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MakatiMed partners with top US hospital to advance cancer care

MakatiMed partners with top US hospital to advance cancer care

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  • Makati Medical Center celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year
  • MakatiMed has partnered with UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCDCCC) in a bid to boost cancer care in the Philippines
  • UCDCCC, which was designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the US National Cancer Institute, offers the most advanced methods for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancers and blood disorders

As Makati Medical Center celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, the premiere hospital continues to drive advancement in medical care in the country by forging a partnership with one of the leading cancer centers in the United States.

MakatiMed has partnered with UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCDCCC) in a bid to boost cancer care in the Philippines. The agreement with the University of California, Davis-affiliated medical center includes the development of an international Cancer Care Network, a cancer registry in MakatiMed, training programs for cancer care, a second opinion program, and on-site clinical rotation from various subspecialties in oncology.

Inpatient and outpatient procedures will be evaluated to enhance clinical workflows. The two hospitals will also share telemedicine programs and potentially collaborate in clinical trials, research studies, seminars, and multi-disciplinary teleconferences.

UCDCCC, which was designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the US National Cancer Institute, offers the most advanced methods for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancers and blood disorders.

“We want to introduce a collaborative approach in cancer care to offer the ideal treatments to our patients,” says Maria Corazon C. Consunji, MD, MakatiMed President and CEO. “This partnership will help MakatiMed achieve the best patient outcomes by embracing the advancements in oncology.”

Dr. Consunji inked the contract with Primo N. Lara, Jr., MD, UCDCCC Director. Also present in the contract signing were UCDCCC’s Gina Dayton, Chief Administrative Officer and Associate Director for Administration, and Kristin Jones, Director for Oncology Services.

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.8888 999, email [email protected], or visit www.makatimed.net.ph.

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Teen girls who love fast food more likely to get breast cancer

Teen girls who love fast food more likely to get breast cancer

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Teens are known to be plump junk food-consumers favouring burgers, french fries, and sugary drinks over diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Apparently, this unhealthy eating habit has serious health consequences on teenage girls.

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles suggests that a diet rich in sugar, carbohydrates, processed meats as well as margarine is very damaging among girls at a period when their mammary glands are still developing.

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To arrive at this conclusion, a team of researchers led by Karin Michels utilized data from 45,204 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study II. Participants in this study answered questionnaires about their diet during high school. Adult diets were assessed during a food frequency questionnaire for a duration of 22 years.

Using a method previously created that links diet with inflammatory markers in the blood, each woman’s diet was given an inflammatory score.

Results showed that 870 of the female participants who completed the high school frequency questionnaire had premenopausal breast cancer, while 490 were diagnosed with postmenopausal breast cancer.

“Our results suggest that a habitual diet that promotes chronic inflammation when consumed during adolescence or early adulthood may indeed increase the risk of breast cancer in younger women before menopause,” Michels explained.

Michels added that a woman’s breast cancer risk is influenced by a number of factors including genetic predisposition, lifestyle and demographics. Their study suggests that a habitual diet or early adulthood diet which promotes chronic inflammation can be another factor.

Researcher believe that the mammary gland, which develops during adolescence and early adulthood, becomes particularly susceptible to lifestyle factors. They suggested the consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts and legumes and discourages high intake of sugar, refined carbohydrates, red and processed meats as well as soda.

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