Emirates Oncology calls for a national cancer plan

The Emirates Oncology Society has called for a national cancer control plan in the country, to reduce the incidence and death rates from the disease, as it is the third leading cause of death in the country , the most important of which is the presence of accurate data and a reliable cancer record.

President of the Emirates Cancer Society, Professor of Oncology at the University of Sharjah, Humaid bin Harmal Al Shamsi, said the society had recently published scientific research in (mdpi), a scientific journal specializing in the publication and documentation of scientific studies and research. , discussing a proposed national cancer control plan, pointing to Recent research and studies indicate that cancer is the third leading cause of death in the country, after cardiovascular diseases and accidents.

In his published research, Al Shamsi said that the UAE is characterized by many positive elements for the treatment of cancer patients, including the strong infrastructure of the health sector, the international expertise that the country wishes to attract in the field of oncology, in addition to devices and equipment, accelerating the registration of modern drugs for the treatment of cancer, and supporting scientific research to develop its treatments, and training Emirati doctors in oncology and cancers in major universities international.

He said that the most significant challenges facing the country in the fight against various cancer diseases lie in the lack of community awareness and societal acceptance of early cancer detection, noting that “the demand rate early detection is very low compared to European countries”. He added: “The other challenge is late diagnosis, as the majority of patients do not see the doctor when symptoms are present.”

The scientific research included recommendations and proposals for a national cancer treatment plan, including the presence of accurate data and a reliable cancer registry.

He said the goals are to reduce incidence, control cancer deaths, improve quality of life for patients and focus on health education, prevention, early detection, treatment. rapid diagnosis, treatment facilitation, continuity of care, performance evaluation, workforce training. , and scientific research in the field of cancer.

For his part, Dr Saeed Al-Rifai, consultant oncologist and cancer specialist at the Emirates Cancer Society, said there was a need to improve the cancer record and invest efforts in the preventive treatment of oncology. .

He said the plan includes improving and expanding the cancer registry, investing efforts in tumor preventive treatment, integrating knowledge, developing technology and new drugs in accordance with data and guidelines. international standards based on scientific experience, and that we, as physicians, researchers and service providers, strive to develop and implement pathways and guidelines, with continuous monitoring of performance and quality at the using key performance indicators.

He stressed the need to intensify efforts to care for cancer patients with the participation of all parties, to provide cancer control services in an equitable and affordable manner, to attract a qualified workforce, to improve their knowledge through training and continuing education, monitor their performance and obtain international accreditations. by well-known international organizations to maintain the path of progress in the field of cancer and tumors in the UAE.

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