Healthy medical point / new lymphatic cancer target drugs with low side effects and health insurance payment

Healthy medical point / new lymphatic cancer target drugs with low side effects and health insurance payment

An 86-year-old Wu grandma in Hualien swims every day. She discovered that she suffered from a rare malignant lymphoma "coated lymphoma" 7 years ago. She was treated with chemotherapy and targeted drugs for one and a half years. She relapsed again. It was evaluated that with the new target drugs paid by health insurance, the tumor did not recur, and Wu Grandma not only returned to normal life, but also continued to exercise.
Wang Zuofu, director of the Department of Hematology and Oncology at Tzu Chi Hospital, said that Grandma Wu suffered from high-grade malignant mantle cell lymphoma, which is more common in elderly people between 50 and 70 years old, and males are three times more than females. The disease was diagnosed at a late stage, and there was lymphadenopathy. The common invasion sites were blood, bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract, spleen, etc. It is a long-term lymphoma with a high recurrence rate.
Huang Weihan, an attending physician in the Department of Hematology and Oncology, pointed out that chemotherapy as the first-line treatment, because of the side effects of nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, etc., makes middle-aged and older cancer friends easily fearful, unbearable, and easily untreated or expensive at their own expense. Target drugs, causing psychological and economic burden.
Incorporating the new oral target drug paid by health insurance, Huang Weihan said that it can inhibit the growth and survival of malignant B cells, make the tumor shrink or even disappear, and have fewer side effects. Only 10% of patients have mild diarrhea and arrhythmia after use. However, there is a threshold for the payment of health insurance. Patients need to relapse after at least one type of chemotherapy or target therapy is invalid. After review, it can be paid for up to 13 months.
The initial symptoms of lymphoma are not obvious, including poor appetite, weight loss, poor physical strength, or inexplicable night sweats at night, which is easy to be mistaken for aging. Huang Weihan reminded that you can go to the hospital to find out the cause. If the lymph nodes are swollen, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.


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