Dr Le Hoang Minh, Head of the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, said globally there is increasing awareness of cancer, leading to progress in diagnosis and treatment.
The Government has invested in new cancer hospitals and wards around the country to fight cancer, a disease that claims among the most lives, he said.
Hospitals are being provided with modern equipment for cancer diagnosis and treatment, while more and more doctors receive intensive training, Minh added.
Bach Mai Hospital, for instance, performs radio surgery using a rotating gamma knife (RGK) to treat brain tumours– which involves administering concentrated high-intensity radiation — having treated 1,700 patients since July 2007.
No deaths or severe complications have occurred so far.
The hospital also uses intensity-modulated radiotherapy for cancer treatment, something performed routinely in developed countries.
Army Central Hospital 108 performs laparoscopy-assisted extended gastrectomy with D2 lymph node dissection to treat gastric cancer, considered the gold standard in treating this disease since 2007. The method reduces blood loss while post-surgery recovery time is shorter.
Prof Nguyen Chan Hung, chairman of the Vietnam Cancer Society, spoke about personalised cancer medicine (PCM) in which treatment is specifically tailored to a patient's cancer based on sophisticated genetic analyses, including determination of the cancer cells' complex DNA sequences.
Other topics involving diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the neck, head, liver, uterus, and breast were also tabled for discussion.
The conference was jointly organised by the Ho Chi Minh City Cancer Society, Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, and Vietnam Cancer Society.