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4 February 2019, 15:32

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Lugansk Oncology Centre treats 310 patients from Kiev-held areas in a year

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LUGANSK, February 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) - More than 300 residents of Kiev-controlled areas of the Lugansk Region were treated at the Lugansk Republican Clinical Oncology Hospital (LRKOD) under the Donbass people reunification humanitarian programme last year, Lugansk People’s Republic Health Care Ministry spokeswoman Yevgenia Semyonova said.

“In 2018, the LKROD treated 310 patients; 118 people had cancer surgery, 48 had radiation therapy and urgent surgery was performed on 144,” Semyonova said during her visit to the LRKOD on the occasion of World Cancer Day.

LRKOD Breast Cancer Department chief Roman Strekozov said that his department had treated 79 patients under the humanitarian programme.

“They (patients from Kiev-controlled territory - eds Lugansk Media Centre) – had not only surgery but also chemotherapy and radiation therapy,” Strekozov said.

He said that 530 new breast cancer cases were filed in the LPR last year; most women received medical assistance at the oncology centres of Lugansk, Alchevsk and Krasniy Luch.

LRKOD Outpatients Department head Olga Pischikova said that cancer incidence was on the rise across the world.

“Our department receives up to 1,000 people for examination daily,” Pischikova said. “This is not to say that all 100 percent are cancer cases; the diagnosis is usually not confirmed for about half, so we have pre-malignant condition which can be 100 percent cured if it is not neglected.”

She said that the cancer diagnosis was not a death sentence and that patients should not hesitate to seek help, because the LRKOD currently “has the necessary (cancer) diagnostics and treatment methods.”

“If patients have suspicions or complaints we ask them to start with general health check. This makes things easer for us because we have in-patient queues,” Pischikova added.

LRKOD Diagnostics Department surgeon Yulia Provizen said that her unit performed minimally invasive operations on patients suffering from obstructive jaundice or block kidney, and that it also did puncturing for diagnosis verification.

Twenty to 25 patients are examined daily in the x-ray operation room; up to five minimally invasive surgeries are performed, Provizen said.

In 2005, the International Union for Combating Cancer announced February 4 as World Cancer Day. It is marked to raise the awareness of cancer as one of the deadliest diseases of the modern time and encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.

LuganskMediaCentre — 04 February — Lugansk