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RP’s first adult leukemia foundation kicks off in Dumaguete

Posted by Michille on May 10th, 2006

RP’s first adult leukemia foundation kicks off in Dumaguete – Sun.Star Dumaguete!

THE first adult leukemia foundation in the Philippines is kicking off in Dumaguete City with a free clinic on May 14 at the Silliman University Medical Center (SUMC).

The clinic, which aims to accommodate around 500 patients, will start from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Walden Ursos, internal medicine consultant at the SUMC, said the clinic is in line with the foundation’s aim to raise awareness in the community about leukemia and its symptoms.

“Although we will entertain people who manifest symptoms of high blood, diabetes and other diseases, our focus is primarily on those suspected to have leukemia,” Ursos said.

Some of the symptoms of leukemia, according to Dr. Milagroy Uy, a hematologist at the Holy Child Hospital, include pallor (paleness), repeated fever for no reason and easy bruising on the skin (violet in color that turns greenish) that may appear either large or pinpoint in size.

Ursos and Uy were the guest speakers in the recent Kapihan forum conducted by the Philippine Information Agency to publicize the birth of the first adult leukemia foundation in the country that will be established in Dumaguete City.

The free clinic will be an annual activity held every May to commemorate the death of Erwin P. Cabanag, a former City Prosecutor in Dumaguete who died on May 12, 2005, just three days before he was scheduled to leave for treatment in USA.

The foundation, dubbed as Erwin P. Cabanag Adult Leukemia Memorial (EPCALM), is spearheaded by Cabanag’s sister, Dr. Erlyn Cabanag-Demerre, a cardiologist at St. Luke’s Hospital in Manila.

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One Response to “RP’s first adult leukemia foundation kicks off in Dumaguete”

  1. maricris s. ruiz Says:

    Good day! I just want to know where can I contact Dr. Erlyn Cabanag- Demere. Thank you very much.

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