October 2013

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Children with Burkitt Lymphoma are Dying in Uganda

by EdupontEdupont 26 Nov 2012 09:41

Unfortunately, there are presently severe shortages of chemotherapy drugs in Uganda. In fact, at St Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Northern Uganda, which is participating in INCTR’s BL study, neither cyclophosphamide nor vincristine, which are key drugs in the treatment of Burkitt lymphoma, are available. Read more

Progress in Palliative Care in India - Publication

by EdupontEdupont 24 Nov 2012 12:46

INCTR is pleased to announce the publication, “Progress in Palliative Care in India” authored by Drs Gayatri Palat and Chitra Venkateswaran. This article was published in a special issue of Progress in Palliative Care. To read this article, click here.

The First Julet Bordet Award Ceremony Held on October 12th

by EdupontEdupont 24 Nov 2012 12:42

The first Jules Bordet Award ceremony, organized by Les Amis des Instituts Pasteur à Bruxelles (AIPB), was held at the Domaine Latour de Freins in Brussels on October 12th, 2012. Professor Geert van Loo from Ghent University received this award for his outstanding research on innate immunity and autoimmune diseases. The Jules Bordet biennial prize of €10,000 was created by AIPB to reward original scientific research in microbiology, immunology and vaccine development to researchers or groups of researchers who conduct their work within Belgium or within the Institut Pasteur International Network.

Annoucement - MNJ Institute of Oncology’s One Month Certificate Course in Pain and Palliative Care

by EdupontEdupont 24 Nov 2012 12:29

The MNJ Institute of Oncology and Research Center in Hyderabad, India is holding its next “One Month Certificate Course in Pain and Palliative Care” for doctors, nurses, social workers and volunteers December 3rd through the 29th. These courses are conducted in collaboration INCTR and Pallium India. Participants receive training in the management of chronic pain and difficult symptoms, issues related to end-of-life care and communication skills.

8th National Cancer Research Institute Conference, Liverpool, UK

by EdupontEdupont 24 Nov 2012 12:24

INCTR was invited to host a symposium on “Cancer in the Developing World” at the 8th National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Conference. The conference was held November 4th through 7th in Liverpool, UK. Dr Ian Magrath gave opening remarks for the symposium and speakers included Dr Max Parkin, Director of INCTR’s Cancer Registry Program, Dr R Sankaranarayanan from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and Dr Rajendra Badwe, the Director of the Tata Memorial Centre and INCTR Board Member. The symposium attracted a large audience and was deemed very successful by the conference organizers.

World Health Organization’s Consultation Meeting on Relationships with NGOS

by EdupontEdupont 24 Nov 2012 12:21

The member states of WHO deemed it important to revisit and update a policy document entitled: “The Principles Governing Relations between WHO and NGOs" that was adopted in 1987. Accordingly, INCTR, which is in official relations with WHO, along with representatives of many other NGOs, attended the consultation on October 18, 2012 held at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Read More.

World Oncology Forum, “Are We Winning the War on Cancer?”

by EdupontEdupont 24 Nov 2012 12:16

INCTR was represented at the World Oncology Forum, sponsored by the European School of Oncology, that was held October 26th and 27th in Lugano, Switzerland. The forum was entitled, “Are We Winning the War on Cancer? One question, 100 experts, one answer”.

INCTR Brazil Mentors Medical Students from Lund University in Sweden

by EdupontEdupont 24 Nov 2012 11:48

In late November, four medical students from Lund University in Sweden will begin their field work in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Santa Marcelina Hospital under the mentorship of Dr Sidnei Epelman, President of INCTR Brazil. The students will take part in two projects. One project will explore the causes for delays in diagnosis in children with brain tumors and to develop feasible strategies to overcome these delays. The other project will seek to determine the causes of abandonment of treatment in childhood cancers. The students have been busy these past several weeks preparing for their upcoming field work under the supervision of Dr Eva Brun at Lund University. Upon their return to Sweden, the students will be required to write a formal thesis on their work and to present their work at a formal seminar in mid-January. Dr Brun and Dr Epelman both hope that this exchange will encourage more medical students from Sweden to develop an interest in cancer in low and middle income countries and the work of INCTR in these countries. We wish the medical students, Sofia Karlsson, Sanna Bergbrant, Johanna Tunlid and Louise Olsson, the best of luck in their field work and we give a special thanks to Dr Brun, Dr Epelman and the Santa Marcelina Hospital for all of their efforts to make this exchange possible.

AFCRN delivers tailored trainings in sub-Saharan Africa

by EdupontEdupont 24 Nov 2012 11:24

The African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN) was formally inaugurated on 1st March, 2012. It is supported via the Cancer Registry Programme of the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR). AFCRN has succeeded and expanded the activities of the East African Cancer Registry Network (EARN), which was established in January 2011, thanks to the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (USA). The aim of the project was to improve the effectiveness of cancer surveillance in five east African countries by providing expert evaluation of current problems and technical support to remedy identified barriers, with long-term goals of strengthening health systems and creating research platforms for the identification of problems, priorities, and targets for intervention. The success of the EARN project has attracted further support, as a grant from the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) - Oncology division. This has permitted expansion of activities to the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. These financial contributions to the work of cancer registration in Africa are a recognition of the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, and especially cancer, in the continent, and the need for adequate surveillance as a fundamental part of any rational programme for cancer control. Early in 2012, the members agreed that, as part of the “Global Initiative for Cancer Registration” being led by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the Network would act as a consortium to provide a “Regional Hub” for cancer registries in Sub Saharan Africa.

The role of a regional hub is in:
• providing technical and scientific support to countries;
• delivering tailored training in population-based cancer registration and use of data;
• advocating the cause of cancer registration in the region and facilitating setting up associations and networks of cancer registries; and
• coordinating international research projects and disseminating findings

SIOP PODC Nursing Working Group

by EdupontEdupont 24 Nov 2012 11:07

SIOP’s Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries Nursing Working Group Holds Workshop

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2012 UICC World Cancer Congress

by BiyingBiying 22 Oct 2012 15:46

UICC’s important meeting on cancer, which is particularly focused on cancer control in low and middle income countries (LMIC), took place from August 27-30th in Montreal, Canada. The meeting covered a very wide range of topics, and was preceded by a summit meeting of world cancer leaders, which produced some interesting discussion. Of particular importance in the poorer countries in the world is the lack of access to health care, in part resulting from the lack of well trained cancer specialists and the paucity of equipment, such as radiation therapy, as well as the inaccessibility of many chemotherapeutic drugs. It was particularly gratifying, therefore, that INCTR was invited to the summit meeting as well as to a workshop organized by the Swiss Cancer League entitled “Access to cancer treatment: how to achieve equal opportunities” and another meeting organized by the UICC on education. Both are critically important topics that INCTR will focus on much more in the future.

INCTR visits Mwanza

by BiyingBiying 22 Oct 2012 15:44

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A meeting on “Infections and Cancer” took place in Mwanza, Tanzania, from September 17th to 19th, 2012. The Presidents of the meeting were Professor Dino Amadori, President of the Associazioni Vittorio Tison, Dr. Nestory Masalu, Chief of the Medical Oncology Department, Bugando Medical Center (BMC) and Dr. Charles Majinge, General Director of the BMC, Mwanza. The meeting was sponsored by the Associazione Italiana di Oncologia Medica, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania, and several other Italian organizations and also supported by a grant from Novartis Oncology and Istituto Oncologico Romagnolo. The BMC is one of the members of the INCTR African Burkitt Lymphoma strategy group whose primary goal at the present time, is to improve the outcome of treatment of patients (mostly children) with Burkitt lymphoma.

Need for Palliative Care in India

by BiyingBiying 22 Oct 2012 15:33

The Government of Andhra Pradesh in India recently released an official order (Government Order No. 265) which recognized the need for palliative care for people living with incurable illnesses. Acknowledging the initiatives undertaken by the MNJ Institute of Oncology in collaboration with INCTR and Pallium India, the government has sanctioned official posts for a faculty position, for nurses, and office support staff within the Department of Palliative Care at MNJ. The government has supported the palliative care program in MNJIO by unofficially providing staff, infrastructure and all essential drugs since its inception in 2006. Since 2008, palliative care for cancer has been included in a state-sponsored insurance program for the poor, a landmark initiative by the government. Andhra Pradesh is also the 14 th state in India which has amended the regulations related to opioid availability for medical use such that opioids are more readily available for those in need.

National Retinoblastoma Day in Brazil

by BiyingBiying 22 Oct 2012 15:27

TUCCA (Association for Children and Adolescents with Cancer) and INCTR Brazil have succeeded in having September 18th declared the “National Day of Awareness and Encouraging Early Diagnosis of Retinoblastoma” in Brazil. To gain the attention of the people of Brazil about the importance of the need for early diagnosis of retinoblastoma, TUCCA and INCTR Brazil managed to send this message to the public on September 18th with the cooperation of many other organizations and people. One of the most notable events took place at night when the lights which illuminate the monument of Christ the Redeemer, which stands some 38 meters high atop the Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro, were switched off for several minutes to draw attention to the blindness caused by retinoblastoma. Watch the video on http://vimeo.com/49922782.

Pathpoint conference 2012

by BiyingBiying 20 Oct 2012 18:27

INCTR was represented at the Path Point Conference, held in Cape Town, South Africa on September 28th and 29th, 2012 by Dr Nina Hurwitz and Dr Jessie Githang’a. Dr Hurwitz, Director of INCTR’s iPath Program, gave an oral presentation entitled, “INCTR’s Online Consultation and Continuing Education Program”. Dr Jessie Githang’a, from the University of Nairobi and also a member of INCTR’s African Burkitt Lymphoma Strategy Group, presented a poster, “Improving the Quality of Hematopathologic Diagnosis in Sub-Saharan Africa Through Focused Interdisciplinary Workshops”. More than 300 pathologists who represented all of the sub-disciplines of pathology attended this international conference.

Session AMCC au Congrès de l’Association Francophone de Soins Oncologique de Support (AFSOS)

by BiyingBiying 20 Oct 2012 18:19

Cette année, dans le cadre du développement progressif de sa mission francophone internationale, l’AFSOS a organisé, en collaboration avec l’Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer (AMCC), une session sur les soins de support en Afrique francophone. La session plénière sur la santé en Afrique Francophone sub-saharienne a été inaugurée par le Professeur Dapa Diallo, chef de service d’hémato-oncologie au CHU de Bamako (Mali) et par le Dr Bernard Kouchner, ancien Ministre des affaires étrangères et européennes, Paris.

INCTR JANUARY 2013 PROGRAM

by BiyingBiying 20 Oct 2012 18:11

INCTR Pathology Workshop, “Lymphomas – What Can We Learn from Africa?”, January 31 st- February 2nd, 2013, Mombasa, Kenya

The purpose of the workshop is to improve the knowledge and skills of African hematologists, pathologists, and clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of hematologic malignancies. It will focus on clinical and laboratory research on non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas and myeloid dysplasias in equatorial Africa. The workshop will be held January 31st through February 2nd, 2013 in Mombasa, Kenya. To register, please contact eb.rtcni|tnopude#eb.rtcni|tnopude.

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