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Cancer therapy unit

Ioane Burese
Thursday, January 31, 2013

A TEAM from the Korean Cancer Institute is in Fiji on a fact-finding mission to establish a cancer therapy unit for Fiji and regional countries.

A government statement said Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma met the team on Tuesday and highlighted through their findings that they would determine the best possible area to establish the cancer therapy unit after improving the ministry's cancer database.

"The database will tell us exactly what the load is in each area and this will enable the ministry to plan and set up the cancer therapy unit in that particular area," Dr Sharma said.

He also acknowledged the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its support in these two areas.

Dr Sharma visited Korea last year where he met officials of the Korean Cancer Institute.

"Once the ground work is completed, an expression of interest will be called internationally to build the centre, equip it and to train our people to run it.

"Countries like Israel, India and China have so far shown keen interest in setting up the unit," said Dr Sharma.

At least 60 women die from cervical cancer in Fiji every year.

About 120 women develop cervical cancer every year while three to four new cases are reported monthly.

According to the statement, the ministry is adamant that through the set-up of a cancer therapy unit in Fiji, cancer deaths will be reduced.

The medical team will also look at ways of improving the ministry's database on cancer.


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