Park PH, Davey S, Fehr AE, Butonzi J, Shyirambere C, Hategekimana V, Bigirimana JB, Borg R, Uwizeye R, Tapela N, Shulman LN, Randall T, Mpanumusingo E, Mpunga T. Patient Characteristics, Early Outcomes, and Implementation Lessons of Cervical Cancer Treatment Services in Rural Rwanda. Journal of global oncology. 2018 Dec. 1-11. PMID: 30582433 [PubMed]
Low- and middle-income countries account for 86% of all cervical cancer cases and 88% of cervical cancer mortality globally. Successful management of cervical cancer requires resources that are scarce in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in rural settings. Here, we describe the early clinical outcomes and implementation lessons learned from the Rwanda Ministry of Health's first national cancer referral center, the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence (BCCOE). We hypothesize that those patients presenting at earlier stage and receiving treatment will have higher rates of being alive.