Cancer is one of the greatest challenges facing medicine. On the one hand, technological advances are greatly facilitating the diagnostic process. And oncology research is allowing the new drugs available to significantly improve the survival of our patients, so that we are increasingly concerned about the health of our long survivors.
Isn’t this a wonderful symptom? However, we are aware that the room for improvement in our results is clear. Patients demand the best results from us and we must not disappoint their legitimate expectations.
New cancer drugs
New cancer drugs are very different. The first cancer drug treatments began to be used at the end of the 1960s. Today’s molecules are much more selective, specifically designed to alter key stages of the reproduction mechanism of tumor cells, thus paralyzing their growth and destroying tumors.
They are the product of many years of research work and represent major advances that we should not give up because they save many lives while being less toxic. An example of this is the progress achieved in the treatment of breast cancer thanks to specific treatments against molecular targets such as those that block HER2 receptors.
Multidisciplinary care for cancer patients
We work with a large team of experts in oncology – each of them with a high profile of specialization in different tumors – which allows us to offer our patients the best scientific and therapeutic approach to their disease. Oncology today cannot be understood without the joint, coordinated and efficient work of medical oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, radiotherapists, internists, pain physicians, hospital pharmacists, oncology nurses, etc., without neglecting the care of people.
People have the disease and they and their relatives require as much attention as the cancer itself. The medical and psychological team of our Oncoayuda Foundation provides them with tools and strategies to help them face the different stages of the disease in the best possible way.
For cancer patients who have not yet been cured, my advice is to trust that today’s oncology can help them improve their prognosis and that every year there are scientific advances that we can use to their benefit. To the readers who have been cured and to those who, fortunately, are healthy, I would say that they should adopt lifestyles and attitudes that will clearly keep them away from cancer.
Abstaining from tobacco consumption, moderate alcohol consumption, regular physical exercise, maintaining safe sexual relations, following a healthy diet that avoids obesity and protecting themselves adequately from solar radiation have proven to be effective tools in the prevention of the disease. And finally, a very important piece of advice is to visit your doctor periodically for examinations and tests, which have been shown to diagnose cancer early and help to cure it.