|The Vinmec International Hospital will be the first medical facility to apply autologous immune enhancement therapy (AIET) in treating cancer patients in Viet Nam. — Photo Courtesy of Vinmec hospital
HA NOI (VNS) — The Vinmec International Hospital today announced it would be the first medical facility to apply autologous immune enhancement therapy (AIET) in treating cancer patients in Viet Nam.
AIET is a treatment method in which immune cells are taken from the patient's body, cultured and processed to activate them until their resistance to cancer is strengthened and then returned to the patient's body.
The advanced therapy has seen remarkable results in cancer treatment in Japan and the United States, using the patients' own immune cells to destroy cancer, the hospital director Nguyen Thanh Liem said.
The therapy is the least toxic treatment available and is very safe. It can be used to treat patients in all stages of cancer. It helps prolong the survival period for most cancer patients, especially those who have not responded to normal cancer treatment therapies, according to Liem.
Viet Nam reports some 200,000 new cancer cases yearly, of which 80 per cent are in the late stage of the disease at the time of diagnosis. Cancer kills 70,000 Vietnamese people each year, according to the National Cancer Prevention Programme. — VNS