Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Guangzhou Fuda Cancer Hospital sets pace for Breakthrough Treatments
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. It is the third leading cause of mortality in the Philippines next to heart disease and strokes.
Over the the years, removal, radiation and chemotheraphy have been the conventional approach to cancer treatment as scientists look and develop new treatments for the disease. Doctors focus on the total removal of the cancer tumor cells at all cost. After eliminating tumors as much as possible surgically, doctors radiate it to reduce the size, and then puts cancer into remission with chemotherapy.
Fuda Cancer Hospital treats cancer as a chronic illness. Hence, the approach is two-pronged: prevention (defense) and treatment (reform).
Fuda's Vice President, Dr. Mu Feng, gave a talk on their latest modalities in treating cancer last May 6, 2017 at the Crimson Hotel.
Guangzhou Fuda Cancer Hospital is a tertiary specialized cancer hospital under jurisdiction of Healthcare Department of Guangdong Province in China.
It has brought in and adapted new techniques, combining them with traditional Chinese and Western medicines and drug delivery methods. At the Fuda Cancer Hospital, the use of minimally invasive ablation and biological methods is prioritized. It has been singled out by the International Society of Cryosurgery as a cryotheraphy center in the Asia Pacific region.
Multiple applications of Cryosurgery
Also called cryoablation and cryosurgical ablation, cryosurgery involves the surgical use of an extremely cold substance to freeze malignant tumor cells, thereby destroying them. The surgical technique makes use of internal anti-cancer application.
Cryotherapy can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. Topical cryotherapy is used typically in the case of pre-cancerous skin moles, skin tags, growths, eye lesions and early-stage cancers. When the lesion is situated below the skin surface, a hollow, needle-like therapy probe (cryoprobes) or applicator is placed through the skin.
It uses argon gas or liquid nitrogen to freeze a probe. It makes use of the extreme cold (cryo) to destroy or damage tissue (ablation). In so doing, it can freeze the cells of a tumor without doing much damage to the surrounding tissue.
Cryotherapy is used to treat tumor in kidneys, bones, lungs, breasts, prostate, liver, and cervical cancers, especially if surgical resection is not possible.
With up to 94% success rate, Cryosurgery is a less expensive and less invasive alternative to traditional surgery, and its recovery time tends to be shorter.