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German Oncology Centre opens

Seeking to complement the state’s health services by providing treatment to patients from Paphos and Limassol, the German Oncology Centre, officially opened its doors on Friday in Ayios Athanasios.
Chairman Kikis Kazamias stressed that the centre was not there to compete with the state but to assist it, as 80 per cent of cancer patients in Cyprus seek state support to cover the cost of their medical needs.
He said it was an opportunity for the government to strike a financially favourable co-operation agreement considering that it has so far failed to set up a radiology unit in Limassol, which would cost many millions.
“We say that our action has realised a government policy,” Kazamias said, adding that the centre would be able to serve patients from Limassol and Paphos who are currently forced to travel to Nicosia for treatment.
The founder of the centre, Dr. Nicolaos Zamboglou said the centre was capable of serving patients who had to go abroad for certain procedures, like PET/CT scan.
An agreement with the government would come as a welcome relief of sorts for patients living in the west of Cyprus – Limassol, Paphos, Peyia and Polis Chrysochous, who have the additional disruption of having to travel all the way to Nicosia to get the comprehensive therapy they need.
The Bank of Cyprus oncology centre in Nicosia is the sole provider of radiotherapy and it could take hours to get there if a patient lives outside the capital.

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