Togo now has a health center solely dedicated to cancer treatment

Monday, 07 November 2022 16:38
Togo now has a health center solely dedicated to cancer treatment

(Togo First) - Togo’s first cancer treatment health center was inaugurated last week. The minister of health, Prof. Moustafa Mijiyawa, inaugurated the facility on Thursday, November 3. 

The center - International Cancer Center of Lomé (CICL in French) - is located at Adidogomé Amadahomé, on Ecosse street, behind the Technical High School.

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The fruit of a partnership between the government and Franco-Luxembourg actors, the center has several devices, including one for radiotherapy that uses VMAT technology, a modern tool for detecting cancers. The CICL is part of an international group that focuses on cancer treatment and which is present in France and Luxembourg.

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"To treat cancer, we basically have three major weapons, surgery, radiation, and chemo. We already have surgeons, and chemo is being done. Here, we do chemo and radiotherapy," said Dr. Adamah Diakité, Onco-radiotherapist and Medical Director of the CICL.

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"There was no radiotherapy in Togo. Today, in this center, it is available and not just any type, it is VMAT radiotherapy but at a lower cost," said Dr. Rose Adjenou, director of the CICL. "We have taken into account the standard of living of the population and we have one of the lowest costs in the sub-region," she added.

The center’s boss then urged citizens to come get checked up at least once a year. 

In 2020, Togo recorded over 5,200 new cases of cancer. In the same year, 3,468 were killed by the disease.

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