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Qatar launches $604m fight against cancer

Gulf state announces first disease specific strategy, aims to transform cancer treatment over 5 years

Qatar launches $604m fight against cancer
Qatar has launched a $604m strategy to tackle rising numbers of cancer cases in the country. (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Qatar has launched a $604m strategy to tackle rising numbers of cancer cases in the country, health chiefs have announced.

The five-year national cancer campaign is Qatar’s first disease specific strategy and aims to transform cancer care in the country by providing world class services.

Al Amal Hospital, renamed as the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research, will be at the forefront of implementing the strategy, the Qatar Tribune reported on Tuesday.

To cope with the rising cancer cases in the country, a new cancer hospital at the HMC Medical City is also being planned, it added.

Lord Darzi of Denham, a former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the UK's Department of Health who had a leading role in preparing the strategy, said a National Screening Committee will be established in Qatar this year to drive the campaign.

Cancer awareness sessions in schools will begin in 2012, he added.

As part of the strategy, smoking-cessation clinics will be set up at all primary healthcare centres in Qatar while comprehensive screening programmes will also be introduced across the Gulf state.

Where cancer is suspected, the patient will have access to a specialist within 48 hours by 2015, he said, adding that by the end of 2011, all suspected cancer patients will be examined by a specialist within two weeks.

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Dorothy Leiber 8 years ago

I believe this is an excellent advancement into the treatment of cancer. If all is in place as stated in this news article, I should think people from other countries might avail themselves of such advance care.

Prevention education taught in the schools will help the students make better life style choices.

The speed with which one will have access to a specialist is so very important. I am most impressed with this because here in Canada the wait can sometimes be as long as a couple of months. Imagine how dreadfully scary it would be not knowing and having to wait so long.

There is a cure for this monster, but sometimes I think the pharmaceutical companies hinder this as it is very profitable for them. But this is just my own opinion.

Best wishes for all the fine work ahead to help your people with such excellent medical care.