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.

Dr. Ramy Roxas also stressed the importance of screening for high risk people. A fecal occult blood test {FOBT}, he mentioned is recommended for everyone 50 years of age and above, This test should also be done every year after the age of 50. The other alternative is to undergo colonoscopy every 5-10 years, while those with a strong history of colorectal cancer in the family should be screened 10 years before the age of diagnosis of their relatives with colorectal cancer.

In fact, A World Health Organization research showed the effectiveness of FOBT screening, with up to 20% decrease in colorectal cancer mortality because of biennial screening, with annual screening yielding an even more decrease.

The Medical City Cancer Program

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from left: Dr. Ramy Roxas, Colorectal Clinic head, Dr. Daniel Alonzo, TMC Cancer Center head, and Dr. Christine Chavez, Lung Cancer Program head

The Medical City Cancer Program was organized in 2006 and applies individualized approach to cancer diagnosis and treatment based on the patient’s unique profile and history. The TMC Cancer Program is comprised of highly-trained medical team of cancer specialists, nurses, and other specialized health care professionals. The Cancer Program applies innovative molecular technologies in diagnosis and treatment to ensure a customized and personalized care.

TMC’s Colorectal Clinic offers cancer-screening tests, including FOBT, diagnostic and therapeutic flexible sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy. It also provides expert diagnoses and mutlimodality treatments for colorectal cancer, like chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. TMC’s Colorectal Clinic promotes minimally invasive procedures like laparoscopic surgery, trans-anal endoscopic mircosurgery, and robotic-assisted surgery, for early cases, as well as radical operations for advanced and recurrent cases.

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TMC’s Colorectal Clinic, located at the second floor of the Nursing Wing, performed the greatest number of preoperative chemo-radiotherapy for rectal cancers among all private hospitals in the Philippines. Apart from colorectal cancer patients, the Colorectal Clinic also caters to patients with anorectal diseases, such as hemorrhoids, perianal infection, fistula, fissures, and fecal incontinence.

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The Medical City Lung Cancer Program, on the other hand, aims to detect the disease early in high-risk individuals and to provide optimal options for management of both early and advance stages of lung cancer.

It is also note-worthy that TMC Cancer Program recognizes the important roles a patient’s family members play in the treatment and healing process, as well as taps into a more holistic approach in curing cancer by including music, art, and meditation into their personalized treatment.

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17 thoughts on “The Medical City Unveils Its New Technology For Early Detection Of Lung Cancer

    • so true. a good health + medical service ought to be a basic government provision instead of a very high-priced commodity only those who have money can afford.

    • i do hope so. more + more Filipinos are being diagnosed with cancer + it will really help a great deal if everyone can have access to latest technology to scree + detect these ailments as early as possible.

    • that is so true. hopefully, they will discover similar technology for other cancer types + other diseases as well.

  1. This is both good news and bad news considering the increase in lung cancer cases in the country. But, sure this technology will be a lot of help in arresting the issue earlier.

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