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07 April 2021, 17:21

Belarus' oncologist wins CIS competition of young scientists

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MINSK, 7 April (BelTA) – The research conducted by Belarusian urological surgeon Denis Borodin has won first place in the CIS competition of young scientists, Deputy Director for Research at the Aleksandrov National Research Center for Oncology and Medical Radiology, Doctor of Medicine, Professor Sergei Krasny told reporters, BelTA has learned.

Denis Borodin works at the urologic cancers laboratory of the Aleksandrov National Research Center for Oncology and Medical Radiology. His winning research paper focuses on the treatment of testicular cancer. According to Sergei Krasny, this is a rather rare disease, but it is quite common for young men and boys, therefore it has a great social impact. “The study focuses on aggressive surgical tactics for testicular cancer and high-dose chemotherapy with bone marrow transplantation, which increases the cancer survival rate by nearly 100%. This entry took first place,” the deputy director of the center informed.

The 12th Congress of Oncologists and Radiologists of the CIS Countries and Eurasia is taking place online. Throughout the week, leading oncologists from around the world will present the outcomes of their research and breakthrough technologies of recent years. Belarusian scientists will also deliver a large number of reports across nearly all areas of oncology.

According to Sergei Krasny, oncology is the most dynamically developing branch of medicine, therefore the standards of diagnosis and treatment are reviewed every three to four years.

In Belarus, about 54,000 new cases of malignant tumors are reported every year, and the growth rate is increasing. “Although we are not a super-rich country, our treatment outcomes are on par with those in the United States,” Sergei Krasny said. He explained this by a smart cancer care delivery: cancer patients are treated only in cancer hospitals. This allows making the most of available resources and personnel, he noted.

In addition, Belarus is running several cancer screening programs. Four programs are underway now: screenings for prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon and cervical cancer. Two more screening programs are currently in the works: a lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography and a stomach cancer screening. If these programs show good results in pilot studies, they will be scaled up to cover the entire country.

According to Head of the Main Department for Public Health at the Healthcare Ministry Aleksandr Patseyev, since cancer is one of the most common diseases and one of the leading causes of death, this matter is high on the agenda in the country, including by the head of state and the government. A testimony to that is the construction of new treatment facilities and development of new cancer treatment strategies.

7 April of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day.

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