Cancer Research UK, a leading global charity dedicated to beating cancer through research, says the early diagnosis of cancer means it can be easily removed or treated. The late diagnosis of cancer makes treatment difficult and lowers a person’s chances of surviving the illness. It estimates that as much as 10,000 deaths from cancer could be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment.
The Philippine Cancer Society lists lung cancer as the leading cause of deaths from cancer in the country. In 2010, a total of 11,458 cases were reported, while there were 9,184 deaths. Colorectal cancer, on the other hand, ranks no.4 in terms of cancer deaths. In the same year, 5,787 cases were recorded, while deaths due to colorectal cancer reached 3,060 cases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the early detection of cancer greatly Increases the chances for its successful treatment. Recognizing the warning signs of cancer and taking prompt consultation usually leads to early diagnosis and treatment. Providing health professionals and the public with an awareness of the early signs of cancer will have a great impact In addressing the illness. In fact. early diagnosis is relevant to specific types of cancer, namely those affecting the breast, cervix. mouth, larynx. colon and rectum, lung and skin.
The medical professionals leading the TMC Cancer Center, Dr. Christine Chavez, Lung Cancer Program head; and, Dr. Ramy Roxas, Colorectal Clinic head, Dr. Daniel Alonzo, TMC Cancer Center head
Early diagnosis, treatment best prevention for colorectal, lung cancers. The Medical City offers comprehensive diagnosis, treatment modalities for colorectal, lung cancers
The Medical City Cancer Program
The Medical City (TMC) Cancer Program, organized in 2006, adopts a unique multidisciplinary team approach to cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and management. It applies innovative molecular technologies in diagnosis and treatment for a truly customized and personalized care.
With a full appreciation that no two individuals are alike, regardless of similarities between two patients diagnosed with the same type of cancer, TMC Cancer Program applies an individualized approach to cancer diagnosis and treatment based on the patient’s profile and history.
With this, a personalized treatment plan according to the profile and preferences of the patient is developed by a multidisciplinary team. The highly trained medical team includes cancer specialists, nurses and other specialized health care professionals. Family members are also an important part of this. Central to everyone, the focus of our cancer program is the patient.
Colorectal cancer ranks fourth among cancer-related deaths in Filipinos. According to the Philippin Cancer Society, Inc. almost 75% of individuals affected were aged 50 and above, while only about three percent( 3%) were children 14 years old and below. Its estimated one out of 1,800 Filipinos will develop the cancer yearly.
Dr. Ramy Roxas, head of TMC’s Colorectal Clinic
Dr. Ramy Roxas, head of TMC’s Colorectal Clinic says. “With good screening and early diagnosis, 90% of colorectal cancers are curable.”
Early screening and a multi-modality treatment such as chemotheraphy, pre-operative, radiotheraphy and surgey are among the factors responsible for improving colorectal cancer outcomes.
TMC’s Colorectal Clinic offers cancer-screening tests, including FOOT, diagnostic and sigmojdoscopy, and colonoscopy. “Colonoscopy Is one of the most unloved cancer tests, but it lives. It is the most accurate test for colorectal cancer,” says Dr. Roxas.
He explains a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is recommended for everyone aged SO and above. this test should be done every year after age SO. The other alternative is to undergo colonoscopy every to 10 years. Those with a strong family history of colorectal cancer or those with two or more family members who had the disease should be screened earlier, ideally 10 years before the age of diagnosis of tbeit relatives with colorectal cancer.
In fact, the WHO says research on the efficacy of FOBT for screening saw a reduction of up to 20 percent in colorectal cancer mortality from biennial screening, and a greater reduction as a result of annual screening.
TMC’s Colorectal Clinic provides expert diagnoses and multimodality treatments for colorectal cancer, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery, The clinic promotes minimally invasive procedures for early cases, as well as radical operations for advanced and recurrent cases. Laparoscopic surgery, trans-anal endoscopic microsurgery, and robotic-assisted surgery are among the minimally invasive procedures being offered by the clinic.
Among all private hospitals in the Philippines, TMC’s Colorectal Clinic has performed the greatest number of preoperative chemo-radiotherapy for rectal cancers añd minimally invasive laparoscopic colorectal cancer procedures, including robotic surgery. It also boasts the greatest number of patients in a private hospital setting with complete pathologic response following neoadjuvant chemo-radiotherapy for rectal cancer, and the highest anal sphincter.
TMC’s Colorectal Clinic also caters to patients with anorectal diseases, such as hemorrhoids, perianal infection, fistula, fissures, and fecal incontinence to name a few. It offers various treatment options for hemorrhoids, such as rubber band ligation, transanal hemorrhoidal dearteriallzation (THD), and stapled hemorrhoidectomy, which are proven to be less painful procedures than traditional surgery,
The Medical City’s Colorectal Clinic is managed by a nationally renowned team of board-certified experts. It is located at the second floor of the Nursing Tower. For details, call 988-1000 or 9807000 ext. 6214
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide in both men and women, With more than one million deaths recorded annually. However, most cases are detected during their advanced stages when patients are already symptomatic, and their chances of survival are very low.
TMC has a Lung cancer Program that aims to detect the disease early in provide optimal options for management of both early and advanced stages,
Among the latest options TMc uses for screening lung cancer is the Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), a state of the art minimally invasive procedure used in the diagnosis of lung cancer, infections, and other inflammatory diseases in the chest. Presently, TMC is the first and currently the only hospital in the country to offer EBUS.
Dr. Christine Chavez, Lung Cancer Program head; and, Dr. Ramy Roxas, Colorectal Clinic head
“With EBUS as an additional diagnostic option for high-risk patients, we are expecting to increase detection rates of early stage lung cancer, which may be salvageable by surgery and has In addition, EBUS can aid in the diagnosis of benign diseases that need specific pathologic says Dr. Christine Chavez, interventional pulmonologist and head Cancer Care and Research.
EBUS assists patients and doctors by shortening the time from diagnosis to treatment. EBUS is a procedure that incorporates ultrasound technology in bronchoscopy. By means of a smau vøeo device, it allows bronchoscopists to view lung abnormalities through and beyond the surface of airways for real-time image guidance during procedures; hence, higher degree of diagnostic accuracy and safety is possible.
With real-time imaging and ultrasound guidance, doctors can map, evaluate, and safely biopsy tvrors and lymph nodes. This procedure is called EBUS-transbronchial needle aspiration, or EBIJSTBNA, which results in accurate diagnosis and staging of the lung cancer and detection of other auses of pulmonary mass such as tuberculosis, sarcoidosis and lymphoma.