A new method of cancer treatment, which is an alternative to chemotherapy, has started in Kazakhstan

A new method of cancer treatment, which is an alternative to chemotherapy, has started in Kazakhstan. Cancer patients can now undergo tomotherapy in the republic. In 2010, the alternative treatment was introduced in the United States for the first time. The treatment uses precise and safe radiation that targets tumour tissues from different angles and it does not damage healthy tissues.

DANIEL FASS, DIRECTOR, NEW YORK TOMOTHERAPY CENTER:

 - Radiation kills the cancer cells but spares the normal cells. This will greatly advance the cure of cancer in Kazakhstan. The project we are working on is with doctor Baigenzhin. In Astana, we will have two tomotherapy treatments.

According to forecasts of the World Health Organization, until 2020 morbidity and mortality rates due to malignant tumours will be doubled worldwide. In this regard, medical workers are alarmed.

DANIEL FASS, DIRECTOR, NEW YORK TOMOTHERAPY CENTER:

 - Throughout the world including the United States healthcare providers acquire equipment and devices that they are not fully familiar with. It is a much larger problem in emerging projects that the people are in charge of the purchases aren’t actual practitioners. Chemical are either given by mouth or in the vein and they go throughout the whole body. Radiation is energy, x-rays and they are aimed at a specific area to kill the tumour cells.

Experts believe that the advantage of tomotherapy is the lack of side effects. The treatment based on photon rays is precise and active.

DANIEL FASS, DIRECTOR, NEW YORK TOMOTHERAPY CENTER:

 - When the patient comes in the room, the machine automatically align the like GPS system. So every day the patient might be in a slightly different position and inside organs might sit slightly different. All of this is accounted by the machine. The machine turn on it delivers them again carefully targeting cancer and sparing the normal tissue.

Doctor Daniel Fass intends to visit Kazakhstan on a regular basis. He believes that cancer can be treated and he is eager to cooperate with his Kazakh colleagues.