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Friday, December 3, 2010
Maria Curie Oncological Hospital Wages an Enduring Battle for Life
By Raysa Mestril Gutiérrez / Radio Cadena Agramonte.
In spite of being very expensive, Cuba belongs to an exclusive club of nations using the most modern nuclear medicine techniques to fight cancer.
In this scientific outpost we can find the health care providers who work at the Maria Curie Oncological Hospital in Camagüey which celebrates today its 55th anniversary.
This healthcare facility provides medical support to the inhabitants of Camagüey, and to those from the neighbouring provinces of Ciego de Avila and Las Tunas.
Likewise, its medical staff visits each municipality and outpatient clinics, since cancer is one of the main causes of death in Cuba’s largest province.
“In fact - says Dr. Nicolás Rubio, director of Maria Curie Oncological Hospital- a factor that influences death rates from cancer is the patient’s lack of decision to cope with the disease, people who even do not come to us immediately, so they lose a very precious time.
“Some families even do not tell the patient the truth, and you can never recover such a time because time is gold when talking about this disease”.
Dr. Rubio added that professionals, medium-level technicians and other staff are very sensitive and identified towards this front in a public health system where you have to display solidarity and humanism in a very great deal.
AN ENDURING STRUGGLE FOR LIFE
During the last semester of the current year, nearly 2,4 million pesos pesos were invested in Camaguey to fight cancer and if you add technical resources, medical attention and
hospitalization, then the total invoice amount World be higher.
In other countries for receiving this same medical care, patients would have to pay some 20,000 dollars. Of course, saving a life in Cuba is completely free.
Surgery is not the only treatment the Camaguey-based Maria Curie Oncological Hospital provides; it also offers chemotherapy, radiotherapy and in some cases an intelligent combination of them.
Oncology also gets into the services offered at the surgical clinical hospitals because in many cases the patients need a multidisciplinary attention: cardiologists, internal medicine specialists, ICU staffers and, even the intervention of Medical Imaging for applying radiation more accurately without damaging organs near the tumor.
Dr. Nicolás Rubio also pointed out that “We are at the start of chronopharmacolog, a branch of chronotherapy. Through this technique we administer drugs against some types of cancer at a specific hour of the day when it can be more effective attacking the uncontrolled cell growth.
In spite of the U.S. blockade designed to subjugate the island nation, the Cuban medicine places itself on equal levels with the best health systems around the world.
These results say much about determination and talent of the Cuban doctors, and also about the greatness of the Revolution. (Translated by Gualveris Rosales Sanchez)
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