Tuesday, 14 August 2007

How not to run a cancer screening clinic

Filed under: ,

Outside of state-of-the-art cancer screening clinics in the U.S., Britain and other industrialized nations, the equipment and the expertise needed to operate and summarize seem to be lacking.

At least, this is the case in South Africa. That country, widely considered to be quite advanced in many ways, is having a problem at its Johannesburg Helen Joseph Hospital. Yes, there are some pieces of high-tech digital imaging and screening equipment in use there. But nobody knows how to use the machines.

What does that do? Makes cancer screening very ineffective and makes the timing of such screenings way behind the times for hundreds of female patients looking for fast results for answers to the possibility of breast cancer having invaded their bodies. I'm not sure I would want to wait months and months for answers to cancer screening results, but this is normal there it appears.

No comments: