Immunotherapy Emerging as a Treatment of Hope for Those With Lung Cancer

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Cancer News
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  • Early detection of the condition is vital to avert complications and can help in curing it
  • Dr. Rajas B Patel on treatment options for patients with Lung Cancer
MUMBAI, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent statistics indicate that the incidence of lung cancer has increased manifold over the last decade in India. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the condition is growing to catastrophic proportions in the country with a high mortality rate of 14.5% among men alone. During the Lung Cancer Awareness Month, there is a need to educate people that the condition can be cured if detected at an early stage.

Apart from exposure to smoke in various forms, the other factors responsible for a growing prevalence of lung cancer include exposure to asbestos, cement and paint factory workers, or even chronic radiation. Young Asian non-smoker females with mutation positivity is the new group identified in past few years.

Speaking about this, Dr Rajas B Patel, Medical Oncologist, RH Clinic said, "Lung cancer is a disease where the saying 'prevention is better than cure' holds true. It has a survival rate of less than 5%, and therefore when it advances, the only help that can be given is palliative care to prolong lifespan. It is therefore imperative to spread more awareness and understand that seeking help on time can cure the condition. Molecular testing is a very important part of lung cancer work up, especially in metastatic (stage 4) disease, where only single tablet, can, although temporarily, control disease. Patients can even avoid chemotherapy."

The current treatment options for lung cancer include combination of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy for local disease. In the advanced stages, depending on the molecular testing and other advanced studies, chemotherapy, drugs for positive mutational studies in oral tablets form or a very recent immunotherapy option is suggested.

Adding further, Dr Patel said, "Immunotherapy has changed the overall scenario of prognosis in terms of life expectancy in advanced or metastatic disease of lung cancer. Some drugs are being routinely used now and some are still being used in trials and may hit the market in upcoming years."

Effective screening for lung cancer should be made an important part of preventive care procedures. This will help in detecting any underlying abnormalities in a timely manner and prevent further complications. At an individual level, the following precautions must be taken to avert lung cancer.

  • Quit smoking as this can reduce the risk of lung cancer, even if one has smoked for years. Make use of other options such as nicotine replacement products, medications, and support groups.
  • Avoid second-hand smoke if one happens to live in and around a smoker. Avoid areas where people smoke, such as bars and restaurants, and seek out smoke-free options.
  • Take precautions to protect oneself from exposure to toxic chemicals at work. One can wear a mask for protection. The risk of lung damage from workplace carcinogens increases if one smokes.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Food sources of vitamins and nutrients are best.
  • Try and exercise on most days of the week. If one doesn't exercise regularly, start out slowly.
About Dr. Rajas B Patel

Marked as one of the renowned doctors, Dr. Rajas B Patel, Oncologist started his journey with the zest to become a well-qualified medical practitioner. He initiated his dreams of making a mark in the medical field with an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. Further to this, he mastered his skills with an MD Degree (Doctor or Medicine) in General Medicine from Patil University of Navi Mumbai. Indeed, his keenness to fine tune his curing capabilities went beyond MD Degree and he did a Fellowship in Medical Oncology from renowned Jaslok Hospital and Research Center in Mumbai.

About RH Clinic

Taking healthcare to the next level and making lives easier to live, RH Clinic has established market goodwill as the best cancer clinic in Mumbai for serving high-grade medical facilities. It creates opportunities in the forms of treatment for the patients. Working towards providing utmost care with advance treatment in practice, RH Clinic has managed to set highest standards. Since first day of operation, Dr. Rajas Patel has been active in understanding the problems of the patients well and ensure extensive care. Over the years of operations, we have gained tremendous experience in organizing medical activities with utmost precision. The doctors and medical practitioners at Navi Mumbai RH Clinic are well-qualified to handle complex of situations in a smarter way. Indeed, we have best medical oncologist in seawoods, Navi Mumbai and even Mumbai. We make sure that professional care is provided to the patients through assistance of best cancer clinic in Mumbai. It should be noted that cancer is a dreadful disease and requires proper intensive care to get rid of. This makes it necessary to approach consultant cancer specialist, who is adept at customizing treatment plans for the patients.

Media ContactRajendra Rao Corporate Communication +91-9833575761

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