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H.E. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien Meeting with international experts on cancer radiation

18/12/2017 19:12

On the occasion of the Scientific Seminar entitled "Applying proton and heavy particle radiation in cancer treatment" held in Vietnam, on 18/12/2017, at the Ministry of Health’s Office, H.E. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien met and discussed with leading experts in radiation therapy from the United States and Japan.


Attending the meeting were Dr. B.Tadashi Kamada - Director of the Institute of Oncology Radiation  Japan, Dr. Jun-Etsu Mizoe - Director of the Center for Heavy Particle Therapy, Osaka, Japan, Associate Professor Dr. Zuofeng Li - Director ò Proton Prosthodontics, University of Florida, USA, Assoc. Prof. Shannon MacDonald - Massachusetts General Hospital, and experts from Harvard Medical School, USA, leaders of the Administration for Medical services, Department of  Finance Planning Department, Department of Medical Equipment and Construction, Asoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Van Thuan, Director of K Hospital.

At the meeting, the Ministers, leaders of units and experts exchanged on the situation of radiation treatment in Viet Nam and the content of the scientific workshop "Proton and heavy radiation therapy for cancer”, sharing experiences of applying proton and heavy radiation in the treatment of cancer in Japan and the United States as well as the development of cancer treatment in Viet Nam in the coming time.

For Viet Nam and in the world, the burden of cancer is becoming more serious, requiring special attention of the whole society. Most people with cancer come to the doctor and treatment in the late stage so the treatment is more difficult and expensive. The choice of cancer treatment should be based on realistic evidence and available resources. Popular cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and palliative care. In radiation therapy, proton and heavy radiation therapy in cancer treatment is a progressive and modern method that is popular in many countries around the world. However, in South-East Asia, no country is equipped with advanced radiotherapy. Heavy ionized radiation therapy allows  treating other tumors that are resistant to radiation therapy such as cobalt radiation, accelerated radiation, and very effective in the treatment of head and neck cancer, prostate cancer, and pediatric oncology with  very few side effects. The incidence of patients with severe erythropoietic neoplasia with reduced or no increase in tumor size after 3 years was satisfactory, namely over 90% with non-small cell lung cancer; 80-90% of liver cancer; nearly 100% of prostate cancer. The survival rate after 3 years of lung cancer in stage I & II was 86%; liver cancer is 72%; live after 2 years of pancreatic cancer is 36%; an average of five years of prostate cancer is 99%; rectal cancer is 53%; Head and neck cancer: 74%.


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