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Community Cancer Prevention by Cancer Treatment Center, YeeZen General Hospital

Promoting the communitization-based anti-cancer care services offer several advantages. Given that early detection/treatment of cancer leads to better prognosis, YeeZen General Hospital therefore focused on breast cancer and colorectal cancers, those cancers with high incidence in Yangmei City, and provided the community residents the resources for health education and cancer screening, and improved the residents' awareness of cancer prevention and its early detection.

Community Cancer Prevention by Cancer Treatment Center, YeeZen General Hospital
Localization and communitization are not only promoted in long-term health care, they are also applied in the field of anti-cancer healthcare. Dr. Tzuhwei Wang, the chef of Cancer Treatment Center in YeeZen General Hospital, said that, not all patients with cancer are necessarily required to be sent to large hospitals. For example, for patients with breast cancer, prostate cancer or other cancer with less invasiveness and slower progression, or patients with successful cancer interventions or end-stage cancer, they usually carry higher demands in the convenience of seeking medical cares, immediate pain relief, monitoring of long-term disease progression and prognosis, nutrition and lifestyle adjustment. For these patients, medical services similar to those community-based care services for chronic disease patients, the elder or disabled patients, are more suitable than those critical care services in larger hospitals. Such medical services will enable the patients and their family members to maintain the life qualities easier.

Chief Wang also said that, promoting the communitization-based anti-cancer care services offer several advantages. Given that early detection/treatment of cancer leads to better prognosis, YeeZen General Hospital therefore focused on breast cancer and colorectal cancers, those cancers with high incidence in Yangmei City, and provided the community residents the resources for health education and cancer screening, and improved the residents' awareness of cancer prevention and its early detection. The accurate time required for radiotherapy is approximately 10 minutes. If the patients seek for the radiotherapy in large hospitals, the time for drive and waiting will take these patients an afternoon or one day. However, the communitization-based anti-cancer care services provided by YeeZen General Hospital allow the cancer patients in Southern Taoyuan to complete the whole radiotherapy schedule (including the time for waiting and drive) within 1 hour. Such convenience of the communitization-based anti-cancer care services resembles to that in shopping mall or supermarkets. It effectively reduces the time waste and accompanied tiredness of patients and their family members, and simultaneously improves the life qualities of these patients.

The concept for communitization-based anti-cancer care service can also be employed in severe and complicated cancers using intervention strategies such as referral therapy. For example, YeeZen General Hospital used to refer a 60-year-old patient with oral cancer in Yangmei City to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital for the head and neck cancer resection and reconstruction surgery. After the surgery, the patient continued the required chemotherapy program in YeeZen General Hospital. Such referral strategy and communitization-based care service substantially reduce the physical fatigue and mental exhaustion in the patients and their family members. Chief Wang also mentioned about another case who was a 70-year-old patient with prostate cancer and bone metastasis, accompanied with random non-specific pain. The patient was first sent to a medical center in Taipei but failed to get enough symptom relief and the life qualities were deteriorated. Fortunately, this patient sought for the help from YeeZen General Hospital, the institution nearby his house, the symptoms in this patient were immediately controlled, and so that the regular daily life could be maintained.

The investment of YeeZen General Hospital in the development of specialists and instruments is equivalent to that of large medical centers. For the VERSA HD linear accelerator, its 6D positioning system exhibits more accurate positioning than conventional 3D positioning system, and the treatment time is one-third faster than the conventional system. Chief Wang said that, in the future work for anti-cancer healthcare, YeeZen General Hospital will establish the treatment system for critical cares such as head and neck cancer resection and reconstruction surgery, and develop the systems for palliative cancer care and home cancer care. The center for long-term care will also be build up and provide the residents in Southern Taoyuan nearby high-quality cancer care services.

 
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