Cancer patients in Bangladesh are deprived of quality treatment as there are only 26 integrated treatment centres in the country, against the total requirement for at least 170.
Specialists say government medical centres have an overflow of patients. Everyone cannot afford the high cost of treatment at private hospitals.
Meanwhile, cancer patients in the country are steadily increasing in number.
Latest data (2018) of the International Agency for Research on Cancer under the World Health Organisation shows, more than 150,000 people in the country are being afflicted every year. The organisation said in 2012, a total of 121,000 people are afflicted with cancer every year in the country.
“A cancer patient needs integrated treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, skilled manpower, machinery and laboratories,” said Medical Oncology Society of Bangladesh president Shahida Akhter. Read More