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15 Sep 2015

IAEA mission to inspect Belarus’ cancer care system

VIENNA, 15 September (BelTA) – The IAEA mission is planning to visit Belarus at the beginning of 2016 to look into the national system of cancer care. The preparations for the visit were discussed during the talks at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, BelTA learned from Deputy Director of the N.N. Aleksandrov Oncology and Medical Radiology National Research Center Sergei Krasny.

In his words, after the visit IAEA experts will give recommendations and determine the prospects of technical aid. International experts are interested in the development of this sector in Belarus because the center of positron emission tomography was established in the country. This center will be commissioned at the beginning of October.

According to Sergei Krasny, positron emission tomography is a cutting-edge method which enables doctors to reveal tumors with the size from 2 millimeters and choose efficient treatment methods. This is a landmark center for Belarus because part of the funds used for its foundation was collected on the nationwide labor day subbotnik.

The center is expected to reach its full capacity in 1-2 months. It can provide welcome up to 60 patients daily. “The center will work in three shifts. During one shift specialists of the center can examine 20 patients,” Sergei Krasny said.

Speaking about the cooperation with the IAEA in the prevention of canter in general, the expert said that this cooperation has been increasingly vibrant for many years. Belarus took part in numerous programs of scientific and technical aid, dozens of Belarusian specialists completed professional training courses at world’s leading centers.

Sergei Krasny said that Belarus also faces global problems connected with the growing number of cancer patients. Negative statistics can be also explained by a bigger life expectancy. “Against this background we, first of all, managed to stabilize the number of deaths from malignant tumors, the death rate has decreased by 12% in the past decade. We still need to improve early diagnostics methods. We can make huge achievements in this field,” the expert said.

He noted that Belarus has a robust system of cancer care which includes national centers for adults and children, a number of oncology hospitals. “All people suffering from cancer in Belarus receive medical treatment only in specialized hospitals. This is a competitive edge over other countries. We produce good results. It is good when surgeons, X-ray and chemotherapy specialists work at one and the same center,” Sergei Krasny said.

“Belarus has made huge progress in the past decade (in terms of the cancer care quality – BelTA’s note). Today IAEA specialists are interested in our achievements. Belarus has implemented a number of high-profile pilot projects as part of screening programs, and the IAEA wants to see the results and use them in other countries. We, in turn, want to listen to the opinions of IAEA experts,” the Belarusian specialist said.

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