Cancer Care in Resource-Limited Settings: A Call for Action
Kelechi Eguzo* and Brian Camazine
Department of Surgery, Nigerian Christian Hospital, Km 18 Ikot Ekpene Road, Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
- *Corresponding Author:
- Kelechi Eguzo
Department of Surgery
Nigerian Christian Hospital
Km 18 Ikot Ekpene Road
Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 09, 2012; Accepted Date: July 24, 2012; Published Date: July 26, 2012
Citation: Eguzo K, Camazine B (2012) Cancer Care in Resource-Limited Settings: A Call for Action. J Cancer Sci Ther 4: 223-226. doi: 10.4172/1948-5956.1000145
Copyright: © 2012 Eguzo K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Cancer is fast growing out of the reach of trained oncologists and other experts. It was once thought to be a problem almost exclusive to the developed world but cancer is now a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developing (resource-limited) countries thus making it a health priority. The need to deliver cancer care in resourcelimited settings is gaining urgency, with need for particular emphasis on the creation of cost-effective, rational algorithms utilizing affordable chemotherapeutics to treat curable disease. The delivery of comprehensive cancer care in resource-poor settings demands a concerted effort by a team of multidisciplinary care providers, even if they are not trained oncologists. This article seeks to highlight the challenges in managing cancers in the developing world using Nigerian Christian Hospital experience as an example. We suggest ways of improving the care of cancer patients in such settings.