CAIRO: A total of 90,000 Egyptian patients with cancer were treated in 2015 via treatment protocols at state expense, according to the head of specialized medical councils at Health Ministry Tamer Hamed.
In Sunday statements to Youm7, Hamed said that the treatment bill last year reached 614 million EGP.
He added that the protocols will be reviewed to increase the state’s support to patients with the disease.
During the last year, a number of successful excision surgeries to patients with tumors in their abdomen and ovaries were performed at hospitals in Egyptian universities.
One of the latest operations took place last week in Menoufia University, where a 14-kg (30 lb) tumor was removed from the abdomen of a 45-year old patient.
In October 2015, doctors at Faculty of Medicine at Al-Azhar University’s hospital successfully extracted a 10-kilogram (22 lb) tumor from a patient’s abdomen.
According to the State Information Service website, approximately 50 percent of the population is covered by basic government health insurance, 30 percent enrolled in private health insurance plans and 20 percent of Egyptians have no health insurance.