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One of the many complications with cancer is that there are so many different types Currently there are 112 types of cancer and there is an estimated 80 more types of cancer that are undiscovered United States Cancer Rates That leads to as many different treatments as there are types of cancer Figure 1 located after the Recommendations section on page 8 displays the number of recorded cancer cases over the past 15 years I propose to look at several types of treatments and decide which method of treatment is the best based on effectiveness side effects and cost of each treatment Cancer has affected mankind throughout history Archeologists have discovered ancient Egyptian manuscripts that describe a fatal illness that often plagued the people The graphic pictures of the tumors and sickness that eventually took its victims life closely parallel our present understanding of cancer United States Closing in on Cancer In medieval times the ancient Greek theory of the four bodily humorsblood phlegm yellow bile and black bilewere used to explain human illness Uroscopy charts which depict shades and conditions of urine samples were used to indicate what disease might be present in someone Cancer was commonly explained as the result of an excess of black bile However for the first time it was believed to be possible to cure cancer but only in its beginning stages Today technology has given us a better understanding of exactly what cancer is and how it affects the human body However many people still have false beliefs To some the words cancer and death are synonymous However that is no longer true as more and more people are surviving the disease Serious cancer research has only been around for the past twenty to thirty years Cancer is defined as a group of many different diseases that share a few important traits The one thing common to all types
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