With our improved understanding of cancer biology, several new techniques are being developed to enhance the outcome of treatment. While such modalities are currently under the experimental phase, it promises a ray of endless hope in the cancer treatment. Some of these techniques are discussed below.
Small magnets are attached to anti-tumor particles that are delivered to the tumor. A strong magnet is placed above the patient’s body and is positioned exactly over the tumor site. The delivered magnetic anti-tumor particles are then attracted to the exact site of the tumor owing to the presence of the strong magnetic field around the patient.
It is well known that tumors are caused due to subtle changes in small units that carry hereditary information form one generation to the other (gene). Active research is now being done to alter these defective genes and administer the corrected form of the gene to the patient in an attempt to treat the patient. It can be used for administration of specific drug formulations or cancer vaccines. The tumor can also be made more sensitive to either radiation or chemotherapy. This form of treatment is called gene therapy. Gene therapy has the potential to cure a patient of cancer.