By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There was a time when people thought of cancer as “cancer”. It was a word that could not be said out loud. Ask someone seventy or older and they will tell you that the word struck terrible fear in people’s hearts.READ MORE: Sharon Hill Police Officers Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
I am not saying that cancer is something to be taken lightly but there is no doubt that the major advances of the last fifteen years have changed the perception of most of us. In some cases there are treatments that can result in complete remission and in others the treatment can extend lives.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District, Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium Team Up To Bring Vaccines To Areas In Need
Another key development is the fact that not all of the treatments have as many side effects. Chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells but it also kills healthy cells. That is why people lose hair or have stomach issues.MORE NEWS: Frankford High School Student Shot 3 Times On Way To School, Police Say
Many of the treatments today actually attack the cancer cells in a more targeted approach. This helps eliminate many of the side effects.