In MCHG, combined treatment of Chinese and western medicine with minimally invasive therapies is commonly applied to nasopharyngeal cancer to realize concerted effect.
Chinese and western medicine is usually applied before or during the treatment to improve patient’s immunity, reduce the complications, meanwhile to prolong survival period and enhance long-term efficacy.
Minimally invasive therapies include interventional therapy, microwave ablation, cryotherapy, etc. Unlike conventional chemotherapy, interventional therapy is a CT-guided operation which directly injects anticancer drugs into tumor lesion through arteries. Drugs with higher concentration precisely kill cancer cells without doing damage to normal cells and the therapy also features few side effects, small trauma and quick recovery. The principle of cryotherapy is that inserting frozen probes into tumor with CT guidance, injecting Argon and Nitrogen and forming a hot-and-cold circle to cause cancer necrosis without doing damage to normal cells. Oncologists Liang Feilv said, for nasopharyngeal cancer patients in early stage, 5-year survival rate reaches 90% after the treatment, while under 50% for patients in middle and advanced stage. Therefore, once get diagnosed nasopharyngeal cancer, one should get timely and effective treatment.
*Surgery, in addition to the appropriate chemotherapy and radiotherapy, are effective in treating early cancer, but certain patients in late stage of cancer may not be tolerate surgery well as they can be relatively weak. A combination of carefully planned minimally invasive therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy can effectively reduce the side effects and discomfort of treatment and may help patient get better efficacy.