In Uzhgorod oncologists and pulmonologists discussed methods of diagnostics and treatment of lung cancer
On Wednesday, November 21, in Uzhgorod there was Scientific Conference "Problems of medical care for patients with malignant diseases of the lungs, bronchi and mediastinum." Oncologists with Transcarpathian pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons discussed the diagnostics and treatment of lung cancer.
According to the chief doctor of the regional oncologic dispensary, President of the Transcarpathian Association of oncologists Andriy Rusyn, more than 400 cases of this difficult disease are recorded annually in the Transcarpathian region. The main factor that provokes lung cancer is smoking.
Particular attention was focused on the diagnostics and timely examination of patients of age "risk group". Early stages of the cancer are almost asymptomatic and timely diagnosis (especially for males over 40 years) will help to prevent this dangerous disease.
At present, the main method of treatment for lung cancer remains timely surgical intervention.
Also, doctors discussed the possibilities of modern radiotherapy. It is performed by using computer planning of exposure zone that significantly reduces radiation exposure to healthy parts of the body and allows to destroy cancer cells targetly.
Analizing the situation of the incidence of lung cancer, assistant professor of oncology of UzhNU Vasyl Petakh described very disturbing picture:
"The growth rate of this disease is extremely high all over the world. Among the pathologies of the chest, lung cancer is the most common. It is caused by the contamination of the environment and man-made factors. Unfortunately, most patients ask for medical help already when we are not able to rectify. Even in developed European countries the number of people cured from lung cancer is 12-15 per cent. Our figure is half of that."
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