Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
Vol. 24, No. 1, 2012, pp. 5-7
Bioline Code: mm12002
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2012, pp. 5-7
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Improving palliative treatment of patients with nonoperable cancer of the oesophagus: training doctors and nurses in the use of self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) in Malawi|
Thumbs, A.; Vigna, L.; Bates, J.; Fullerton, L. & Kushner, A.L.
Cancer of the oesophagus is the 6th most common cancer in Malawi.
Nationwide only three hospitals are able to perform oesophagectomies,
and there is no radiotherapy- or chemotherapy available. Owing to
late presentation of the patients (sometimes in combination with comorbidities
such as HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis) the vast majority of
patients are not suitable for surgery. Self-expanding metal stents (SEMS)
of the oesophagus provide a suitable palliative option to improve the
quality of life for patients. This project took a nationwide approach,
raising funds for both technical equipment and training of endoscopists
and nursing staff throughout Malawi.
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