FORUM ADDRESSES MEDICAL CHOICES FOR CANCER CARE
OCT 19, 2019 @7.39PM
Tackling an illness like cancer requires a solid game plan. It is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, you need a few components to work together in order for you to understand the bigger picture. The strategy: always start with the corners - fixing all the blue bits first.
The Reimagine Your Medical Choices forum today featured six industry experts who shared their knowledge for a holistic approach towards understanding the landscape of cancer care in Malaysia.
Genomic testing and precision medicine in cancer care
Dr Azura Rozila Ahmad, a senior Consultant Medical Oncologist at Beacon Hospital believes that advances in technology and genetic testing has allowed for greater understanding of the key things about cancer.
Moving away from the “one size fits all” medicine, genomic testing and precision medicine allows targeted therapy and personalised treatment of cancer. There are many new treatments designed to target a specific change which are being tested right now in clinical trials.
However, there are limitations as additional genetic changes occur over time, so the patient must get re-tested. Other things to consider include side effects and the cost of treatment.
Access and advances in overseas cancer treatments
Imagine a world with borderless access to the best medical specialists across the world, removing geographic and financial barriers. Further, a specialist international underwriting agency based in Madrid, Spain offers patients exactly that.
There are significant advances in technology taking place and these improvements will impact oncology treatments over the next decade. While they might not be perfect, they will help propel the agenda for improved medical treatments the world over and Further will be there to connect the dots.
Cancer care beyond hospital
Accessible by chat, phone or video call, the telehealth platform provides users nationwide access to qualified doctors and specialists and provides the perfect solution for those with transportation or mobility issues.
DoctorOnCall was created so that you would never have to leave home to get a medical consultation. Now, they are also focusing on providing cancer care, offering patients improved quality of life when dealing with a long-term illness.
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