Experimental Cancer Treatments

Experimental cancer treatments are defined as medical therapies that are designed  to treat cancer by improving, supplementing or replacing conventional methods. Many cancer patients families are willing to try nonconventional clinical trials, although they may not have the money to afford it. Insurance companies are not willing to support these types of treatments because they are so risky and a good final result is not guaranteed. However, many families look to experimental treatments as a last ditch resort and it is often seen as a small glimmer of hope for their loved one.

Scientists all over the world are trying to find a cure to the unfortunately common disease that is cancer. They have tried pills, injections, different types of radiation, etc, and often require lots of money, commitment and patience. Most treatments are in countries such as Mexico, however, many clinical trials are invented in the United States. The issue is that that many scientists, including doctors, are torn on opinions. Many approve of it because they see it as using new innovations to benefit the ill, even if they aren’t fool proof, but many doctors encourage patients to keep with traditional treatments and to avoid risks and worsening their illness. Although these cancer treatments have become popularized over the past 10 years –due to medical machinery advancement–  there is not a treatment for every type of cancer. The biggest medical concern is that after all the money spent by the patients, the treatment won’t work. Although the trial may be tested millions of times by the scientist who creates them, they are essentially experimental and not 100% perfect, like most cancer treatments.

This issue has been heavily debated because 39.6% of men and women are diagnosed with cancer at one point in their life and scientists are always searching for a cure. Most, if not all people, have a friend or family member that has fought cancer or lost the battle to their body. These clinical trials give those ill and their loved ones hope, although there is not a guaranteed result. Success of trials has risen over the past few years, so popularity of clinical trials has grown. Increased support has given the scientists who create the experiments more funding, causing more support from conventional doctors against these tests, only causing more issues over the debated subject.

This is important to me because colon cancer runs in my family and my aunt and neighbor were diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately my neighbor lost the battle but if she used clinical trials, then it may be possible that she would still be alive today. My aunt was however able to fight using radiation and chemotherapy. This fuels the issue because this proves that not all conventional treatments work on everyone and that experimental treatments can help the entire population. Also, unfortunately if I am diagnosed with cancer I want to be able to know that I have an option that will guarantee me my life. If experimental cancer treatments continue to succeed, then one may find the cure to cancer one day.


One thought on “Experimental Cancer Treatments

  1. Hey Helen, this article was super informative. I did catch a few grammatical errors, but I really caught your empathy and understanding for both sides of why experimental treatments are so controversial. Obviously experimental treatments are very important because without them we would be left with what we have, no fool proof cure for cancer, but they do provide a high risk for the patient. I too hope you do not get colon cancer, t’would be quite unfortunate.


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