Italian Hospital Starts Using 3D Printed Bone Implants for Cancer Patients

There are more than a hundred different varieties of cancer, and many of them can present themselves in wildly inconsistent ways, at inconsistent times, seemingly at random. A friend who survived cancer once told me that it was kind of like having a genetic car accident. Cancer can often strike anyone, at any time regardless of previous family history or health habits, and sadly many types of cancer currently have little to no treatments or cures. While I hesitate to classify diseases and disorders, as if one way of losing loved ones is less horrible than another, I must say cancer reaches a special level of horrible that is hard to match.

And for some reason, cancer just seems even more terrible to witness when it happens to children and young adults, who should be living and growing up, not fighting for their lives in a hospital. One of the more common varieties of cancer that affect children is osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone that is primarily found in kids and young adults. When tumors are found in the bone there really are no easy ways to deal with it other than performing a procedure called an en bloc resection, or the surgical removal of the cancerous tumor and the surrounding tissue. Once the cancer is removed, a prosthetic bone implant is used to repair the bone, and encourage the regrowth of cancer-free bone tissue.Read more

Source: 3dprint.com

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