Libyan cancer patients at King Hussein Cancer Center for more than a decade, the current situation, and a future vision

Title

Libyan cancer patients at King Hussein Cancer Center for more than a decade, the current situation, and a future vision

Creator

Erashdi M; Al-Ani A; Mansour A; Al-Hussaini M

Publisher

Frontiers in Oncology

Date

2022

Subject

awareness; gastrointestinal tract; breast; hematolymphoid; King Hussein Cancer Center; Libyan cancer patients; screening programs

Description

BACKGROUND: Since 2011, the Libyan civil war crisis had affected all dimensions of livelihood including cancer care. This has resulted in a steady incline in the number of Libyan patients with cancer seeking oncologic care and management in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan, among others. King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) has been one of the main destinations for Libyan patients with cancer for more than a decade. AIM: We are reporting on the characteristics of Libyan patients with cancer presenting to KHCC during the past fourteen years. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of all Libyan patients with cancer presenting to KHCC between 2006 and 2019. RESULTS: A total of 3170 records were included in the final analysis. The overall sample was predominantly adults (71%) with a male-to-female ratio of 1:1.2. Overall, the most common referred cancers to KHCC were breast (21%), hematolymphoid (HL) (17%), and gastrointestinal tract (GIT) (16.2%) cancers. Breast cancer was the most common among adult females (41.7%), GIT among adult males (23.6%), and HL among pediatrics (38.5%). Around 37.8% of patients presented with distant metastasis at their first encounter at KHCC, among which 14.7% were candidates for palliative care. CONCLUSION: The sustenance of treatment for Libyan patients with cancer requires extensive collaboration between governmental and private sectors. The Libyan oncological landscape could benefit from national screening and awareness programs, twining programs and telemedicine, introduction of multidisciplinary boards, and the formulation of a national cancer registry. Adopting the successful models at KHCC can help to augment the oncology services within the Libyan healthcare sector.

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Citation List Month

2023 SE5 - Low Resource Setting

Citation

Erashdi M; Al-Ani A; Mansour A; Al-Hussaini M, “Libyan cancer patients at King Hussein Cancer Center for more than a decade, the current situation, and a future vision,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed June 15, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/19447.