While the American Cancer Society predicts that 1.6 people living in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017, cancer research continues to accelerate at a promising pace. Scientists are directing their efforts toward creating better treatments with fewer side effects, and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America is leading the way forward for patient-centered approaches to cancer care. In addition to providing treatment at facilities around the country, doctors from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America regularly contribute their expertise to publications that promote healthy living for cancer patients and survivors. Here are a few examples of the groundbreaking research and therapies coming from the world’s leading cancer experts:
Revolutionary Cancer Treatments
Dr. Bruce Gershenhorn writes about one of the newer cancer treatments in an article titled “What Is All the Hype About Immunotherapy?” He explains how cancer is able to evade detection by the body’s immune system, which is why otherwise healthy people can have cancer without knowing it. Research on immunotherapy drugs is revealing how we can help immune systems identify cancer cells and attack them by targeting a protein called PD-L1. Such drugs are also called checkpoint inhibitors because of the role they play in moderating interactions between white blood cells and cancerous cells. Although the earliest research into checkpoint inhibitors dates back to the 1800s, the FDA finally started approving immunotherapy drugs for treating lung cancer, melanoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and several other types of cancer a few years ago.
Cancer Recovery and Nutrition
In an article titled “10 Tips on How to Combat Malnutrition During Cancer Treatment and Beyond,”
Dr. Carolyn Lammersfeld emphasizes the importance of eating healthy and staying active while recovering from cancer. It’s common for cancer patients to lose weight after undergoing treatment, but maintaining a proper diet can help prevent the more serve symptoms of malnutrition. This piece helps patients and caretakers identify the early symptoms of malnutrition, and it lists ways to limit the loss of muscle mass and bone density that many patients experience.
The Ins and Outs of Immunotherapy
Cancer is notoriously difficult to treat because it manifests differently in every patient. Dr. Maurie Markmandiscusses the challenges and limitations of checkpoint inhibitors in a piece titled “Why Does Immunotherapy Work for Some but Not for Others?” Unfortunately, about half of cancer patients who take immunotherapy drugs today see no improvement, or their disease eventually relapses. Dr. Markman proposes several reasons why this may be the case and, more importantly, what scientists are doing to make these drugs work better for everyone.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, or CTCA, is an international network of hospitals with five facilities in the U.S. in addition to a site in Mexico City and brand presence in the Middle East and Latin America. CTCA was established in 1988 with the mission of providing patient-centered cancer care. The doctors at CTCA combine conventional approaches such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation with integrative therapies to help patients mitigate side effects and live longer, healthier lives.
As part of its integrative approach to care, CTCA remains at the forefront of breakthroughs in genomic testing and precision cancer treatments such as immunotherapy to make sure that every patient has access to personalized medicine. CTCA doctors are among the most respected in their field, and they frequently contribute their expertise to various healthcare publications.
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