Penn Congratulates Oncology Nurses in Tanzania, the First Graduates of the OncoLink Cancer Nurse Education Program

April 13, 2012

Penn Medicine News Blog

On March 27, 2012, 20 nurses from the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) in Tanzania graduated from the first ever OncoLink Cancer Nurse Education Program, a pilot program started in February 2011 that aims to provide oncology nursing training in via e-learning courses. The program was created by oncology nursing experts at OncoLink®, a free cancer information website developed by experts at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center.

With a population of nearly 40 million, Tanzania lies on the east coast of Africa between Kenya and Mozambique. The country sees roughly 21,000 newly registered cancer cases annually, of which more than half result in death. Located in the main coastal city of Dar es Salaam, ORCI is the only specialized center for cancer treatment in Tanzania. It provides both diagnostic and treatment services for cancer patients from all regions in Tanzania as well as other eastern and southern African countries. Of the 21,000 new cancer cases each year, only 10 percent reach ORCI. Of these, 75 percent to 80 percent are already in advanced stages, and, at the rate the number of cancer cases is increasing, cancer will likely be the dominant health issue in Africa for decades to come... Read More