Indochina experts discuss cancer treatment

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Experts from the Indochina countries gather in Hanoi to discuss cancer treatment experience, Hanoi, April 20. (Photo: NDO)
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NDO – Experts from three countries in Indochina and France gathered at an international forum that opened in Hanoi on April 20 to discuss cancer treatment and prevention.

Held for the first time in Vietnam, the first Indochina Cancer Experts’ Forum was co-organised by the Hanoi-based K Hospital and the Vietnam National Cancer Institute.

The experts focused on three main topics at the forum, including collaborative training and scientific research on cancer, the cancer status in each country and introducing international training cooperation between Indochina and foreign institutes.

According to Prof., Dr. Tran Van Thuan, Director of K Hospital, based on the detailed information of the cancer situation recorded in each nation, the three Indochina countries will develop appropriate policies to improve the effectiveness of cancer control, including building a cancer map of Indochina that lays the foundation for the three nations to effectively facilitate preventive programmes, early detection, diagnosis and treatment for cancer.

According to statistics released at the event, in Vietnam, it is estimated that there are more than 126,000 new cancer cases and approximately 94,000 deaths from cancer each year. Most people with cancer visit the doctor and undergo treatment in the later stages, making the treatment more difficult and more expensive.

According to Dr. Tran Dac Phu, Head of the Department of Preventive Medicine (Ministry of Health), 73% of deaths from non-communicable diseases are from cancer, accounting for 18%. Cancer and non-communicable diseases are the main causes that lead to overcrowding in hospitals and damage to the socio-economic development, as cancer requires lifelong treatment, resulting in increased medical expenses and reduced labour productivity. Therefore, promoting the prevention of cancer will reduce poverty and contribute to national socio-economic development, he stated.

He also stressed the need to make prevention a top priority, as cancer and many non-communicable diseases have the same risk factors that can be prevented, such as smoking, alcohol use, malnutrition and the negative impact from the environment.