KPJ opens Ra­dio­ther­apy, On­col­ogy Cen­tre

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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s first Ra­dio­ther­apy and On­col­ogy Cen­tre at KPJ Sabah Spe­cial­ist Hospi­tal cre­ated eas­ier ac­cess to cancer treat­ment ser­vices and boosted the health tourism ini­tia­tive in Sabah, said Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal.

Shafie said al­though the Malaysian Na­tional Cancer Registry 2007 - 2011 re­ported the least breast cancer cases, highly in­cur­ring in women aged 45 to 60, in the state, Sabah ex­pe­ri­enced the sec­ond high­est num­ber of cer­vi­cal cancer cases in the na­tion.

There­fore, he said Sabah needs a good Ra­dio­ther­apy and On­col­ogy cen­tre to deal with cer­vi­cal cancer prob­lems that had not been de­tected early due to lack of aware­ness

“I be­lieve the ex­is­tence of KPJ Sabah Spe­cial­ist Hospi­tal’s Ra­dio­ther­apy and On­col­ogy Cen­tre will en­hance the health­care land­scape to be more dy­namic not only in Sabah but also in this re­gion,” said Shafie, whose speech was de­liv­ered by State Sec­re­tary Datuk Hashim Pai­jan, at the hospi­tal’s Ra­dio­ther­apy and On­col­ogy Cen­tre of­fi­cial launch here yes­ter­day.

“KPJ Sabah Spe­cial­ist Hospi­tal will as­sist in pro­vid­ing high qual­ity ser­vices to ad­dress the in­creas­ing cancer-re­lated cases in Sabah and also open the way for pa­tients from abroad, es­pe­cially from Brunei, In­done­sia, the Philip­pines and China.

“This launch is a suc­cess that will pave the way for Sabah to also be known as the world’s health tourism hub, which will di­rectly help im­prove eco­nomic growth in the State,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to KPJ Sabah pres­i­dent and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dato Amirud­din Abdul Satar, with 466 health­care work­ers, KPJ Sabah has 40 res­i­dents and over 30 fully trained and ex­pe­ri­enced vis­it­ing med­i­cal spe­cial­ist con­sul­tants.

“In 2017, a to­tal of 480 cancer pa­tients re­ceived cancer treat­ment in which 379 pa­tients for chemo­ther­apy and 101 pa­tients for ra­dio­ther­apy,” said Amirud­din.

“In 2018 alone, this amount in­creased by 40% for cancer treat­ment, 47% for chemo­ther­apy treat­ment and 13% for ra­dio­ther­apy treat­ment,” he re­vealed.

Al­though cer­vi­cal cancer is the high­est in oc­cur­rence in Sabah, KPJ Sabah re­ceived more cases of breast cancer, spurring it to pro­vide free breast cancer ra­dio­ther­apy for five pa­tients cur­rently un­der­go­ing treat­ment in pub­lic sec­tor hos­pi­tals.

Since the open­ing of the RM13 mil­lion cen­tre on May 1, 2017, the hospi­tal has con­ducted 150 chemo­ther­apy on av­er­age and 20 to 30 ra­dio­ther­apy ses­sions per month.

Pre­vi­ously, cancer pa­tients had to travel to Sin­ga­pore or Hong Kong for treat­ment.

Hashim (fourth left), ac­com­pa­nied by Amirud­din (third left), lis­ten­ing to a briefing about the RM11 mil­lion ra­dio­ther­apy equip­ment at the KPJ Sabah Ra­dio­ther­apy and On­col­ogy Cen­tre by on­col­o­gist con­sul­tant Dr Daren Teoh Choon Yu.

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