Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH) opened a dedicated cancer screening center yesterday that will offer a “one stop” service to test for the illness, a move in line with the government’s campaign to encourage more people to take the test.
The Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Promotion has campaigned to increase routine cancer screening, subsidizing hospitals to simplify the cancer test process for patients.
That is the goal of TVGH’s new unit.
Chiu Hsiao-hui, a head nurse with the hospital’s new Cancer Screening and Resources Integration Center, said patients interested in screening for more than one type of cancer can visit the center to complete the tests in a single visit, rather than having to make appointments with different departments.
As well as conducting the cancer tests, the center also has doctors, dietitians, social workers and medical assistants to provide complete consultations on the disease, Chiu said.