PHCC, HMC Hold 1st Training Workshop on Assumed Cancer Cases in Qatar

Doha, November 21 (QNA) – The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), in cooperation with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), held the very first training workshop on rapid and definitive diagnosis for assumed cancer cases in the State of Qatar.
This is one of the national cancer strategy recommendation shared between PHCC and HMC. The practice calls for a speedy 48 hour-window referral of suspected cases from the Primary Health Care Centers to specialist clinics via standardized process. Cancer caught early allows for better treatment than late diagnosis. Early diagnosis and early treatment saves lives.
The training workshop aimed at Family Physicians and General Practitioners gave a full account of the newly developed 48 hours referral process. This new process includes urgent referral forms that will be introduced by the end of 2012 with a goal to increase the number of referrals of suspected cases from the Primary Health Care setting to the Referral Management Office in Hamad Medical City.
Dr. Amal Al Muraikhi, Director of Service Development and Health Promotion Department at PHCC, stressed the importance of the strict adherence to a referral pathway. “The referral process to HMC oncology department is initiated when the patient attends the Primary Health Care Centers with symptoms of suspected cancer.
“General Practitioners or Family Physicians complete an urgent referral form which is delivered to the Referral Management Office (RMO) located at Hamad General Hospital”, she added.
For her part, Dr. Shaikha Abu Shaikha, Head of Cancer Screening Services in the PHCC, said: “An early identification of the signs and symptoms of cancer and early referral to high quality specialist care saves lives.”
She further explained that referral management office staff arrange for the suspected cases to be seen in the appropriate specialized clinic within 48 hours after the urgent request has been submitted.
On this occasion, Dr. Maryam Ali Abdulmalik, the Managing Director of PHCC, said: “PHCC is strongly supporting the initiative to tackle a rapid and definitive diagnosis for suspected cancer cases in Qatar.
Elaborating Dr. Maryam Ali Abdulmalik said, “With cancer being the third leading cause of death in Qatar, PHCC is committed to work closely with our colleagues within the health care community to support the role that our specialists have in tackling and dealing with it, and PHCC is committed to provide a full support to Qatar National Cancer Strategy 2011-2016.”
It is noted that the second part of the workshop will be held on 1st of December 2012.(END)

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