On May 19, the meeting of the Working Group on Oncology Challenges in Brazil of the Social Security and Family Committee of the Chamber of Deputies. The purpose of the meeting was to present the body’s work plan. The rapporteur of this group, Tereza Nelma, presented the main lines of action to be developed, among which are to make a biannual report on the current and future challenges of oncology in Brazil, hold debates and gather information through hearings, technical meetings. This body will also analyze the bills in Congress and will have the power to propose new initiatives to legislators.
The rapporteur also proposed preliminary topics to be discussed, among which the following stand out: overview of the cancer situation in Brazil, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, oncology financing models and the incorporation of new technologies in oncology.
On the other hand, a bill was presented to the Chamber of Deputies that proposes to guarantee the colonoscopy examination in the Unified Health System (SUS, in Portuguese) to women and men belonging to risk groups for the identification of colorectal malignant neoplasia. The initiative, presented by Congressman Geningo Zuliani (DEM-opposition) also seeks to modify the age of mammograms in the SUS. It should be clarified that the proposal is not yet scheduled to begin to be processed.