The New Year brings new and hopeful discoveries in the field of cancer research. I recently read about a revolutionary discovery that will allow scientists to compare the differences between normal cells and cancer cells. Up until now, this could not be done because researchers weren’t able to keep normal cells taken from patients alive, even though they could keep tumor cells alive. New research techniques like this will enable scientists to better understand mesothelioma and other types of cancer-leading to better treatment options and ultimately cures.
Focusing Cancer Treatments on Each Patient
Previously, normal cell cultures for most organs could not be created in a lab. This made it impossible for researchers to directly compare normal cells and cancerous tumor cells. Being able to study these cells side by side will provide oncologists with the ability to find the right treatments for each individual and spare normal cells from the toxicity of cancer treatments.
This study will also revolutionize the work that pathologist can do. Today, pathologist can only work with biopsies that are frozen, fixed or embedded in wax. In the future, pathologists will be able to use the information obtained from the live cells to diagnose tumors and screen treatments for patients.
Treatment for Mesothelioma
Just as each person is unique so is their mesothelioma. A treatment that works for one patient may cause severe side effects or have no effect on another patient. Scientists are conducting clinical trials every day to test and refine personalized cancer treatments. Research such as the recent live cell study at Georgetown University is key to being able to focus treatment on individual patients. This will bring us one step closer to finding a cure for this devastating cancer.
Cancer Research and Mesothelioma
I am constantly encouraged when I read of new discoveries being made in the field of cancer. These discoveries are the gateway to advances in the treatment of mesothelioma. I am looking forward to the new promise 2012 brings to the cure for mesothelioma and other cancers.