Lung Cancer Treatment Breakthroughs in Israel Enable Top-Notch Treatment
When it comes to cancer treatment, quality of care is usually the most crucial factor. In Israel, lung cancer treatment breakthroughs established the country as an international hub for cancer patients.
After conducting research on lung cancer treatment and medical breakthroughs worldwide, Aleksander (57) chose to undergo treatment at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, miles away from his home country of Russia. “I spent a total of two months at Sheba, and I will never forget the caring and professionalism of the medical staff and the medical consultants,” says Aleksander. “The cancer had brought me down, but I got my life back thanks to the surgeons at Sheba.”
Lung cancer accounts for approximately one-fifth of all cancer-related deaths worldwide, and is classified into two main types: small cell and non-small cell. In small cell lung cancer patients, the cancerous cells appear small and round under a microscope, while non-small cell lung cancer cells appear larger. Non-small cell lung cancer is the more common of the two, while small cell lung cancer occurs almost exclusively in heavy smokers and usually grows and spreads faster. Besides its increased spread rate, small-cell lung cancer is also notoriously challenging to treat, as it often develops resistance to chemotherapy within a short period of time. This fact makes breakthroughs in small-cell lung cancer treatment of particular importance.
Significant lung cancer breakthroughs in Israel have made it possible to provide care even for patients with particularly challenging cases of the disease, and the high standard of lung cancer treatment in the country has made it a destination for medical tourists, such as Aleksander. The largest and most prominent of Israel’s medical facilities, Sheba Medical Center was named one of the top ten best hospitals worldwide for the last four years in a row by Newsweek Magazine in a testimony of Sheba’s role as a leader in medical science and biotechnological innovation. Following are four reasons why you should consider Sheba Medical Center for lung cancer treatment:
Researchers at Sheba collaborate with other prominent medical institutions to develop innovative lung cancer treatments. One such example can be found in the joint efforts with the Weizmann Institute of Science to tackle treatment resistance cancers. Many of the latest cancer therapeutic solutions include the use of advanced drugs that treat specific subtypes of lung cancer by targeting underlying mutations associated with the disease. Unfortunately, while most patients initially benefit from these therapies, many can develop resistance to the drugs within about one year. Sheba and Weizmann’s study has shown promising results in suppressing potential resistance to cancer treatment.
In another recent study, Sheba researchers focused on lung cancer genomics, which concerns the totality of DNA sequence differences between tumor cells and normal cells. While It is usually only possible to provide tailored therapy based on tumor genomics for 30-40% of patients, Sheba’s researchers are making great strides in increasing the efficacy of these treatments by comparing tumor and normal biopsies to understand specific tumor pathologies and ascribe treatment accordingly.
Through innovative research and lung cancer treatment breakthroughs, Sheba’s world-class experts can offer top-notch therapies. In addition to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, we offer the most advanced surgical procedures as well as cutting-edge immunotherapies, which have been proven to improve outcomes for both small-cell and non-small cell lung cancer patients. These include Keytruda, a monoclonal antibody that disables cancer cells’ ability to hide from the immune system, allowing it to target and destroy them.
Advanced Diagnostic Methods
In addition to breakthroughs in lung cancer treatment, research advances allow Sheba to provide better diagnostic tools and detect lung cancer early with little radiation exposure. For example, the development of advanced low-radiation technology enables a new type of diagnostic test to be carried out using approximately 96% less radiation than conventional imaging techniques. This revolutionary procedure was developed by the Imaging Division at Sheba Medical Center in conjunction with Tel Aviv University.
Sheba’s innovative spirit stretches beyond its involvement in lung cancer treatment and diagnosis breakthroughs. As caregivers, our approach is holistic: we treat the body as a whole and each patient according to their specific needs rather than targeting the tumor alone. Our medical oncologists, surgeons, and radiation oncologists work together to develop a personalized treatment plan for every patient. Moreover, our staff will support you through every stage of your diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. We offer a variety of specialized rehabilitation programs to facilitate recovery from lung surgery, including aerobic and respiratory muscle training.
Contact Sheba Medical Center today for a free consultation and take the first step towards advanced, effective lung cancer treatment.
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