Late presentation, inadequate facilities hinder ovarian cancer management- Expert



A Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist, Dr Ayodele Ademola, on Wednesday identified late presentation and lack inadequate medical facilities as major challenges facing the management of ovarian cancer in Nigeria.

Ademola, Managing Director, Strong Tower Advanced Fertility Centre, made this known while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

He said that about 80 per cent of patients with ovarian cancer presented their cases late and at an advanced stages.

“This is because, in the early stages of the disease, women either have no symptom or have minimal non-specific symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn, feeling bloated and tiredness.

“Usually, the sufferer would have been in and out of the hospital for treatment of other health conditions.

“The non-specific symptoms in the early stages of the disease coupled with ineffective early detection tests make women present the ailment at advanced stages,” he said.

The doctor said lack of expertise manpower also posed a challenge, adding that there were no enough gynaecology oncologists who were knowledgeable in the management of ovarian cancer.

According to him, surgical treatment of ovarian cancer is best performed by gynaecology oncologists.

“But unfortunately, some are being performed by unskilled doctors who give the patients suboptimal and insufficient treatment,’’ the expert said.

He, however, said that the inability of most patients to afford the financial requirements for the treatment also affect the management of ovarian cancer.

According to him, with the present economic challenges, most Nigerians cannot afford to go to the specialised centres where they will be properly treated.

“The fear of meeting the financial obligations accounts for the late presentation.

“There are other peculiar challenges in the diagnosis and management of ovarian cancer, including poverty and cultural beliefs of women.

“Also, the cost of anti-cancer drugs being used in its management is very high and most patients cannot afford it, especially with the follow-up treatment,” he said.

The expert said that the actual cause of ovarian cancer was not yet known, but the risk factors associated with it include: genetics, obesity, age, diet, among others.

He said lack of an effective screening test for ovarian cancer had also made it difficult to map out a good preventive strategy, adding that there were ways of reducing the risk of ovarian cancer.

“A low fat diet has been shown to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer; obese women seem to have a higher risk of ovarian cancer and so, preventing obesity can help,’’ the expert advised.

Ademola recommended that proper funding of the nation’s health institutions and training of medical personnel in Nigeria would contribute immensely toward improving the quality of life and survival rates of women with ovarian cancer.
Edited by Zainab Garba/Olagoke Olatoye

13 B/Haram terrorists, 23 family members surrender to troops in Borno -DHQ Malami donates N11m to Kebbi flood victims Jos airport renovation 95 per cent completed – Manager FG mulls policy on zero rating for educational websites Tourism Day: Nigeria to leverage on tourism to boost grassroots devt.- Minister Buhari’s policies yielding fruitful results – Gov Bagudu Ministry to create platform for lifting 100m Nigerians out of poverty Oil palm growers commend Buhari, CBN for empowering small holder farmers Nigerians renew call on Multichoice, others on pay as you go tariff NIHOTOUR will work with private sector for sustainable development of tourism -Kangiwa Men like Justice Karibi-Whyte, difficult to find anymore -NBA President Gov. Wike describes late Karibi-Whyte as a super hero, incorruptible jurist Inter hits two late goals to beat Fiorentina 4-3 Beaten Betis coach Pellegrini blames VAR in defeat to Real Madrid COVID-19: Nigeria cases now 58,198 with 49,722 discharged Ministry official advocates regular dog vaccination to end rabies by 2030 COAS inspects ongoing projects in Army Super Camp, Ngamdu School resumption: Expert advocates provision of clean water to check spread of infections Armed Forces College holds memorial service for 1992 Ejigbo plane crash victims Increased tariff: Previous administration created problem in power sector Scores of terrorists killed in massive airstrikes on hideouts in Borno – DHQ Wike promises early completion of 258-bed mother, child hospital in Port Harcourt Yobe IPAC agrees with LG elections postponement Brazil court postpones league game after several COVID-19 positive tests Don charges media on changing maternal health narratives FG hands over Ogoni remediation sites to NOSDRA for scientific analysis Chilean team discover match postponed after 1,500 km trip Buhari condemns attack on Gov. Zulum’s convoy, killings of security agents Edo election: We have learnt our lesson — APC Environmental: Kano Govt deploys 1,000 sanitation vanguards Christian women pray over insecurity in Jos Chelsea recover from 3 goals down to draw at West Brom Ondo 2020: No plan to collapse our structure for another party – ZLP Structure NGO tasks youths on self-development, empowers 100 with N200, 000 each FG set to address flooding as HYPPADEC takes off soon Students honour FRSC Oyo State sector commander Governors’ Forum pleads with labour unions to shelve planned strike Gov. Matawalle inaugurates planting of 10,100 trees in Zamfara Ortom condemns attack on Gov. Zulum’s convoy Shelve economic shutdown, Buhari deserves commendation – Group tells labour unions Everton win again after penalty kick controversy at Crystal Palace PRP NWC passes vote of confidence on National Exco Tennis: Second seed Pliskova hoping to be fully fit before opening match World Bank spent N90bn on community projects in 11 years – official Caligiuri leads Augsburg to stunning 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund Manchester United earn dramatic win at Brighton with late penalty kick 100, 000 traders to benefit from “Trader money” in Kwara Pathfinder University confers professorship on Dabin, former Plateau PDP chairman COVID-19: Fayemi sympathises with Ekiti hoteliers, gives palliatives Fistula Foundation treats 37 VVF patients in free surgery campaign in Sokoto