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FV Hospital co-hosts cancer conference

Released at: 13:51, 14/10/2019

FV Hospital co-hosts cancer conference

Photo: Hung Cao (VET)

Conference on advancements in radiotherapy in cancer treatment held in HCMC.

by Khanh Chi

To exchange knowledge and experience among Vietnam’s medical community on radiotherapy in cancer treatment, FV Hospital and Elekta Company hosted a seminar on “Recent Advancements of Radiotherapy in Cancer Treatment” on October 12 in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1, attended by international speakers who are either associate professors, oncologists, or radiologists.

The cancer rate in Vietnam has been growing in recent years. As reported by the International Cancer Research Agency, the country had approximately 165,000 new cancer cases in 2018, nearly 115,000 deaths, and more than 300,000 people living with the disease.

Medical science and technology, however, have also seen many advancements in the treatment of cancer. Thanks to continual scientific developments, a host of effective treatments have been made available to help patients not only prolong their life but also improve their quality of life during and after treatment. What’s more, some cancers have been confirmed as being able to be controlled if they are detected early and treated in a proper method.

The conference shared the latest knowledge and experience of cancer treatment by radiotherapy with Vietnam’s medical community.

There were three international speakers in the field of cancer treatment by radiation therapy. Associate Professor Noel Aherne, an Australian radiation oncologist and cancer researcher at the MNC Cancer Institute, presented a report on radiotherapy surgery in the development of lung cancer and the low metastases, performance, and results.

Dr. Sridhar PS, a senior consultant in radiation oncology, Head of the CyberKnife Department, and Head of the Clinical Services Department at HCG in India, focused on advancements in radiation therapy.

And Basma M’Barek from France, Head of the Hy Vong Cancer Care Center at FV Hospital, presented a report on radiation therapy treating lung cancer with the VMAT technique.

In today’s fight against cancer, radiation therapy is considered the most modern and increasingly improved method. It benefits from high accuracy to provide optimum therapeutic effects and limit side effects to patients, in particular using the VMAT dose radiotherapy technique developed by Elekta. This technique has been invested in by a number of specialized oncology hospitals in Vietnam, including FV Hospital’s Hy Vong Cancer Care Center.

VMAT is a radiotherapy technique that transforms the digital dose in the form of a single supply and multi-supply, combined with the CT 4D imaging technique to accurately locate the shape and size of the tumor. This helps calculate the optimal radiation dose for radiation therapy to destroy the tumor without damaging surrounding healthy tissue, thus minimizing side effects.

Elekta Infinity has a 160-card tuner, which is a modern radiotherapy system that helps physicians and engineers deploy radiotherapy techniques and is found in numerous developed countries around the world. These include radiation therapy guide images, radiation therapy for the volume variables, cerebral tumor surgery, radiotherapy, and treating a full-body cell tumor, such as in the lungs and prostates, through a combination with the active breathing rate synchronization technique.

The accuracy of the VMAT technique is almost absolute, so it is therefore possible to inspect the tumor’s position accurately for radiotherapy, as each radioactivity, using the tomography system, is immediately on the image guidance system. The dose on the healthy tissue, such as the parotid gland, greatly decreases compared to previous techniques and saves radiation time by up to 50 per cent while doubling the therapeutic effects.

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