August 23, 2014 01:00
By SUCHAT SRITAMA
Verita Life Group, a firm based in Singapore, has entered Bangkok to provide Thais and expatriates with cancer treatment based on a technique called integrative oncology.
Thomas Lodi, senior medical consultant of Verita Life (Thailand) Co, said the expansion into Thailand was made after the firm saw more room to grow in the field of cancer treatment.
“I think Thailand is now back to stability, as politics is reformed [in a way] that would drive the economy. The country also has a new prime minister,” he said.
He added that Bangkok was already as medical hub in the region, so the group wanted to fill a service gap. Targeted customers will be local people, expats, and patients from neighbouring countries.
The group was scheduled to launch a new service today called “Reclaim Your Health: Stop Making Cancer”, which unifies scientific medical treatments and natural healing therapies to treat cancer.
According to the World Health Organisation’s “World Cancer Report 2014”, new cancer cases are estimated to rise from 14 million to 22 million within the next two decades. This is a surge of 57 per cent.
It is reported that cancer is also on the rise in Thailand. The figures are equally alarming; for example, prostate-cancer cases increased by 52 per cent from 2003 to 2012. Overall, cancer remains the No 1 killer in Thailand, with 30 per cent of deaths in 2011 caused by the disease.