War on Cancer

The human being is a delicate life form. We succumb to diseases and illnesses rather quickly, in spite of our immune system. Sometimes you can be cautious to the brim but you still may succumb to some viral disease or influenza. However, being the intelligent lifeform we are, we have devised an entire science dedicated to the study of these diseases and how to counter them. This science is what we call medicine.

And with the help of this ever advancing study of medicine, we have dealt with a great number of diseases along the way. However, we still have a ways to go with medical science since there are still a number of diseases that we haven’t yet found a cure to. When we hear talk about an incurable disease, the first thing that automatically pops into our minds is cancer.

Throughout history, cancer has continuously caused us trouble and has been a major part of our suffering as human beings and till this day, cancer still poses that kind of a threat to us.  The words ‘You have cancer’ are still among the most dreaded words you could ever hear from your doctor. Being told that you have cancer is tantamount to being handed an unavoidable death sentence that you know will kill you slowly and you’ll also get to watch your loved ones suffer by your side as you go.

cancer670We have come so far as a species and our technological advances have been faster than ever before in our history. So why does cancer still pose this much of a threat to us? Well, unlike other diseases, cancer is complex and multifactorial. Once a cancer cell forms in your body, it is likely to keep multiplying and breaking down healthy cells in its surrounding areas.

These cells can be controlled in earlier stages but you usually don’t find out about your cancer till it hits a stage that you just can’t do much about. Cancer is caused by a multitude of small everyday things. Even if you don’t smoke, you can still get lung cancer from breathing in impure and polluted air for too long. You can get cancer from an overexposure to the sun and radio waves as well.

This is what makes cancer as common as it is, However, due to recent advances in the medical science we have been weaving with practice since ancient times, we may have uncovered ways to effectively stop cancer in its tracks after all. That is correct. The miracle of science that we all have been waiting for is nigh!

For more information on how the evolution of our view of the human immune system has led to a discovery that could potentially aid us in overcoming cancer, visit http://www.labroots.com/webinars on the 10th of May, 2016 and at 10AM Pacific time to attend a webinar against cancer by Dr John Connolly, The Senior Principal Investigator and Director for Translational Immunology at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology. It’s about time we stop fearing cancer. Find out what it takes to break cancer down.


Controversial New Study Suggests Expensive Scans Are Ineffective For Lung Cancer

Cancer is one of the most horrible diseases for human kind, and one of its kinds is lung cancer. Once you have undergone your correct treatment for this kind of treatment, the most logical thing to do is to monitor your organism with the end goal of detecting cancer as soon as it appears again.

But did you know that according to a new study this may be a pretty ineffective practice? These costly scans which are used in order to detect cancer, according to this new study, have next to nothing in terms of survival rates. As you can see it’s going to be our topic of discussion for this new article.

We are talking about PET scans. This type of scan is vital in the treatment of cancer, because it allows the doctor to make a correct diagnosis, because this kind of scan has a lot of power, which allows the doctor to see in a pretty detailed manner the increased activity of cells. The unique downside is that a PET scan is nothing but really expensive.

pet scanAs we have seen PET scans are important for the diagnosis, but it may not be the case for the monitoring or recurrence. According to this study, which has been released in high authority websites like Labroots.com, a PET scan may be ineffective and an overkill for patients who want to monitor the recurrence of lung cancer. By the way, this is also a topic which will be discussed in 2016 Cancer Research & Oncology Virtual Event at LabRoots. Because this study has caused quite a lot of controversy, and due to its nature many important communities like LabRoots.com are pretty interested in discussing this topic in exact detail.

Now let’s talk more about the study. This study has used the data from almost 100,000 patients of lung cancer and esophageal cancer. As you can see this study has used a pretty big sample, so that the results can be as exact as possible. The study found out that at least 22% of lung cancer patient went for a PET scan at least once during their follow-up period.

But the results found by the study suggest that a PET scan does next to nothing for a lung cancer patient. Because this study tells us that both people, the ones who went for PET scan as well as the ones who didn’t, have the same possibilities of surviving two years more.

Based on the results of this study we can conclude that a PET scan is an unnecessary expense. The main point here is that, according to the researches, every lung cancer patient who goes for a PET scan is literally throwing the money to the bin.

This is all for now. It’s still a pretty controversial topic, and the study has to be reviewed very carefully, that’s why many important communities are setting up meetings in order to discuss this interesting topic.