The importance of palliative care in Africa

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Published: 7 Dec 2015
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Dr Tonia Onyeka - University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital University, Enugu, Nigeria

Dr Onyeka talks to ecancertv at AORTIC 2015 about the importance of every African oncologist to be able to administer basic palliative care, early on in the diagnosis to improve quality of life. 

As well as pain management, she notes the spiritual and psychological importance of culturally sensitive palliative care. For example, she highlights the issue of religion leading people to believe that they have been punished or cursed.

She also notes the logistical issues in people getting to hospitals and the importance of drawing on the structure of extended family to help patients.