Korean specialists has reach a significant success in treating cancer, especially those types of it that are most common in Korea like stomach cancer, liver cancer and uterine cervix.
Such types of cancer as lung, thyroid, esophageal, colorectal, head and neck, breast, pancreatico-biliary, urologic, and gynecologic cancers, osteosarcoma, and malignant melanomas are also successfully treated in Korea.
The usage of the latest medical equipment makes surgeries effective. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy maximize the treatment effect and minimize the adverse side effects by directing the minimum amount of radiation onto normal tissues while directing the maximum amount of radiation onto the tumorous tissues.
Along side the traditional chemo and radiotherapy South Korean hospitals use the latest and the most precise version of radiotherapy - Proton Therapy.
The proton beam primarily targets tumor cells, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue. Patients given proton therapy tend to enjoy better lifestyles during and after treatment compared with those treated with conventional X-rays.
As the proton beams passes through the body, it ionizes the target tissues, damaging the DNA in cancer cells and thus the cells containing damaged DNA cannot divide, and undergo apoptosis (cell death) instead.
Proton therapy can be used for solid tumors that are localized and have not spread to other parts of the body. We can apply proton therapy to patients with brain and spinal cord tumors (e.g. brain tumors and chordoma), orbit tumor (e.g., melanoma and retinoblastoma), head and neck cancer, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, early breast cancer, prostate cancer, early liver cancer, and cervical cancer, for example.
For prostate cancer, choroid tumor, choroid melanoma, chordoma, and early lung cancer, proton therapy could be performed instead of surgery, helping to preserve the affected organs.
Alongside with the conventional surgeries, robotic (minimally invasive) surgeries is broadly used in Korea to remove cancer.
Robotic surgery offers many benefits to patients compared to open surgery, including:
Reduced pain and discomfort
Faster recovery time and return to normal activities
Smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection
Reduced blood loss and transfusions
When performing robotic surgery mostly the da Vinci Surgical System is used:
The surgeon works from a computer console in the operating room, controlling miniaturized instruments mounted on three robotic arms to make tiny incisions in the patient.
The surgeon looks through a 3-D camera attached to a fourth robotic arm, which magnifies the surgical site.
The surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements are transmitted through the computer console to the instruments attached to the robot’s arms. The mimicked movements have the same range of motion as the surgeon allowing maximum control.
The surgical team supervises the robot at the patient’s bedside.
Use your own body to fight the cancer!
South Korea also offer th eso-called integrative cancer therapy, combining convencional treatments for cancer (like chemotherapy, surgery etc.) with immunotherapy, collecting immune cells from the patient's own blood, amplifying them and thus turning them into immune cells with strong anticancer properties and later on reinjecting them to the patient.
This therapy has almost no side effects and painless and improves the quality of patient's life by preventing reccurence and removing residual cancer cells.
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