Can Magnetictherapy be beneficial in Bone Metastasis Diagnosis
Bone metastasis is one of the major causes of cancer pain. Many doctors are of the opinion that treating cancer should involve addressing of cancer pain on priority basis. The common treatment techniques available are the Chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Both these techniques involve further pain as their side effects. This article tries to understand the role of magnetic therapy in treating this cause of cancer pain.
What is Bone Metastasis : Metastasis is the technical name given to spreading of the harmful cancer cells to other parts of the body. One of the most common sites for metastasis to begin are the bones. The harmful cancer cells release the calcium from the bone. This make the bones become weak. The released calcium mix with blood. This rise of calcium in blood in turn leads to several health risks.
Knowledge Gained from Research about Bone Metastasis:
- A research study was conducted (dated Sep.2003) at the Department of Radiology, Institut Gustave-Roussy, 39 rue Camille Desmoulins, 94805 Villejuif Cedex, France.
- The researchers wanted to the understand the effectiveness of the magnetic resonance imaging technique in detecting cancer causing lesions in the bones.
- A lesion is any abnormal tissue (collection of cells), found in an organism, damaged by any disease.
- Such tissues are common to be found in the bones attacked by cancer cells during metastasis.
- The lesions or the bone marrow contain fat and water in different proportions.
- The technique of Magnetic resonance imaging, sensitive to the fat and water, use this fact and produce a picture of the cancer infected region.
- The researchers found that the technique is particularly useful after undergoing radiation therapy treatment.
- It can easily detected the newly damaged cancer cells or lesions after the treatment.
- This technique can produce a picture of any harmful, pain causing cancer cells left out, even after the treatment of chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
- In this way, the technique can be instrumental in assessing effectiveness of existing treatment techniques of cancer pain.