New Cancer Treatment Promises Hope

Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy (IPHC) with Mitomycin C after Cytoreductive Surgery for Patients with Peritoneal Carcinomatosis - a long, technical term for modern medicine inrepparttar fight against cancer.

I hadrepparttar 147835 rare opportunity to speak with Dr. Perry Shen of Wake Forest University. As I listened, he explained how this groundbreaking treatment is extendingrepparttar 147836 lives of patients suffering from Peritoneal Carcinomatosis. *(Peritoneal membrane surrounds and lubricatesrepparttar 147837 surface of organs withinrepparttar 147838 abdomen; eg., colon, gallbladder, spleen, ovaries, intestines, liver, etc..) Because Advanced-stage Peritoneal carcinomatosis (cancer) and disseminated peritoneal lymphomas are often resistant to current chemotherapy treatment, medical researchers out of Wake Forest University have engaged inrepparttar 147839 study and treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis since 1991.

Dr. John Spratt first began describing using interdominal heated therapy in 1980, and found that this particular method worked well in conjunction with chemotherapy. By giving chemotherapy interdominally with much higher concentrated heat, (41 degrees Celcius - or around 105 degrees Fahrenheit) through tumor-removal surgery,repparttar 147840 heated medicine showed an increase in its effectiveness; thus, decreasing tumors. (1. Cytoreductive surgery consists ofrepparttar 147841 removal of all gross tumors and involved organs, peritoneum, or tissue deemed technically feasible and safe forrepparttar 147842 patient. Any tumors adherent or invasive to vital structures that could not be removes were cytoreduces usingrepparttar 147843 cavitational ultrasonic surgical aspirator.)

Overall survival rates were improved of 109 Patients (with peritoneal carcinomatosis) treated between December 1991 and November 1997. (2. Clinicopathologic factors that independently predicted improved overall survival rates.)

A one-time treatment, IHPC lasts approximately 1-2 hours, but standardly, a 2-hour treatment is utilized by Wake Forest University. Initially, patients are cooled to a core temperature of approximately 34 Degrees C to 35 Degrees C. Once cooled, peritoneal perfusion inflow and outflow catheters are placed peroutaneously intorepparttar 147844 abdominal cavity. With temperature probes acting as moderators,repparttar 147845 abdomen is gently massaged throughout perfusion to enhance drug distribution to all peritoneal areas. Because tumor tissue is more responsive to heat than normal tissue (due to intrinsic thermosensitivity) IHPC improvesrepparttar 147846 chemosensitivity of tumor cells to Mytomycin C(MMC).

With an average life expectancy of 3-6 months after diagnosis of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis, patients are gaining new hope as IHPC treatment is extending life by as much as 15 months; and a few selected patients' lives have even been extended to 28-30 months.

Laser Eye Correction Surgery : Will it Work for You?

Written by Jenna Keys

Technology moves at alarmingly fast rates now, and where glasses or contact lenses have been required inrepparttar past to correct vision deficiencies there is now an alternative. Laser eye correction is a relatively affordable procedure that means you wonít need to wear your reading glasses anymore and can correct virtually any eye problem. It is suitable for any adult with an eye problem and may berepparttar 147800 answer you are looking for.

What is Laser Eye Correction?

Laser Eye Correction, or refractive surgery as it is also known, is a quick procedure usually taking up to 15 minutes per eye. The actual laser treatment consists of less than 1 minute. During this process a laser scans your eyes pinpointing hundreds of unique points on your cornea. Once this is done,repparttar 147801 software used can determine exactly whererepparttar 147802 fault lies and ascertainrepparttar 147803 minor adjustments needed to restore your sight back to a reasonable level. The laser then reshapesrepparttar 147804 cornea so that your eyesight becomes at least 20/40 vision, although in most cases it can be restored completely to 20/20 vision. Your surgeon will, of course, talk you throughrepparttar 147805 exact procedure before surgery commences and if you have any questions, do not be afraid to ask.

You will be administered with anaesthetic eye drops prior to any procedure and a subtle restraining device placed on your eyes so there is no danger of you blinking. The apparatus accounts for small eye movements, so even if you canít quite manage to stare atrepparttar 147806 red light allrepparttar 147807 way throughrepparttar 147808 procedure there shouldnít be a problem.

Most patients suffer from little or no discomfort andrepparttar 147809 recovery time afterrepparttar 147810 procedure is very little. It is advised that on completion ofrepparttar 147811 correction you rest your eyes until next day, donít stare at a television or a computer and donít go anywhere where there is smoke or other pollutants. Next day you should be able to return to your normal daily life withoutrepparttar 147812 need for glasses or contact lenses.

Exactly how effective isrepparttar 147813 treatment?

Approximately 95% of patients have 20/20 vision or better following treatment and half have reported that their eyesight is better after treatment than when using glasses or contacts before. Ordinarily there is no need for further treatment becauserepparttar 147814 sight you have after correction isrepparttar 147815 sight you will have forrepparttar 147816 rest of your life. In fact, many clinics offerrepparttar 147817 equivalent of a lifetime guarantee, so if you do need any enhancements you will receive them free of charge.

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