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Holistic approach to cancer care

Raye Sanchez

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T CELLS pounce on a cancer cell (yellow), a behavior stimulated by a new drug. KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE SOURCE

Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases to date. It is a sickness that has taken the lives of people of all ages. According to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. It develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working.

In the local scene, Philippine Health Statistics claims cancer is also one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among Filipinos, after diseases of the heart and the vascular system. Cancers of the breast, cervix, lung and prostate are some of the most prevalent types that continue to strike the country.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among Filipinas followed by cervical cancer. According to Dr. Clarito Cairo, cancer manager of the Department of Health, “For every four Filipinas who survive breast cancer, only two to three will survive cervical cancer.”

ManilaMed Cancer Care Doctors (from left) Dr. Rochelle Tayag, General Surgery; Dr. Ly-Ann Diwa, Urologist; Dr. Carolyn Zalameda-Castro, OB-Gynecologist and Dr. Dennis Sacdalan, Medical Oncologist. RS

Mammograms or breast magnetic resonance may detect breast cancer, while pap smear or visual inspection can spot cervical cancer.

For the opposite sex, prostate cancer is the second most prevalent type after lung cancer. Sixty percent of cases arises in men over 65 years of age, as stated by Astellas.

Finding out if one has prostate cancer is a waiting game because it takes six months’ worth of doctor visits to confirm the case. In lung cancer, screening is done through a Computed Tomography or CT Scan, Positron Emission Tomography or PET Scan and Bone Scan.

ManilaMed Cancer Care Doctors (from left) Dr. Rochelle Tayag, General Surgery; Dr. Ly-Ann Diwa, Urologist; Dr. Carolyn Zalameda-Castro, OB-Gynecologist and Dr. Dennis Sacdalan, Medical Oncologist. RS

Despite all the aforementioned processes the world currently has, the medical industry does not waver in trying to find or create a more innovative way to treat all types of cancers.

ManilaMed, which aims to treat people and improve their quality of life, takes pride in its Cancer Care Center which is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and staffed by well-trained, professional healthcare workers.

“Early detection and proper treatment are vital in dealing with cancer,” Dr. Dennis Sacdalan, medical oncologist and head of the Cancer Care Center of ManilaMed stated.

A holistic approach is their mode of operation when it comes to treating their cancer patients. This includes psycho-social and spiritual support. Palliative care is also available in order to improve patients’ quality of life through supportive care and pain management.

“By making available the facilities and expertise of our healthcare professionals at the ManilaMed, we pledge to make early detection and treatment more accessible and available for more Filipinos. More than this, we offer the gold standard for patients, so as to contribute to a better quality of life,” Dr. Sacdalan reiterated

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