SPHI inaugurates new cancer center

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By Raymart Escopel

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ILOILO City – St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo (SPHI) now houses the first cancer facility in Panay Island with the inauguration of its Cancer Center here on Oct. 19.
The four-storey Cancer Center is located at the Old Mere Monique Home which is adjacent to the hospital’s SPICE building.
SPHI’s Cancer Center houses modern facilities and equipment comparable to those centers in Manila. It boasts a Tomotherapy HD system and offers Brachytherapy, both of which are considered as the most modern radiation technology for treating cancer at present.
The center’s interiors also provide a homey ambiance with its minimalist lobby design. The ground floor also houses the service areas such as tomotherapy, chemotherapy, brachytherapy, CT scanning and treatment planning and consultation rooms.
The Center also has rooms for conferences and meetings, as well as offices for the different medical departments on the second floor.
Meanwhile, the third floor is where the transient rooms are located. This floor can accommodate out-of-town patients and their relatives while they have their treatment sessions.
Finally, the fourth floor is for the future service units.
Dr. Michael Martin Malabanan, head of the SPHI’s Cancer Center Radio-Oncology Department said that the SPHI’s Cancer Center main thrusts are to give the patient higher chance of surviving the cancer, allow them to live a better quality of life, and most of all, save money.
“There’s no need for them to go as far as Manila to have their treatment as what they have there, we already have it here,” he noted.
He added that compared to hospitals in Manila, SPHI’s Cancer Center offers cheaper treatments to make them more accessible to the patients who are mostly from provincial areas.
Dr. Malabanan said that here in Western Visayas, he observes that Cervix Cancer is relatively high among the women. On the national level, most cancer patients suffer from breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and other metastatic cancer.
He also mentioned that a healthy lifestyle is not a guarantee for not acquiring cancer. But the best way to prevent it is to get enough sleep, drink plenty of fluids, avoid smoking and avoid eating too much fastfood.
The inauguration of Cancer Center was also made remarkable as SPHI is celebrating its 105th Foundation Anniversary.
The event was graced by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Vice Mayor Joe Espinosa III, Provincial Superior Sr. Lilia Therese Tolentino, SPC, and Transmedic Philippines executive director KC Seah./PN




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