A partnership against breast cancer

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    Present at the Memorandum of Understanding between De Los Santos Medical Center (DLSMC) and ICanServe Foundation are (from left) DLSMC Senior Manager for Sales and Strategic Partnership Carmen N. Soriano; DLSMC Marketing Manager Jake Christian T. Solomon; DLSMC President and CEO Raul C. Pagdanganan; ICanServe Foundation President Nikoy De Guzman; ICanServe Foundation Chairman of the Board Crisann O. Celdran; and ICanServe Foundation Founding President Kara Magsanoc Alikpala.
    Present at the Memorandum of Understanding between De Los Santos Medical Center (DLSMC) and ICanServe Foundation are (from left) DLSMC Senior Manager for Sales and Strategic Partnership Carmen N. Soriano; DLSMC Marketing Manager Jake Christian T. Solomon; DLSMC President and CEO Raul C. Pagdanganan; ICanServe Foundation President Nikoy De Guzman; ICanServe Foundation Chairman of the Board Crisann O. Celdran; and ICanServe Foundation Founding President Kara Magsanoc Alikpala.

    THIS Breast Cancer Awareness Month, De Los Santos Medical Center (DLSMC) is giving members of ICanServe Foundation Inc. discount privileges to help them fight the most common cancer in women – breast cancer.

    Raul Pagdanganan, DLSMC president and chief executive officer, said DLSMC kicks off this special month with a signing of a memorandum of understanding with the foundation, which provides hope and help to breast cancer patients. ICanServe is the biggest organization that promotes breast cancer awareness and prevention.

    In this partnership, DLSMC shall provide 5 percent discount on cancer panel examinations, 20 percent discount on executive checkup packages, and 20 percent discount on one-sided mammogram, bilateral mammogram and breast ultrasound.

    It is also giving 30 percent discount on breast ultrasound, one-sided mammogram, bilateral mammogram and breast ultrasound, plus bilateral mammogram package until December 31.

    DLSMC shall accommodate the conduct of laboratory procedures (blood extraction) at the Wellness Center for a convenient and hassle-free hospitalization experience.

    Unlimited consultation with the hospital’s wellness doctor is also available at its Wellness Center from Monday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.

    Pagdanganan said this is one of DLSMC’s initiatives that is close to their heart. Apart from expanding its medical services, the hospital, which delivers affordable yet quality medical services, thinks of ways to serve a community. Hence, the partnership.Dr. Maximino Bello III, DLSMC assistant medical director for quality and risk management, for his part said the foundation is a proof that treatment has gone a long way as many cancer patients live longer lives despite the disease.

    “We are glad to help these patient members,” Bello said, adding DLSMC may be a small hospital but not in terms of technologies.

    Bello pointed out cancer is a highly curable disease, but many Filipino patients feel it is a death sentence – a mentality that ought to change.

    Treatment cost itself is expensive as the country does not have the capability yet to manufacture its own cancer drugs, which are mostly imported from other countries.

    However, many people fail to realize the regimen. “When the disease is detected early, it could be as less expensive as about 8,000 bucks for every treatment cycle,” Belo said.
    Changes in one’s daily life may also help reduce the risk of breast cancer.

    Breast cancer survival rates have increased largely due to a better understanding of the disease – early detection.

    Besides breast cancer, other health problems must also be looked at and be given a fair share of attention as patients get older.

    DLSMC’s partnership with the foundation reaches the specific target audience – breast cancer patients – who can benefit from the hospital’s sufficient resources, a number of medical experts who can take care of breast cancer patients as well as quality and reasonably priced medical treatments and services, noted Belo.