With the advancement of innovative treatments, even tumors diagnosed at more advanced stages can be controlled
Transform patients’ lives with lung cancer through innovative treatments is a constant task of science. Cases discovered at an early stage have great chances of cure. The novelty is that even the tumors diagnosed at more advanced stages are possible to be controlled. This control is carried out with medication, preventing or delaying the evolution of the disease. Thus, the patient lives as if he had a chronic disease, similar to what happens in cases of hypertension Where diabetes. Until a few years ago, in many cases, only palliative treatments remained, which do not cure or control the evolution of the tumor, but only relieve discomfort.
“There is a therapeutic alternative that can bring about a change in the survival expectancy of patients who suffer from this type of cancer. It’s what we call the chronicity of the treatment, like hypertension and diabetes. In other words, most cases do not cure, but take medicine for life. This is what we work with in advanced cancer for the patient to have a life close to normal, living with quality”, explains the oncologist physician Luiz Henrique Araújo, researcher at the Inca (National Cancer Institute) and the COI Institute (Integrated Oncology Center). It is worth remembering that lung cancer has become one of the leading preventable causes of death. O smoking it is the main risk factor for its development. In about 85% of diagnosed cases, the disease is associated with the consumption of tobacco derivatives. Quitting smoking, warns the doctor, is the most effective way to prevent.
It is important to raise awareness about lung cancer, ways to prevent it, the importance of early diagnosis and types of treatment. In Brazil, Inca data indicate 30,200 new cases (17,760 in men and 12,440 in women) annually. Amgen Brasil supports actions that increase knowledge about the disease. To learn more about the topic, follow the company’s newsletters on Spotify, Deezer and other audio platforms. Anyone who has the Alexa virtual assistant can also access the contents. Just give the command voice: “Alexa, Toque Youth Health Bulletin Pan”.
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