The Medical City Unveils Its New Technology For Early Detection Of Lung Cancer

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The Medical City speakers for the day: Dr. Christine Chavez, Dr. Ramy Roxas, and Mr. Roberto Posadas Jr.

The Medical City recently hosted a talk to unveil its latest technology acquisition and I am glad to be part of the occasion. Endobronchial Ultrasound {EBUS} is a state of the art minimally invasive procedure used in lung cancer diagnosis, infections, and other chest inflammatory diseases, it is the first of its kind in the country and The Medical City is the first and the only hospital in the Philippines to offer this kind of procedure.

All about EBUS

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EBUS is a procedure that incorporates ultrasound technology in bronchoscopy. Simply put, with a small video device, it allows bronchoscopists to view lung abnormalities through and beyond the surface of the airways for real-time image guidance during procedures, thereby a higher degree of diagnostic accuracy and safety is possible.

Dr. Christine Chavez, interventional pulmonologist and head of the Lung Unit of The Medical City Center for Cancer Care and Research said that they are expecting to increase detection rates of early stage lung cancer, that may also be salvageable by surgery and has good prognosis with EBUS as an additonal diagnostic option for high-risk patients.

EBUS assists patients and doctors by shortening the time from diagnosis to treatment, and with real-time imaging and ultrasound guidance, doctors can effectively map and evaluate biopsy tumors and lymph nodes.

The Anatomy of Cancers

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the world in both men and women with more than one million deaths annually. In the Philippines, it is also the leading cause of death from cancer, with a reported death of 9,184 out of 11,458 cases {for the year 2010}. Most of these cases leading to deaths were detected at a much later stage of cancer, making the treatment all the more difficult and lowering the patient’s chance to survive the illness. Studies show that an estimate of 10,000 deaths from cancer could have been prevented with early diagnosis and treatment.

Colorectal cancer, a cancer that starts in either the colon or the rectum, on the other hand, ranks 4th among cancer-related deaths in Filipinos and recent studies showed that the Philippines has a higher colorectal cancer mortality compared to other countries. The Philippine Cancer Society, Inc statistics shows that about 75% of the people affected were 50 years old and above. It is also estimated that 1 out of 1,800 Filipinos will develop this cancer yearly.

The Importance of Screening and Early Detection

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Dr. Chavez stressed the importance of early detection and diagnosis in treating lung cancer. She also stressed the significance of screening people who they termed high risk for the disease. These people are those who have been smokers for a prolonged period of time, those who are exposed to second-hand smoke, and has a lung cancer history in the family. Age, lifestyle or environment, and genetics are the factors medical practitioner take into consideration to determine these high risk individuals.

Dr. Manual Francisco “Ramy” Roxas, head of The Medical City Colorectal Clinic said that with good screening and early diagnosis, 90% of colorectal cancers are curable. A multi-modality treatment that includes chemotherapy, pre-operative radiotherapy, and surgery, are also responsible in improving colorectal cancer outcomes. Continue reading