Hyderabad, Feb 3 (IANS) There is a revolution in cancer care as many advances in technology, updated guidelines and integrated work lead to better outcomes. But this is limited to metropolitan cities and at the district and village level cancer care must be streamlined, say oncologists on the eve of World Cancer Day.
Cancer day is celebrated every year to create public awareness about cancer, its risks, early diagnosis facilities and educate people about different types of cancer.
This year’s theme is “Closing the Care Gap” which focuses on reducing the burden of cancer and improving care facilities. Cancer is the deadly disease where any tissue or part of the body can be affected and the cells grow uncontrollably and abnormally and spread to other parts of the body.
It is the second leading cause of death in the world and has the ability to destroy normal tissues.
Although it is possible to live a long time with cancer, it is important to be diagnosed early and determine the appropriate treatment patterns that can help reduce the growth of cancer cells, oncologists say.
In 2022, 20 million new cases of cancer and 10 million deaths were recorded.
Cancer can be prevented and controlled by implementing evidence-based strategies for cancer prevention.
Cancer treatments have a major impact on the patient’s economic and social limitations.
The burden of cancer may increase by 60 percent in the next two decades if the health system puts pressure on individuals and communities.
It is estimated that by 2040 there will be a 57% increase in cancer and approximately 6.23 million new cases if no further action is taken.
Dr. Madhu Devarasetty, Sr. Consultant – Surgical Oncologist and Minimally Invasive Surgeon, KIMS Hospitals highlighted the need to establish more cancer care centers at the district level and hire more specialists.
“It is very important to know that most cancers are curable if they are detected early in breast cancer, thyroid cancer, colorectal cancer, etc. The awareness of society and the standardization of treatment will allow us to close the care gap. Prevention it plays a fundamental role in cancer care, i.e. modification of risk factors. One third of all cancers can be prevented and this will save thousands of lives,” he said.
The oncologist believes that access to accurate and concise information and knowledge about cancer can empower communities to conquer social stigma.
“Palliative care is essential for comfort in advanced cancers and is a crucial part of integrated cancer care services. Last but not least, psychological counseling that builds the mental strength of the patient to develop a positive attitude and helps the patient to receive the treatment completely. “Dr. B. Kishore Reddy, chief ortho-oncologist at Amor Hospitals, says it’s important to have equal access to quality care.
“It is one of the aims of World Cancer Day where research and efforts are carried out to support the development of new treatments, increasing the accessibility of treatments and encouraging research on a global scale. This may involve the teamwork of organizations advocacy groups. and people working to overcome the challenges caused by cancer. It is a complex disease with many risks and challenges. To do this, health organizations, policy makers, researchers and communities must work together In order to serve underserved communities, we need to break down the barriers that restrict access to quality treatment.
“Early detection of cancer can save a patient’s life. In India, there are many hospitals that specialize in cancer screening and diagnosis. Most of the times, cancer is detected in the later stages and often, it is identified in the early stages. patients who identify cancer in the later stages should take steps to receive treatment and attend regular hospital appointments. Maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and eat healthy people can maintain a healthy lifestyle while overcoming cancer. Cancer cannot be completely cured, but with time and successful treatment, cancer can go into remission,” added Dr. Kishore Reddy.
Dr. C. Mallikarjuna, chief urologist and director general of the Asian Institute of Nephrology and Urology (AINU), who spoke on kidney cancers, said, “Due to new treatments and innovative technology, the patient’s life has increased and living to 80 has become Common nowadays, 75% of people over 70 are prone to prostate cancer, they would not go to the hospital because the symptoms would not be identified .For people over 80, the bones will also be affected and patients come to the hospital.This means that it is easy to help patients diagnosed in the early stages and save their lives.
“Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a blood test that everyone should have every two years. This can track prostate cancer, improve blood flow and the person’s condition. People who have trouble urinating, urinary tract infection, or have pain, you need to take proper treatment to get results. Also, it greatly helps people over 65 or the elderly who have these symptoms. It is not right to use antibiotics as soon as there is a urinary tract infection. The appropriate treatment plan is recommended to help monitor prostate cancer every year.”