Issue of April 16, 2017
     
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State–of–the–art cancer center opens at BGHMC
by Jane B. Cadalig

CANCER CENTER --  The Baguio Cancer Institute was formally launched last week by Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial (4th from l), USec. Herminigildo Valle (3rd from l), Regional Director Lakshmi Legaspi (2nd from l), Center Director Jasmin Igama (l), and BGHMC Chief Ricardo Runez Jr. (r),  with Rep. Mark Go. The center, which is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, will cater to the needs of patients in Baguio and its environs.
-- Ofelia Empian

 

 

Quality radiation therapy will become more accessible to cancer patients in Baguio and its nearby localities with the inauguration of the state-of-art cancer facility at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center on April 11.

Department of Health Sec. Paulyn Ubial led the blessing and soft opening of the refurbished BGHMC Cancer Institute, seen to give hope to more patients by offering services that are not prohibitive, especially for those burdened by financial constraints.

Ubial was accompanied by Usec. Herminigildo Valle, Rep. Mark Go, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, DOH-Cordillera Director Lakshmi Legazpi and BGHMC Chief Ricardo Nuñez Jr.
Nuñez said the refurbished cancer facility is an example of how the government makes universal health care work by making quality services more accessible.

“With the improved facilities we have now, our poor brothers and sisters will be provided with better health care services, unlike before when the opportunities are limited. They will no longer fear the cost of treatment,” he said.

Around 1,500 cancer-stricken patients will benefit from the facility.

Runez said the installation of the more than P300 million worth state-of-art equipment also gives boost to BGHMC’s modernization program.

Dr. Jasmine Igama, chair of the BGHMC Cancer Institute, said that earlier on, the hospital has been catering to cancer-stricken patients until the lone cobalt machinewas decommissioned in 2015.

She said the BGHMC Cancer Institute is capable of dealing with multidisciplinary team approach in patient care because it now has a number of qualified staff members. BGHMC has four radiation oncology consultants, one medical physicist, four radiation therapists, four medical oncologists, two adult hematologists, one pediatric hematologist-oncologist, six oncology nurses, one surgical, two head and neck oncology, one otolaryngology oncology, one orthopedic oncology, and ad adequate number of specialty of support staff.

Igama added the late secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Jesse Robredo has been instrumental in the re-inclusion of BGHMC as a cancer center.

“I remember handing to the late secretary a feasibility study (of the BGHMC cancer facility) and a few days after, I was surprised that BGHMC was again included in the list of hospitals in the country where a cancer center will be established. I believe he called up then secretary (Enrique) Ona about this,” she said.

The Cancer Institute will be fully operational once all the equipment and their accessories shall have been put in place.

As a cancer center, the facility isequipped with a linear accelerator, treatment planning system, CT simulator, and brachytherapy units.

A linear accelerator machine produce radiation beams that destroy cancer cells while a brachytherapy unit uses x-ray beams generated by a machine that are directed at the tumor from outside the body.


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