Free cancer screening at KETEM does not benefit enough

Dance with Cancer Association, Istanbul University-Serahpasa Faculty of Health Sciences Health Management Lecturer Prof. Dr. Dr. Haluk Özsarı and ডsküdar University Lecturer in Internal Diseases Medical Oncology Professor.

Sultan Yavuz / 24 Hour Newspaper- Through a survey of 1188 patients and their relatives conducted in January 2022, the goal was both to understand the expectations and needs of cancer patients and their relatives and to create up-to-date data about Turkey. Of the study participants, 36 percent were still undergoing cancer treatment, 32 percent were patients who had completed cancer treatment and 32 percent were relatives of patients. Accordingly, the survey yielded significant results on existing and new treatments, patient-physician relationships, access to medicine, health care, psychological and nutritional support.

Seville Gurkan, “Cancer patients and their relatives do not have enough information about the patient association”

In his opening remarks at the event, which began with a flamenco dance show, Seville Gurkan, president of the Dance with Cancer Association, said that cancer patients and their relatives do not have enough information about the patient association, adding that ” “We invite our physicians, clinics and hospitals, as well as all health stakeholders, to refer cancer patients and their relatives to the Patient Association.”

Professor Dr. Haluk zsarı, “Research shows that patients and their relatives are generally satisfied with healthcare in our country”

Noting that the study sheds light on the expectations of cancer patients and their relatives in general, Professor Dr. Dr. Haluk Özsarı emphasized that he also shared the experiences and problems of all stakeholders with health institutions, oncology and other related disciplines. Ojsari says:

“Research shows that patients and their relatives are generally satisfied with the health services in our country. However, it is seen that especially the patients who have difficulty in getting medicines apply at the rate of 20 percent in pharmacy and 19 percent in the health institution. These rates actually put an additional burden not only on the patient, but also on the healthcare professionals who work against the times.

Medical centers, especially hospitals, require specialized experience and critical infrastructure to study data for clinical studies. Cancer patients and their relatives do not have enough information about Cancer Early Diagnosis Screening and Training Center (KETEM), which may benefit the whole society free of cost and they should consider that they do not benefit from these services. Significant results. At the moment, a national survey will be conducted in our country, informing the public about KETEM will make a very positive contribution to a sustainable health system by enabling early diagnosis. “

Professor Dr. Umut Demirci, “Psychological and nutritional support of patients and their relatives is important in the treatment of cancer”

Professor Dr. Umut Demirci emphasized the problems experienced by cancer patients and their relatives during the treatment process, especially lack of expert support like psychologists and dietitians, lack of support from close circle, difficulty in accessing medicines and authenticity of some medicines. Not within the scope of retribution.

Demirsi points out the need for a holistic approach to the treatment of cancer patients:

“The results of the study show that psychological and nutritional support for cancer patients and their relatives is crucial in the treatment of cancer. The 90 per cent level they have expressed their need for support in this area reflects the need for serious research across the country.” No need, but to evaluate it as a whole, with a multi-departmental approach, in collaboration with the relevant department.
In addition, it is found that there is a lack of awareness about clinical studies that have an important place in the treatment of cancer and that physicians do not provide adequate information. Another important output of the study is that patients in need of transport assistance, especially for dialysis patients, can be treated with similar measures for cancer patients.
In general, although the study was conducted with cancer patients and their relatives, it did reveal significant results in focusing on the needs of health professionals, especially physicians, and the additional burden on them during their treatment. “

Prominent results in the study

Although about two-thirds of cancer patients and their relatives said they had mental health problems, respondents’ greatest expectations were psychological support, dietitian assistance in nutrition, and free transportation.

In the study, which found that cancer patients are increasingly turning to up-to-date and innovative treatments, 87 percent of respondents wanted information on newly approved treatments worldwide, while 77 percent said they would like the treatment in Turkey as well.
It has been seen that private hospitals like government hospitals are being given priority in cancer treatment.
Although it was noted that a large number of cancer patients in Turkey did not have access to the drug, following the procedures drew attention to the problems of patients with access to the drug.

The study, which showed that most of the respondents were satisfied with the health services, assessed the satisfaction rate with the quality of health services as 81 percent.

Among the significant findings of the study were the lack of adequate use of free cancer screening at KETEM, low health literacy and insufficient information on patients about cancer-related clinical studies.

The study, which showed that patients were not given adequate information about patient associations that support cancer patients, 82 percent of patients and their relatives said they wanted to know about patient associations, while 74 percent said they did not. Contact a patient association during or after treatment.

About the Dance with Cancer Association

The Dance with Cancer Association is a patient association whose mission is to diagnose and prevent early cancer and to make cancer treatment patient-centered. Since its inception in 2013, the association has been working with various projects and activities for cancer patients and their relatives and in collaboration with international and domestic patient associations.

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