Medical project focuses on Brazilian and Lebanese women

24 de julho de 2016

São Paulo – The radiation oncologist specialist Aref Muhieddine, son of Lebanese parents, is gathering support here in Brazil and abroad for the development of a project that aims to offer a different treatment course to young women with cancer. The initiative is called “Moça Bonita” (Pretty Lady, in a literal translation) and Muhieddine arrived in Lebanon a little more than a week ago to present the project to local physicians and to the Brazilian community in the Arab country. The specialist’s goal, as he said in an interview with ANBA via phone from Beirut, is to turn Lebanon in one of the focal subjects.

Muhieddine believes that prevention, treatment and follow-up of women aged between 20 and 50 women regarding cancer needs to improve. The physician created the project last year and early this year put it into action. He is doing research and gathering data on the impact and effectiveness of treatments such as chemotherapy, surgery and radiology, among others, with this group. This is one of the initial guidelines of the project.

The idea is to give to these women a more suitable follow-up to their needs. The Brazilian points out that some types of cancer are more aggressive among young women. He says that they need a follow-up to get back to their normal lives, since, in general, they are married, with kids and part of the labor market. “They are part of the labor market, with a family”, he says.

The physician believes that the improvement of prevention, the access to exams such as CT and MRI scans for those that had any changes detected, a better partnership with the doctor and the psychological work are among the needs of this group. “She needs a closer relationship with the doctor”, he says. The research should indicate more direction for the treatment of these women.

The physician’s interest in researching and achieving a proper follow-up for this profile arose when he started to treat a lot of young women and noticed the difficulties of doctors in dealing with these patients. “We want to improve their survival rate in 2%, 3%, 4%”, says Muhieddine. The focus of the research project will be breast, cervical and gastrointestinal cancer, melanoma and lymphoma.

Muhieddine is seeking partnership with other physicians, institutions and governments and wants to make this an international project. The doctor already gathered support from various sources but his goal is to develop the initiative in Brazil, in the Arab world, in other South American countries and also in the United States. He currently lives in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná.

Graduated as a radiologist at the Universidade do Oeste Paulista (Unoeste) and with 15 years of experience working in the radiology and oncology fields, Muhieddine also holds a specialization degree in radiation oncology and post-graduation degree in neuro-oncology at the Syrian-Lebanese Teaching and Research Institute. The institution has lent its support for the research. In Foz do Iguaçu, Muhieddine runs a clinic and is the head of the Radiation Oncology Department of hospital Ministro Costa Cavalcanti.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani