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Council of Governors study visit to the Texas centre for proton therapy, Dallas Texas - USA

CoG In TexasFollowing an invitation by the East Africa Chamber of Commerce, a team from the Council of Governors Secretariat made a study visit to the Texas Centre for Proton Therapy based in the United States of America. The modern cancer center offers proton therapy which is one of the most promising recent developments in the treatment of cancer.

It uses an advanced form of radiation treatment that comprises the use of a beam that allows positively charged atoms to precisely target and damages cancer cells within the body.

Statistics indicate cancer is the third largest killer in Kenya and it is estimated that 39,000 new cases are reported each year, with more than 27,000 deaths per year. Among the leading types of cancer in the country are breast cancer in both men and women and prostate cancer. The Council of Governors team led by Council of Governors CEO, Jacqueline Mogeni and SymbioCity Project Manager Nicodemus Mbwika therefore sought to establish how counties can benefit from the modern technology in order to alleviate the suffering of Kenyans.
After a brief tour of the facility, the Director of the Texas Centre for Proton Therapy agreed to offer technical support to Counties towards the construction of a Proton Therapy Centre. Additionally, through the East Africa Chamber of Commerce Dallas, Texas proposals for partnership and further support to Counties to get investors in the different fields were discussed.
The Texas Centre for Proton Therapy is a privately run medical facility with three rooms (Strength, Hope and Courage). It boasts of having specialized trained physicians from all over the world, has seen over 600 patients with 100 cases being of children. The facility, which does not treat stage four cancer, is sponsored by three partners namely, the Texas Oncology, The US Oncology Network and Baylor Scott and White health. With both equipment and personnel coming from Belgium and are on site. Services offered at the facility are usually on a continuous mode.
The main problem in Kenya is the lack of awareness which is responsible for late detection of the disease by many sufferers. The use of proton therapy is a promising way of treating cancer tumors with special attention given to children diagnosed with cancer in that there is less radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissues reducing damage and fewer side effects, it is also ideal for use in sensitive areas where surgery is not an option

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