Treatment of cancer could be much more effective if the patient is introduced in a state of hibernation, which can be compared with the hibernation of bears.
Thus will primarily strengthen the body and strengthening of the healthy cells would provide greater resistance to the body during radiation. This idea comes from the growing number of research relating to radiation therapy, as well as the experiences of patients who participated in yet unconventional treatments for freezing. According to their words, the treatment has worked well.
Hibernation primarily slows the processes of respiration, the work of the heart muscle, metabolism and oxygen consumption. In the words of the Italian physicists Marco Durante, those reactions might suggest a way for further research into treating patients with cancer, writes “Telegraph”.
“Half of all cases of cancer are patients whose disease progressed seriously. Unfortunately they have more metastases in the body, so possible treatment with hibernation that slows the progression of the disease would be one way to buy time. In this case, treatment with radiation would not be fatal on already poor health of the patient, “said Durante and adds that every treatment in cancer treatment is specific in itself.
“You can’t to remove all metastases in the same way. There are organs where surgery is absolutely impossible. In an attempt to kill the cancer you will kill the patient. Radiation therapy is sometimes the only solution, and our ambition is to strengthen the body in hibernation, “said Durante.
Hibernation would be achieved by reducing body temperature. Italian experts as an encouraging example cited the case of the Swedish radiologist Anna Bagenholm. She collapsed through a hole in the ice, and was in the cold water for an hour. Her body temperature had dropped to just over 13 degrees Celsius, but she successfully recovered.
“It is difficult to predict the effects of the technique of induced hibernation. We will have to see the results of all the experiments made in the laboratory before we can definitively determine whether this procedure is safe for humans, “says Professor Peter Johnson, chief doctor at the British Institute for the Study of cancer.