alexa Cancer in Sudan: palliative care is the most rapid way to less suffering


Journal of HPV and Cervical Cancer

Author(s): Stephan Tanneberger, Nahla Gafer

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Information on cancer in Sudan is limited. However, with great probability every year 50-60 000 patients die from cancer (mean age around 50 years). Early detection and centralized treatment is the best strategy to avoid advanced cancer. However, in Sudan this will take time. Therefore it is urgent need for a realistic country-wide palliative care programme. In contrast to centralisation of cure for curable patients, de-centralisation of care is the way forward for incurable patients. In this way the single advantage of the country can be used. Sudan has high family culture in contrast to western countries where culture of the family is decreasing. Using the hospital-at-home approach it should be possible to reduce suffering of patients significant and cost-effective. Greatest attention on the way to efficient palliative care of cancer in Sudan demands: 1. Government and political powers should have the political will to change the situation. 2. The medical community should organize a de-centralized network for palliative care satellites, directed by a number of qualified palliative care units (PCU). Topics are morphine distribution and education particularly for palliative care nurses. 3. Mosques and churches should use cancer as a bridge for working together for more dignity of life for all Sudanese people.

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This article was published in Sudan Medical Journal and referenced in Journal of HPV and Cervical Cancer

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