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M.R.I. (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) places patient in a strong magnetic field that passes waves through body. The computer creates an image by analysing changes in magnetic alignment of hydrogen protons in our cells. P.E.T. scanning (Positron Emission Tomography) introduces short-lived radio isotopes into body tissues that are then flooded with gamma rays, recorded and then analysed by computer to produce images.
cytology and histology: Cytology is concerned with examination of individual cells. The main application in cancer is in detection of abnormal cells. Histology or hystopathology looks at groups of cells.
laboratory studies: Scientific methodology gives us many ways to analyse and examine bodily extracts.
2. Prognosis What follows initial diagnosis means identifying appropriate treatments, forecasting probable course and outcome of disease (prognostication) and standardising design of research and treatment protocols. You may be given option to take part in a clinical study to help assess effectiveness of a new treatment. Some health centres and surgeries are offered payoffs for enrolling patients in clinical trials which are often ongoing 'action research'.
3. Treatment There are four main types of treatment in conventional cancer treatment: surgery: this offers best chance when cancer is contained to a single area and has a low tendency to spread radiotherapy: invented over 100 years ago, this treatment bombards specific areas of body with gamma rays. chemotherapy: uses chemical cocktails that suppress growth cycles of all cells in body. biological therapy: This treatment uses B.R.M.'s (Biological Response Modifiers) such as Interferon or Interleukin-2 to modify biological systems.
Taking these treatments is no guarantee that cancer will not return. They do not involve looking for or eliminating any causes. To this extent orthodox Western medical approaches to cancer are only palliative.
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