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Cancer patients receiving quality care despite COVID-19: HMC

Cancer patients receiving quality
care despite COVID-19: HMC

NCCCR adopts new measures to ensure best possible care available for cancer patientsTribune News Network
The National Center for Cancer Care and Research of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has said that the cancer services have remained fully operational with day care, short-stay and inpatient services, despite the challenges of providing high-quality services for patients with cancer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“With full adherence to the precautionary measures put in place by the Ministry of Public Health to curb the spread of COVID-19, the NCCCR continued delivering essential care to all patients with cancer, without compromising patient treatment outcomes and overall care,” Medical Director of the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) Dr Mohammed Salem Al Hassan said.
Dr Al Hassan added that cancer services, like other specialties across HMC, have adopted a number of new measures to ensure the best possible care remained available to patients.
In recognition of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, officials at HMC are urging patients with breast cancer, and other types of cancer, to take additional preventive measures to avoid contracting COVID-19. Some patients with cancer have weakened immune systems, due to their underlying condition or treatment.
Having a weakened immune system makes it harder to fight off diseases and patients with cancer may be at higher risk for more severe COVID-19 illness.
Even a mild case of COVID-19 could cause serious complications for individuals with cancer, so they must adhere to hand hygiene guidelines, avoid contact with individuals who are sick, and follow social distancing measures.
Speaking about breast cancer awareness month, Chairman of Medical Oncology at NCCCR Dr Salha Bujassoum Al Bader said, “Breast cancer is a health concern for women around the world. But if breast cancer is caught early and treated early, survival rates increase significantly and can be near 100 percent. That is why HMC is joining international forces to raise awareness about breast cancer during October. We are encouraging all women to know and understand breast cancer signs and symptoms and to learn more about the screening tests available in Qatar.”
“HMC’s continuous effort to raise awareness of breast cancer is the backbone of our overall awareness programme. Our goal is to develop a healthy population and a cancer-free generation, stemming from our ongoing commitment to not only offer high-quality cancer care but also to educate the public on practical steps they can take to protect themselves from diseases,” added Dr Al Bader.
To mark this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the HMC has organised a month-long social media campaign with several health-related messages to raise awareness of breast cancer and focus on prevention and early detection, both during the pandemic and beyond.