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Good News For Cancer Patients

Daily Guide
4 May 2012 | Health
Dr Pollare briefing the media during the tour
Dr Pollare briefing the media during the tour

CANCER PATIENTS in the country and beyond have been assured of total health care delivery at the Sweden Ghana Medical Center Limited (SGMC) which offers oncology services.

The health facility offers curative radiotherapy treatment, chemotherapy, pain control programs, psychosocial support and clinical trials to cancer patients.

Other programs available include cancer prevention, patient education and diagnostic CT scans among other services.

The center which also aims at actively participating in cancer care development and improving the outcome of cancer ailments in Ghana and Africa will provide affordable health care services to patients.

Dr Thomas Pollare, CEO of the company, who took journalists on a tour of the health facility said for most cancer cases, surgery is the most important treatment but it is often combined with radiotherapy and chemotherapy to improve the outcome.

'Some cancers, such as prostate, head, neck can be cured by surgery alone, whereas diseases like lymphomas and leukemia can be cured with chemotherapy,' he stated.

He disclosed that when cancer is not curable it can often be treated to improve the patient's quality of life and prolong his life and in these situations radiotherapy and chemotherapy form the basis of such treatment.

Dr Pollare further explained that both breast and cervical cancers in women, and prostate cancer in men are all potentially curable if detected early.

'Too many patients are diagnosed with cancer at a stage when it cannot be cured. Our primary objective includes enabling residents of the West African sub-region to be treated by state-of-the-art cancer treatment techniques and methods in combination with high efficiency and competitive prices,' he observed.

  By Portia Anaman
 
 

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