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Old April 13th, 2007, 03:04 AM   #1
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$150M Oncology Centre for Mt Hope
By LARA PICKFORD-GORDON Thursday, April 12 2007

In order to compile more accurate statistics to “better inform policy decisions” for care and treatment programmes, the Ministry of Health is moving for cancer to be “reportable in law.”

“The fact is cancer rates are increasing. Cancer affects one in three of the TT population, at some point in their lives.

“Recent reports warn that cancer cases will treble over the next 20 years,” Health Minister John Rahael said yesterday while speaking at the sod turning ceremony for the $150M National Oncology Centre, at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC), Mt Hope.

In an interview later, Rahael said his legal department was doing the necessary research and he hoped to have legislation prepared for Parliament by year-end.

Cancer is the second leading cause of illness and death in TT. He said current reporting of cancer cases to the National Cancer Registry (based at EWMSC) was voluntary.

Rahael said the National Radiotherapy Centre (NRC) at St James saw an average of 1,100 new patients annually, but the Ministry believed there were more cases. He said the Central Statistical Office recorded an average of 1,200 deaths from various cancers in the five-year period 1999-2003.

Rahael said people are living longer, but the modern lifestyle has contributed to the high incidence of cancer. He said smoking caused one-third of cancers, while another one-third was due to poor diet.

Rahael stressed the importance of people accepting responsibility. He said a primary goal of the National Oncology Project (NOP) is prevention. “We are creating a system for the whole country, to educate, to screen, to detect, to treat and prevent cancer. This will be ongoing.” He said when the Oncology Centre opens it will be equipped to deal with more than 1,300 cases in the first year. It will also cater for patients in the region. Rahael said treatment will cover chemotherapy and the latest radiation treatments.

He lamented the loss of journalist George John, economist Lloyd Best and Calypsonian Mighty Terror to cancer. Information from the Cancer Registry indicates that from 1995-1999 the five leading cancer sites in men are, prostate, bronchus/lung, colon/rectum and in females: breast, cervix/uteri, colon and rectum.

Stewart Smith, Project Administrator, said the Centre was a collaborative effort between the governments of TT and Canada. The facility will be constructed in 30 months and have a six-month commissioning. Ellis Don of Canada will supervise and coordinate the project. The building will occupy 6,600 sq metres (67,980 sq ft). The first level of the centre will be occupied primarily by the Radiation Treatment Programme, outpatient clinic services and same day surgeries. Level two will have a 21-station chemotherapy suite, treatment planning CT Simulation Suite and space for support staff, including radiation therapists Level three will house administration and teaching facilities. The fourth level will house the mechanical and electrical room. Smith said at the root of the project is creating a “spiritual space for healing and care.” Commenting on staffing for the centre, Smith said scholarships have been funded by the government for training in radiation oncology, medical oncology, urological oncology, and gynae oncology.

The NOP has partnered with the College of Science, Technology, Applied Arts of TT and British Columbia Institute of Technology to train radiation therapists locally and be internationally certified. The first group of 13 will begin training in September.

Smith admitted that the governance structure for the Oncology Programme and Centre has not yet been determined. But UWI’s Faculty of Medical Sciences would have “key involvement.”

In his address, Canadian High Commissioner Howard Strauss described the Oncology Centre as critical to the continued development of TT and implementation of Vision 2020.

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National Oncology Centre - Pre-Construction

The National Oncology Centre is expected to serve the ambulatory cancer treatment needs of the population of Trinidad and Tobago through the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Centre.

The National Oncology Centre would include: 24 bed treatment rooms, 21 bed chemotherapy treatment bays, 3 radiation treatment bunkers including a reserve, a shielded operating room, a Cafe and Pharmacy. Ambulatory Care, Radiology with MRI and CT Scan, Phsiotherapy, Laboratory and Blood Bank, Kitchen, Medical Records and the necessary administrative and maintenance facilities needed to effectively manage the Centre.


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The new National Oncology Centre is a three-storey structure with four radiation treatment bunkers linked to the existing Eric Williams Hospital via walkways and landscaping. Gentle sloping lines and sprawling 'therapy gardens' create a 'village gathering place' for cancer patients and their families.

One of the challenges on this project was planning to consider future flexibility of the facility and its related impacts on the host hospital. Working closely with the user groups in Trinidad, Farrow Partnership brought the firm's experience in designing internationally recognized cancer centres to the project.

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National Oncology Centre
Friday, June 22, 2012

The following is an excerpt of a speech by the Minister of Health, Hon. D, Fuad Khan at a National Oncology Centre Breakfast Meeting held on Friday 22nd June 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain:

"When completed, the National Oncology Centre will have a number of ongoing research projects with proper peer reviews. There must be the development of internationally competitive research programmes in cancer research. This will include programmes in tumour epidemiology, outcome of management research, and the research into the identification of cancer risk factors, and predictive factors eg HPV and cervical cancer, oral cancer, **** warts and cancer, smoking and bladder cancer, lung cancer etc.



Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan looks at a model of the NOC along with
L-R Senior Partner Mr Tye Farrow, Senior Health Advisor Stewart Smith and Permanent Secretary Antonia Popplewell



The centre will have a central area for the entry of cancer patients, with treatment performed by a multi-disciplinary team of clinical oncologists, and supported by an integrated clinical system of doctors of various specialities geared towards the management of the cancer patient:

We will establish a data bank for tumour reporting and effects of treatment
For each patient, proper records of patient diagnosis and management protocols will be recorded.
We will have internationally acceptable standard operating procedures for diagnosis and treatment that reflect evidence-based oncology treatment.
We will introduce a quality assessment system for diagnosis, oncology surgery, medical oncology and radiotherapy
A centralized quality-controlled out-patient unit for chemotherapy will be developed
We will develop an established and validated system for data collection and a proper cancer registry will be formed.
The cancer centre will have an organizational structure with support from the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
There will be the development of integrated psycho-social and palliative care. The centre must interact with patient advocacy groups.
There will be a dedicated clinical trial centre with participation in innovative clinical studies
There will be multi-disciplinary training programmes for physicians, physician scientists, nurses and related professions.
There will be a definite auditing process conducted by a trained personnel in medical audit systems
The centre will be managed by highly qualified personnel with a scientific background trained in oncology centre management. There will be a scientific advisory board and an executive committee versed in management of an oncology centre.
I wish to share with you at this point the schedule for the delivery of the National Oncology Centre:

Tender for documents from consultants – July 30th 2012
Invitation to Tender – August 6th 2012
Tenders returned/bids closed – September 17th 2012
Evaluation and award completed – October 31st 2012
Construction start – November 12th 2012
Construction period (expected to be a maximum 18 months)
Commissioning of major equipment (expected to be 6 months)
Opening/Operation of National Oncology Centre – November 2014
The total construction cost of the National Oncology Centre is $663M, with an additional $52M for equipment.

We operate on the premise that the health of our nation is its wealth and an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure."

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We will build cancer centre
Khan promises new approach to care:

By Ria Taitt Political Editor
Story Created: Apr 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM ECT
Story Updated: Apr 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM ECT
the Government is committed to constructing the long-promised National Oncology Centre (NOC) at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC), but it would also build a new National Centre for Non-communicable diseases (NCNCD) (including cancer) in Penal.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan made the disclosure in a statement to Parliament yesterday. He said tenders for the construction of the NOC are expected to be issued in June 2012, with a proposed project handover and commissioning by 2014/15. He added that Cabinet approval was received for the "recommencement of work on the NOC and UDeCOTT has been appointed as the project developers.
On the NCNCD in Penal, Khan said Cabinet approval for its construction was given on March 22, 2012. UDeCOTT has also been appointed as the project developer. THe NCNCD will treat chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cerebrovascular disease, he said.
Khan said the future cancer strategy would utilise a hub of three specialist cancer treatment centres.
He said the main centre will be the National Oncology Centre at EWMSC, while the existing National Radiotherapy Centre at the St James Medical Complex and the new Centre for Non-communicable diseases (NCNCD) will serve as satellite centres.
"The process of a central cancer hub with satellite centres will decrease the waiting time for treatment, and (see) the introduction of specialist services throughout our country.
"We hope to assist Tobago in the development of another oncology centre to service the people of Trinidad and alleviate the problem of unnecessary transport to treatment centres in Trinidad," he said.

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Oncology centre in Mt Hope by 2014
Monday, October 8 2012

GOVERNMENT plans to complete construction of a National Oncology Centre at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in 2014 at a cost of $565 million. Details of the plan to complete the centre are disclosed in the Three-Year Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) for 2013 - 2015, tabled for the first time in Parliament on Monday last.

According to the document, “the Ministry of Health will continue to work on the construction of the National Oncology Centre which is expected to be completed in fiscal year 2014.” It is planned that the centre, which has been stalled for years, “will provide a comprehensive state of the art system of cancer control including radiation oncology and prevention and screening to reduce the incidence of cancer.”

The cost for “completion” of the centre is detailed in the document thus: “It is estimated that the sum of $565 million will be required to complete construction of the National Oncology Centre in fiscal year 2014.”

Planned services include: radiation therapy services using linear accelerator technology, currently provided by private institutions such as the Brian Lara Treatment Centre in circumstances where there have been question marks over the effectiveness of the State’s regulation of these institutions.

A new hospital at Arima is also planned at a cost of $771 million. Construction is due to start in the first quarter of 2015. The sum of $250 million will be required to continue construction in 2014 and $350 million for completion in 2015.

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Work on Oncology Centre to be resumed
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Work will resume on the National Oncology Centre (NOC) at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) this year, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan announced yesterday. He said the facility will be a one-stop-shop for cancer care using a multi-disciplinary team approach, from diagnosis to treatment to cure. In a statement to mark World Cancer Day being observed today, Dr Khan said the Health Ministry will continue to invest significantly in cancer services and control. He said full management of cancer treatment is available to citizens free of charge at all Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), using both primary and secondary health care, from diagnosis to advanced management and palliative care. “If a patient needs to be referred to a private facility this will also be done for free,” he said. Dr Khan said the National Radiotherapy Centre (NRC) at the St James Medical Complex, will continue to be the flagship referral centre for oncology care in the public sector. Specialist cancer care is also available at three satellite units at the Sangre Grande Hospital, the San Fernando General Hospital and the Scarborough Regional Hospital.

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Fuad: National Oncology Centre ready in 2014
...cancer-fighting hospital to cost $663m says Khan
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
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Dr Fuad Khan, left, views a model of the National Oncology Centre with architect Tye Farrow, senior partner, Farrow Partnership Architects, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Antonia Popplewell following a media conference at Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
The long-awaited National Oncology Centre (NOC) at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) is expected be opened to the public in November 2014 at a cost of $663 million. This was announced yesterday by Health minister Dr Fuad Khan who was speaking at a breakfast meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain. Another $52 million is expected to be shelled out on equipment and other expenses, the minister said.

The Urban Development Corporation (Udecott) has been appointed as the project developer for construction, which is expected to last 18 months. Khan said Cabinet gave approval for work on the centre, which formed part of Government’s overall plan to deal with non-chronic communicable disease, which is a growing epidemic in the country.

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Work on National Oncology Centre on schedule, says UDECOTT

By Camille Bethel camille.bethel@trinidadexpress.com
Story Created: Nov 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM ECT
Story Updated: Nov 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM ECT



Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

There are no visible signs that work is taking place at the construction site of the National Oncology Centre at Mt Hope, but project manager, the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (UDeCOTT) says works are being done and the project remains on schedule.

In August, Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan gave his commitment to have the National Oncology Centre, which had been at a standstill since the sod was turned in 2007, completed in 18 months at a cost of $443 million.

Responding last week to a list of questions on what appeared to be inactivity at the construction site of the medical facility Roxanne Stapleton-Whyms, media, events & community uutreach manager at UDeCOTT said in a statement to the Sunday Express: “There has been some redesign of the external site layout (roadway and parking lot) which were necessary to facilitate repair works on an existing services tunnel (underground) which contains medical gas and water lines which run across the site.

“There will be visible activity on site by the end of next week (November 22, 2013).”

She assured that the project was on schedule and that completion of construction was scheduled for April 2015.

“This is followed by the commissioning of all medical equipment and systems, which is contractually due for completion in October 2015,” she said.

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