The occasion, which is able to happen on August 1 to mark World Lung Most cancers Day, is designed to construct information by interactive exhibitions showcasing the well being of lungs, potential threats to the lungs and information about lung most cancers. Oncologists will share information on the best way to overcome lung most cancers whereas celebrities, amongst them Dr Lalana Kongtoranin, Dr Angwara Teeratantikanon, Teeradetch “Alek” Metawarayut, Ireal Trisarnsri, founding father of ART .for. Most cancers and Dr. Prakaitip Susilparat, founding father of the Fb web page “momfightcancer” can even be sharing their expertise and recommendations on staying wholesome.
Dr Virote Sriuranpong, president of the Thai Society of Scientific Oncology stated: “Lung most cancers is the commonest type of most cancers globally. In 2015, 1.7 million individuals have been identified worldwide. In Thailand, lung most cancers is the second commonest kind after liver most cancers. It is usually the primary explanation for dying from most cancers, with greater than 17,600 lives claimed in 2015, and roughly 20,000 new sufferers identified yearly. The mortality price of lung most cancers sufferers remains to be as excessive as 40 per cent. Some sufferers don’t manifest any signs and, when they’re lastly identified, the most cancers is already metastatic. Except the sufferers obtain correct medical consideration, they’ll probably die inside six months.
“Smoking is the key risk factor for lung cancer. Smokers have 10-30 times greater risk of lung cancer, especially if they have been smoking for a long period of time. Despite all the campaigns to convince people to quit smoking, the number of lung cancer patients still hasn’t declined. This is due to other factors including prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals, smoke from cigarettes (second-hand smoking), radiation, types of dust, vapors and metals. Genetic risk factors also play a role and people with family or relatives with lung cancer have a higher chance of lung cancer even though they don’t smoke,” he added.
Asst. Prof. Thanyanan Reungwetwattana, medical oncologist at Ramathibodi Hospital, stated: “Lung most cancers sufferers show totally different signs relying on the place the cancerous cells are within the physique. Most often, signs embody persistent cough, chest ache, shortness of breath. For others, if the most cancers has developed mind metastases or leptomeningeal illness, there is perhaps signs associated to the central nervous system, similar to weak point or numbness within the limbs, bowel management issues whereas some could expertise excessive ache within the bones if the most cancers cells have already unfold to the bones.
“With today’s medical advancements both in terms of diagnosis and prognosis, lung cancer is not as threatening as it used to be. There are now more options to treating it. For patients in the early stages, surgical resection is the most effective approach. Surgical techniques are now very advanced, allowing for a faster recovery. For patients in later stages, chemotherapy is a more suitable treatment. Many new types of chemotherapy with fewer side effects have been developed while new medicines that minimise the side effects of chemotherapy are now highly effective. Apart from these well-known types of treatment, Targeted Therapy is a medication-based new treatment, which works by affecting and destroying only the cancerous cells. This type of treatment is especially effective in patients with cancer cells with mutations in EGFR and ALK genes, which are key to cancer cell growth. Studies show that the Targeted Therapy can effectively control lung cancer and has less intense side effects than chemotherapy. Additionally, a group of new medicines, which can stimulate the immune system to fight cancer, are now available,” he continued.
“Lung cancer is like any other chronic illness that can be medically treated. Severe symptoms may require a higher dosage or different medicines. Once the symptoms subside, the medication can be decreased or stopped. However, the most important factor that can help cancer patients – also key to making sure Thai people are not prone to lung cancer – is always taking care of one’s health by exercising, eating the five food groups and quitting smoking for your own health and the health of those around you. If you notice any signs or symptoms, it is advised that you seek medical attention early on, to receive timely and effective treatment. Lung cancer can be cured if diagnosed at its early stages,” Dr Thanyanan concluded.