Still Many District Hospitals Lacks Cancer Treatment Facility

Published on: 17 May, 2013
Published under: Kannur District News, Kerala Health News

16 May 2013

In Kerala every year around 35,000 cases of Cancer are registered every year . According to data presented in the draft of Health Policy-2013, over one lakh patients undergo treatment every year in the state.

Cancer treatment, in the public sector, is limited to the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) at Thiruvananthapuram and the Malabar Cancer Centre (MCC) at Thalassery. Radiotherapy is available in five Government Medical Colleges and General Hospital, Ernakulam, leaving the remaining seven districts with no facility for cancer treatment in government sector, the draft points out. This leaves many cancer patients with no option but to depend on the private hospitals for treatment.

As per the estimates of the MCC, the total number of cancer patients treated during 2012 was 47,100. Out of this, 5.9 per cent were new cases. As many as 699 major operations and 125 minor operations were conducted in the MCC in 2012.

In order to overcome the lack of public treatment facility for cancer patients, the government has proposed early cancer detection centres and chemotherapy centres in all government district hospitals.


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