Are We Winning The War On Cancer?
Written by Adam Groff
Cancer affects the lives of millions of Americans each day, so it’s no wonder medical professionals consider the fight against it a war. Fortunately, cancer treatments are continuously improving, which makes dealing with this life-altering disease just a little easier.
So, what are some of the recent advancements in cancer treatments and how are they bettering the lives of people living with cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, men have a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer and, for women, the risk is 1 in 3. And, already there is an expected diagnosis of more than 1.5 million new cancer cases for 2013 alone.
Although these numbers are daunting, the war on cancer survival rates is looking hopeful.
The ACS reports that 5-year survival rates for people living with cancer is 68% and researchers are hopeful the next report, due in late 2013, will show an even larger percentage.
Although the ultimate goal in the war on cancer is a cure, significant advancements in the treatment of the disease are taking place. These advancements aren’t only making the treatment process easier, they’re also adding to cancer survivors’ quality of life.
- Tailored Treatments: Not all cancers are the same and in fact come with very individual genetics. Because of this, scientists and researchers are looking at how existing drugs can be used in new ways to improve cancer treatment specific to each patient by altering dosages and drug combinations.
- Using the Body’s Own Immune System: Called immunotherapy, treatments are already in use that harnesses the immune system of patients to help kill cancer-causing cells. This eliminates much of the toxicity that’s common with current treatments like chemotherapy.
- Remission Awareness: Doctors are doing everything they can to make sure the cancer community is more aware of the risk of remission by providing ongoing preventative cancer screening, which is fast becoming a mandate in the medical world.
- Access to Information: Like never before, clinical physicians and hospitals are teaming together to make cancer information more accessible to patients. With specialists and doctors networking, patients won’t be left in the dark about information surrounding their cancer.
- Early Detection: Alongside blood tests, urine and gene testing are becoming more prevalent with certain cancer detection. For example, prostate cancer that was once only examined through prostate-specific antigens (PSA) are now being tested by antigens in the urine and changes in the patient’s genes as well, which is detection on three fronts.
- Forms of Treatment: Different forms of cancer treatment are resulting in promising outcomes as well. Lung cancer treatment for example is highly toxic to healthy body tissue because of its location and proximity to other organs. As a result, scientists have developed a lung cancer inhalation system that carries chemotherapeutic drugs directly to the source.
The war against cancer is a long way from victory, but continuing the advancements in cancer treatment is half the battle.
About the Author
Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including personal health,problems with ripoff report, and family.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”