Philippine Cancer Control Program

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Contact Person: 
Franklin C. Diza, MD, MPH

Cancer is predicted to be an increasingly important cause of morbidity and mortality in the next few decades, in all regions of the world. The challenges of tackling cancer are enormous and when combined with population ageing -increases in cancer prevalence are inevitable, regardless of current or future actions or levels of investment.

GOAL: Reduce morbidity, mortality and disability due to common preventable cancers

OBJECTIVES:

1.     To reduce the exposure of population to risk related factors primarily smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol, cancer related infections, chemical and ultra violet rays exposure.

2.     To increase the number of patient given appropriate screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

3.     To increase the number of patient given appropriate pain relief and support care services with cancer.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT, POLICIES AND MANDATES

·        International Policies and Mandates

ØWHA58.22 cancer prevention and control

ØWHA57.12 on the reproductive health strategy, including control of cervical cancer screening

ØWHA57.16 on health promotion and healthy lifestyles

ØWHA57.17 on the Global Strategy on diet, physical activity and health

ØWHA56.1 on tobacco control

·        International Support

In 2011, the UNFPA had donated three (3) units of cryotherapy machines for use in the treatment of pre-cancerous lesion in the cervix. This partner also provided funds in the development of the Training Module on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control together with the support of Women’s Health and Safe Motherhood Project II.

 

INTERVENTIONS/ STRATEGIES EMPLOYED OR IMPLEMENTED BY DOH

Packages of Services

·        Free cervical cancer screening provided every year in 58 DOH Hospitals done during the month of May to screen women ages          30-45 years of age.

·        Free adjuvant chemotherapy for women diagnosed stage 1 to 3A breast cancer in 4 pilot hospitals (Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, UP-PGH) funded by NCPAM

·        Free chemotherapy for acute lymphatic leukemia (ALL) among children with cancer funded by NCPAM

Strategies

·        Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle

ØIncrease avoidance of the risk factors

ØVaccinate against human papilloma virus (HPV) and hepatitis B (HBV)

ØControl occupational hazards

ØReduce exposure to sunlight

·        Improve screening/ diagnosis and treatment

·        Improve rehabilitation and palliative care

·        Improve cancer registry

FUTURE PLAN/ ACTION

1.     Strengthen the implementation of an Integrated Lifestyle related disease control program for the promotion of healthy lifestyle and avoid population risk exposure.

2.     Maintain the operation of an integrated chronic non-communicable disease registry system in all health facilities.

3.     Development of service package for cancer control program

4.     Development of clinical practice guidelines for cancer control program.

5.     Development of strategic framework and five year strategic plan for cancer control program

OTHER SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION WORTH MENTIONING

Vision: Improve quality of life for all Filipinos

Mission: To provide quality, effective and accessible services for the prevention and control of cancer.