ecancer: The increasing importance of cancer control in Africa (11)

31 July, 2019

Good day Dorothy

I share the same sentiments as you pointed out as below:

"I also feel that there is need to conduct research studies on the impact of Surgery, surgery and chemotherapy, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the different stages of the cancer disease."

In my opinion, in some instances, it seems some interventions are not ultimately beneficial to the client. In the private sector in Zimbabwe it seems common practise to have surgery,radiotherapy and chemotherapy for most of the cancer patients.

Research is indeed needed to look into the benefits of the interventions for various types of cancers at different stages. Results can assist to streamline interventions and utilise available limited resources efficiently.

I also feel that interventions chosen should be patient centric and the patient be well informed and allowed to make choices with the help of support structures at their disposal. We sometimes seem to forget that cancer management or management of any life threatening illness is about the patient fighting for survival.


Venus Mushininga

HIFA profile: Venus Mushininga is a pharmacist with the Ministry of Health and Childcare in Zimbabwe. She is a founder and President of the Zimbabwe Society of Oncology Pharmacy and the Zimbabewan delegate to the European Society of Oncology Pharmacy. Professional interests: Oncology, Dissemination of information through to Health Professionals and the public, Research. She is co-coordinator of the HIFA working group on information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines.


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