Other consequences of competition appear to be many studies with dramatic claims whose results cannot be replicated and perverse incentives that encourage grantee institutions to grow without making sufficient investments in their own faculty and facilities.
Virotherapy , which uses convert viruses, is being studied. Cancer affects approximately 1 in 1, pregnant women. The most common cancers found during pregnancy are the same as the most common cancers found in non-pregnant women during childbearing ages: breast cancer, cervical cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, ovarian cancer and colorectal cancer.
Diagnosing a new cancer in a pregnant woman is difficult, in part because any symptoms are commonly assumed to be a normal discomfort associated with pregnancy. As a result, cancer is typically discovered at a somewhat later stage than average.
Some imaging procedures, such as MRIs magnetic resonance imaging , CT scans , ultrasounds and mammograms with fetal shielding are considered safe during pregnancy; some others, such as PET scans , are not. Treatment is generally the same as for non-pregnant women.
However, radiation and radioactive drugs are normally avoided during pregnancy, especially if the fetal dose might exceed cGy. In some cases, some or all treatments are postponed until after birth if the cancer is diagnosed late in the pregnancy. Early deliveries are often used to advance the start of treatment. Surgery is generally safe, but pelvic surgeries during the first trimester may cause miscarriage. Some treatments, especially certain chemotherapy drugs given during the first trimester , increase the risk of birth defects and pregnancy loss spontaneous abortions and stillbirths.
Elective abortions are not required and, for the most common forms and stages of cancer, do not improve the mother's survival. In a few instances, such as advanced uterine cancer, the pregnancy cannot be continued and in others, the patient may end the pregnancy so that she can begin aggressive chemotherapy. Some treatments can interfere with the mother's ability to give birth vaginally or to breastfeed. Radiation to the breast reduces the ability of that breast to produce milk and increases the risk of mastitis.
Also, when chemotherapy is given after birth, many of the drugs appear in breast milk, which could harm the baby. Veterinary oncology , concentrating mainly on cats and dogs, is a growing specialty in wealthy countries and the major forms of human treatment such as surgery and radiotherapy may be offered.
The most common types of cancer differ, but the cancer burden seems at least as high in pets as in humans. Animals, typically rodents, are often used in cancer research and studies of natural cancers in larger animals may benefit research into human cancer. In non-humans, a few types of transmissible cancer have been described, wherein the cancer spreads between animals by transmission of the tumor cells themselves.
This phenomenon is seen in dogs with Sticker's sarcoma also known as canine transmissible venereal tumor , and in Tasmanian devils with devil facial tumour disease DFTD. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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First of all, advances in detection have improved the ability to discover cancers earlier and to diagnose them more accurately than was the case only a few years ago. Indeed, some tests can identify precancerous tumours before symptoms appear and thus can be used to prevent cancers from developing.
In addition, improvements in conventional cancer treatments can cure many cases of cancer, and new therapeutic strategies show promise of being even more effective in thwarting the disease. This section reviews both conventional and innovative methods of diagnosing and treating cancer. The diagnosis of cancer typically begins with the detection of symptoms that may be related to the disease. Symptoms associated with cancer vary, but common examples include unusual bleeding, persistent cough , changes in bowel or bladder habits, a persistent lump, a sore that does not heal, indigestion or trouble swallowing, and a change in the appearance of a mole or wart.
The physician evaluating a person with any of those symptoms develops a diagnostic workup to determine whether a tumour is present and, if so, whether the growth is benign or malignant. The diagnostic methods employed depend on the type and location of the suspected tumour. The standard diagnostic workup begins with a detailed clinical history of the person. A complete physical examination, including laboratory tests such as a complete blood count and a urinalysis , is made.
Diagnostic imaging using X-rays , ultrasound , computed tomography CT scans, or magnetic resonance imaging MRI may be essential, and radioisotopes can be used to visualize certain organs or regions of the body. The many differences between cases of cancer, even of the same organ (i.e. different cases of breast cancer), is one of the main reasons that treating and curing cancer is so difficult. Despite the differences between different types of cancer, all cancers DO share some common features, 2 and these shared properties are the basis for many.