Cancer vaccines to be brought to Việt Nam

Update: July, 24/2019 - 10:55
Patients at the K (Cancer) hospital in Hà Nội. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam will receive cancer vaccines from Japan in the near future, Prof Tạ Thành Văn, Rector of the Hà Nội Medical University (HMU) told Lao Động (Labour) newspaper.

The vaccine, which is said to be capable of treating existing cancer, is a key part of the university’s cancer prevention research to be deployed.

Antigens from the tumour of the patients would be taken out and processed, then brought back to the patients’ bodies to stimulate the creation of antibodies, he explained.

Văn said cancer vaccines had already been applied in some hospitals in Japan and proved effective against several types of cancer.

The HMU would launch the vaccines in Việt Nam after receiving approval from the Ministry of Health, he added.

More than 300,000 Vietnamese patients are struggling with cancer, according to Director of the Việt Nam National Cancer Hospital (Hospital K) Trần Văn Thuấn.

In addition, about 165,000 new cases of cancer and 115,000 deaths due to the disease are reported in Việt Nam annually.Each year, Vietnamese people spent some US$2 billion on medical treatment, mostly on cancer, in foreign countries. — VNS