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INTERVIEW

North West Provincial Government

What type of cancer diagnosis gets admitted at the unit?

How are the challenges being dealt with?

We have excellent management support. The unit services complex cancer patients with stateof-the-art diagnostic and treatment machines in the Radiation Unit. We offer chemotherapy in a very conducive environment. We believe in teamwork. We strive to deliver high patient care. Therefore, we try to assist each and every patient who is referred to our unit. We use our initiative to overcome most of the problems encountered.

All types of cancer, except some haematology (blood) cancers. What do staff specialise in?

There is a qualified and skilled full-time oncologist at the unit with three medical doctors and interns running the unit. How long does it take to give treatment to patients after diagnosis?

The ideal situation is one to two weeks after diagnosis, but our biggest challenge is late referrals and a delay in receiving all the necessary tests and investigations. What makes successful?

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The oncology team is very dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled. The staff members have a positive attitude and there is very good team cohesion. The staff members are passionate about the oncology patients. What challenges are being encountered with patients and the facilities?

Patient challenges: Late referrals of patients. Patients coming in the late stage of their disease. Delays in receiving all the necessary tests and investigations that are needed at the first visit to health facilities. Transportation of patients.

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NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2019

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The 2019 edition of North West Business is the ninth issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2009, has establi...