According to preliminary data, in 2020, mortality from cancer has decreased in the country, said the head of the Ministry of Health Mikhail Murashko. On February 7, RIA Novosti reports.
The Minister noted that the high workload of the healthcare system during the pandemic did not affect the provision of care to patients with cancer.
“And this is not only not a single non-closed bed in the country, it is also the result of the work of each of you, the fact that in 2020, according to preliminary results, mortality from malignant diseases decreased in the country. And this is the most expensive and golden victory that you could make,”said Murashko at the ceremony of presenting the annual prize“Let's Live!” for courage and contribution to the fight against cancer.
In 2020, the health care system, the minister noted, has additional tools in oncology. “This is additional equipment, and new drugs, and for the first time in 2020 a vertically integrated system was created that allows you to track the patient's treatment at all stages of treatment. Now it is starting to be implemented in pilot regions, in pilot organizations. I hope that in 2021 it will become large-scale, massive in the country,”explained Mikhail Murashko.
On February 5, State Duma Vice-Speaker Irina Yarovaya, together with the country's leading oncologists, proposed to include the Pediatric Oncology section in the Healthcare national project and federal programs and to create support centers for pediatric oncology / hematology on the basis of federal and regional clinics.
Earlier, the chairman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, noted that the modern system of oncological care is one of the main priorities of Russia.