When and Where will ACOS2018 Be?

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Land of Thailand

The 13th Asian Oncology Conference will be Feb 23rd through the 25th, 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. More than 500 cancer professionals are expected to discuss all aspects of oncology:
* Cancer prevention
* Chemotherapy
* Patient care
* Radiological Oncology

The focus of the meeting will again be on how world oncology research affects the Asian community. ACOS2016 was a highly successful meeting held in New Delhi, India. The 2018 Conference will be a continuation of that success.  Dr. Sumitra Thongprasert will preside over the 2018 conference. The other three officers are:
* Somcharone Saeteng, Vice Conference President
* Juntima Euathrongchit, Secretary General
* Dr. Nirush Lertprasertsuke, Treasurer

Aims and Highlights of the Meeting

Individuals from all over the world will meet to discuss current Oncology research and implementation. Highly applauded presenters, latest procedures, most up to date renovations in oncology and improvements are among the signs the meeting.

Asia Clinical Oncology Society is a worldwide platform to learn and discuss the pathophysiology of cancer, cancer therapy, cancer screening, and cancer innovations. The organization is now accepting presenter applications and urge everyone to register early.

Why attend the meeting?

1. To present your investigations, hear case studies, transfer your capability and enhance practical info to ensure a successful cancer management.
2. To take part in presentation controlled by experts
3. To increase your knowledge of clinical provision, education, and collaboration.
4. To make educated and empowered decisions on what is currently taking place in the field of cancer.
5. To have more than 20 hours of access to professionals from all over the globe.

Chiang Mai, Thailand Will Make a Beautiful Conference Destination

Chiang Mai is the northern capital of Thailand. It is known for its beautiful hilly landscape and laid back lifestyle. It is considered a modern city, but yet captures a more relaxed atmosphere. It is known for its bustling markets and elephant sanctuaries. It has a little something for everyone.

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What is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation Oncology is the use of electromagnetic beams to treat or control the spread of cancerous cells. The electromagnetic beams or radiation is controlled and directed only to the tumor.

That way, it only damages the cell structure of the cancer cells without harming the healthy cells adversely. The medical term for the actual radiation treatment is Radiation Therapy.

Types of Specialists

The three medical specialists involved in radiation oncology are:

• Radiation Oncologists
• Radiation Therapist
• Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists (ROMP)

 

 

Radiation Oncologists

These medical doctors have undergone specialist training on the use of radiation therapy to treat and manage cancer and its symptoms.

They assess the patient, prescribe the best treatment plan, and monitor the individual progress of each patient. Once the patient completes their treatment, the Oncologist is the one who gives post treatment consultations.

The Oncologist manages any other developments that might come up, and they work in close collaboration with Radiation Therapists and Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists.
They are the first health care professional that patients who are undergoing radiation therapy treatment meet.

Radiation Therapists

These technicians deliver the radiation treatment to the patients. They become familiar with the patients because they work together in the management of the cancer treatment on a regular basis.

Once they receive the patient’s radiation treatment as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologists, they calculate the radiation plan and then operate the radiation equipment.

They also use advanced imaging technology to make sure that only the cancerous cells get the radiation. They can answer the common questions related to the radiation treatment.

They also forward other concerns raised by the patient to the appropriate health care professional.

Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists (ROMP)

These medical technicians install and calibrate the radiation therapy equipment. They work with the Radiation Oncologists and Radiation Therapists to ensure that the equipment is safe to use.

They also ensure that radiation prescriptions are within safe limits. They never meet with patients because their primary task revolves around the maintenance of the radiation machine and radiation room.

Radiation Therapy Machine

Radiation Oncology Machine

A radiation therapy device provides treatment using an external radiation beam. A linear accelerator generates the beam.

The machine ejects electrons at a high velocity, sending them to a target made of metal. When the electron hits the metal target, some of the energy converts to x-rays, providing the radiation therapy.

Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is a radiation treatment where a radiation source is enclosed in needles, wires or catheters. It is surgically implanted in into the tumor or near it. It is commonly used to treat cancers of the uterus, breast, cervix, or prostate.

Radiation Treatment Plans

Sometimes, patients only need radiation therapy alone; such is the case with cancer of the larynx and prostate. There are cases where the patient requires radiation therapy and surgery, known as Adjuvant Treatment.

When the radiation treatment happens before surgery, it’s called Neoadjuvant Radiation Therapy. That type of therapy is used to increases the chances a cure. It’s often used to treat cancers of the lungs, rectal, or esophageal.

When a patient is treated using a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, where drugs or chemical substances are used to treat cancer, the treatment is Modality Therapy.

Modality Therapy is done to lower the amount of radiation exposure the patient will get. Such treatment is standard in the treatment of cancer of the bladder.

Conclusion

Unlike other forms of cancer treatments, radiation therapy is more affordable, non-invasive, and is pivotal in about 40% of all cured cases. Radiation therapy was first used shortly after 1895 when Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the x-ray.

Furthermore, radiation therapy causes minimal tissues damage, has fewer side effects, and it offers pain relief to patients who are terminally ill.

 

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How Does Sugar Intake Affect Cancer?

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Researchers may be in a position to explain how sugar intake might affect cancer. They have reported that it’s converted to a type of sugar known as fructose. Tests done on mice show the mechanism in which it happens. Cancer researchers have published in medical journals that people who eat a lot of sugar are at risk of breast cancer. The research conducted by Lorenzo Cohen of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is one of the biggest proofs of how eating sugar can result in cancer.

Research Results on how Sugar Intake Affects Cancer

Additional evidence from a growing body of science shows that Western-style lifestyle is a major risk for various types of cancer. Research shows that two–thirds of cancer cases result from poor lifestyle choices like the use of tobacco, lack of exercise and unhealthy diet. Refined sugar is also a culprit.

sugar consumption

The average American consumes between 150 and 170 pounds of sugar a year. Sugar consumption has increased 17 times from the 1980’s. Some sugars are vital nutrients used by the body in the form of glucose to generate energy. Cohen’s research found that fructose affects the body’s metabolic pathway or process known as 12-LOX which help in cell metastasize or spread. He also added that most cancer patients don’t die of their primary tumor but die of metastatic disease.

Effects of Sugar Intake on Cancer

The Cohen research team reported that diets high in starch also contribute to breast cancer. Mice who ate a starch-dominant diet had a higher incidence of breast cancer. Cohen’s group investigated whether the two components, starch, and sugar, made any difference since the body processed them differently. They found out that glucose is handled by the pancreas and other body organs while fructose is processed more by the liver. They discovered that when the mice ate more fructose, their tumors grew larger and faster.

This report stresses the fact that cancer patients must reduce their intake of sugar. Sugar is addictive and can be difficult to take out of the diet. One way of removing sugar is to participate in a sugar detox program. The “21 Day Detox Program” is an excellent way to be successful in removing toxins from the body.

Effects of Sweetened Drinks and Refined Sugar on Growth of Tumors

This study supports other findings that revealed that pancreas tumors thrive on fructose. Fructose has higher effects on metastasis process compared to glucose. Any sugar increases tumor growth, but fructose has a higher rate. Like oxygen, too much is toxic, but a little is vital. Fruits provide fructose mixed with fiber and other nutrients.

Sweetened drinks are a large source of sugar in the western diet. They only provide sugar with no other nutrients. Health officials, therefore, advise people to consume less refined sugar.

Conclusion

We should all eat less sugar. If we are diagnosed with cancer, it is even more imperative to reduce processed sugar in our diet.

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Recap of the Asian Clinical Society 2016 Meeting

Bridging the Gap – Conference Theme

The 12th Asia Clinical Oncology Society conference happened in New Delhi, India on April 8th, 2016.

The meeting showcased radiology oncology, cancer treatment and disease research in Asia. The central theme of the conference was to provide a cancer free globe by “Bridging the Gap.” The meeting discussed major concerns like diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases related to organ cancer and innovative techniques.

Programs were presented based on oncology administration, innovative procedures, and investigation of new ideas. Other discussions of the conference comprised of prevention, statistics, epidemiology, multidisciplinary management that is, patient care, and radiotherapy among others.

World Collaboration

Experts from all over the world came together to discover the latest findings on Oncology. The top cancer researchers which included scientists, doctors, and professors had their names recognized in this three consecutive days meeting. The meeting had up-to-date renovations, improvements, experimental trials and broadly acclaimed speakers.

Meeting Proceedings

The meeting began with an opening speech given by the Keynote sessions followed by addresses provided by both individuals from the Keynote discussion and Honorable guest.

Some of the experts who gave presentations were:

1. Dr. Chieko Kai of the University of Tokyo in Japan
2. Dr. Fazlul H Sarkar of Wayne State University from the United States of America
3. Dr. Mauricio Camus of the Potential Catholic the University of Chile
4. Dr. Ivy Chung of University of Malaysa
5. Dr. Michael Bilous of the University of Sydney in Australia
6. Dr. Chieko Kai of the University of Tokyo in Japan

Conference Success

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Based on reviews of ACOS2016, the conference was a triumph.
The meeting brought together experts from all over the world for discussion and knowledge sharing. Asia has oncology issues as other parts of the world. Learning more about what other countries are doing can only ensure success for all oncology professionals.

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