Thank you for your interest in the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research programs (INCTR). Here is some brief information about us. If you'd like to watch a video (8 minutes) about INCTR, go to Overview of INCTR This video is also available on the same page as the brochure (see "links" below). The pictures shown here are from various INCTR activities. To see a larger version, click on the image. If you came to this site via the Events and Meetings site, or want to go there directly, simply click here. The INCTR main website is at http://www.inctr.org. INCTR Associate Members now have their own web site.
INCTR: A Collaborative Network for Cancer Treatment and Research
INCTR is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization established in Brussels with the mission of improving the lot of cancer patients in developing countries. The INCTR main office is located in Belgium. It currently has branches in France, Brazil, Egypt, Nepal, UK and USA, as well as offices in Cameroon, India and Tanzania.
INCTR is acknowledged for its expertise in cancer control and cancer research in developing countries and in this respect works, on the one hand, with institutions (hospitals and cancer centers), and sometimes governments in developing countries and with a broad range of governmental (e.g., WHO and IAEA) and non-governmental organizations on the other. It adheres strongly to the principle that actions should be evidence based, and works directly with collaborators in developing countries to collect such evidence through surveys or clinical studies – the latter frequently bringing immediate benefits to patients while being associated with professional training as well as collecting new information relevant to the local situation.
As you probably know, over half of all cancers occur in developing countries, a fraction that is rapidly increasing as cancer becomes an increasingly important health problem in such countries as infectious diseases are overcome, populations age, and the unhealthy lifestyles of the rich countries are increasingly adopted. Yet the resources for cancer treatment and research are limited in such countries, such that a high fraction of patients do not present until their cancer is advanced, when, in general, little can be done, or simply have no access, for a variety of reasons, to appropriate care. This is why INCTR’s mission is to help improve the resources available for cancer early detection and treatment in developing countries, with a major focus on educational and training programs for a broad range of health professionals, especially with respect to cancer in women and children. While supporting programs to reduce the incidence of cancer, our goal, with respect to the countries and cancers we deal with, is to improve the cure rates in developing countries, at least in the major centers, until they more closely approximate those achieved in affluent countries. We believe that encouragement of strong links between the larger centers and smaller cancer units in developing countries, as well as with primary care practitioners, will lead earlier diagnosis as well as to higher standards of care throughout the country or region.
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You will learn more about INCTR by exploring this wiki site, as well as by visiting other INCTR web pages: Links.
As you will see, there are plenty of ways for you to raise awareness about cancer control in developing countries with INCTR, and to participate in ongoing INCTR projects. INCTR seeks young health professionals, or professionals in training, to volunteer for service in a developing country, to help build the workforce there, to undertake projects that lead to a better understanding of the problems in the country, and to work closely with colleagues there as well as INCTR to help solve them. TO BECOME AN INCTR MEMBER, simply go to the membership site on INCTR's main website and follow instructions.
The benefits of membership include a free copy of INCTR's unique annual journal "Cancer Control," published in conjunction with Global Health Dynamics, which consists of a series of topical articles on cancer in developing countries and has a foreword by Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization. To read or download articles from the first edition, published this year, or the entire annual, click here.
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