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INCTR Newsflash - January / February 2012

News in Brief

INCTR USA’s Pediatric Oncology Program in Ethiopia


January was a busy month for INCTR USA’s Pediatric Oncology Program in Ethiopia. Following two years of collaborative effort, Dr Aziza Shad (President, INCTR USA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding alongside members of the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, Addis Ababa University, and Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, establishing a Pediatric Oncology Fellowship Training program, a twinning program between Tikur Anbessa and Georgetown University, and new goals for the treatment of pediatric cancer at Tikur Anbessa. Read More



Updates on INCTR's Oncology Nursing Program


From January 2nd-17th, 2012, a team of four nurses travelled to Addis Ababa to continue with the training program for nurses caring for cancer patients at the Tikur Anbessa Hospital. Oncology nurse training is an essential component of INCTR USA’s Pediatric Oncology Program in Ethiopia. Read More



Updates from INCTR's Cancer Registry Program


The principal investigators of the INCTR-supported East African Registry Network met for their annual review and planning meeting in Arusha, Tanzania on January 17th through the 19th. The group agreed to the work program for the next 12 months which includes ongoing in-depth studies in the established registries and activities to develop a regional hub for cancer registration in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more



INCTR Visits Tanzania


Dr Ian Magrath, President of INCTR and Melissa Adde, Director of its Clinical Trials Office visited Tanzania from January 25th through February 3rd. During their visit, they met with Professor Twalib Ngoma, the Executive Director of the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) and the Director of INCTR’s Tanzanian Office to review on-going collaborations with ORCI - the Tanzanian Palliative Care Program, the INCTR Burkitt lymphoma (BL) study, and the ORCI Cervical Cancer Screening Program. They also participated in a two-day meeting organized by Dr Trish Scanlan, INCTR’s Program Coordinator in East Africa to discuss a curriculum for training pediatric oncologists with Muhimbili University School of Medicine faculty and other physicians interested in having pediatricians receive specialized training in pediatric oncology. Read More



Vanga Hospital: A Hospital in a Remote Part of the Democratic Republic of Congo


For nearly a century, Vanga Hospital, located in the western part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been dedicated to treating poor people. Originally founded by missionaries, it is now managed by a motivated Congolese staff. Dr Friedhelm Förster, a German pediatrician and a priest who belongs to the Brother Christian congregation, has been assigned to the hospital to care for sick children, including those suffering from cancer, especially Burkitt lymphoma (BL). Read More


We are pleased to announce that the new INCTR brochure 2012 is available! This was created with the valuable assistance of Dr Sultan Al-Sedairy, INCTR's Vice President for Development.



Congratulations to Professor Hussein Khaled, President of INCTR's Egyptian Branch, who has recently been appointed as Minister of Higher Education in Egypt.



TUCCA Music for Cure has provided Assistance to Over 1,500 Patients and Their Families


Two years after TUCCA's foundation, Dr Sidnei Epelman, President of TUCCA and of INCTR Brazil and Dr Claudia Epelman, Vice-President of TUCCA and Director of INCTR Brazil had a great and innovative idea: to enthrall supporters with music. The TUCCA Music for Cure Project was then created and subsequently the difficult task of raising resources to help children with cancer and their families in Brazil became easier. Read More



Dr Gayatri Palat, INCTR India and MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre, Hyderabad, India would like to invite you all for the next One Month Certificate Course in Pain & Palliative Care for Doctors, Nurses, Volunteers and Social workers. The course starts on March 5th and ends on March 31st, 2012. More Information



On World Cancer Day (Feb. 4th) Life Before Death, a multi-award winning powerful documentary and series of films, based on patient stories and health professionals' experiences from 11 different countries, was launched in Hyderabad to raise awareness about inadequate palliative care access.




EORTC, a long-standing member of INCTR, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on March 15th and 16th, 2012. In honor of this occasion, they will be hosting a conference in Brussels promoting EORTC research and achievements that have changed medical practice for the benefit of all cancer patients.  You may register here for the EORTC conference.   Please join us in congratulating EORTC on their 50th anniversary!

INCTR Job Offer

INCTR is urgently looking for an experienced Pediatric Oncologist ready to work in Ethiopia. Read More


In the News item Tutorials in Hematology in Two African Countries (Nov, 2011 newsflash issue), we apologize for not having mentioned the sponsors who made the tutorial possible. Read More

INCTR's Appeal

INCTR's Appeal to Cure 250 Children with Burkitt Lymphoma in Africa on GlobalGiving



INCTR's project, "Cure 250 Children with Burkitt Lymphoma in Africa" went live on GlobalGiving in December, 2011. Since that time, INCTR has raised over $6,000 through the appeal. Please help us to reach our target of $50,000 so that more children with this curable cancer can have access to the care and services they need by donating now. And, thank you to all who have already made a donation!

Volunteer's Corner 

Dr Jay Halbert Returns to Tanzania



Dr Jay Halbert first worked as a volunteer doctor for INCTR in pediatric oncology at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) in Tanzania in 2009. In November 2011, Jay was delighted to be invited by INCTR and Children in Crossfire to return to work in the pediatric oncology ward which has now relocated to the Muhimbili National Hospital. Read More



Geoffrey Buckle Returns to Ethiopia


Geoffrey Buckle, a first-year medical student at the University of Massachusetts, travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from December 27th through January 3rd to work with Hospice Ethiopia. The purpose of Geoff’s visit was to develop a computer-based data management system to assist Hospice Ethiopia staff to track patient diagnoses, appointments, services delivered and additional core medical data. Read More


Where are we going next in the global battle against cancer? A great place to find out was the Montreal Neurological Institute’s Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, when Simon Sutcliffe (INCTR Canada) delivered his lecture, Cancer Control – Life and Death in an Unequal World.


TV9, a regional news channel in Telugu, covered the achievements in Palliative Care at the MNJ Institute of Oncology and telecast it on February 4th, 2012. The feature is available in YouTube.


Diagnostic aids in cancer medicine: additional methods and the role of telepathology in haematological disease.


AMCC (INCTR's French Branch) meeting with Dr Jennifer Goulart, head of the Caro International Communications (CIC) working group of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists (CARO), Canada

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