Cancer centre starts chemotherapy services

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THE Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) began offering chemotherapy services last week and has started receiving patients at its outpatient department, said an official from the centre yesterday.

Consultant Oncologist Dr Raden Mas Jeffri Raden Mas Ismail said while the $100 million centre has yet to be officially opened, they’ve already moved from Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC).

“It’s not officially open, but we’ve finally moved. Alhamdulillah, chemotherapy has already started with our first patient last week,” he told The Brunei Times.

“We’ve also started seeing our patients now at the new outpatient building.”

Dr Raden Mas added that radiotherapy treatment for cancer patients is now available in Brunei, and can economically benefit both the government and cancer patients.

“Patients don’t have to go abroad, and it will save a lot of resources and money. The cost of radiotherapy is anywhere between $10,000 to $30,000,” he said, adding that sending a patient abroad to countries like Malaysia or Singapore is costly.

“The new centre won’t require patients to travel far. My experience when I talk to patients is that they don’t like to go to these countries because it reminds them of being sick.

“When you’re sick, the last thing you want to do is travel.”

He said while radiotherapy is now available locally, some cancer patients will still require additional treatment abroad.

“We still haven’t got certain services here yet, so we still have to send some patients (abroad), but not as many as before,” he said.

TBCC is a government entity whose overall operation is overseen by a board of directors, with operations led by an executive director and day-to-day functions managed by a medical director.

The centre is regulated by the Ministry of Health, and all doctors and nurses working at the TBCC are registered with the Brunei Medical Board and the Brunei Nursing Board respectively. The new building, which is located next to the JPMC, will also house the Brunei Neuroscience, Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre.

Dr Raden Mas said the new TBCC building also features a sky garden on the seventh floor.

“It’s for the use of patients and family as part of their healing process.

“We have a large walkway with benches and plants,” he said.

The Brunei Times