Knowledge about cancer and treatment updated hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – New technologies in the treatment, screening and early detection of cancer were updated at the Vietnam Cancer Patient Forum 2018 held by the Salt Cancer Initiative (SCI) in Da Nang city on October 8.

Leading experts in the oncology sector of Vietnam and the United States also introduced cancer patients and their relatives to the similarities and differences between the two countries’ regimens in cancer treatment, nutrition for people with cancer, measures to prevent cancer, and diseases caused by cancer.

Sharing the importance of the early detection of cancer, doctor Pham Nguyen Quy from the Oncology Department under Japan’s Kyoto University Hospital said that from 50 to 70 percent of cases detecting cancer via screening are at an early stage with the recovery ability of 90-100 percent. Meanwhile, 65-70 percent of cancer detected during normal health check-ups are at the last stage with the recovery ability of 20-30 percent.

Comparing the regimens in cancer treatment of Vietnam and the US, doctor Tran Huynh, President and founder of the US non-profit healthcare organisation VietMD, stated that over the past time, Vietnamese doctors have actively got updates on the US’s cancer treatment knowledge, thus making the two countries’ regimens quite similar.

The result of treatment depends much on the physical condition of each patient as well as the health care system, Huynh said, asking patients to realise that treating cancer is a comprehensive care, not relying on the treatment regimen.

Established in 2016, SCI is the first ecosystem model for Vietnamese cancer patients.-VNA