End Cancer with Cancer Moonshot 2020

End Cancer with Cancer Moonshot 2020
Cancer Moonshot 2020 is a new initiative aimed to end cancer as we know it. Led by Vice President Joe Biden, Cancer Moonshot 2020 aims to break down barriers and enable progress by enhancing data access, facilitating collaborations, and investing in the development of new technologies and treatments. 

While the $1 billion announced to fund this initiative is a large figure on its own, the effort will need to hyper-focus its resources and influence to make a meaningful impact. In this issue, we explore some practical ways that Cancer Moonshot 2020 can make good on its promise to improve outcomes for patients everywhere.

New Faces of Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy is changing cancer as we know it. Experts predict that in just 10 years, immunotherapy will form the backbone for over 60% of cancer treatments, as opposed to less than 3% today.

As the cancer treatment landscape shifts from traditional to immune-targeted therapies, it’s important to understand the benefits and limitations of each approach. By examining the faces of immunotherapy, we can best understand how immunotherapy is changing the world.

Combining Therapies to Treat Cancer
There’s never been a more exciting time for the field of cancer immunotherapy. New treatments are showing great promise and changing the way we think about cancer care.

At the forefront of this revolution is the idea of combining therapies to combat the many ways cancers can adapt and survive. As our understanding of cancer and the immune system grows, we are witnessing the emergence of a new vision – where practical combinations can benefit many more patients now faced with life-threatening disease.

Effects of Cancer Treatment

With our ongoing series on immunotherapy and comparisons between various cancer treatment techniques, it is important to see what it is that different therapies do to the human body. In the field of cancer research, there are many types of treatment that are currently used. Today, we examine what radiation therapy and several variations of targeted therapy and immunotherapy do, in order to discuss the effects of cancer treatment on the body:

Importance of Durable Response Rate for Cancer Treatment Trials

An objective response evaluation is a type of assessment that measures the response to a cancer treatment. This determines whether or not the agent or treatment method demonstrates a viable result that calls for further testing. This can measure clinical, as well as palliative effects, as patient comfort and symptom control can be taken into consideration. The main purpose to measuring objective response is to assure researchers that they are not overestimating response or success rates.

Head and Neck Cancer

 

The point at which cancer is discovered in the body can make a large impact on successful treatment. However, different types of cancer can be discovered much more easily than others. While many types of cancers form inside the body and are much harder to detect – with the naked eye – there are some that start on the skin or exterior of the body and are easy to see. Having regular check-ups – and being screened for cancer, at the first sign of a problem – will make all the difference.

The Sun's UV Rays

 

As the leading cause of death from skin cancer, melanoma is often referred to as “the most dangerous type of skin cancer” (Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov), despite being less common than Squamous cell and Basal cell skin cancers. Because of its definition as one of the more deadly forms of cancer, public knowledge surrounding melanoma is of great importance. As a visible cancer – and one that is more easily preventable than many other forms – individuals should be actively involved in avoiding risk factors, as well as educating themselves on the causes and symptoms of the condition.

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As the largest organ of the body, the skin protects us from a myriad of conditions, parasites, and other foreign agents. Be that as it may, it is also highly susceptible to different diseases, viruses, and cancers. Different skin types can be more resistant or more susceptible to different conditions. One type of cancer that aggressively attacks the skin is melanoma: the later stage of which is known as metastatic melanoma.


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