The table below shows the workload seen in the department. As observed there is an overall increase in workload. We would like to highlight that the follow up cases has increased over the years due to our intensified tracking of patients.
When patients do not come for follow up, the nurses at the reception will make a phone call and book them another appointment. On many occasions patients have thanked us for reminding them of the follow up. In oncology service, follow up is important as a means of knowing relapse rates, chronic morbidity and survival.
The figure below shows the ten most common cancers seen in the department. Breast Cancer has become the most common cancer in Sarawak followed very closely by Nasopharyngeal Cancer, which is very high in an indigenous population.
As seen in many developing countries, we too see the increase in Lung and Colorectal Cancers.