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Rwanda Medical Journal
Rwanda Health Communication Center - Rwanda Biomedical Center (RHCC - RBC)
ISSN: 2079-097X
EISSN: 2410-8626
Vol. 70, No. 4, 2013, pp. 32
Bioline Code: rw13030
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
Document available free of charge

Rwanda Medical Journal, Vol. 70, No. 4, 2013, pp. 32

 en REVIEW OF TUMORS OPERATED AT THE KIGALI UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL (KUTH) OVER ONE YEAR PERIOD
Kamarampaka, S.; Ntaganda, E. & Ntakiyiruta, G.

Abstract

Introduction: Cancer is often perceived to be a low priority for health care services in Sub-Saharan Africa. The reason is undoubtedly the overwhelming burden of communicable diseases, According to the 2002 estimates of cancer incidence for the Sub-Saharan Africa region, about half a million (530,000) new cases of cancer occurred annually, 251,000 in males and 279,000 in females. Overall, world-standardized cancer rates were estimated to be 133 per 100,000 females and 136 per 100,000 males.
Objectives: The aim was to review all the cases operated on in the department of surgery of the Kigali University Teaching Hospital (KUTH) under a clinical or operative diagnosis of “tumor”.
Methods: Operating logs at the Kigali University Teaching Hospital (KUTH) were reviewed for patient demographics: age, gender, residence and diagnosis.
Results: Between October 1st 2012 and September 2013; 2719 patients underwent surgical interventions among them, 184 operated for tumors or suspected cancer. The average age was 42.5 yr. From 4 to 84 years old and 48.4% were male. In 82% of these patients a strong per-operative suspicion of malignancy was entertained.
Conclusion: There is a significant proportion of tumor/cancer related operations in CHUK. These calls or a greater awareness of these conditions and a subsequent strengthening of the allied services for an optimal patient care.

 
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