Minimally-invasive interventions and therapies for cancer

February 5, 2010

Eindhoven, February 4 - “Cancer can be prevented too” is the campaign slogan of World Cancer Day 2010, an initiative led by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC). The UICC is the leading international NGO that unites over 300 member organizations in more than 100 countries in the global fight against cancer through the implementation of the World Cancer Declaration.

Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention. But approximately 40% of cancers are potentially preventable, which was the central theme of World Cancer Day, on Thursday February 4, 2010. The risk of developing cancers related to tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, excessive sun exposure and obesity can be significantly reduced by avoiding these risk factors and encouraging healthy behavior, such as regular exercise and eating healthily.

Minimally invasive procedures, interventions and therapies
Next to prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatment of cancer are of crucial importance. For some cancers, such as liver cancer, early detection is difficult because first symptoms usually are vague. As with other types of cancer, it may cause a general feeling of poor health: loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, fatigue, and weakness. But when the first signs of liver cancer become apparent, and it is subsequently diagnosed, intervention and therapy need to start as soon as possible.

Philips is developing innovative image-guidance technologies for increasing the range and quality of minimally-invasive interventions and therapies for cancer. As an example, Philips Research is working towards an integrated solution for the minimally-invasive treatment of liver cancer.