Cancer is a group of diseases that is the second-leading cause of death worldwide. For men, lung, prostate, colorectal, stomach and liver cancer are the most common cancer types, while breast, colorectal, lung, cervix and thyroid cancer are the most common among women.
Fortunately, cancer diagnosis, screening and treatment is on the top of the medical research agenda. And through the last decades there have been several breakthroughs in how the various cancer types are treated.
Examples of disposable medical devices in cancer treatmentWhile radiation therapy is well known in cancer treatment, disposable plastic-based medical devices get less attention. Yet they are essential. Most of these devices are made from PVC, a safe and affordable polymer that has been used for more than 60 years in healthcare. Let’s take a look at a few of the PVC-based medical devices used in cancer treatment:
DEHP-free devices available
Softness is essential to many medical devices. To make the devices soft, a plasticiser is needed. In the past the most used plasticiser was DEHP, which has come under increasing scrutiny by authorities and regulators. Through innovation the medical device value chain has now made available a range of alternative plasticisers, which can meet the same performance as DEHP. Four of them are now in the European Pharmacopoeia that sets the guidelines for medical devices in Europe and beyond.