LCC trains 50 On­col­ogy nurses

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - APPOINTMENTS - By Oluwatosin Areo

THE Lakeshore Can­cer Care (LCC) has trained more than 50 On­col­ogy Nurses to cope with the ris­ing cases of can­cer in the coun­try. An On­col­ogy Nurse is a nurs­ing pro­fes­sional who spe­cial­izes in car­ing for peo­ple with can­cer.

The Center, which is solely de­signed by a team of global ex­perts on sur­gi­cal and ra­di­a­tion on­col­ogy for high qual­ity preven­tion and treat­ment of can­cer or­gan­ised the sen­si­ti­sa­tion with the theme, ‘Role of nurs­ing in con­trol of breast can­cer’ had in at­ten­dance both nurses from pri­vate and pub­lic hos­pi­tals and can­cer care cen­tres.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Lakeshore Can­cer Cen­tre, Prof. Chuk­wumere Nwogu said the train­ing was in­flu­enced by the crit­i­cal roles of the on­col­ogy nurse in in­for­ma­tion de­liv­ery, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion of can­cer care.

“You hear a lot about Hu­man Im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency Virus (HIV), tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and malaria, but more peo­ple die from can­cer glob­ally than all those three com­bined. Low-to-mid­dle in­come coun­tries carry a dis­pro­por­tion­ately higher bur­den of death from can­cer, so it’s very ap­pro­pri­ate for us to be do­ing this,” he added. The Med­i­cal Direc­tor, who is a highly re­spected Can­cer Epi­demi­ol­o­gist and Tho­racic Sur­gi­cal On­col­o­gist, said that the rel­a­tively new pro­fes­sion is one of the most chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing fields.

“Avail­abil­ity of on­col­ogy nurses is in­ad­e­quate to meet the grow­ing de­mand for their in­put. This is fre­quently com­pounded by poor util­i­sa­tion of their knowl­edge, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence. More nurses are re­quired to sup­port pa­tients dur­ing the most dif­fi­cult and in­ti­mate mo­ments of their lives,” he added.

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