The exclusion of the National Cancer Institute from the health ministry budget in Cyprus has sparked disappointment and concern. With rising cancer rates and the institute’s potential to improve patient outcomes, political parties and patient associations are urgently calling for its reconsideration and funding.
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The Cyprus Oncology Society (Oek) and the cancer committee of the Cyprus patient associations’ federation (Osak) are united in their support for the establishment of a National Cancer Institute in Cyprus. This institute aims to enhance cancer care by improving prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care, as well as advancing research and education in oncology. Through collaboration and support from various stakeholders, the institute seeks to create a community that provides excellent care and support for patients, families, professionals, and researchers.
The proposal for a National Cancer Institute in Cyprus is driven by the rising cancer rates in the country, making it the second leading cause of death. This institute would centralize scientific authority, coordinate research and treatment, and implement a National Cancer Strategy to improve health outcomes and address the public health challenge of cancer.