Cancer continues to affect thousands of people across the world. With most of its causes unknown, it often occurs as an uncontrollable illness. The news almost always falls hard on the patients and their families, the treatment process can be an exhausting one, and one’s quality of life is often tested.
DITTA, the only global association that represents medical imaging, radiation therapy, healthcare IT, electro-medical and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, explained at the World Cancer Congress, how fragmentation within healthcare systems makes it difficult for them to effectively manage complex conditions such as cancer where the various dimensions of care – prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and palliation – are inseparable.
Integrative Approach to treating Cancer
The association urged the development of integrated care approaches that fully leverage advances in medical technology, in particular medical imaging and radiotherapy.
Medical imaging refers to several different technologies that are used to view the human body in order to diagnose, monitor, or treat medical conditions. Each type of technology gives different information about the area of the body being studied or treated, related to possible disease, injury, or the effectiveness of medical treatment.
Medical Imaging can also enhance the entire care pathway, delivering earlier and more accurate diagnoses, more precise monitoring of treatment and improved follow-up and monitoring post intervention.
On the other hand, radiotherapy, which is the use of high-energy rays, usually x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons) to treat disease, works by destroying cancer cells in the area that’s treated. Although normal cells can also be damaged by radiotherapy, they can usually repair themselves, but cancer cells can’t.
Advances in radiotherapy now deliver levels of precision that allow cancers to be treated that were previously considered only suitable for palliation.
Radiation therapy has played an important role in the treatment of cancer for more than a century. It’s used typically as a curative treatment either alone or in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy. It’s main aim has always been to eradicate a patient’s cancer.
Message from the Vice-Chair of DITTA at The World Cancer Congress
Nicole Denjoy, DITTA Vice-Chair, said at the congress,
” Currently, healthcare systems are not ideally configured to deal with the burden of cancer. Preventing and managing this disease demands an integrated care approach. Medical technology can play a pivotal role; its capacity to deliver personalised, targeted therapies makes interventions more effective with fewer side effects.”
The development of integrated cancer care will provide endless options to patients who are victims of this brutal disease, and hopefully prevent many others from succumbing to it.
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Source: News Medical