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Traditional cancer treatment

Cancer is the subject of intensive research and new therapies are constantly evolving. In this section, we focus on the traditional ways of treating cancer. If you are interested in complementary and integrative cancer treatments, you can find this information elsewhere on our website.

The goal of cancer treatment is to cure the patient and keep the cancer in control. Relapse of the cancer and its spread is prevented. The symptoms caused by the tumor are alleviated. Modern cancer treatment is in constant development and fine results have been achieved. However, the treatments can lead to a weakened immune system for the patient.

The exact type of cancer must be determined in order to be able to choose the right method for cancer treatment. The spread of the cancer in the body must also be investigated, since the treatment of spreading (metastatic cancer) and local cancer can be very different.

 

Individual cancer treatment

Cancer treatments follows a very individual pattern. What works in one person does not necessarily work for another. In traditional cancer care, it is important to use the clinically examined methods that have been tested and improved in many studies.

The underlying plan for the traditional treatment of cancer is to operate and / or irradiate cancer growth at the earliest possible stage. The ongoing development in pharmacy aims to create the worst possible conditions for growth of cancer.

 

Literature and other sources

·Robert A. Weinberg. The Biology of Cancer, 2nd Edition, 2016

·All about cancer. https://www.allaboutcancer.fi/facts-about-cancer/what-is-cancer/

·What is cancer. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/what-is-cancer

·Types of cancer treatments. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/types


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Cancerdrugs

Typical cancer drugs are chemotherapic agents (cytostatics), which intend to destroy the malignant cells. Cytostatic agents inhibit cell division and thus cause cell death. Cancer medications can be given to reduce or destroy an existing tumor and to counteract a malignant tumor.

How does cancer develop?

Cancer is thought to develop as a consequence of genetic damage in normal cells. The damage can be congenital (10-15 percent of cancer cases) or be caused by, for example, external factors. The cell contains genes which in turn contain germ plasma (DNA) that determines how the cell’s proteins are to be produced. Cancer develops when a string of mutations take place in genes that govern the cell’s ability to grow and divide. These mutations often lead to an overstimulation of cell growth a

What is cancer?

Every human body consists of billions of small cells. These form different tissues and organs such as skin, bone, blood, liver and many more. The cells in these organs have a variety of functions, the skin cells provide protection for the body, the blood cells transport nutrients and oxygen, the muscle cells enable movements and so on.