How Can Technology Improve How a Patient Tolerates Cancer Treatments?

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Technology has sometimes gotten a bad reputation in the cancer ward because so many of our treatments are high tech. Anybody who's had radiation therapy goes into a room that has tons of machinery, looks really scary, it looks like some strange science fiction movie. Chemotherapy is not dosed by a nurse counting out the drops but with a machine that counts the beeps, that beeps at the wrong time.

Surgery is often not done with the hands of surgeon these days but through a machine or robot. So there's a lot of technology and many people sometimes feel that the technology makes cancer treatments less humanized. It makes it more precise. So what we need to do is help focus the human element of cancer back into treatment.

In addition there are a number of technological advances that have help to feel better, the way we give pain medicine, for instance, through a patch on the skin or through a snow spray as landmark as far as helping you get better medication in you and in a more tailored way. The technology has also improved on anti-medics or anti-notion medicines greatly, so that fewer people have become very nauseous so throw up during chemotherapy than even five or ten years ago, and this technology has allowed people to really stay out of the hospital, be at home, and get through their treatment's, as easily as possible.