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Breast and cervical cancer early detection

Pattern of care of breast and cervical cancers in Morocco

Study sites: Morocco: Casablanca, Fez, Rabat
Principal investigator (PI) from IARC: P. Basu
PIs from collaborating institutions:
  • Professor Errihani, Medical School, Mohammed V University, Rabat
  • Dr Bendahhou, Cancer Centre Mohammed VI, Casablanca
  • Professor El Rhazi, National Institute of Research on Cancer, Fez
Start date: 2016
Closure date:Ongoing
Objectives: To evaluate the quality of care for women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer within the public health delivery system of Morocco
The basis of the study is a questionnaire survey based on medical charts. The key information that will be obtained from this retrospective study includes information regarding the mode of diagnosis, the gap between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis, the waiting time for start of treatment, and the factors influencing delays in diagnosis and initiation of treatment. The study will also gather information on the protocol followed for the diagnosis and treatment of breast and cervical cancers in the leading oncology centres in Morocco, and on the patientsí adherence to such protocols. Information on the quality of recordkeeping in the institutions will also be gathered from the study.

The publication Patterns of care for women with breast cancer in Morocco: an assessment of breast cancer diagnosis, management, and survival in two leading oncology centres summarizes the outcomes of a patterns-of-care study implemented by IARC in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, to assess how far state-of-the-art cancer diagnostics and therapy have been disseminated into routine oncology practice in Morocco. The findings highlight the improvements in breast cancer care that occurred in Morocco as a result of pragmatic policies and systematic planning by the Moroccan Ministry of Health. Recommendations for strengthening breast cancer care in Morocco are also included in the publication. View the publication, and the IARC news.
Publications: Mrabti H., Sauvaget C., Benider A., Bendahhou K., Selmouni F., Muwonge R., Alaoui L., Lucas E., Chami Y., Villain P., Abousselham L., Carvalho A.L., Bennani M., Errihani H., Sankaranarayanan R., Bekkali R., Basu P. Patterns of care of breast cancer patients in Morocco - A study of variations in patient profile, tumour characteristics and standard of care over a decade. Breast. 2021 Jul 12;59:193-202.
PMID: 34280610
Basu P., Selmouni F., Belakhel L., Sauvaget C., Abousselham L., Lucas E., Muwonge R., Sankaranarayanan R., Khazraji Y.C. Breast Cancer Screening Program in Morocco: Status of implementation, organization and performance. Int J Cancer. 2018 Jul 14.
PMID: 30006933
Selmouni F., Zidouh A., Belakhel L., Sauvaget C., Bennani M., Khazraji Y.C., Benider A., Wild C.P., Bekkali R., Fadhil I., Sankaranarayanan R. Tackling cancer burden in low-income and middle-income countries: Morocco as an exemplar. Lancet Oncol. 2018 Feb;19(2):e93-e101.
PMID: 29413484
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