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FV & Cho Ray hospitals discuss new techniques in cancer treatment

Released at: 11:00, 02/12/2019

FV & Cho Ray hospitals discuss new techniques in cancer treatment

Photo: Hung Cao (VET)

Two hospitals organize seminar in HCMC on new therapies in cancer treatment.

by Khanh Chi

Cho Ray Hospital in cooperation with FV Hospital held a scientific seminar on the topic “Application of New Techniques in Cancer Treatment in Vietnam” on November 30 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The seminar was attended by Dr. Le Tuan Anh, Director of the Oncology Center at Cho Ray Hospital, who chaired the event, as well as by speakers who are leading experts in the field of radiotherapy in Vietnam and abroad. The seminar attracted the attendance of more than 200 radiologists and technicians in the city.

Speakers gave presentations on modern techniques in the radiotherapy sector as well as practical experiences to improve the quality of cancer treatment in Vietnam’s medical community.

They included Professor Renaud de Crevoisier, Head of the Department of Radiotherapy at the Eugene Marquis Center in France, whose topic was From IGRT to Adaptive RT; Dr. Basma M’Barek, Head of the Hy Vong Cancer Care Center at FV Hospital, who focused on New Technology in Radiotherapy; and Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Bao Hoang from the Oncology Center at Cho Ray Hospital, who spoke of VMAT Technology Combining ABC - DIBH: New Standards in Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer.

According to a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in 2018 more than 300,000 people in Vietnam suffered from the disease, and this figure is constantly rising. However, improvements in science and technology have been bringing a variety of efficient solutions for treatment.

Some cancers become manageable in cases of early detection and precise treatment. Among modern cancer treatments, radiation therapy plays a key role, with it being used in 60-70 per cent of all cases. Radiotherapy can be applicable to many cancers at various tumor areas, stages and sizes, whether it is used independently or in combination with other methods to improve the effectiveness of the treatment.

Therefore, radiation therapy is being attentively researched, developed and improved to bring optimal treatment results and minimize side effects for cancer patients, helping patients not only prolong their lives but also improve the quality of their life during and after treatment.

In particular, the dose-modulation technique of VMAT, in combination with 4D image CT scan, helps to accurately determine the location and shape of the tumor, including mobile tumors in lung cancer, thereby improving the accuracy and efficiency of treatment. At the same time, the dose-modulation technique helps to shorten the time of each radiation session, as well as shorten the number of radiation treatments. This ensures optimal efficiency and minimizes side effects for patients.

Such a technique is currently being applied in developed countries in the treatment of cancers such as head and neck, prostate, breast, nasopharynx, and brain tumors. In addition to requiring modern equipment and technology, it is necessary to have a team of doctors, physicists and radiologists who are technically trained and experienced.

Therefore, this technique is currently only being implemented in some major hospitals and centers in Vietnam, including Cho Ray Hospital and the Hy Vong Cancer Care Center at FV Hospital.

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