Never give up!

Nontobeko Sikiti, who was diagnosed in 2012, says that after treatment, there are good results, so she advises other survivors to never give up!

(we apologise for the bad sound quality on this video)

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Conquer Cancer with Coordinated Care!


What does it mean to ‘coordinate care’?

Until about 15 years ago, there was a very strict division between the GP and the specialist. It was a division that the patients recognised; you knew that if you wanted to see a specialist, you would need to be referred by your GP. Now that strict division seems to have fallen away. As more people gain access to the internet, many start “diagnosing” their own conditions and deciding for themselves when specialist help is needed.

A system of proper coordination of healthcare will ensure the best possible outcome for the patients and the healthcare providers (doctors, nurses and specialists) — all helping to manage costs.

Nowhere is this more needed than in the area of chronic diseases, of which breast cancer is one. Research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that the global burden of chronic disease will boom from 27% of the total cost of healthcare to 43% in the next two decades!

The WHO points out that positive outcomes for chronic conditions are achieved only when patients and families, community partners, and health care teams are informed, motivated, prepared, and working together.

Advocates for Breast Cancer is lobbying for an effective and appropriate referral system for breast health. This referral system could take the form of five steps in the management of breast cancer:

Coordinated Cancer Care

 

 

Of Populations & Priorities

 We have already asked this urgent question: Shouldn’t South Africa be focusing on the development of a Population-Based Cancer Registry (PBCR)?

IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) is a WHO agency which describes the importance of a PBCR and its role as:

  • Describing the extent and nature of the cancer burden in the community and assist with the establishment of public health priorities.
  • Used as a source of material for etiological studies
  • Help with the monitoring of cancer and assigning the effectiveness of cancer control activities.

The National Cancer Institute‘s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program explains how a Population-Based Cancer Registry is different and wider-reaching than a Hospital-Based Cancer Registry.

“In comparison to the hospital-based cancer registry, the data collected by the population-based registry serves a wider range of purposes. Advantages of a population-based cancer registry include cancer control programs, patient care programs, administrative programs, and cancer research programs.” { Read more here.}

http://www.iarc.fr/en/publications/pdfs-online/epi/cancerepi/CancerEpi-17.pdf

All the above falls into the ambit of an effective National Cancer Control Plan for South Africa – STILL outstanding since 1998!

 When will South Africa recognise that Cancer is a PRIORITY disease and that it simply cannot just be lumped with Non-Communicable Diseases?

If we do not have accurate statistics, how can we plan appropriately to prevent the untimely death of our mothers and sisters?

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