Thursday, March 21, 2013

The abyss between cancer diagnosis and start of treatment

The outcome for the newly diagnosed patient very much depends on how high the awareness of the diagnosing physician is for his type of cancer, how deep and fresh his knowledge is about current treatment guidelines and options, and on how strong a network of specialized oncologists he can rely on to refer his patient to. If one of these links is weak, the trials and tribulations are only just beginning to start.
Right from from Day 1 should Cancer be an integral part of the Medical School Curriculum  and not pushed down the list of priorities and for specialization only many years later.
Cancer comes in all shapes and sizes and can occur at all ages. Being able to recognize it at its earliest stage will dramatically improve patient survival and the patient's quality of life, and minimize the premature loss of human lives immensely.

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