Sarawak General Hospital is now one of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

5 July 2015

By Dr Beena Devi

The Department of Radiotherapy, Oncology and Palliative Care Unit, Sarawak General Hospital was recently awarded the ESMO Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care after satisfactorily fulfilling the required 13 criteria. The prestigious “ESMO Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care” program is an incentive program initiated in 2003 in which cancer centres can receive special recognition for achieving a high standard of integration of medical oncology and palliative care. The ESMO designation is valid for 3 years.

ICC – Berlin, Germany

The aim of palliative care is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients, their caregivers and family, by providing relief from pain and other distressing symptoms, and by integrating the physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of care. Providing the best quality palliative care has both a moral and a clinical imperative. All designated centres have proven that they provide closely integrated oncology and palliative care clinical services. The treatment they offer incorporates expert care for relieving pain, other physical symptoms, and psychological distress.

The main objectives of the program are:-

  • promoting the integration of palliative care services into the existing national cancer care guidelines
  • encouraging palliative care education and training for medical oncologists as well as other healthcare professionals.
  • Expanding the cooperation between ESMO and other existing professional medical association and organizations in different geographical regions in supporting and sustaining palliative care development.

Dr. Nathan Cherny presenting the award to Dr. C.R Beena Devi

The official announcement of the ESMO 2009 Designated Centres took place in Berlin (International Congress Centrum), Germany during the ECCO 15 and 34th ESMO Multidisciplinary Congress – Award session on 22nd September 2009. The ICC Berlin ranks among the biggest, most advanced and most successful congress venues in the world.

List of Recipients of the 2009 ESMO Designated Centres Award

No.     Institution     Country
1. A.O Fatebenefratelilli e Oftalmico, Divisione di Oncologia Medica e Chemiotheraopia     Milano, ITALY
2.     Baskent Universitesi Tip Fakultesi, Tibbi Onkoloji Bilirn Dali, Adana Uygulama ve Arastirma Merkezi     Adana, TURKEY
3.     Clinica Universidad de Navarra     Pamplona, SPAIN
4.     Davidoff Cancer Center, Rabin Medical Center     Tikvah, ISRAEL
5.     Department of Clinical Oncology, Queen Mary Hospital     Pokfulam, HONG KONG
6.     Department of Oncology, 1st Oncology Clinic, Metropolitan     Faliro, GREECE
7. Department of Radiotherapy, Oncology and Palliative Care Unit, Sarawak General Hospital Sarawak, MALAYSIA
8.     European Institute of Oncology     Milano, ITALY
9.     Hospital Institut Curie     Paris , FRANCE
10.     Hospital Arnau de Vilanova de Valencia     Valencia, SPAIN
11.     Hospital Vall d’ Hebron     Barcelona, SPAIN
12.     Institute of Oncology Ljubljana     Ljubljana, SLOVENIA
13.     Instituto de Tratamiento Integral del Cancer (ITIC), Hospital Clinica Benidorm     Benidorm, SPAIN
14.     Instituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura del Tumori ( I.R.S.T )     Meldola, ITALY
15.     Klinik for Innere Medizin, Hamatologie/ Internistische Onkologie und Palliativmedizin     Bielefield, GERMANY
16.     London Regional Cancer Program     Ontario, CANADA
17.     Medical Oncology Department, Ospedale Sacro Cuore- Don Calabria     Negrar, ITALY
18.     Medizinische Klinik 5 Allg. Innere Medizin – Onkologie- Hamatologie – Stammzelltransplantation – Palliativmedizin, Klinikum Nuemberg     Nuemberg, GERMANY
19.     National Koranyi Institute of TB and Pulmonology     Budapest, HUNGARY
20.     Oncologia Varini & Calderoni     Sorengo, SWITZERLAND
21.     Servicio de Oncologia y Culdados Palliativos, Hospital B. Houssey     B.Aires ARGENTINA
22.     Southern Adelaide Health Services     South Aust. AUSTRALIA
23.     The Harry R. Horvitz Center for Palliative Medicine     Ohia, USA
24.     The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust     London, ENGLAND
25.     Tumorzentrum Ludwig Hellmeyer – Comprehensive Cancer Centre Freiburg.     Freiburg, GERMANY
26.     Westmead Cancer Care Centre     NSW, AUSTRALIA