INCTR Tanzania Report 2010

INCTR Tanzania was established in 2004 as an office and at present is not registered as an NGO in Tanzania. The office supports the central mission of INCTR to help to build capacity for cancer control in Tanzania. INCTR Tanzania has a special interest in pediatric oncology, palliative care and supportive care as well as cervical cancer screening. It participates in the INCTR Burkitt Lymphoma study and palliative care programs. Discussions are on-going to develop the Office into a Branch. Activities and Achievements

The Treatment and Characterization of Burkitt's Lymphoma in Africa
INCTR Tanzania continues to enroll patients on this study and has registered over 200 patients on this study to date. Cure rates for Burkitt Lymphoma (BL) have improved over time and are now in the region of 70"/0 - an excellent result for patients in Africa where resources are so limited. Patient follow up has also improved by utilizing the services of a "tracking officer" who visits patients at home when necessary, usually those who live far from Dar es Salaam. In 2010, there has been success in tracking patients who had not returned for follow up for several years.

Although patient accrual for 2010 has not been at the rate of enrollment in previous years, this has been attributed to more hospitals treating children with BL than in the past, due to the development of national gUidelines and also diminished support from various organizations that provided transportation costs to families to reach the hospital. However, cure rates and patient follow up have improved and there is continued effort to minimize treatment abandonments prior to the completion of treatment. A questionnaire will be produced to explore the impact of the national gUidelines on referral patterns and quality of care.

PAX - Palliative Care Program
The office's involvement in PAX has raised the visibility of palliative care in Tanzania. During 2010, several training courses for health care professionals in the delivery of palliative care have been held at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI).

Cervical Cancer Screening
Cervical cancer screening using VIA/VILLI continues and to date, more than 50,000 women have been screened. Training of health professionals in the use of these techniques also continues.

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