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Cancer meet highlights diagnosis, new therapy

MUSCAT

The Ninth Muscat International Oncology Conference was inaugurated under the patronage of Ministry of Health’s Undersecretary of Health Affairs HE Dr Mohammed Saif Al Hosni in Muscat on Wednesday.

The conference organised by the National Oncology Centre at the Royal Hospital hosts 48 lecturers from 15 countries.

Seven scientific sessions with 58 working papers will highlight a spectrum of topics related to oncology such as cancer treatments and diagnosis, chemical therapy, cancer surgery, radiation therapy, nursing oncology, and the palliative care for patients during the treatment period.

The two-day conference aims at familiarising with the participants on the latest advancements in cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as exchange experiences with senior physicians.

It further aims at strengthening awareness among practitioners and allied health professionals on how to deal with the disease according to latest standards.

The inauguration was followed by two keynote lectures on patients’ access to treatment and its association to health policy decision making, and epidemiology, prevention and screening of Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. A workshop on health economics was held earlier addressing health economics, implementation of health technology assessment, and steps of economic evaluation.

Parallel to the conference, two workshops are being conducted on radiation oncology and physics, and nursing oncology.

Within the activities of the conference, Al Hosni launched the cancer cases statistics in the Sultanate.

The book is annually prepared by the MoH Cancer Registry department and contains the number of new cancer cases, patients’ residence, and percentage of each type of the disease.

The book facilitates the establishment of plans to meet the challenges represented in early detection of the disease and selecting the best treatment methods that increase curing.

Dr Qasim Al Salmi, RH Director General, meanwhile launched the Logo of the Global Royal Hospital Conference to be held from February 2 to 5, 2018.

Afterwards, the MoH Undersecretary for Health Affairs and the attendees toured the accompanying health exhibition.

Oman News Agency