We could define Cancer as the definite life terminator. Josh Friedman, the executive producer of “The Terminator” is a cancer patient. In an article “The Wired”, he says that he was on a hospital bed in pain after surgical removal of a cancerous tumour, when he realised the show was about his life. This is when he defines the terminator as a battling cancer patient. This is to comply with the terminators coming and with them they bring death.
“Cancer is only going to be a chapter in your life, not the whole story” by Joe Wasser
Is there hope for Cancer Patients in Kenya as a third world country? Hope is what makes us set an alarm hoping to wake up tomorrow, so, I’d say YES, there’s hope. It is however a killer chronic condition, and the chemotherapy (most common regimen in Kenya) has worse side effects than the condition itself. Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth, who is battling colorectal cancer, said it crystal clear ” Chemo drugs are brutal.”
So then, what’s the hope?
I am glad the Kenyan government has realized the essence to provide care for cancer patients and those at risk. Several Cancer Centres coming up, with Kisii County Cancer Centre being the first to be flagged open early this year. Nyeri County will be a beneficiary too.
Cost of managing this dragon is unpredictable, which for years could not be covered by NHIF. We however have hopes that soon this is to be considered.
Did you know Cervical Cancer is the second killer disease among women in Kenya? That not enough, did you know it is the only cancer whose cause is known? This sounds promising, a relief, because most of these cases could and can be prevented (not treated).
Nyeri county state of health…
Nyeri County is one of the few counties in Kenya, benefiting from Universal Health Coverage. The inclusive criteria for this is based on the high prevalence of communicable diseases; Hypertension, Diabetes, Cancer.
The county is perishing from cancer diseases, the second-most prevalent being cervical cancer, following breast cancer with a margin of 3%. Why and yet we have free cervical screening services, readily available in Nyeri Town Health Centre and Nyeri County Referral Hospital?
There is much we can do.
We could be right, that Cancer is the life terminator, but there’s much we can do. Smoking is the highest risk factor for Lung cancer, but yet the males ‘do not care’. Ignorance is no defense. Breast cancer can be managed if diagnosed early; HOW? Self-Breast Examination is an individual practice that can help detect tumors early in advance. First line family history of cancer poses a great risk to get suffer from the same condition.
Best choice, regular medical check-up will help not only diagnose it early, but also tap and prevent it from growing, and thereafter live cancer free.
© Student Nurse Kagiri Amos.