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Treating #Cancer with #3D Printing

Based on the report of the World Health Organization1, respiratory-related cancers are third of the list of the top causes of death in the world resulting in 1.7 million deaths in 2016. If we combine all the different types of cancer, then this disease will be the leading cause of death in the entire world with 8.8 million deaths in 20152. There are many types of cancer and five major cancer killers are found in the lungs, liver, colorectal, stomach, and breast.

We all have cancer cells in our bodies. Don’t be scared because it is normal for all of us to have it. Cancer cells cannot be transmitted from one patient to another because these cells are a part of our bodies. We can say that cancer cells were good cells that became radical cells. Our lifestyle, diet, and environment affect these good cells, one way or another, that changed them into cancer cells. Our immune system is equipped to fight off these cancer cells, but when we continue living a life that will transform the good cells into bad cells then our immune system cannot keep up and it will eventually lose the battle. When cancer cells combine together they will form lumps, and that is when malignant cancer begins.

We shouldn’t be afraid of cancer because it is curable. We only need to help our immune system to fight off the cancer cells. There are different treatments to cure us of cancer. One of these new treatments is with the use of 3D printing. 3D printing, in a sense, cannot treat cancer. What it can do is to help doctors see the real picture of the cancer-affected area of the body and they can specifically apply a treatment to hasten the cure for the patient.

Scans from x-ray machines, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and bone scans can give us a 2D image of the affected area. Combining this data and printing a 3D image will give the doctors a better view of what the cancer-affected area looks like. They can use this 3D image to test how to treat the affected organ. Doctors can try injecting a specific dosage of medicine to the 3D image, and they can observe where the medicine will go. This procedure will help them to know how much of a dosage they should give the patient and the exact place to inject the medicine.

Having a 3D image of a benign tumor can help the doctors see how they will surgically remove the tumor while minimally affecting the healthy tissues around the tumor. This process is also applicable for malignant tumors so that doctors can predict where the cancer cells will spread next and they can provide the needed surgical removal of the specific tumor and the affected area.


Research on cancer will benefit greatly from the use of 3D printing. Researchers and doctors won’t need a live specimen of the tumor to test their theories and possible treatments because they can print a 3D image of the exact specimen over and over again.

3D printing has been a great help to doctors, scientists, and researchers who wanted to help cancer patients in the treatment process.


1.) http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/the-top-10-causes-of-death
2.) http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cancer
3.) 3D Image: https://www.medicaldesignandoutsourcing.com/using-3d-printing-to-treat-cancer/

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