Verna DNK Vanderpuye
Developed countries spend a fortune on health care compared to developing countries. However, concerns have recently been raised about the ever increasing cost of cancer care even in the most affluent countries in the world . Cancer therapy is one of the most expensive aspects of health care as it embraces screening, diagnosis, treatment, surveillance and palliative measures . Screening involves the use of evidence based methods to detect early cancers. Diagnostic methods have evolved into very complex radiological, nuclear and molecular testing . Treatment comprises special and complicated surgeries, chemotherapy and targeted therapies as well as radiation therapy at the initial stages of diagnosis or as palliative options. Surveillance includes schedules doctor visits with associated blood test, numerous radiological and nuclear imaging . Palliative care involves not only the use of pain medication but may involve any of the above interventions that may improve quality of life.
Published Date: 2021-01-30; Received Date: 2021-01-13