Turkey to adopt immuno-therapy in war against skin cancer

A new treatment method boosts immune system cells to target and fight tumor cells which are undetected in the body.

Turkey to adopt immuno-therapy in war against skin cancer

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey will launch a new treatment against the worst type of skin cancer, malign melanoma, following developments in immuno-oncologic methods which may add five more years to patients’ lives, according to the Turkish Oncology Group.

The new method boosts immune system cells to target and fight tumor cells which are undetected in the body.

The announcement was made in a press meeting called “Turkey’s Melanoma Map” by the Melanoma Working Group of Turkish Oncologists, which aims to raise awareness of cancer incidents in Turkey.

“Melanoma cases are mostly diagnosed in its last phase and traditional treatments fail to heal the patients,” said the head of the group, “however, discovered in recent years, immuno-oncologic treatments can extend the life span up to five more years.”

Professor Ismail Celik said social awareness should be raised and protective measures should be taken while incidents worldwide more than doubled in the last 30 years, a rise has spread to Turkey along with lifestyle changes accompanying development in the country.

Melanoma makes up only 5% of skin cancer incidents, but is the most fatal kind. Numbers of cases are increasing in most of the developed world. In the US, between 1992 and 2004, the number of patients increased 3.1% every year on average. Melanoma is most common in Australia where 1,500 people die from it every year.

Last Mod: 27 Kasım 2013, 17:15
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