Scientist wins prizes for research on medicinal herbs in cancer treatment

Last update 09:50 | 14/02/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – For 20 years, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram has been spending time to conduct research on  biological active substances of trinh nu hoang cung (Crinum latifolium), using the substances of the precious herb to support the treatment of tumors.

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Tram began her research on trinh nu hoang cung in 1990, when she was an officer of the Central Medicine Company No 2 and collaborator with the Bulgaria Academy of Science. She discovered that the plant contains active biological elements which stimulate immunity and prevent cancer cell angiogenesis, and therefore, can be used to support the treatment of cancer.

“Compared with other medicinal plants, trinh nu hoang cung has the strongest biological effect. The alkaloid extract from its leaves can support the treatment of tumors, both benign and malignant.” Tiếp tục đọc “Scientist wins prizes for research on medicinal herbs in cancer treatment”

Cancer burden in Vietnam: Avoidable consequences, preventable illness

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 12/17/2015 07:55 GMT + 7

Death and the detrimental effects of cancer, which is itself a preventable disease, can be avoided by early detection and proper treatment.

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tuoitrenews – Contrary to popular belief that a diagnosis of cancer means a death penalty, experts have asserted otherwise.

The cancer burden would be significantly eased by adopting a comprehensive preventative model, made possible with competent agencies’ effective administrative role and improved awareness.

Dr. Nguyen Chan Hung, chair of the Cancer Association of Vietnam, warned that diets rich in animal fat and meat, tainted food, dried salty fish or pickled vegetables, or insufficient vegetables and fruits are among the contributory factors of different types of cancer.

Those who smoke or drink heavily, and lead a sedentary lifestyle, also stand higher risks of contracting the illness.

According to Dr. Tran Thi Anh Tuong, vice head of the Nutrition Department of Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, all cancers start because abnormal cells grow out of control.

Cancerous cell growth is different from normal cell growth.

Instead of dying, cancerous cells continue to grow and form new, abnormal cells.

Cancer cells can also invade, or grow into, other tissues, something that normal cells cannot do.

Except for some unavoidable factors including genetic elements and old age, other causes are preventable thanks to a healthy lifestyle and adequate knowledge of the disease.

Early diagnosis saves lives, cuts costs

Dr. Mai Trong Khoa, deputy director of Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi and director of the Nuclear Medicine and Oncology Center, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper earlier this month that approximately 100,000 out of 125,000 new cancer patients in Vietnam die of the illness each year.

New cancer cases have gone up especially fast recently, while the mortality rate has also been on the rise. Tiếp tục đọc “Cancer burden in Vietnam: Avoidable consequences, preventable illness”