Cancer (medical term: malignant neoplasm) is a class of diseases in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth, invasion that intrudes upon and destroys adjacent tissues, and sometimes metastasis, or spreading to other locations in the body via lymph or blood. These three malignant properties of cancers differentiate them from benign tumors, which do not invade or metastasize.
Cancer is commonly seen as a disease; however, recently some researchers are starting to view cancer as a symptom, a sign that something has gone wrong in the body, the result of which is cancer. From this point of view cancer can be treated not by focusing on the cancer itself, but rather by focusing on fixing the underlying problem.
Cancer treatment is traditionally approached via one or more of three treatments: Surgery attempts to remove cancerous tissue or tumors from the body by excising the affected tissue, organ or limb. Alternately, the cancer cells may be subdued or killed via either radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Radiation therapy focuses beams of radioactive emanations on the affected tissue in the body. Chemotherapy introduces several doses of toxic material to the blood stream which distributes it throughout the body. The idea with both treatments is to do more damage to the cancer cells than to the healthy cells, thus eradicating the cancer from the body.
Treatment via nutrition
- Researcher Danny Hillis speaks at TED about proteomics, a way of seeing cancer as a symptom rather than a disease.
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