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INCTR Newsflash - October 2010

INCTR 03-06: The Treatment and Characterization of Burkitt Lymphoma in Africa

Six institutions - the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu, Uganda and the Hôpital Général in Yaoundé, Cameroon – are participating in a study of the treatment and characterization of Burkitt Lymphoma (BL) in Africa. To date, 425 patients have been entered on the study.
Children Treated at Ocean Road Cancer Institute
Children Treated at Ocean Road Cancer Institute
The protocol consists of a First-Line (FL) regimen for newly diagnosed, previously untreated patients and a Second-Line (SL) regimen for patients who fail to respond to FL or who relapse after FL. The treatment is effective and can be safely delivered in countries in Africa. Overall survival for all patients entered on the protocol, including those who received SL therapy, is 61% at 2 years. Read more

Dr. Sidnei Epelman, INCTR Brazil President, and Dr. Aziza Shad, INCTR USA President, SOBOPE, Brazil, October 1st 2010

News in Brief

  • Manual de Cuidados Paliativos INCTR Brasil
“Manual de Cuidados Paliativos INCTR Brasil”, the Portuguese version of the INCTR Palliative Care Handbook, was launched during the XII Brazilian Congress of Pediatric Oncology – SOBOPE held on October 1st in Curitiba, Brazil.
In her introduction of the handbook to the congress participants, Dr. Claudia Epelman, Board Member of INCTR Brazil, said, “Our intention is to cooperate with health care professionals involved in palliative care, to enable them to provide excellent service and improve quality of life especially in the fragile state of patients with advanced illness ”.
Dr. Sidnei Epelman, President, INCTR Brazil added, “This manual also intends to help with the decision-making process to health care professionals who deal with cancer every day”. Read more
INCTR Brazil
  • Octobre Rose contre le cancer du sein, Aigues Mortes (Gard), 2 octobre 2010
Dans le cadre du mois International de lutte contre le cancer du sein, l’Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer (AMCC), branche française de l’INCTR, a reconduit l'opération OCTOBRE ROSE en collaboration avec plusieurs partenaires locaux. Tous se sont retrouvés à Aigues Mortes pour promouvoir la campagne 2010 de dépistage du cancer du sein. Plus d’informations
Octobre Rose 2010
  • Seminar on Pediatric Oncology in Tanzania, October 5 2010, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin
The Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania has a pediatric oncology ward that treats approximately 350 new cases of childhood cancer annually, free of charge for families.
This seminar was held to thank the numerous donors who raised funds for INCTR and Children in Crossfire in order to assist the physicians at ORCI and to support the children on the ward. Several attendees offered financial or in-kind assistance to help the institution to become a leading centre of excellence for pediatric oncology in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more
Copyright Sala Lewis@Verve Photography www.verve.co.tz. (Courtesy of Children in Crossfire)
Copyright Sala Lewis@Verve Photography www.verve.co.tz. (Courtesy of Children in Crossfire)

Agenda

  • One Month Certificate Course in Pain and Palliative Care, MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Canter, Hyderabad, India, Dec. 6th 2010 - Jan. 1st 2011
This one month course will be conducted by MNJ in collaboration with INCTR and PALLIUM INDIA. It aims to provide doctors, nurses, social workers and volunteers with practical “hands-on” training in palliative care supplemented by theoretical background information. Dr. Stuart Brown, Director of INCTR’s PAX Program, will be part of the external faculty. Contact: mnj.palliative@gmail.com
 
  • AMCC’s 4th Meeting Devoted to Cancer Control in French-speaking Developing Countries, Montpellier, March 17-18 2011
AMCCThe Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer (AMCC), INCTR's French Branch will organize its fourth meeting on cancer control in French-speaking developing countries on March 17-18 2011 in Montpellier (France). More information on this meeting will be soon available on the AMCC website.

Recent Publication

INCTR is proud to share a journal article published by Dr. Muhammad Umar Khan, a participant in the 3rd Workshop on Scientific Writing that was hosted by INCTR Brussels in October, 2009 (More information):
 

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INCTR 03-06: The Treatment and Characterization of Burkitt Lymphoma in Africa

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Kilimanjaro Climb for INCTR
Laura Stewart, a medical student from University College London will start working as an INCTR Volunteer at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) pediatric oncology ward with the INCTR Tanzania Office team in Dar es Salaam in October 2010.
 
She will then climb Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise funds for the INCTR Challenge Fund, INCTR’s UK charity to enable INCTR to purchase chemotherapy drugs necessary to treat children with Burkitt Lymphoma seen at ORCI.Read More
 
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In Memoriam
Sadly, Dr. Santiago Pavlovsky, a member of INCTR’s Special Panel and Scientific Director of el Centro Internación e Investigación “Angelica Ocampo”, FUNDALEU, in Buenos Aires, passed away on the 19th of September. INCTR would like to extend its sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
 
Dr Pavlovsky was a world renowned hematological oncologist and a prominent, indeed, pioneer, clinical investigator in Latin America. He was an inspirational teacher who trained many young hematological oncologists, including several family members, who will ensure that his work is continued. Dr. Pavlovsky was loved and respected by patients and colleagues alike. He will be sorely missed. Read more
 
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