How simpler, faster breast cancer treatment approaches can help treat more patients, enhance experience

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 10 million, or one in six deaths in 2020. Cancer is also a leading cause of death in India, with 7.84 lakh deaths recorded in 2018 and 13.92 lakh cases reported in India. 2020.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers. Women all over the world fall prey to this disease. The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020 was 2.3 million and the death toll was 6.85,000. In the past 5 years, 7.8 million women had been diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most common cancer in the world by the end of 2020.

While the number of breast cancers is increasing, we are also seeing new innovations being born to help reduce the burden of disease. Today’s treatments can alter the course of breast cancer and maintain quality of life while changing the course.

In recent years, a number of new therapeutic options have been developed that significantly improve the survival rates of patients with stage 4 or metastatic breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Researchers and medical professionals are working to innovate and find better ways to detect and treat breast cancer, improve patients’ quality of life while reducing the burden on the health care system.

Breast cancer is a cancer that is treated with various combinations of radiotherapy, surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormonal therapy, depending on the stage of cancer and other factors such as age, medical history, and mutation status. However, it is a curable disease.

Traditionally, these therapies are time-consuming because patients spend longer periods of time on hospital beds. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are a process of about 6-7 months. Modern methods, on the other hand, shorten the treatment time and make administration easier and faster.

Complex, tough diseases can be cured with effective and rapid treatment strategies, and several experiments are still underway to revolutionize cancer treatment. We have seen a number of drugs for the treatment of breast cancer have been approved and used by patients over the past five years.

Benefits of New Treatment

  • The new treatments aim to shorten the time spent on hospital treatment and improve quality of life. The patient can instead spend that time with their loved ones or live their life.
  • With the shorter time spent in the hospital, it is faster to administer. New therapies and treatments can be delivered faster than traditional therapies.
  • Faster administration builds trust and frees up time for everyone (patients, caregivers, physicians and paramedics), resulting in shorter appointments and more time for HCPs to serve more patients.
  • It also benefits the healthcare system by reducing the burden of care by clearing beds faster, giving caregivers more time to help more patients and saving money in healthcare.

New, groundbreaking drugs can save breast cancer patients time and improve their quality of life by drastically reducing their length of stay in the clinic. Patients and caregivers can spend less time in the hospital and more time doing what they enjoy. It will also improve the efficiency of health systems as it takes less time to prepare and manage it.

Have we reached our destiny to heal?

The chances of finding a one-size-fits-all remedy are slim.

Several methods are being explored, including gene editing, that may benefit future treatments. However, researchers are constantly testing new treatments to find a cure.

Every year, new treatments are found for metastatic breast cancer that can help improve survival. This new generation of therapies is much safer and more effective than the previous ones. It could eventually eliminate harsher therapies such as chemotherapy. Thus, cancer treatment will also improve a person’s quality of life.

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The author is a Padma Shri Awardee and Chief Executive Officer of Max Oncology Daycare Centre, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi (India), Former Dean (Academicians), AIIMS, New Delhi.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed above are those of the author and do not reflect those of DNA.)

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