The Kumasi Cancer Registry relaunched
The Kumasi Cancer Registry (KsCR) which was established in 2004 as a hospital-based cancer registry with the aim of identifying cases of cancer seen at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has been relaunched by the Kumasi Mayor Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi.

Date Created : 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM : Story Author : Susana Danso/

This feat came after a 12 month collective efforts supported by the City Cancer Challenge Foundation.

The Kumasi Cancer Registry has come a long way from 2004 as a hospital registry in the Oncology Department of KATH and has expanded to become a population-based registry and gained membership into the African Cancer Registry Network.

The Kumasi Mayor in his speech noted that it is through data that the country can properly plan for cancer care solutions that will ultimately make a critical impact on patient outcomes.

He said, since C/Can started in Kumasi in 2018, it has been one of his personal missions as Chair of the C/Can city executive committee to improve the quality of cancer data in the city.

Dr. Ernest Osei Bonsu, Head of Oncology Directorate of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital also indicated that, Complete and accurate cancer data is critical to supporting a city’s efforts to effectively priorities, plan and develop solutions that will lead to improved patient outcomes, adding that C/Can’s Needs Assessment helps the city identify key gaps and opportunities to strengthen cancer care solutions locally and throughout the process it became clear that limited cancer data was impeding the city’s ability to make progress in reducing its cancer burden.

He further explained that the C/Can Needs Assessment helps to recognize and better understand the challenges faced by the Kumasi Cancer Registry, which ranged from being under-resourced and understaffed, to more complex challenges in collecting data and linking records among the different facilities in the city.