European patients’ day 2013: remembering our rights and responsibilities

Pérez Bravo, nueva vicepresidenta de Best Doctors Services

Today is not only an important day for patients, but also for physicians. The reason being that today, April 18, marks the European Patients’ Rights Day, an initiative undertaken by ACN (Active Citizenship Network) in 2007, which since then has been supported by the European Parliament.

We are all patients  Who has not been a patient at some time in their lives? Who has not felt vulnerable by having to depend on other people to have their health looked after? Suffering a disease is an unpleasant experience, in the face of which society and doctors should do their best. In order to do this, it is essential that we give serious thought to the patients’ problems as well as to the importance of their protection. According to the European Charter of Patients' Rights, all patients have the right to the following: 1. To prevention 2. To receive medical treatment, without Read more

A voice of hope against cancer

According to figures reported by National Cancer Data Centre, based on patients diagnosed between 1998 and 1999, the relative survival rate of 5 years is 95% in the best-case scenario for laryngeal cancer (stage I and also for glottis).

This figure cannot be used as a reference in all cases, but, as a percentage, it´s still very encouraging when dealing with a disease in which many developments have been taking place in recent times.

From dysplasia to carcinoma in situ Larynx cancer appears at the bottom of the throat and develops from thin, flat cells known as squamous cells which are found in the epithelium, a tissue that lines the larynx. A great number of cases of squamous cell cancer or carcinoma begin with a dysplasia, a pre-cancer lesion, which is detected through some abnormality in the squamous cells. Fortunately, it is rare for dysplasia to grow into cancer. It usually clears up without specific treatment if the causes that have led to the problem, for example smoking, are eliminated. However, sometimes dysplasia can develop Read more

Setting up barriers against the progression of Parkinson´s disease

Regrettably, there is no cure for Parkinson. However, if early treatment of this degenerative disease of the nervous system allows us to relieve the symptoms of the sufferer, we will have made a great deal of progress as well as having improved many thousands of people’s quality of life.

The annual incidence of Parkinson's disease in the UK is 4 to 20 per 100,000 individual. Fortunately, forecasts for the coming years are quite encouraging, on the basis of opinions by disease experts like Dr. Mª Rosario Luquín, member of the scientific committee of the Spanish Parkinson Federation. This neurologist, who is also the director of the Laboratory of Regenerative Therapy at the Center for Applied Medical Research at the University of Navarra, expressed optimism in her last interviews and lectures, even speaking of a "tie" in the battle against Parkinson. According to Dr. Luquín, we could say that today 75% of Parkinson's Read more