Cancer is a vicious disease that effects everyone at some point, either directly or someone they know will be effected. There are several theories and practices being tested to try and prevent and destroy this terrible group of diseases – forever.
Getting stung by a wasp is something that nobody wants, but it turns out that their venom may be able to do more good than harm. Researchers have found that the venom from the Brazilian wasp Polybia paulista has the ability to stop certain cancer cells from growing. There’s a lot of science in the details, but through further testing researchers may be able to start treating certain types of cancer using this wasp venom. Crazy.
Precision is everything when it comes to surgery and we all know that hands can be shaky. So, these robotic surgeons were developed to serve as the stablest hands in the world, removing tumors with incredible precision without a human hand ever coming in contact with the patient. Think doc ock form Spider-Man, but as a surgeon.
An advanced radiation treatment for small to medium brain tumors and other neurological conditions. Gamma Knife isn’t a knife at all, but a machine that delivers a single, finely focused, dose of radiation to one point. The machine can target abnormalities less than 3 centimeters or 1 inch in diameter.
Cancer Fighting Nanobots
Robots have come a very long way over the past few years, and now engineers have developed robots the size of a red blood cell. While these nano robots won’t necessarily look like spaceships, they will be able to target specific cancerous cells and attack them with precision. Just imagine walking around with tiny robots inside of you… kinda weird, but kinda awesome.
Researchers have developed a way to grow human tumors outside of the body — in the lab — to speed up testing of drugs. Doctors plan to use the technology to find the most effective treatment for the patient without having to put them through so many tests to find the best ones.
Proton Beam Therapy
Remember hearing about those crazy particle accelerators that scientists were using to create black holes? Well, Proton beam therapy uses similar technology to accelerate protons to insane speeds to shoot them into tumors and then explode. This is the very simplified explanation of how it works, but it’s one of the most accurate forms of radiation therapy for tumors, preventing destruction of healthy tissue from un-targeted radiation. Science!
Adoptive Cell Therapy
Researchers have developed a way to take immune cells from a cancer patient, isolate those that are already armed to fight the cancer or modify others to give them that ability, multiply them, and then inject them back into the body to fight cancer. They’re essentially creating an army of anti-cancer super soldiers.
DNA cages are small strands of DNA used to encapsulate small-molecule drugs and deliver them to the body. DNA cages have many advantages over the current synthetic materials used to deliver drugs, the cages are biodegradable, can be built with precision, their size, shape, and properties can be easily adjusted. This is essentially a super complicated, scientific drug mule.
CIVO is a device that allows test drugs to be simultaneously delivered into specific areas within a living tumor. The hand-held device is a microinjection procedure that consists of needles positioned to deliver drugs into up to eight different tissue depths within a tumor. With this, doctors can tell very quickly what treatment will be the best for each individual patient.
Researchers have developed a device that can find a single cell amid 1 billion cells in a teaspoon of blood. Talk about finding a needle in a haystack! But seriously, this could help doctors monitor patient for cancer spread, allowing the patient to be treated sooner. It may also help to improve treatment choices and monitor effectiveness through a blood test.
Scientists have taken a “very positive step” towards creating a universal vaccine against cancer that makes the body’s immune system attack tumours as if they were a virus, experts have said. Writing in Nature, an international team of researchers described how they had taken pieces of cancer’s genetic RNA code, put them into tiny nanoparticles of fat and then injected the mixture into the bloodstreams of three patients in the advanced stages of the disease. The patients’ immune systems responded by producing “killer” T-cells designed to attack cancer. The vaccine was also found to be effective in fighting “aggressively growing” tumours in mice, according to researchers, who were led by Professor Ugur Sahin from Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany.
“[Such] vaccines are fast and inexpensive to produce, and virtually any tumour antigen [a protein attacked by the immune system] can be encoded by RNA,” they wrote
“Thus, the nanoparticulate RNA immunotherapy approach introduced here may be regarded as a universally applicable novel vaccine class for cancer immunotherapy.”
There are some ways that kratom can help you treat cancer better, including how you manage your symptoms and deal with the side effects of treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation are the two major treatments for cancer. Chemotherapy is when your doctor prescribes a mixture of strong drugs that will fight your disease and radiation treatment is when you have targeted radiation aimed at the cancerous growths within you in order to kill them. Both of these treatments have their side effects. For example: nausea, vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. Some cancer patients have found relief for some of their side effects with kratom, including increased energy, reduction of nausea and vomiting and many more not listed here. Although there isn’t any science behind kratom as a cancer treatment aid, there are a lot of users claiming it works, and there may be research done in the future. Unfortunately, kratom has been labeled a schedule 1 drug, by the DEA and is banned in the United States.
Oncologists, more than doctors in any other discipline within medicine, support the option of recommending cannabis as part of a treatment program for patients suffering from cancer. However, while the positive effects of using cannabis to alleviate cancer symptoms have been well documented, the U.S. government continues to classify cannabis as a Schedule I drug — high potential for abuse and no known medical use. Consequently, the federal government’s position on cannabis stifles much-needed research on cannabis as a “cure” for cancer.
Reprogramming HIV genes to attack cancer cells
The treatment uses a disabled version of the virus that causes AIDS to reprogram the genes of a person’s immune system and retrain it to kill cancer cells. Researchers remove millions of the patients’ T-cells, a type of white blood cell, and insert new genes that would allow the T-cells to kill cancerous ones. Disabled HIV is used for the treatment because the virus is good at transmitting genetic material into T-cells. Then the engineered T-cells are pumped back into the body where they are intended to attack B-cells, which turn malignant during leukemia. The reengineered cells can stay in the body for years, though not at the same level as when fighting the disease.
Vitamin B17, also called amygdalin or laetrile, which is commonly found in the bitter almond tree, is a glycoside nutrient linked with cancer prevention in alternative medicine practices — and there are anecdotal claims that it’s actually cured cancer.
The new treatment, includes the human protein GcMAF (Globulin component Macrophage Activating Factor). GcMAF works to activate macrophages already present within the human body, which can fight against and destroy cancer cells.
The body produces GcMAF naturally, yet some people cannot make enough of this human protein to ward off disease – so by administering this protein to people, the immune system can be strengthened to go up against cancer without the use of more intense, invasive procedures such as chemotherapy or radiation – which can sometimes lead to more cancer and deteriorate the human body.