I feel compelled to write this post after seeing the editorial in The National newspaper. This blog has been an advocate for improvement in cancer diagnosis and treatment in all its forms. After seeing the editorial, I feel the need to write this. See editorial at the end of this post.
The newspapers in PNG have a duty to educate the PNG public on different aspects of cancer. There are different forms of cancer. Don’t they know this basic fact! Radiotherapy is not the single best treatment for cancer, a combination of treatment modalities including cancer drugs are used. And you need to know the biological characteristics of the form of cancer (tissue or blood) before planning treatment. And for that you need a well equipped pathology laboratory and pathologists to characterise for you. The journalists and editors need to educate themselves on these basic facts about cancer treatment planning before talking about cancer treatment in Lae. If you don’t know and don’t have the time, please ask the experts.