Malawi second cancer specialist: Richard Nyasosela

Malawi now has a  second oncologist, Richard Nyasosela, currently at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) Cancer Unit in Lilongwe.

Nyasosela pursued oncology studies at University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

He joins cancer specialist  Leo Masamba who is at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.

“Oncologists provide clinical care to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. We have to give hope to society that cancer is curable,” said Nyasosela as quoted by The Nation.

Nyasosela

Nyasosela

He said there is need to improve the country’s screening programmes, especially in cases of cervical and breast cancer in women.

“We have to emphasise early diagnosis and giving the right treatment without delay. Most cases of cancer are easier to treat and cure if detected early,” he said.

He, however, suggested there should be increased awareness on what causes the disease and equip hospital laboratories.

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