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We treat lung cancer at world class level

MedExpress Team

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Published Oct. 31, 2023 08:00

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Although we are treating lung cancer at a world-class level thanks to recent reimbursement decisions, it is still the number one cause of cancer deaths. According to Prof. Dariusz M. Kowalski, detection and diagnosis need to be improved.

In Poland, 22,000 people hear the diagnosis every year - lung cancer. According to the National Cancer Registry, it is the most common malignant tumor in Poland and the first cause of cancer deaths.

Early detection saves lives

Early detection of lung cancer determines a patient's prognosis. However, the screening program using low-dose computed tomography to detect cancer at early stages is used by few Poles.

Today, only about 15-20 percent of patients are diagnosed at an early stage. Meanwhile, in some centers, patients are diagnosed for as long as six months, taking them away from treatment.

Prof. Dariusz M. Kowalski of the Lung and Chest Cancer Clinic of the National Cancer Institute - National Research Institute in Warsaw, president of the Polish Lung Cancer Group, points out that the availability and quality of the latest diagnostics is also a problem. - Next-generation sequencing is performed in a few centers that are unable to meet the growing needs. We also have too few specialists in pathomorphological diagnostics, and modern treatment of this cancer witho...

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