The development of the best technology to treat cancer continues. Various therapeutic methods were developed to kill cancer cells, including applying freezing or cryosurgery techniques. The advancement of various therapies has raised hopes for patients to recover.
During a visit for several days at Fuda Cancer Hospital, in Guangzhou, China, on the sidelines of the 3rd Forum on Cancer Treatment 2014 in Guangzhou, 16-18 August, a number of journalists looked at therapeutic methods cancer applied in the hospital.
The technique of coagulation of cancer cells (cryosurgery) began to be applied in the hospital around the year 2000. It was a technique for cancer therapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 and approved in China in 1999.
The method is a therapy by freezing cancer cells to minus 160 degrees Celsius, without surgery. The technique requires only a hole size of 2-8 millimeters needle.
The process of freezing cancer cells using argon gas. When watching the process of freezing cancer cells in patients with liver cancer from Saudi Arabia, mid-August, doctors use ultrasound aids (ultrasound) to determine the precision of cancer cells to be frozen.
Freezing by injecting argon gas right into cancer cells up to minus 160 degrees Celsius so that cancer cells freeze. The goal is to kill the cancer cells. Director of the Indonesian Fuda Medical Group Office Liu Zhengping, through an ultrasound screen, shows cancer cells that froze to resemble the ball.
Initially, the ball is formed larger than the size of cancer cells. Then, within a week or two, the cancer cells will shrink. In addition to using the technique of freezing cancer cells, the RS also combines the method with chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
Chemotherapy is done locally, ie chemotherapy directly at the point of cancer or target therapy. So, chemotherapy drugs put into the body with a catheter, directly to cancer cells. With that method, the drug is more effective to the target, not about other healthy cells.
Cancer patients also receive other therapies in the form of immunotherapy, a therapy by injecting the best blood cells of a bred patient to improve the body’s immunity. According to the Director of Fuda Cancer Center Biotherapy Hospital, Chen Jibing, before receiving the therapy, the patient’s immune level is checked first. If the immune condition is below standard, the patient will undergo immunotherapy. In essence, immunotherapy is done by taking about 100 cc of patient’s blood cells.
The blood cells were then selected the best and bred for about nine days. On the 10th day, the best blood cells that have been cultured are injected to the patient through an IV. “After immunotherapy, three months later need to be checked again to see the value of the patient’s immunity,” he said. Until now, thousands of cancer patients from a number of countries, such as Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, have been treated with freezing techniques at the hospital.
Some types of cancers treated with the technique include liver, lung, kidney, pancreatic, breast, sarcoma, bone, prostate, skin, head, neck, and other soft tissue cancers.
In addition to treating patients with modern technology and medicine, the hospital also helps cure patients by providing services and motivation to recover from illness. Chief President of RS Fuda, Xu Kecheng, explained, now the hospital also developed the method of green cancer treatment. In essence, treatment does not make the patient worse. So, therapy is not excessive so as not to damage the patient’s body. Treatment also considers efforts to improve the patient’s quality of life, complemented by herbal remedies if necessary.
Patients are given the freedom to walk around enjoying the city of Guangzhou, as long as the results of laboratory tests are good, and ask permission to the person in charge in the hospital. Available in Indonesia Development of various methods of cancer therapy is also continuing in Indonesia. One of them is RS Gading Pluit, Jakarta, which cooperates with Fuda Cancer Hospital, China.
The hospital provides surgical services to freeze cancer cells and provide several other types of therapies including chemotherapy. Chairman of the Society of Cryosurgery Indonesia, who is also a lung specialist at Gading Pluit Hospital, Pudjo Astowo, said one of the most common types of cancer found in Indonesia is liver cancer. During the last five years recorded about 200 cancer patients handled in RS Gading Pluit.
In addition to liver cancer, there are also cancer of the eyes, neck, tongue, intestines, and breasts. From year to year, according to Pudjo, the number of cancer patients tend to rise. It could be due to increased awareness of self examination or as the number of cases increases. However, the majority of patients come with stadiums
source : lifestyle.kompas.com