Launch of the National Cancer Treatment Guidelines

22 Mar 2013

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Upon the request of the Minister of Health, the UNDP TOKTEN project is launching the National Cancer Treatment Guidelines (second edition) on March 21st 2013 based on the latest scientific updates. The first edition of the National Cancer Treatment Guidelines in 2010 had a very positive outcome that resulted in the provision of international standards of care for cancer patients subsidized by the Ministry of Health. 

Similarly to the first edition, an official national committee including 7 prominent Lebanese oncologists from different background resumed work on the guidelines supported by the TOKTEN project manager. The outputs of the committee were transmitted to Lebanese expatriate oncologists from distinguished international cancer centers to be reviewed, discussed and approved.  

The guidelines are comprehensive treatment protocols for various types of cancer including: Breast, Gastrointestinal, Lung, Head and Neck, Hematology, Brain tumors, Uro-genital, Neuro-endocrine and Ovarian. 

Every protocol was carefully developed by the national and international committees on a consensus basis taking into consideration factors that affect the treatment choice such as age, sex and stage of the disease. These protocols are not only limited to drug administration but also include surgery, radiation therapy and palliative care. By officially adopting these guidelines, the ministry has committed itself to provide internationals standard of care for cancer patients. This booklet is a guide for prescribing doctors enabling them to view the latest scientific evidence-based treatment for patients that are covered by the Ministry of Health. 

During the ceremony, speeches were given by Health Minister Mr. Ali Hasan Khalil, director-general of the ministry Dr. Walid Ammar, head of the National Committee for Cancer Treatment Mr. Nizar Bitar and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Robert Watkins who all stressed the importance of providing financial support and health benefits to all cancer patients in Lebanon through early detection and diagnosis, while maintaining and respecting high scientific protocol standards. 

The ceremony ended with a distribution of certificates to honor the doctors and medical professionals who participated and provided technical assistance in setting the protocol guidelines.