Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer (AMCC), INCTR's French Branch

AMCC's New Board of Directors

L'Allicnce Mondiale Contre Ie Cancer (AMCC), INCTR's French Branch, held elections for the officers of its Board of Directors on April 7th, 2010 in Montpellier. Prof. Pierre Bey, a radiation oncologist, who was the former Director of the Medical Section of the Institut Curie in Paris, was elected President. Prof. Bey has succeeded AMCC's first President, Prof. Guy de The who will now serve as the Honorary President of AMCC. Prof. Martine Raphael, presently Head of the Hematology-Immunology Department at the Bicetre Hospital in Paris, was elected Vice President. The board also appointed Prof. Raphael as the Medical Director for AMCC. Prof. Jacques Rouesse. the former Director of the Rene Huguenin Cancer Center in Saint Cloud, was elected Treasurer. Elisabeth Dupont, the Administrator Officer for INCTR in Brussels, was elected as the Secretary General for the organization.

AMCC is now headquartered at the Institut Curie in Paris and projects are coordinated by Sabine Perrier-Bonnet from the project office in Montpellier.

A Regional Event for a Global Challenge: AMCC's 3rd Meeting Devoted to Cancer Control in French-speaking Developing Countries, Montpellier, April 8-9th 2010

The Alliance Mondiale Contre Ie Cancer (AMCC) held its third meeting on cancer control in French-speaking developing countries on the 8th and 9th of April in Epidaure at the Val d'Aurelle Regional Cancer Center located in Montpellier (France). Ninety-five participants representing several institutions and organizations from industrialized counrries" as well as doctors and other health professionals from 11 French-speaking developing countries in Africa and Asia attended the meeting.

Information about cancer control in the French-speaking developing countries was shared and discussed. Potential programs, based upon the needs and the existing resources reported by the participants from the developing countries were identified. The main objectives of this meeting were to give the doctors and health care professionals from Africa and Asia an opportunity to discuss the increasing cancer burden and to present information about how cancer care is delivered in their countries. The establishment of cancer registries and the improvement of access to treatments that are feasible to deliver in these countries were identified as priority needs. AMCC and INCTR also gave presentations about their respective projects and activities that were initiated in 2009.

Selected Projects of AMCC

//Establishment of a Telepathology Network in Sub-Saharan Africa: Diagnosis, Pedagogic and Research Support (especially for lymphomas); Coordinator: Prof Martine Raphael //
In the first stage of this project, the target countries are the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (Lubumbashi and Kinshasa), Cameroun (Yaounde), Ivory Coast (Abidjan), Senegal (Dakar) and Mali (Bamako). An "Agreement for pathology support for cancer care in Sub-Saharan Africa" was signed on September 27th 2010 between the French National Cancer Institute (INCa), INCTR and AMCC. The other partners involved in this project are the Pathologie, Cytologie et Developpement (PCD) Association and the Groupe Franco-Africain d'Oncologie Ped iatrique (GF AOP).

//Retinoblastoma Diagnosis and Treatment Support Program. Coordinator: Prof Pierre Bey. //
This project is run in partnership with the GFAOP and benefits from the expertise of some Institut Curie team members as well as from the experience of other INCTR Branches and Offices. The aims of this project are to improve early diagnosis and each aspect of patient care in order to increase cure rates - currently lower than 50'7'0 - to more than 80'7'0 through the development of research projects. This program will be first developed in Mali, in coordination with the Institut d'Ophtalmologie Tropicale de l'Afrique (IOTA) and the GFAOP Pilot Unit that coordinates chemotherapy protocols for retinoblastoma, as well as in Sudan, Congo Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A 2011-2015 Action Plan focusing on Mali was recently drafted.

//Training/Information/Documentation: Creation and Diffusion of Reference Documents in French on Cancer Control in Countries with Limited Resources. Coordinator: Prof Jacques Rouesse. // Documents will be made available through various means, including the Open Educational Resources for Cancer (OERC) on-line repository led by INCTR and other partners.

//Pain/Palliative Care: Coordinator: Sabine Perrier-Bonnet. // It includes support for the creation of centers of excellence and centers for training in the fields of pain management and supportive care - including palliative care - in sub-Saharan Africa. The target countries for this project are Congo (Brazzaville), Mali (Bamako) and, as soon as possible, Ivory Coast (Abidjan).

Several partnerships have been developed or are in the process of being developed and/or formalized for the various AMCC projects. These partnerships are with French National Cancer Institute (INCa), the International Cooperation Network on Cancer (RCCI) which is coordinated by INCa, the GFAOP, the PCD Association, Women and Health Alliance International, the Lalla Salma Cancer Control Association in Morocco, the Pierre Fabre Foundation, and the ONCOMALI as well as the RETINOSTOP associations.

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