Doctor: Over 73 percent of cancer patients dead

The fatal toll among cancer patients in Vietnam has increased to 73.5 percent, Associate Professor Dr Mai Trong Khoa, deputy director of Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital said June 19.

Cancer patients are treated at a hospital in Hanoi (File photo: VTC)
Cancer patients are treated at a hospital in Hanoi (File photo: VTC)

The disease treatment has found more difficult and taken more time as patients usually late discover that they are infected with the disease, when it has come to metastasis phase, he said.

Dr. Khoa added that the number of cases infected with cancers in the world has also increased, especially in developing countries.

In developed countries, patients are usually soon discovered. As a result, the death toll is lower, about 50-65 percent, he said.

At present Bach Mai Hospital is treating a 71 year old woman named Nguyen Thi Tuan Kh., one amid rare cases of people contaminated with two types of cancers.

Dr. Khoa said that in the world, the ratio of people with two cancers is accounted for just 0.1 percent of cancer patients.

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