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Advanced HIFU cancer treatment comes to Myanmar


Yangon, 3 July — An advanced, non-invasive surgical procedure for people with cancerous tumours is now available in Myanmar, a doctor from a new Health Ministry treatment centre said Wednesday.
High-intensity focused ultrasound “is a type of cancer treatment that gives off high frequency sound waves to kill cancer cells,” Dr U Aye Chan Maw said in an interview with The Global New Light of Myanmar.
The new HIFU Centre is located within the compound of the 500-bed Specialist Hospital in downtown Yangon. The health ministry bought the HIFU machine from ACS Myanmar Medical Co. at a cost of US $2.8 million.
“Five local people with liver cancer have received this treatment free of charge after establishing the centre,” Dr Aye Chan Maw said.
“It doesn’t have as many side effects as other types of cancer treatments already in use,” Dr Aye Chan Maw said. “The machine might be able to treat cancers including prostate cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, breast and ovarian cancer, but it is not a suitable treatment for some cancers such as brain tumours and lung cancer.”
Managing Director U Sithu Aung of ACS Myanmar Medical Co. said the company plans to import more high intensity-focused ultrasounds from China in the future.
Myanmar has high rates of liver cancer, while ovarian cancer is the fastest-growing health problem for women.
According to a report, cancer is the leading causes of death in developed countries. Each year, about 4 million people die from cancer worldwide while more than 6 million people are diagnosed with cancer. GNLM

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