FCecon announces reduced waiting time for breast cancer treatment


The director-president of the Fundação Centro de Controle de Oncologia do Estado do Amazonas (FCecon), mastologist Gerson Mourão, announced, on the night of this Friday (30/09), during the opening of the October Rosa 2022 World Movement, the reduction of 14 months to three months of waiting time for diagnosis and initiation of treatment for breast cancer in Amazonas.

The 2022 campaign was officially launched on Friday night, in front of FCecon, a unit linked to the State Department of Health (SES-AM) and a reference for the treatment of breast cancer in the Unified Health System (SUS) in Brazil. region. The campaign is organized by the Women’s Network to Combat Cancer of Amazonas (RFCC-AM), which develops projects to support cancer patients.


Gerson Mourão highlighted the advances made in 2022 for the treatment of breast cancer in the Amazon.

“Today is a historic moment for us at the Cecon Foundation. Today, the history of cancer has changed in our state. We reduced the wait for breast cancer treatment from 1 year and 2 months to three months. We are complying with the 60-day Law, for the patient to have access to cancer treatment after discovering the disease”, highlighted Mourão, explaining that a master’s thesis by mastologist Agnaldo dos Santos concluded, in 2018, that a woman, when palpating a nodule, waited eight months to be admitted to FCecon and another six months inside the institution to undergo treatment.

A new stream has been established for the treatment of breast cancer. In the first months of 2022, breast biopsies, which were concentrated at FCecon, were implemented at the Municipal Breast Diagnosis Services (SDMs), of the Manaus City Hall, in a partnership with the State Government.

Currently, women have access to the results of biopsies, on average, in 40 days, through the SDMs. Once diagnosed, patients are admitted to FCecon, where they have access to surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“Currently, already within FCecon, they are taking around 56 days to start their treatment, after the implementation of the new care flowchart, having a positive impact both on the treatment and on the woman’s life. We are complying with the 60-Day Law, where the woman has 60 days to start treatment after diagnosis”, said the mastologist and manager of the Mastology Service at FCecon, Hilka Espírito Santo.

Previously, the entire diagnostic process was carried out at FCecon, which resulted in a longer time to start breast cancer treatment.

Mourão also highlighted the arrival of a digital mammogram with stereotaxis, in 2022, which allows for biopsies of impalpable nodules, reducing hospitalizations by up to 15%.

Pink October

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Three questions that save: are you aware of the advances in breast cancer science?; Did you know that finding out beforehand increases the chances of cure?; and do you know the treatments for each type of cancer?”.

“My message to women is look out for them. This October, look for a Basic Health Unit and do your clinical and imaging exams. It is important to detect breast cancer early,” said the president of the Women’s Network, oncologist nurse Marília Muniz, who is also the state coordinator of Oncology Care.

In Brazil, Pink October is organized by the Brazilian Federation of Philanthropic Institutions to Support Breast Health (Femama). In Amazonas, the movement also has the support of the Amazonian League Against Cancer (Lacc), the Brazilian Society of Regional Mastology Amazonas (SBM-AM) and the Amigas da Mama Integration Center (Ciam).

Alert and mammogram

The objective of Pink October is to alert the population about the importance of early diagnosis of breast cancer. When discovered early on, there are more chances of curing the disease.

The Ministry of Health recommends that screening mammography, an exam performed when there is no suspicion of cancer, be offered to women between 50 and 69 years old, every two years. It is reinforced, however, that every Brazilian woman has the right acquired by Law 11,664/08 to have a mammogram, per year, after the age of 40.

Women outside this age group, who have palpated breast lumps or have other symptoms in the breasts, such as reddened, tight, or orange-peel-like skin, changes in the nipple, spontaneous discharge of abnormal fluid from the nipples, and small lumps in the armpits or neck, should seek care at Basic Health Units, to be referred for breast exams.

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