The Importance Of Cancer Treatment

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Cancer is predicted to eventually surpass heart disease and become the leading cause of death in the United States. In 2010, we had a rate of 171 cancer deaths per 100,000 people. It is projected that the actual number of cancer patients dying will continue to increase steadily each year. Cancer statistics guide researchers towards new ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer. Five-year relative survival rate is the percentage of patients who have not died from their cancer five years or more after being diagnosed. If the percentage surviving 5 years is 66%, this means that out of every 100 people, 66 of these people did not die in the five years after diagnosed with cancer. To know how many people currently live with cancer in the …show more content…
Cancer treatment can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and biological therapy. Cancer treatments can damage healthy cells and tissues which can cause annoying side effects. Chemotherapy drugs work by targeting fast growing and reproducing cells. The chemotherapy drugs travel through the body in your blood stream and as they circulate, the drugs damage static cancer cells. The tumor shrinks as the cells stop dividing and die. Chemotherapy is administered in different ways. An IV is the most common method where a needle is inserted into the vein attached with tubing that is inserted into a plastic bag containing the drug. Oral chemotherapy is when drugs are taken by mouth. Drugs can be injected into the muscle under the skin or directly into the area where the cancer is detected. Another cancer treatment is radiation therapy. Radiation kills cancer cells by damaging the cell’s DNA. A radiation machine creates a radiation beam of high energy rays that is focused on a specific area of the body where the cancer has been detected by x-rays. The radiation cannot be seen or felt by patient. A typical radiation treatment plan is usually 5 visits a week for 4-6 weeks. In some cases the only method needed is surgery. Curative surgery is a type of surgery that removes a part or all of the cancerous organ or tissue. It works best on cancers that haven’t spread to …show more content…
They will question “Why did this happen to me?” and worry about the well-being of their family if they do succumb to the disease. Being told you are dying from cancer is devastating and frightening hardship to face. Some will take the diagnosis hard, while others are stronger and accepts the terrible news. They will experience many emotions such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, and guilt. Some of these emotions will provoke so many uncertainties that the cancer patient once looked forward to such as watching their children or grandchildren graduate, going on vacation with family or friends, looking forward to retiring and enjoying life. They worry about who will take care of their children, their spouse, and the affect their death will have on the

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