CNMF fundraising in BL program

by BiyingBiying 20 Oct 2012 18:07

Alison Sherwen writes, “On Saturday, August 11th, 2012, I was joined by my husband Adrian, cousin Tara and friend Pete at Victoria Station in London, where we stood with buckets to raise money for the INCTR Challenge Fund. There was a great atmosphere in London as it was a beautiful sunny day and incredibly busy with visitors from around the world travelling to see the Olympic Games. It was quite a tiring day as we stood for 6 hours, but it was a great opportunity to meet people and tell them about the work of the INCTR Challenge Fund. We were delighted to have collected in excess of £230, making it a worthwhile exercise and one which we hope to repeat in the near future at another venue”.

NCD Prevention Awareness Campaign in Nepal

by BiyingBiying 20 Oct 2012 18:04

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death and disease globally (1). The Nepal Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (NNCTR)/INCTR Nepal has started a new community education and awareness campaign on the overwhelming evidence of harm associated with smoking and tobacco use, poor nutrition, alcohol, inadequate physical activity and obesity in an effort to reduce the mortality and morbidity from NCDs in Nepal. In August, Philippa Davis, Australian Youth Ambassador for Development who is volunteering with NNCTR for 12 months, trained 20 nurse educators who will educate the Nepalese community in six districts about the key NCD prevention messages in 2013.

School Girls in Nepal Receive the HPV Vaccine

by BiyingBiying 20 Oct 2012 18:02

During August and September, 2012, 7252 school girls, 11 to 13 years of age received the first dose of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. Girls from six districts in Nepal including Chitwan, Makwanpur, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Solukhumbu and Kathmandu will benefit from the vaccine program. This cervical cancer prevention program is run by the Nepal Australia Cervical Cancer Foundation (NACCF) with support from the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation and the Australian Himalayan Foundation. The program aims to complete vaccinations of 8000 girls in 2012 and an additional 8000 girls in 2013.

In Memoriam_Prof Laxman Singh Arya

by BiyingBiying 20 Oct 2012 18:00

On August 19th, 2012, Professor Laxman Singh Arya, remembered as one of the pioneers of pediatric oncology in India, succumbed to chronic cardiomyopathy. He came from Madhya Pradesh in central India. He graduated from medical school in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh in 1969. He completed his diploma in Child Health in 1972 and his doctorate in medicine in Pediatrics in 1974. In 1975, he joined the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi which is the premier medical institute in India. Initially, he worked as a registrar in pediatrics. In 1979, he became a faculty member at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Kabul and in 1984 he joined the AIIMS’ Department of Pediatrics where he worked until his retirement in 2004. After his retirement, he continued to work as a senior consultant in Pediatric Oncology at the Apollo Indraprastha Hospitals in New Delhi.

The Foundation de Gennes Offers Fellowships for Researchers and Physicians from Countries with Limited Resources

by BiyingBiying 06 Sep 2012 14:25

As it has done in the last two years, the Fondation Pierre-Gilles de Gennes will support fellowships for six selected researchers and physicians from countries with limited resources. The foundation will award six prizes of €3,330 each to allow winners to come to France to centers within the foundation’s laboratory network and thereby cover the entire costs of their travel and stay in France. These fellowships are also open to English speaking researchers and physicians. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2012. For more information, please contact Professor Pierre Bey (ten.eiruc|yeb.erreip#ten.eiruc|yeb.erreip).

Victoria Station fundraising for INCTR Challenge Fund

by BiyingBiying 02 Sep 2012 12:38


On Saturday 11th August I was joined by my husband Adrian, cousin Tara and friend Pete, at Victoria Station where we stood with buckets to raise money for the INCTR Challenge Fund.


There was a great atmosphere in London as it was a beautiful sunny day and incredibly busy with visitors from around the world travelling to see the Olympic Games. It was quite a tiring day as we stood for 6 hours, but it was a great opportunity to meet people and tell them about the work of the INCTR Challenge Fund. We were delighted to have collected in excess of £230, making it a worthwhile exercise and one which we hope to repeat in the near future at another venue.

Dr. Gregory T. O’Conor

by BiyingBiying 31 Aug 2012 12:50


Gregory T. O'Conor, 88, died in Natick, MA on Aug 22, 2012. Dr. O'Conor had an extensive career as a pathologist, engaged in international cancer research. He was born in Cincinnati Ohio June 23, 1924. Following completion of his graduate training, he served as a staff pathologist at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford CT from 1954 to 1958. , During those years, a spirit of religious conviction, altruism, and a desire for challenge and adventure, led him to his decision to volunteer his services as a physician in a remote area of southwestern Uganda, under the auspices of The White Fathers Mission Services.

Des soutiens locaux pour Hospice Africa

by BiyingBiying 31 Aug 2012 12:48

Article paru dans le quotidien Ouest France le vendredi 20 juillet 2012

Cancérologie en Afrique francophone

by BiyingBiying 31 Aug 2012 12:47

Cancérologie en Afrique francophone : L’Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer (AMCC), invitée d’honneur au Congrès AFSOS sur les soins de support le 28 septembre 2012 à Paris

Cette année, le débat sur la prise en charge de la douleur et les soins palliatifs s’étend à l’Afrique sub-saharienne lors du Congrès de l’Association Francophone pour les Soins Oncologiques de Support (AFSOS) qui se tiendra à la Maison de la Chimie à Paris du 26 au 28 septembre 2012.
La session de l’Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer (AMCC) du vendredi 28 septembre après-midi, sera inaugurée par les Drs Dapa Diallo de Bamako, Professeur et chef de service d'hémato-oncologie, au CHU de BAMAKO (Mali) et Bernard Kouchner, ancien Ministre des affaires étrangères et européennes. Elle donnera la parole aux acteurs de terrain, français et africains, qui partageront leurs expériences au Mali, en Côte d’Ivoire, et en République du Congo ainsi qu’en Afrique anglophone.

« C’est une occasion exceptionnelle pour mettre en avant l’urgence de la prise en charge de la douleur, en particulier l’accès aux morphiniques, dans les pays d’Afrique francophone sub-saharienne, ainsi que l’importance de la formation des professionnels de santé aux soins palliatifs », explique le Pr Pierre Bey, président de l’AMCC et conseiller du président de l’Institut Curie pour les relations avec les pays en développement et émergents.
Au Nord comme au Sud, la priorité dans la lutte contre le cancer est bien sûr la recherche de la guérison des malades. « Malheureusement, on ne guérit guère qu’un malade sur deux dans les pays à haut revenu et de l’ordre de 20 à 30% seulement dans la plupart des pays d’Afrique sub-saharienne, en raison d’un retard au diagnostic et de difficultés d’accès aux soins », déplore le Pr Bey.
La prise en charge de la douleur et les soins palliatifs, dans le champ plus vaste des soins oncologiques de support, sont donc un enjeu majeur pour les patients atteints de cancer dans ces pays, encore plus que dans les pays à haut revenu.
Les intervenants africains présenteront leur expérience de terrain, leurs succès mais aussi leurs difficultés, qui sont nombreuses. Ces communications seront suivies de moments d’échanges où participants et orateurs pourront identifier les besoins et les attentes des pays du Sud afin d’établir ou de renforcer des collaborations, s’inscrivant dans les priorités des pays soutenus et s’intégrant dans l’organisation existante pour éviter de déstabiliser un système de santé souvent fragile.

Course de soutien ODYSSEA pour la lutte contre le cancer des enfants en Afrique francophone

by BiyingBiying 31 Aug 2012 12:44

Pour réunir les fonds requis dans la lutte contre le cancer des enfants en Afrique francophone et notamment contre les rétinoblastomes, le Pr Pierre Bey, Président de l’Alliance Mondiale contre le Cancer (AMCC) a démarré l'opération illustrée par la page suivante et basée sur la course ODYSSEA du 7 octobre prochain au château de Vincennes :

Nepal Cancer Relief Society 30th Anniversary

by BiyingBiying 31 Aug 2012 12:38


The Nepal Cancer Relief Society (NCRS) is a nationwide, community based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to cancer control in Nepal. NCRS now serves 43 districts in the country and has more than 15,000 volunteers working to serve the Nepalese people by raising cancer awareness, advocating for tobacco control, including running a “quit line” service for tobacco users, organizing campaigns for the early detection of cervical cancer, and assisting with the management of the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital.
NCRS has been a long-time advocate for tobacco control in the country. It has been instrumental in advocating and supporting the government to implement the country’s “Tobacco Control Act” of 2010 per the international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In addition to the “quit line” service for tobacco users, the only such service in the country, it has “anti-tobacco” clubs running in 16 schools in the Kathmandu Valley.

Cancer Control 2013: New publication to be launched

by BiyingBiying 31 Aug 2012 12:36

INCTR is working in conjunction with the UK publisher Global Health Dynamics (GHD) on a new annual publication “Cancer Control 2013”. This annual publication will contain articles by INCTR members and by the leading authors from the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), the American Cancer Society, the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the Cochrane Collaboration, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the Latin-American & Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology (SLACOM), and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO, has written the foreword. ‘Cancer Control 2013’ will be launched in March 2013.

Projets d’accueil et bourses offertes par la Fondation de Gennes aux chercheurs et médecins des PVD

by BiyingBiying 31 Aug 2012 12:35

Comme ces deux dernières années, la fondation Pierre-Gilles de Gennes a approuvé le projet d'accueil, exclusivement dans les laboratoires de recherche ou hospitaliers qui appartiennent à la fondation, de chercheurs ou médecins, venant de pays "en développement". Nous entendons par pays "en développement" les pays ne faisant pas partie des pays industrialisés, à bas ou à moyen revenu, c'est à dire selon la banque mondiale avec un revenu par habitant inférieur à 3945$, et en excluant les pays européens ou les pays pour lesquels il existe des facilités d'échange avec la France.

La fondation attribuera 6 prix d'un montant de 3 300 euros pour permettre aux lauréats de venir en France pour une période de 6 semaines ou plus en couvrant ainsi la totalité des frais de leur voyage et de leur séjour. Nous lançons donc cet appel d'offre pour recenser les demandes que vous pourriez avoir pour des collaborateurs étudiants de thèse, chercheurs post-doctoraux ou chercheurs confirmés que vous souhaiteriez accueillir en 2012 et qui viennent des pays "en développement".

Nous souhaitons que la procédure reste légère et privilégie les contacts pouvant déboucher sur des thèses en cotutelle de jeunes chercheurs. Afin que nous puissions faire une sélection, il faudrait nous envoyer pour chaque demande, un court CV, une lettre de motivation ainsi qu'une lettre de recommandation d'un responsable de laboratoire appartenant à la fondation P.G. de Gennes. Les demandes sont à envoyer pour le 31 octobre 2012 à JF Joanny (rf.eiruc|ynnaoj.siocnarf-naej#rf.eiruc|ynnaoj.siocnarf-naej)ou à Pierre Bey (ten.eiruc|yeb.erreip#ten.eiruc|yeb.erreip). Les séjours des candidats sélectionnés se feront en 2013.

P.Bey, JF Joanny.

Training mission in the department of ophthalmology at the Institut Curie

by BiyingBiying 31 Aug 2012 12:34

From July 7th to 22nd, Dr. Fatoumata Sylla, ophthalmologist-pediatrician at IOTA (Bamako, Bali) conducted a training mission in the department of ophthalmology run by Dr. Laurence Desjardins at the Cancer Hospital at the Institut Curie (Paris, France). This mission was developed as part of the early diagnosis of retinoblastoma program in low-income countries, lead by the Alliance Mondiale contre le Cancer (AMCC) since 2011. The goal of this mission was the introduction to the techniques of chemo-laser in the framework of the management of intraocular retinoblastoma forms. This program includes various components, including the training of local technical staff in order to initiate conservative treatment of retinoblastoma intraocular cases.

Chemotherapy Reference Card

by BiyingBiying 31 Aug 2012 12:30

In collaboration with nurses, pharmacists, and physicians at the MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre (MNJ), Hyderabad, India, Virginia LeBaron (nurse, INCTR’s Palliative Access/ PAX Program) created a chemotherapy reference card for oncology nurses working in MNJ. It is a very simple, pocket reference card which describes frequently administered chemotherapeutic drugs at MNJ, indications for their use, common side effects, and specific nursing considerations for each drug.

INCTR USA’s Pediatric Oncology Program in Ethiopia

by BiyingBiying 31 Aug 2012 12:28

The summer has been a busy time for INCTR USA’s Pediatric Oncology Program in Ethiopia. With the program’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship training set to begin this September, the INCTR USA team has been working on a number of preparations to ensure that the fellowship gets off to a great start.

The program has recruited Dr Anu Agrawal, an American trained pediatric oncologist with experience in practicing medicine in Africa, to serve as the program’s Clinical Director and to provide the clinical training component of the program. The INCTR USA team collaborated with its Ethiopian partners to finalize preparations for the renovations of what will become the designated ward for childhood cancer patients at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH). In July, the program also made progress in its nursing component with the program’s Nursing Director, Julia Challinor and the INCTR USA nursing team visiting TASH to present the Hematology/Oncology Nurse Specialist curriculum and to continue to develop this component of INCTR USA’s Pediatric Oncology Program. The INCTR USA team has also made preparations to send two Ethiopian pharmacists from TASH to Cairo, Egypt to receive four weeks of training in oncology pharmacy.

MNJ Institute of Oncology Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship: Zero Tolerance to Pain!

by BiyingBiying 20 Aug 2012 14:51


In collaboration with INCTR and Pallium India, the MNJ Institute of Oncology started a one year fellowship in pediatric palliative care in 2011 which has been supported by the Open Society Institute (OSI). This program includes capacity building for pediatric palliative care with the goal of improving access to palliative care for children in India by creating specialists and advocates in the field.

Massoud Samiei retires from IAEA-PACT

by BiyingBiying 27 Jun 2012 11:14


It is with mixed feelings that INCTR reports the retirement of Massoud Samiei from the PACT program of IAEA. PACT was established in 2005, and Massoud has been its main driving force ever since. INCTR has been a partner of PACT since its early days, and has participated in a number of impact missions with a special focus on palliative care. Although we shall miss working with Massoud and benefitting from his sage advice as well as his dedication and energy, his efforts and ideas will have a lasting impact on global cancer control. IAEA Director General Amano has emphasized his continued support of PACT, and stated that cancer control will remain an important programmatic priority. PACT will be ably led by its new acting head, Rolando Comacho, who has been with PACT for 3 years, and INCTR looks forward to a continuing close relationship with PACT and its leadership.

INCTR-Canada/Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration-June 2012

by BiyingBiying 20 Jun 2012 12:59


The INCTR-PAX program (Dr. Gillian Fyles; Ms. Zahra Lalani) participated in an educational program in Hyderabad (MNJ Hospital) in December 2011 focused on palliative care, chemotherapy preparation and quality and safety in drug preparation. The community outreach program has received Canadian donor support through mid-2013. Building and capital funding plans are under development for the establishment of a palliative care hospice on donated property.

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