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Cristo Redentor

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 30 Oct 2016 17:13


Newsflash 3rd Quarter

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 30 Oct 2016 16:04


National Retinoblastoma Day

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 30 Oct 2016 15:39


In 2012, INCTR Brazil, in collaboration with TUCCA, succeeded in having September 18th declared as the National Day of Awareness and Incentive to Early Diagnosis of Retinoblastoma in Brazil. Since then, various events have been held each year on this date that are designed to increase awareness of retinoblastoma – an eye cancer which occurs predominantly in the first few years of life. If not detected and treated before the tumor has progressed beyond the eye socket a high proportion of patients die, while if treated when the disease is confined to the eye, most patients are cured, although a high fraction, until recently, lost the involved eye and If both eyes are involved blindness can occur. The events of 18th September, which take place in various parts of the country, provide information for parents – and primary care doctors – about the importance of early referral to a specialized ophthalmologist (In recent years new treatment techniques have been developed that can be carried out even in low income countries and which have led to higher cure rates while preserving sight in more than 75% of patients with retinoblastoma in Brazil and many other countries. Retinoblastoma therapy has been revolutionized, but without education of the public and general physicians, patients will continue to have a poor therapy outcome or lose their sight. This year, the messages were emphasized by turning off the lights of many major monuments such as the Flor do Cerrado Tower in Brasília, the Liberdade Square in Belo Horizonte, Julio Prestes Cultural Complex/Sala São Paulo stately Clock Tower the Municipal Theatre of São Paulo, Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Cathedral in São Luis do Maranhão and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro for about 10 minutes after dark in a symbolic demonstration of what it means to be unable to see. Another event took place at the time of the Brazilian Football (Soccer) Championship match between Santos Football Club and Santa Cruz Football Club at the Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo. Players from the team Palmeiras entered the field prior to the match carrying banners stating that “Eye cancer in children can blind and kill.” INCTR Brazil and TUCCA hold many other activities to promote awareness in order to ensure that children with this cancer are diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

Burkitt Lymphoma Update

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 30 Oct 2016 15:26

INCTR’s project on the treatment of Burkitt lymphoma has now accrued over 750 patients on study. When last analyzed the long term survival rate of all patients was in access of 60%, although rates from individual centers varied from a low of 40% to a high of 70%. The most recently added patients (2015) are currently being analyzed with the intent to publish a second paper from a single center (St Mary’s Hospital, Lacor).


INCTR USA Elects A New President

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 28 Oct 2016 17:02


Following the resignation of Mr. Raj Shah, former president of INCTR USA, the US Board elected Dr Madhavan Pillai to take up this position. Dr Pillai is an outstanding oncologist and hematologist from Kerala, India, who has spent most of his career in the USA. He has continued, however, to maintain close contacts with colleagues in India and is familiar with the major cancer problems of India and similar countries. INCTR’s Indian Branch, focused primarily on the prevention of cancer, is located in Rajasthan. In addition, INCTR Canada has collaborated closely in a broad-ranging program involving education, training and service provision in palliative care with members of the INCTR Canada branch. Dr Pillai is in the process of developing a board and advisory board which will decide on INCTR USA's areas of greatest emphasis. It is probable that the branch will also set up collaborative programs in Latin America.

Newsflash: Third Quarter 2016

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 28 Oct 2016 16:47

Tobacco Control - Additional Meetings

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 02 Aug 2016 12:58

Meetings at Clerks Amer Hotel, Rajasthan

INCTR India's President Lectures At Biyani Girls College

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 22 Jul 2016 18:24

INCTR India was invited by Biyani Girls College, Vidhyadhar Nagar Jaipur on 15th July 2016 to give a presentation on Cancer Awareness, early detection and prevention. During the afternoon program held in the college Auditorium, Mr Hemant Jha introduced INCTR India and its President to the more than 400 participants present.


INCTR India's President Lectures at Bayani Girls College

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 22 Jul 2016 16:54

Dr Shivraj Singh, INCTR India's President gave a lecture at the Bayani Girls College at Vidhyadhar Nagar, Jaipuron 15th July 2016. After an introduction by Dr Hemant Jha, Dr Shivraj Singh gave a lecture on Cancer Awareness, early detection and prevention. The lecture was well attended (400) and provided an excellent opportunity for INCTR to become more widely known in Rajasthan and to educate a significant number of young women - a critically important group given the increasing importance of cancer of the cervix in India, and the increasing need for women to be familiar with its signs and symptoms, and also the fact that it can be prevented.

Cancer Control Meeting at Edinburgh University

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 17 Jul 2016 16:58

The Department of Oncology of the University of Edinburgh held a one-day workshop about cancer control in developing countries on June 21st. The aim of the workshop, which was organized by Prof. David Weller, Head of the Department of Oncology at Edinburgh was to bring together people with an interest in any aspect of cancer control from primary prevention, early diagnosis, screening, palliative care and survivorship, to identify key areas for greater research and investment.

Tobacco Control

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 17 Jul 2016 16:47


Tobacco control remains of critical importance in India. One of the ways in which this program will function will be to develop initially no smoking zones (in, for example, hotels and shops) and move towards banning smoking in the workplace. Once this has been accomplished, the next step will be to prevent the sale of tobacco in grocery stores. Eventually a committee will be established to work with the state government at bringing down the smoking rate to zero using all methods that have been shown to be effective. This will not be an easy task, and of course, there will be problems to overcome, such as cigarettes being smuggled over state borders, but INCTR India will not be content until Rajisthan is a tobacco free state!


Education Directed Towards Healthy Living

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 17 Jul 2016 11:19


This picture was taken at the Clarks Amer Hotel during the address given by Dr Shivraj Singh, President INCTR India, Dr Hemant Malhotra and Dr Rakesh Gupta on the occasion of the launching of INCTR India's Program in cancer control. The launch meeting attracted 200 health care professionals and was held on July 6th at the Institute of Medical Technology and Nursing Education in Jaipur. The 200 participants along with their younger colleagues represent the future of the health care sector in Rajasthan.

INCTR India Moves To The Front Line

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 17 Jul 2016 10:52


INCTR India, led by Dr Shivraj Singh (left) and located in Rajasthan has assembled a strong advisory board and also developed a Public-Private-Partnership with the Rajasthan Government as well as a consortium of organizations which will form the executive arm of INCTR India.


Its initial programs will focus on healthy living and early detection, with special focus on the rural poor. This program is being led by Drs Shivraj Singh, Dr Malhotra, and Dr Gupta. Of major importance is the involvement of women in the teaching program. Village health workers known as ASHAs will play a major role in this regard. Click on pictures to enlarge



First and Second Quarters 2016

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 17 Jul 2016 10:33

Articles For Cancer Control 2016

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 01 Jan 2016 19:25


Articles for the 2016 Edition of Cancer Control are now being solicited. This edition will include a number of articles from Asia, where the broad range of genetically different populations and different lifestyles, coupled to the rapidly increasing cancer burden raise many questions about the epidemiology and pathogenesis of cancer. As in previous years, readers may register for a hard copy version of the journal, or download copies of articles from the website. The journal is also given free of charge to INCTR Members. The annual journal is on-line at http://cancercontrol.info

Global Giving End Of Year Campaign

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 23 Dec 2015 19:44

INCTR entered its third End Global Giving End-of-year campaign, which lasted through December 2015 and achieved both of the goals required to qhalify for a bonus. These included 30 individual donors and a total of $3000. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, it achieved both goals and qualified for a bonus. Of course, on-line donations can be made throughout the year. To do so, go to Goto: http://goto.gg/9630

A New Model Of Care For Burkitt Lymphoma

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 19 Dec 2015 20:48


St Mary's Lacor Becomes Member Of AFCRN

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 11 Dec 2015 19:21


Since September 2012, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in the framework of its Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development in Low and Middle Income Countries (GICR) has partnered with AFCRN to provide a network Regional Hub for cancer registration in Sub-Saharan Africa. St Mary's Hospital, Lacor also collaborates with INCTR as a member of the INCTR Burkitt Lymphoma Strategy Group.

Fund Raising for the Care of African Burkitt Lymphoma

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 12 Nov 2015 15:40


INCTR, once again, entered the end of year challenge made by Global Giving. The challenge was to raise at least $3000 from at least 30 donors. This then puts the organization in the running for a bonus. Last year, we had some 49 donors, raised over $10,000 and were awarded an extra $1,000. This year 36 donors contributed $11,400,and INCTR secured an additional $1000. Background information is provided below.

Third and Fourth Quarters 2015

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 12 Nov 2015 15:24


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