Jordan Cooper Assignment #5

Jordan Cooper Assignment #5 - Cooper 1 Jordan Cooper April...

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Cooper 1 Jordan Cooper April 21, 2011 Eric York English 250, HQ Word Count: 1338 Nanotechnology in Cancer Research When it comes to new technologies, there are always advocates and opponents, and nanotechnology is no different. Certainly there are dangers associated with using a new technology that is still in its early stages, but for it to improve and become beneficial, it needs to be used. Science fiction novels and movies often portray nanotechnology as a highly volatile and extremely dangerous piece of technology when, in reality, it is just like every other piece of technology and looking to benefit mankind. According to the Department of Pharmacology at the Jawaharial Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, “nanomedicine involves the utilization of nanotechnology for the benefit of human health and well-being” (Adithan). Nanotechnology has the potential to cure diseases with something that is one billion times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. Since nanotechnology provides such enormous potential in various parts of the medical field, the United States government should increase funding and research for future, medicine-related nanotechnology projects. Nanotechnology is advancing exponentially fast which means the range of possibilities for using nanotechnology is growing exponentially as well. When nanotechnology is discussed with relation to medical practices, most people assume that it is only being used to cure cancer. While that is one of the major diseases nanotechnology is looking to cure, it is trying to expand and include the ability to cure any metastatic disease, a disease that spreads from one body part
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Cooper 2 or organ to an adjacent organ. With nanotechnology, it is possible to design a treatment that is unique to each diseased patient that takes into account all the variations that are present in every different patient. Many people readily agree that there is no “cure-all” for any disease and cancer is no different. Nanotechnology is looking to address that issue by making it possible to create individualized treatments for every single cancer patient (Ferrari). Also, nanotechnology is not only being used for the elimination of malignant cells, but as contrast agents, research tools, and antibodies to help detect and eradicate cancer at earlier stages (Adithan). Earlier detection of fatal diseases is crucial because it leads to earlier treatment which
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