December 15, 2016

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Needy patients receive free chemotherapy

Patient with colon cancer receives treatment at day care chemotherapy center established by Golden Rose Cancer Foundation.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Patient with colon cancer receives treatment at day care chemotherapy center established by Golden Rose Cancer Foundation.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 16 Aug — A newly opened chemotherapy centre in downtown Yangon has begun providing the cancer treatment free of charge to low-income patients.
In addition to chemotherapy, the non-profit Golden Rose Cancer Foundation will provide screening for a range of cancers at the centre in Botahtaung Township, foundation chairwoman Prof Daw Yin Yin Tun said.
“As of this month, we are opening the centre three days a week for two hours per day,” she said.
“We are planning to offer a wide range of services including breast self-examination teaching and physical examination of breasts, oral cancer screening and advice on other cancer screening.”
Currently, only three patients—two with breast cancer and one with colon cancer—who have a high chance of survival are receiving treatment from the foundation.
The centre is treating them with essential cancer drugs approved by the World Health Organization for developing countries, Prof Daw Yin Yin Tun said.
Foundation General Secretary Dr Moe Aung Kyaw Naing said, “We will treat all types of cancer at their early stage, as this plays a vital role in saving the patients’ lives.”
Since its establishment in 2013, the foundation has helped cancer patients and conducted a wide range of cancer prevention activities. It plans to establish a cancer hospital in future.—GNLM

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