Technology and equipment for cancer treatment in Vietnam are becoming more and more modernized, approaching the progress of the world medicine, heard a conference on advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment in Ho Chi Minh City on September 11.
According to Deputy Director of the National Radiotherapy Center, head of Chest Radiology, National Cancer Hospital (K Hospital) Nguyen Cong Hoang, among the three main pillars of cancer treatment – radiotherapy, surgery and medicine, the radiotherapy plays an important role because 60-70 percent of cancer patients are required to have radiation therapy.
Vietnam’s leading cancer treatment facilities are constantly armed with modern equipment, and applying new techniques to further improve the effectiveness of radiotherapy.
Notably, the K Hospital is using the Gamma Knife Icon radiosurgery system – the most modern radiotherapy machine generation in the world for radiotherapy. With this device, people with cancer in Vietnam have an additional modern treatment method for multimodal treatment of brain tumors without having to go overseas.
Sharing Hoang’s view, Doctor Pham Van Binh from the robotic endoscopic surgery centre of the K Hospital said advances in cancer surgical surgery, especially cancer surgery by robots, have become routine in Vietnam.
These helps surgeons work more and more effectively, reduce pain and recovery time, and improve the quality of life of patients after surgeries.
According to statistics by the World Health Organization, in 2018, the proportion of Vietnamese people with cancer was 151.4 /100,000 people, ranking 99 out of 185 countries and territories, 19th in Asia and 15th in Southeast Asia.
The number of new cancer cases in Vietnam has been constantly increasing, counting up to nearly 165,000 in 2018.