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Advances in the past 10 years are rapidly changing the way that cancer is treated. In the past treatments were centered on either the removal or killing of the cancerous cells, but with a greater understanding of the way cancer cells work, scientists are making advances toward new ways of containing and curing this disease. Investigators hope the study of cancer progression will soon reveal the genes that regulate metastasis, the spread of cancer cells, so that it is possible to stop cancer's development before it becomes deadly. Cancer presents the past, present, and future of cancer research in a readable and comprehensive format. It begins with a short summary of cell biology and continues with an overview of the way cancer cells work and how researchers have discovered the nature of these cells. The book looks closely at the successes and failures of treatments using high doses of chemo- or radiation therapy; the plight of cancer survivors; recent advances in the use of light-activated compounds, monoclonal antibodies, gene therapy, and stem cells, which have provided powerful methods for dealing with this disease; as well as the extensive research that has been done to determine the causes of different types of cancer. Biographies of researchers in this field along with a bibliography, glossary, and index, add to this informative and invaluable reference.
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Joseph is a masculine given name originating from Hebrew, recorded in the Hebrew Bible, as יוֹסֵף, Standard Hebrew Yossef, Tiberian Hebrew and Aramaic Yôsēp̄.
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