oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The pattern of gynaecological malignancy at the university hospital centre (C.H.U.) Yaounde, Cameroon

Volume 34, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Chu, Yaounde, Cameroon, first opened its doors to inpatients on 2nd January 1982. This study, which deals with the whole spectrum of gynaecological malignancies is the first of its kind in this population. It analyses the patients admitted with gynaecological malignancies during the period, January 1984 to December 1986. There were 86 of them and contributed to 10.6 percent of the gynaecological admissions during the 3 year period. Carcinoma of the cervix was by far the commonest gynecological malignancy. The distressing finding is that patients often present late of consultation. The lack of adequate facilities (especially radiotherapy) is a major draw-back. Even so, efforts are being made to establish an Oncology Unit. Patients with operable lesions were treated surgically with palliative chemiotherapy. The ultimate answer is early diagnosis of these conditions. Therefore, the population and health workers need to be education on early signs and symptoms of these malignant conditions.

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