Yangon’s situation analysis report phighlighted the need for regulations to facilitate a multidisciplinary approach in all hospitals treating cancer patients in the city. There were no resource-appropriate guidelines and protocols, which are essential for cancer care in a city with limited diagnosis and treatment resources.
Currently, Yangon’s oncology treatment centres are applying ASCO, ESMO and WHO guidelines, which mean some treatments and procedures cannot be afforded by the majority of cancer patients in either the public or private sectors.
Resource-appropriate guidelines will ensure the quality and standard of cancer care across the city, as well as provide information for the procurement of oncology medicines, devices, equipment and technical needs.
To increase access to quality cancer care in Yangon City
A local multidisciplinary and inter-institutional team was assembled to coordinate the development of the different project outputs, in consultation with local and external experts nominated by the technical cooperation partners of City Cancer Challenge (C/Can).
A multidisciplinary cancer management course was held in collaboration with C/Can partner organisations such as ASCO, ASCP, IAEA, the Institute of Palliative Medicine/World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long Term Care and the ISNCC, to build capacity towards the multidisciplinary management of breast and cervical cancers. The final outputs will be endorsed by the City Executive Committee and the relevant authorities for implementation.