April 12, 2018
3D Printing in the Detection of Cancer
3D Printing in the Detection of Cancer

Every year thousands of people are becoming the prey of a fatal disease of cancer. Different technologies are becoming the part of medical science to assist doctors and patients to detect the symptoms of cancer to ensure early diagnosis and prevent the critical issues of the last stage of cancer. Communication between doctor and patient is crucial to the satisfaction of the patient which one shouldn’t ignore unless he is ready to face a severe situation. Here in the article we will discuss the importance of physician-patient communication and take a view of the 3D printing technology which is helping the surgeons to diagnose and screen cancer in its initial stages.

The Need of a good Patient Communication

Good communication between the doctor and the patient boosts up energy in the patients no matter how serious their condition might be. A smiling conversation with the cancer patient and his care-givers aid in improving the quality of life a patient is living. There are several hard decisions to be made by the patient’s family and to take those decisions; there is a need of strong nerves and focused mind. Having productive discussions with the doctor can bring all the parties on the same page and makes the decision making process easier.

Goals for Effective and Good Communication

There are several goals which have been set as the trademark for effective and good communication:

  • The most primal goal of good communication is to set up a trustworthy relationship between the patient, his attendants and health care team.
  • The next goal is to aid the patient and his attendants to share as much information with the healthcare team as possible. It will, in turn, help the healthcare team to capture as much detail as possible.
  • Another goal is to help the patient and his family to share feelings and concerns.

Special Communication Needs of Cancer Patients

A whole family gets disturbed when a single one of them is diagnosed with cancer. Going through the lengthy chemotherapy sessions and procedures is not an easy task. It requires motivation and guts. It is a fatal disease and its cure is purely dependent on luck rather than the medications and procedures. Even the medical sciences have experienced much advancement till date, but these advancements don’t guarantee full recovery at all.

Fear and anxiety befalls those patients who are diagnosed with cancer. The reasons are manifold. Especially, in this case, a cancer patient fears everything, for instance, costly medications, painful procedures, and anxiety is what engulfs a patient’s thoughts. Effective communication between the patient and doctor can help in improving the decisions together and all heads together can make better decisions for the patient’s life. Studies and researches have shown that the patients who are exposed to a positive environment in which communication plays an important role are:

  • More satisfied and are contented with everything they receive.
  • More likely to abide by the doctor’s advice.
  • More inclined towards taking an active part in the clinical trial and even more.

Fighting Cancer Using 3D Printing Technology

Our proposal aims to illuminate the usage of 3D printing technology in fighting a war against cancer. Technology, as we see today, is not what it was back when people were wondering about its use in medical care. The inclusion of 3D printing in the medical sciences proved to be a hallmark of success in curing many diseases. And for those diseases which weren’t to be cured, 3D printers have provided us with the models so that the pharmacists can devise a counter action to abate the effects of the diseases.

One of the most amazing usages of 3D printing is its potential to enable us in standing firm against cancer. Drexel Labs, with all its might, is conducting cutting-edge research by modeling and printing the 3D Tumors via every angle. These scientists are studying the cancer formation by modeling the tumors so that they know as to where they can plan their counter-narrative to lessen the damage. They combine biomaterials and cervical cancer cells to create the exact sculptures via 3D printers. Unlike 2D models, the 3D models possess the capability of showing realistic cancerous tumors which initiates and starts growing thus causing the brain muscles to contract and then explode after a certain period of time has passed.

According to Sun Labs, ‘the additional dimensionality of 3D culture leads to differences in cell activities, including morphology, proliferation, and gene and protein expressions.’ This statement clearly indicates the significance of the usage of 3D printing technology in curing a fatal disease which once had become a nightmare for many medical sciences labs. These labs are also trying to print a whole brain and then print a sub-part of it which is infected with tumor and then treat it with the ways they have found so far. According to several reports, these tests have proven their mettle and were successful in eradicating the tumor off the brain.


The chemotherapies and procedures can lead to the damage of other non-cancerous regions which may in turn cause issues once the treatment has been done and the tumor has been cured. But no any procedure can ensure a hundred percent cure of cancer because of the medications of today, if cure one region, cause damage to the other. The 3D printing technology will make sure that the tumor is eradicated without causing any damage to neighboring veins or gene products. However, adherence to strict rules and regulation both the doctor and patient will lead to the successful treatment of tumors whether you want to have it done via the traditional methods or via the 3D technology. Effective communication is an integral part of the treatment as it will be needed at every single stage to make the patient understand the complexity of the situation he himself is a part of.

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