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Official: No accurate data on cancer: the standard



Kisumu District Director Dickens Onyango. [File, Standard]

The district government lacks accurate data on cancer that can be helpful in making decisions about investing in the treatment and aftercare of patients.

According to County Director Health Dickens Onyango, only cervical cancer indicators are well recorded and reported in the District Health Information Software.
According to Onyango, the Ministry of Health can not understand the whereabouts of most patients.
He said that the challenge of inadequate data was caused by the lack of data collection tools and registers in the district.

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"We urge our partners to help develop an integrated cancer surveillance system that collects and reports data for all cancers," said Onyango.
The Oncologist of the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, dr. Julius Onyango said there was data in private institutions because many patients were referred and treated there.
Registered Cases
Barely available data show that the county has registered 402 cases of breast cancer, 365 cases of esophageal cancer, 324 cases of Kaposearkom (skin cancer), 328 cases of cervical cancer, 1

71 cases of prostate cancer and 164 cases of lymphoma cancer in the last 10 years.

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The county has 19 cervical cancer screening centers, three breast cancer screening centers, five cytology centers and another five centers with thermocoagulation devices.
Cytotherapy is a cell therapy that describes the process of introducing new cells into a tissue used to treat a disease.
The highest number of screenings performed in Kisumu include cervical cancer and breast cancer.
Onyango noted that there are insufficient opportunities for continuous professional development, as the staff who want to complete oncology education do not have sufficient resources.
"Many are willing to train and save lives from cancer, but training resources are inadequate," said Onyango.

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There has been a decrease in the number of cervical cancers by 324 and an increase in breast cancer patients in the last nine months.
Apart from data gaps, the district is still struggling with inadequate equipment, lack of radiotherapy, and few cancer treatment staff, including specialists.
"There is no integrated screening program for all cancer foci," said Onyango.

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