Delivery of high-quality care for patients with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging, according to Dr Mohamed Salem Al Hassan, Medical Director of the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR).

However, NCCCR cancer services have remained fully operational with day care, short-stay, and inpatient services being available to patients. NCCCR is a facility under Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).

With full adherence to the precautionary measures put in place by the Ministry of Public Health to curb the spread of COVID-19, the NCCCR continued delivering essential care to all patients with cancer, and without compromising patient treatment outcomes and overall care.

Dr Al Hassan said that cancer services, like other specialties across HMC, have adopted a number of new measures to ensure the best possible care remain available to patients.

Additional Safety Measures for Cancer Patients

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, officials at HMC are urging patients with breast cancer and other types of cancer, to take additional preventive measures to avoid contracting COVID-19.

Some patients with cancer have weakened immune systems, due to their underlying condition or treatment. Having a weakened immune system makes it harder to fight off diseases and patients with cancer may be at higher risk for more severe COVID-19 illness. Even a mild case of COVID-19 could cause serious complications for individuals with cancer, so they must adhere to hand hygiene guidelines, avoid contact with individuals who are sick, and follow social distancing measures.

Speaking on Breast Cancer Awareness, Medical Oncology Chair at NCCCR Dr Salha Bujassoum Al Bader said that HMC is joining international forces to raise breast cancer awareness, encouraging women to know and understand breast cancer signs and symptoms and to learn more about the screening tests available in Qatar.

She said that the continuous effort of HMC to raise awareness is the backbone of their overall awareness programme.

Our goal is to develop a healthy population and a cancer-free generation, stemming from our ongoing commitment to not only offer high-quality cancer care but also to educate the public on practical steps they can take to protect themselves from diseases.

To mark this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, HMC has organised a month-long social media campaign with several health-related messages to raise breast cancer awareness focused on prevention and early detection.

Follow the HMC social media channels this October for advice on breast cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment options available in Qatar. Visit hamad.qa for more information. 

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