Dr Fong: Need for system to track cancer patients

Colonial War Memorial Hospital obstetrics and gynaecology consultatnt, Dr James Fong. Picture: FILE

COLONIAL War Memorial Hospital obstetrics and gynaecology consultatnt, Dr James Fong has revealed that Fiji still needs to improve its patient navigation system to track down people diagnosed with cancer.

Speaking at the launch of Fiji Women’s Rights Movement research on reproductive cancers in Suva yesterday, Dr Fong said there was an urgent need to get the system on track. One of their biggest challenges, Dr Fong said was delivering services available to people diagnosed with cancer.

He added that technology could be brought to improve services available for people diagnosed with cancer, but what needed to be understood was the number of patients accessing the service.

“We are looking at improving radiotherapy services in Fiji, but on the other hand we have to look at the number of people who need to access this service, this is where data comes in,” Dr Fong said.

“There are always tough questions to answer when requesting Government to do something,” Dr Fong said. For his department, he said there was a need to improve resources.

*Pinktober on PAGE 18 of today’s edition of The Fiji Times

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