The Third International Meeting on What Can We Learn From Africa?
The third INCTR workshop on hematopathology in Africa was held from January 31st through February 2nd. It was the first to be held in Africa and took place at the Conference Center at the Serena House Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya. The purpose of the workshop was to improve the knowledge and skills of African hematopathologists and clinicians with regard to the diagnosis and treatment of hematological malignancies. Read more.
The Gregory T O’Conor Award for Outstanding Contributions to Haematopathology
Dr Gregory O’Conor, a well known American Pathologist died in Natick, MA, on August 22nd, 2012 at the age of 88. Dr O’Conor was well known for his recognition that the “Sarcoma involving the Jaws in Africa Children,” described in 1958 by Denis Burkitt, was in fact a lymphoma. Read more.
Expansion of AMCC’s retinoblastoma program to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
From December 3rd through the 6th, 2012, Professor Pierre Bey, Medical Director of the Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer (INCTR’s French Branch) and two colleagues from France involved in the care of children with retinoblastoma visited Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The purpose of their visit was to launch the retinoblastoma program for the early diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of children with this cancer. Read more.
Defining the Risk of non-AIDS Defining Cancer in HIV+/AIDS Populations in Africa: a Preliminary Step Towards National Planning
In 2009, more Africans with HIV infection than ever before received anti-retroviral therapy (ART) (37%, or approximately 4 million people in 2009; 80% receiving it for at least 4 years). This has increased the size of the HIV infected population in Africa and also resulted in many more HIV-infected people reaching the age of 40 years. This is not all good news. Read more.
Annual review meeting of the African Cancer Registry Network in Kenya
The annual review meeting of AFCRN, an organization supported by INCTR’s Cancer Registries Programme, was held in Mombasa, Kenya, on January 29-30th, 2013. Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline Oncology division, UICC, IARC and WHO-AFRO, the meeting was attended by the directors and representatives of the 21 cancer registry members, AFCRN consultants and other key partners. Sixteen sub-Saharan countries (French and English speaking) were represented. Read more.
Opening of the TUCCA Hospice “Francesco Leonardo Beira”
As a result of research and treatment innovations led by TUCCA, Santa Marcelina Hospital and INCTR Brazil, more than 80 percent of children and adolescents with cancer seen at Santa Marcelina can now be cured. But while these results are similar to those obtained in North America and Europe, there remain some patients whose tumors are resistant to treatment. Care, however, is never witheld from children even when cure is not possible, and the very existence of a hospice reminds us that each of us has the right to die without physical pain and with dignity. Thus, the opening of the first Pediatric Hospice in Brazil will complement our activities by providing a unique state-of-the-art palliative care center. Read more.
Kenyan Network for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
The core group for the Kenyan Network for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, which is part of INCTR’s “iPath” program met in the beginning of February at the Department of Human Pathology, University of Nairobi to discuss progress and future plans. At present, online dialogue, consultation and mutual support for the national group is being provided by an international group of experts consisting of members of the INCTR Faculty.