STATES CHRONICLE- Cancer is one of the diseases that cause thousands of deaths every year. This is why researchers try to find new treatments that might be more effective for these patients. This new cancer treatment could improve the survival rate of people who suffer from brain tumors.
The Revolutionary Cap Device Is A New Cancer Treatment
This new cancer treatment consists of a cap device which produces electric fields. These are used to fight cancer cells. A recent trial shows that the survival rate of people who suffer from brain tumors and have used this treatment has improved. The ones that only received chemo had lower chances of survival.
When scientists compared the 5-year survival rate of those who received both chemo and this new treatment with the survival rate of those who only received chemo, the numbers were very different. Only 5% of patients who only received chemo survived 5 years after the study. 13% of the people who received both treatments survived.
The technology of this cap-like device is considered out of the box. Optune, the new cancer treatment is used with chemo. This treatment improves the results of chemotherapy. In order for the treatment to be effective, people need to wear the cap for at least 18 hours a day.
This device uses electrodes that are connected to a generator. The small generator can be carried around when the patients use the device. This new cancer treatment produces electrical fields which prevent cells from dividing. This way, the cancer cells can divide and they die.
Tumor Treating Fields, or TTFields, are low intensity, alternating electric fields that disrupt cell division through physical interactions with key molecules during mitosis in solid tumor cancers,” explained the maker of the treatment, Novocure.
Despite the fact that people might believe that their brain cells are also affected, this is not the case. The brain cells of an adult don’t divide as often as cancer cells do. That is why this device only affects cancer cells. Studies have shown that this cancer treatment combined with chemo is effective.
Although many doctors are skeptical about this new cancer treatment, the latest studies have shown its effectiveness. When it is combined with chemo, it tends to increase the survival rate of brain tumor patients. The price of the new treatment is around $21,000.
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