SPMC inaugurates cancer infusion unit

The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) inaugurated on Thursday the Adult Infusion Unit in its Cancer Institute.

Dr. Felycette Martinez-Lapus, SPMC oncologist, said during the Connect: Science and Health forum at SM Lanang Premier last Friday that the unit will cater to adult patients with different kinds of cancer.

Said to be the largest in the country, the unit has facilities for major treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

The Institute is manned by a multidisciplinary team that will take care of the cancer patients.

This includes a surgeon, medical oncologist to conduct systematic therapy or chemotherapy and radiation oncologist for the radiation treatment.
Others in the team are psychiatrists, nurses, clinical pharmacists and other support groups.

The SPMC Cancer Institute is also contracted with the PhilHealth Program Breast CA Z package that is geared towards the early stages of cancer and has, so far, enrolled 101 patients.

As of the moment, there is an estimated 150 cancer patients in SPMC and a majority of the cases involve breast cancer. (Rick Carlo G. Miller/UM Intern)

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