Finding A Cure: Stem Cell Research

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“Cancer is a disease that will come after you, your family, your work, and every facet of your life.” It is the second leading cause of deaths in the United States, and is directly associated to obesity. In fact, one out of every three woman, and half of men, will develop cancer in their lifetimes. Cancer attacks health, attitude, and confidence with array of chemicals, tests, treatments, and paperwork. In many cases it will come back, even stronger and terrifying. Since cancer is such an immense deal, and a lot of people are dying from it, then let’s find a cure for it (Dennis).

Fortunately, for my dad we were able to find a cure. On July 3 2007, my father’s doctor came to our house at five o’clock in the morning, to give us the devastating news about my dad; he has multiple myeloma. This is a painful cancer, where the abnormal cells are over taking, the plasma cells, in the bone marrow. My parents walked into my room, woke my sister, and I up, and spoke to us in a low monotone. They told us that Dad is going to be okay, but he is very sick. Unfortunately their faces struck more fear in us more than their words. He then went into extensive test, radiation therapy, and then into chemotherapy. This went on for seven months, and only a slight change happened. The doctors then decided to try stem cell transplant. They took the stem cells from the neostar, which went from his left side of his chest, around to his collarbone, and into his heart. They then extracted the stem cells from his heart. The stem cells would then be stored in DMSO, until the powerful doses of chemo killed off the cancerous cells, red blood cells, white plates. Therefore they would then give him shots, with the collected stem cells in his back.

Many people have attempted to find a cure; there was even some who have tried when there was not the technology we use today. There was a Greek physician, Hippocrates that named cancer “cancer”. He used Greek words carcinoma and carcinos to describe the tumors; he then called cancer “karkinos.” The words he used were actually words used to describe a crab, which was thought to describe the tumors. Hippocrates believed the human body was composed of four different liquids: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. He believed cancer was caused by one’s body having too much black bile in it He treated the cancers he found with bloodletting, diet and laxatives to treat his theory (humor-based therapy) this technique was used until the 19th century. Yet, he was not the first to discover cancer; the world’s oldest documented case of cancer was from Ancient Egypt in 1500 B.C. They documented it on a papyrus, recording eight different cases of different tumors on the breast; they treated these cases by castration. They also reported cancer is an untreatable disease, and is only palliative treatment. The Ancient Egyptians believed cancer was caused by the Gods. Cancer is where an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells is taking over...

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