New cancer medication launched in Jamaica

first_img Share HealthLifestyleNewsRegional New cancer medication launched in Jamaica by: Jamaica Information Service – September 18, 2015 Sharing is caring! 121 Views   no discussions Health Minister Dr Fenton FergusonKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government continues work to strengthen the country’s cancer care system through strategic partnerships with international entities.On August 26 of this year, the Government signed a contract with global leader in diagnostic and pharmaceutical products, Roche, to market Herceptin Subcutaneous (SC), an agent commonly used in the treatment of early stage Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (HER) 2 Positive breast cancer.The product was launched on Wednesday at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, to be distributed by Roche Pharma (Jamaica and Cayman).In his address, Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, said that Herceptin SC will be a valuable addition to the country’s cancer treatment system.“This is an achievement that is set to revolutionise the landscape for the treatment of HER 2 Positive breast cancer,” he said.Citing breast cancer as the fifth leading cause of death in Jamaican women, Ferguson said that a crucial area for reducing deaths from this disease is early detection.“Early detection, in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival, remains the fundamental cornerstone in managing the disease. As we continue to push for early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival, we recognise that strong and fruitful partnerships like this one will help us achieve this goal,” he noted.Herceptin is a cellular antibody that inhibits the protein that fuels tumour growth and should be used in conjunction with surgery and chemotherapy treatment.In an interview with JIS News, Country Manager for Roche Pharma, Jamaica and Cayman, Stewart Dougan, said that the medication is now available to the public at several institutions islandwide.The product is being distributed locally by Facey Commodity Company Limited and Cari-Med Limited.Dougan warned that the product should only be administered by a licensed health care professional.“You can go to any of the three approved hospitals (Kingston Public, Cornwall Regional and Mandeville). For the private system, persons can go to any Oncologist to have them manage the treatment. It is a highly specialised product that is intended for use by these medical doctors,” he emphasised.Roche is a global leader in cancer treatment and research for over 50 years, producing medications that assist in the treatment of breast, skin, colon, ovarian, lung and numerous other cancers. It is a Swiss company operating in over 150 countries.center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Tourist reportedly killed in famous Italian church when piece of ceiling falls off

first_img Related Profondo dispiacere per l’incidente nella Basilica di S.Croce dove ha perso la vita il turista spagnolo. Tecnici del ministero già sul posto— Dario Nardella (@DarioNardella) October 19, 2017Tourists continued to line up outside even as the church remained closed and an investigation was taking place, Italian media reported.A tour guide who was in the church at the time told Italian media that the piece fell near the third chapel on the right side of the transept. He said he did not see the stone hit the man but did see it fall and heard the man’s wife cry out. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. fotonio/iStock/Thinkstock(FLORENCE, Italy) — A small part of the ceiling inside the famous Basilica of the Holy Cross in Florence, Italy, suddenly broke off Thursday, hitting and killing a tourist who was visiting the church with his wife, Italian media reported.The stone piece, about 6 inches by 6 inches, fell nearly 60 feet after it broke off near the right nave of the church where it had been supporting a beam, according to reports. The man was 52 years old and was from Spain.The Basilica of the Holy Cross, also known as the Basilica of Santa Croce, is the burial site of Michelangelo, Rossini, Machiavelli and Galileo.The church was immediately closed as police and firefighters fought to save the man’s life, but he died on the scene, according to local media. Italian reports said the tourist’s wife was near him at the time and witnessed the crash.“Deeply sorry for the incident at the Basilica of the Holy Cross where a Spanish tourist was killed,” Florence’s mayor, Dario Nardella, tweeted. “Engineers from the ministry are already on site.”center_img Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more