Oncology in Latvia needs to be sorted, say patients

In the coming years, it is important to reorganize and sort out the field of oncology, said Olga Valciņa, representative of the oncology patient organization "Onkoalianse", on Latvian Television December 14.

The association, along with specialists, submitted an “oncoplan” to the Ministry of Health on how to improve oncology services. 

Screening, early diagnosis, availability of medicines, as well as communication and education in the field of oncological diseases should all be improved.

Valciņa praised doctors' competence, but she rated technology and medicine a 2 or 3 out of 10.

“There is only so much money, but if we make oncology a priority, both efforts and funding need to be invested,” said Valciņa.

Oncologist Jānis Eglītis also said that in the future, it would be necessary to think about how to organize work with patients who are prone to recurring disease. 

Valciņa said that she had no expectations for the full implementation of the plan. She hopes to at least take some steps toward better life in the coming years.

Patients are also asked to keep going to tests during COVID-19 situation so that there are not many cases of cancerous cancer after the pandemic.

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