- Liberian Gynecologist and Oncologist returns from study
By: Jerromie S. Walters
Monrovia, Liberia: There seems to be relief for individuals suffering from cancer in Liberia, as Dr. Nicholas Victor Sopouassi King, a brilliant and experienced Liberian gynecologist and oncologist, has disclosed his burning passion to provide better healthcare for cancer patients (especially women).
Dr. Nicholas Victor Sopouassi King recently returned to Liberia from India after several years of study.
In an interview with this paper on Thursday, January 12, 2023, the trained Liberian oncologist (a doctor who treats cancer), alluded that he’s posed with the desire to change the narrative around cancer care in Liberia, thus providing women the best environment to address their health issues (especially cancer).
“I would like to change the narrative around cancer care in Liberia.” I would like women and even men to know that cancer is not always a death he stated.
Dr. Nicholas Victor Sopouassi King attended a postgraduate fellowship in gynecology and oncology for 12 months, following 4 years of postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynecology.
He graduated as a fellow gynecologic oncologist from the Tata Memorial Center in Mumbai, India, and the Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati, Assam.
An oncologist is a doctor who treats cancer and provides medical care for a person diagnosed with cancer. An oncologist may also be called a cancer specialist.
Currently, cervical cancer is the leading cancer in Liberia in terms of incidence and prevalence, followed by breast cancer. This statistic is also found in over 80% of African countries.
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.
Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cervical cancer.
Signs and symptoms of more-advanced cervical cancer include vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods, or after menopause; a watery, bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy and have a foul odor; and pelvic pain or pain during intercourse.