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Kampala Cancer Registry 2007-9 Report

by BiyingBiying 01 Apr 2014 09:50

A report for the years 2007-2009 was published in October 2012 and is available here.

INCTR's International Meeting Brazil

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 28 Jan 2014 17:17

INCTR holds meetings every 2 years to report on the activities of its branches, programs and members and new proposals considered. The next meeting will take place between May 8th to 10th at the Bluetree Hotel in Sao Paolo, Brazil. It's host will be the President of INCTR Brasil, Sidnei Epelman. Cancer control issues in Brazil and Latin America in general will also receive special emphasis and there will be sessions on electronic communication and education which is an area that INCTR will be increasingly involved in in the future. The new Chairman of INCTR USA, Mr Raj Shah will coordinate this. The meeting is in the early planning phases but will include award ceremonies, focus on cancer control in Latin America as well as a session on communications and technologies relevant to education and training. The INCTR USA branch will be particularly involved in this. The draft program published in INCTR's meetings and events wiki will be updated and made available to all.

INCTR Meets Global Giving Challenge

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 28 Jan 2014 17:07

INCTR participated in a recent fund-raising challenge organized by the web-based fund-raising organization, Gobal Giving, INCTR successfully met the challenge, which was to raise $3000 in the month of December with a minimum of 30 unique donors. INCTR raised $7,190 with 47 unique donors. Based on the amount of money raised in December, INCTR was ranked 9th among more than 2,600 charitable organizations. In 2014, INCTR hopes to raise sufficient funds to reach the original target of $ 50,000 for patients with Burkitt lymphoma in Africa. This should be possible, given INCTR's performance in the End-of-Year Challenge. Global Giving holds several challenges each year, associated with bonuses. For more information see http://goto.gg/9630.

Implementation Meeting for BL Project

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 27 Jan 2014 17:06

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The inaugural meeting of phase II of INCTR's Burkitt lymphoma project, entitled "Developing A Total Model of Care for Burkitt Lymphoma," which is partly supported by the OPEC Fund for International development (see November NewsFlash for more information), will take place in Arusha, Tanzania on 16th and 17th Feb immediately after the Pathology Workshop (13th, 14th and 15th of February. Preparations for this project are already underway (data entry for the present study is being finalized) but major decisions regarding the appointment and training of new staff will be made at the implementation meeting. The new protocol will be based on INCTR 03-06, the protocol presenty in use. In particular, the new drug combination shown to be active in relapsed patients will be incorporated into the new protocol either for high risk patients only, or for all patients, but with varying numbers of cycles depending upon the stage of disease. This decision will be made at the implementation meeting by the project steering committee which makes all such decisions. In adidition, education of the public and primary care providers will be undertaken in an attempt to initiate therapy earlier in the patient's course, i.e., within a month of the initiation of symptoms. This is likely to be possible when the child presents with a characteristic jaw tumor, but such tumors occur only in young children, although they comprise 50-60% of all patients. In the first analysis of the data collected from 4 African countries, the overall survival rate after several years (almost all relapses occur in the first year) was approximately 60%. With earlier detection and the addition of the additional drug combination, it is hoped that the survival rate will increase to 70% or more.

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What Can We Learn From Africa 4

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 24 Jan 2014 18:53

INCTR's fourth meeting on "What can we learn from Africa" will take place in Arusha from February 13-15th 2014. The meeting will have two parts - one focused on the association of infectious diseases and cancer in Africa (which has the highest proportion of infection-related cancers in the world, and another focused on the continuing theme of the diagnosis of hematological neoplasms in Africa. There will be presentations, case discussions and sessions on the diagnosis of leukemias and lymphomas in Africa as well as a session on treatment and the importance of early diagnosis.. Most of the African participants will be from East Africa, with a smaller contingent from Nigeria and other equatorial African countries. Aspects of the meeting will have relevance to INCTR's project on the treatment of Burkitt lymphoma described below. A number of additional organizations and companies will sponsor the meeting. The draft program can be found at INCTR's Events and Meetings wiki site for events and meetings. There will be presentations, case discussions and sessions on the diagnosis of leukemias and lymphomas in Africa as well as a session on treatment and the importance of early diagnosis.. Most of the African participants will be from East Africa, with a smaller contingent from Nigeria and other equatorial African countries. Aspects of the meeting will have relevance to INCTR's new project on the treatment of Burkitt lymphoma described below. A number of additional organizations and companies will sponsor the meeting, including the National Cancer Institutes of France and the USA, DAKO, ESO. The draft program can be found at INCTR's Events and Meetings wiki site for events and meetings click here.

OERC Contributes to First Indian Cancer Congress

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 21 Nov 2013 19:02

Open Educational Resources for Cancer is a program of INCTR conducted jointly with MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Online Resource for Learning and On-line Teaching). For some time, members of the Executive Committee, chaired by Dr Larry Lessin, have been discussing the development of educational materials of particular interest to Indian cancer professionals with senior members of the Indian cancer community. In particular, a number of discussions have taken place between Dr Madhavan Pillai and Dr Paul Sebastian, Director of Regional Cancer Center, Kerala. The occasion of the First Indian Cancer Congress on 21st to 24th November in New Delhi, which more than 3300 people are expected to attend, appeared to be an excellent opportunity for additional members of the OERC Executive Committee to make presentations at the meeting and to provide the participants with information on how to access the on-line resources for cancer available via OERC. Gerry Hanley of MERLOT has created a special portal for the Indian Community - http://oercindia.merlot.org - the OERC Teaching Commons and it is anticipated that a considerable amount of information on cancer in India will be made available in the coming months. Members of OERC will also take the opportunity to meet with senior members of the Indian Cancer Community and have been invited to visit the the Presidents’ Mansion (Rastrapathi Bhavan) on Nov 24. India’s government owned national TV (DD) and All India Radio have also requested interviews with the OERC team while at ICC.

Register NOW for your FREE edition of Cancer Control 2014

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 21 Nov 2013 09:22

We are now registering readers for Cancer Control 2014 and updating our circulation for this second edition. Free copies are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, therefore it is very important that you complete the form below by clicking on the link as soon as possible. Copies of the 2013 and 2014 editions can also be purchased at £95/$150.

INCTR's French Branch (AMCC) Holds Palliative Care Workshops In Africa

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 04 Nov 2013 20:39

The first workshops in Francophone Africa on the control of pain in cancer patients took place in Abidjan on 26th and 27th September 2013. The workshops were organized in partnership with the Francophone Association for the Care and support of Patients with Cancer (AFSO), the National Program of the Fight against Cancer (PNLCa), the Association of Palliative Care of the Ivory Coast (ASPCI), the PACT program of the International Atomic Energy Agency , the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the Association for the Support of Patients with Cancer (APAAC). The workshops were attended by 233 participants from 9 African Countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo-Brazeville, The Ivory /Coast, Mali, Niger, Uganda and Senegal) and two European countries, France and Switzerland. The remainder of the article is in French.

5th International Cancer Control Congress (ICCC5)

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 17 Oct 2013 19:25

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.The 5th International Cancer Control Congress (ICCC5), co-hosted by Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplásicas (INEN), the Ministry of Health Peru and the International Cancer Control Congress Association (ICCCA), and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization took place from November 3-6th in Lima, Peru. It was actively supported by the Government of Peru, the Government of Canada (PHAC and CPAC), the Ministry of Health, Peru (MINSA) and RINC (the Association of National Cancer Institutes in South and Central America and the Caribbean). A number of international cancer agencies are active participants (WHO; PAHO; IAEA-PACT; NCI/US; ACS; INCTR; UICC and IARC). Building on the success and achievements of previous ICCCs, the theme of the 2013 Congress ‘International Collaboration’ will emphasize the need for collaboration in implementing cancer and non-communicable disease control strategies worldwide.

May 2013

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 17 Oct 2013 19:03

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INCTR Branches have been working for several years in a number of African Countries to help improve the treatment of childhood cancer and to screen women for cancer of the Cervix Uteri. Since 2004, over 660 patients with Burkitt lymphoma, have been treated and an overall survival rate of 60% achieved. Recently, The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) approved a grant proposal submitted by INCTR and will thus become one of the donors supporting several organizations (including three INCTR Branches) which will work together to further improve survival rates in this disease based on lessons learned from the ongoing study. Hospital networks will be established in Uganda and Tanzania in order to detect the cancer earlier, improve access to care, and more efficiently adjust treatment to disease extent. Additional health professionals will be trained and certified as competent in the management of the disease.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a collective channel of aid to the developing countries, mandated to foster sustainable development and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. OFID does so by providing concessional financing and grants to all sectors of development.

A brief outline of the project follows:

Planning cancer control—the view of an NGO

by EdupontEdupont 29 Jul 2013 14:57

INCTR's views on the need for greater focus on cancer control in Latin America, where the cancer burden is predicted to increase by 42% betweeen 2008 and 2020, were published in The Lancet (The Lancet.com/Oncology Vol 14, April 2013). To read the comment click here. To access the on-line version, click here

Palliative Care Handbook Donated To University Of Zimbabwe

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 26 Jul 2013 10:22

In June 2013, INCTR donated 100 of its Palliative Care Handbooks to the University of Zimbabwe's Clinical Research Center which is collaborating with Island Hospice Services and the University of Colarado in Denver in a study designed to assess "Strategies to improve Kaposi Sarcoma (KS) outcomes in Zimbabwe," which includes education of primary health care workers from 4 urban and 4 rural sites in the early recognition of KS, the principles of clinical care integrated with palliative care (at present most patients have advanced disease) as well as the treatment of HIV-associated KS. TNT generously shipped the handbooks without charge. The pictures show a teaching session (20 nurses and a district medical officer are being trained) and a poster used at these sessions (courtesy of the project coordinator, Francis Jaji). Click on each picture to see an enlarged view. Click here to see the letter of thanks received from the principal investigator, Margaret Borok. Letter of Thanks

Improving The Care Of Children With Retinoblastoma in DRC

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 25 Jul 2013 15:46

In accordance with the agreement between the AMCC and the University Hospitals of Lubumbashi to collaborate in a program directed towards the early diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of children with retinoblastoma, Mme Albertine Mutombo, an ophalmology nurse, spent two weeks in April at the facilities of “Cabinet Prothelem” in Paris where she learned about the fabrication and fitting of prosthetic eyes in children. AMCC would like to thank both Cabinet Prothelem, for welcoming Mme Mutombo and the Lubumbashi office of the Cultural Cooperation Program of the French Embassy, which provided the air ticket for Mme Mutombo.

Improving the Care of Children with Retinoblastoma in Lubumbashi

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 25 Jul 2013 15:16

In accordance with the agreement between the AMCC and the University Hospitals of Lubumbashi to collaborate in a program directed towards the early diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of children with retinoblastoma, Mme Albertine Mutombo, an ophalmology nurse, spent two weeks in April at the facilities of “Cabinet Prothelem” in Paris where she learned about the fabrication and fitting of prosthetic eyes in children. AMCC would like to thank both Cabinet Prothelem, for welcoming Mme Mutombo and the Lubumbashi office of the Cultural Cooperation Program of the French Embassy, which provided the air ticket for Mme Mutombo.

A New Milestone For Cancer Care In Hyderabad

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 24 Jul 2013 13:54

A Visit to the Cancer Registry of Saudi Arabia

by Ian MagrathIan Magrath 24 Jul 2013 10:59

In April, two INCTR consultants, Dr Nadia Dimitrova and Dr Ariana Znaor, visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to review cancer registration procedures and data quality in the national cancer registry, chaired by Dr Shouki Bazabashi. Drs Dimitrova and Znaor were accompanied by Dr Al-Eid, who directs the national registry, on a tour of 17 hospitals from both private and public health sectors and regional cancer registries in 7 of 13 Saudi Arabian regions. The visit included meetings and interviews with Directors of the hospitals, clinicians and cancer registrars in order to understand the structure of the registry and to review case finding approaches. The incidence of cancer in Saudi Arabia is the lowest of all the Gulf States, and we were particularly interested, therefore, in the methods of finding cancer cases since it is important to know whether this low incidence results from some cases remaining undetected, or whether the incidence of cancer is genuinely low in Saudi Arabia. The consultants were warmly welcomed in all parts of the Kingdom, and were greatly impressed by the dedication of cancer registrars and the collaborative spirit of the clinicians. Cancer control in Saudi Arabia will gain even more importance with the recent governmental approval to establish a National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, for the national registry, or regional elements of it, will be able to measure the outcome of prevention activities that are implemented at regional or national levels and also monitor survival rates,and hopefully, mortality rates, which are not yet being reported. These statistics will provide a measure of the success of measures that are implemented - mortality being a composite figure depending upon both incidence, the stage at presentation and care, while survival provides a good overall measure of the performance of the health care system. We hope, too, that it may be possible for INCTR to continue to work with the SCR in the future. Congratulations to Dr Al-Eid and DrBazarbashi for their excellent leadership of this important resource, and to the numerous directors, registrars other staff of regional registries for their dedication to the generation of high quality data.

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