by Ashley Lippin
Cancer has been a common disease that has affected many people as well as affecting their loved ones who are close to the person they lost to the disease. It is devastating to watch people as young as children, teenagers, young adults, and adults are a victim to cancer. Cancer can be in someone’s genetics as well as be caused by an action like how smoking causes lung cancer. Brain tumors are in my genetics and I have lost many family members including my father to brain cancer. In November of this year, researchers have finally had a break to begin treating this horrible disease.
Researchers have tested a combination of radiation treatment and a substance that blocks the transforming growth factor beta for treating glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is a form of a brain tumor that is usually too large and would destroy too much brain tissue to be removed once the cancer is found in someone’s brain. The scientists used mice to test their theory and transplanted glioblastoma cells into the brains of mice. It was concluded with the combination of radiations and the substance; they survived longer than the mice that only received radiotherapy. The tumors grew more slowly and did not invade the entire brain which allowed a longer life span. This theory is going to continue to be tested and could be the beginning to finding a cure to help the victims of the horrible cancer.
I think that brain cancer has been one of the most common deaths in all ages that does not involve in making bad decisions. This person did not choose to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, it could be from the person’s genetics like my father’s case. It is devastating to see how many cases of cancer there are every year. However, it is relieving that scientists are being able to start finding ways to slow down the growth of the tumor to give people more time with their families. However, what is needed to find a cure and to stop allowing cancer to get our lives? How late is too late to start using this substance to slow down the process? Can everyone use this method? What are the side effects?