LEGAZPI CITY – Bicolano cancer patients need not go to Manila for further diagnosis and treatment for their life threatening disease with the opening today of the Bicol’s only cancer center and breast care unit at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in this city.
The Bicol Cancer Center was a brain child of Gov. Joey Salceda of Albay, in partnership with the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City, the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. ((PFBCI), and the BRTTH that came into fruition in just two years time.
Salceda during his short talk has committed that the provincial government will purchase mammography and chemotherapy equipment during the first quarter of 2012 and optimistic that he can source out funding for the purchase of the more costly radio therapy equipment to treat patient at a very much lower cost than chemotherapy.
He said the Bicol Cancer Center will provide a holistic management from diagnostic to state of the art treatment for the less fortunate Bicolano patients who do not have to go to Manila for their treatment.
Salceda commended Dr. Rogelio G. Rivera, medical director of BRTTH in being able to fast track the realization of the establishment of the center in a very short time and maintaining a strong linkage with its partners the EAMC and the PFBCI.
On the other hand Dr. Roland Cortez, medical director of EAMC, said that they are fully committed in providing the necessary assistance to the center to make it a truly effective cancer treatment hub in Bicol. (Ed de Leon)