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INCTR Newsflash - January and February 2013

News in Brief


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.

Read more.




INCTR and the staff of Lacor Hospital, Uganda, would like to thank all who donated to help children with cancer receive the medicines they need.  Your generosity made the difference and chemotherapy drugs are now available once again.  A new report will be available on Global Giving soon.

INCTR's Appeal

INCTR has raised over $22,000 through its appeal via Global Giving for the treatment of African children with Burkitt lymphoma.  We thank all those who have generously donated but hope that more will contribute to this cause in order to help us reach our target.


The 5th International Cancer Control Congress will take place in Lima , Peru from November 3-6, 2013. ICCCs are integrally engaged in the development and implementation of population -based cancer and NCD control plans. Session topics range from "social determinants of health and primary prevention" , through "early detection , treatment and palliative care ", to "knowledge exchange and transfer (evidence relevant to policy and practice)". Read more.

To see the first announcement, click here.

Congress website.


Padma Shri awarded to Dr Rajendra BadweDr Rajendra Badwe, Director of the Tata Memorial Center in Mumbai and a member of INCTR’s Governing Council was recently awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian decorations, for his services to oncology.


International Retinoblastoma Early Diagnosis Campaign into Amharic (the Official Language of Ethiopia).  The National Campaign for Early Diagnosis of Retinoblastoma in Brazil was initiated in September 2002 with the support of TUCCA and INCTR. An important component of the campaign is a short film showing one of the most common signs of retinoblastoma. This film, already availbale in 9 languages was recently translated into Amharic, Read more.


Dr Ian Magrath, INCTR’s President, was the recipient of the SANAD Pioneer in Childhood Cancer Award which he received at a ceremony in Riyadh on Feb 16th 2013.   SANAD is a charitable Association whose Board of Directors is chaired by Princess Adela Bint Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who also founded the association. Read more.

A Visit to India by Dr Gillian Fyles

I traveled to Hyderabad in February of this year to work, once again, with Dr Gayatri Palat, INCTR’s coordinator of palliative care activities in India, and her Palliative Care Team at the MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre. As has happened each year over the last 5 years that I have been returning to Hyderabad, I was again struck by the significant strides Dr Palat and her Team have made in the care for both cancer and non-cancer patients.  Read more.

Recent INCTR Publications

INCTR Contributes to a Major Series of Articles on Pediatric Cancer. INCTR participated in writing a series of articles on pediatric cancer entitled "Improving cancer care for children and young people" that have just been published online by the Lancet Oncology on February 20, 2013. INCTR took the lead in an article on “Pediatric Cancer in low- income and middle-income countries and also contributed to the final article: “New policies to address the global burden of cancer.” In due course, INCTR will make these articles available through its website.

Paediatric cancer in low-income and middle-income countries

New policies to address the global burden of childhood cancers


AMCC Contributes to the Special Edition of the Bulletin du Cancer on sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to writing the editorial of the Bulletin du Cancer. Volume 100, Number 2, 161-5, Février 2013, Dr Bey contributed to an article entitled: Retinoblastoma: inventory in Mali and program to develop early diagnosis, treatments and rehabilitation.

Read more. 

In Memoriam

Mr Seif Mkamba, who served as a data manager for the Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Tanzania, for the INCTR multi-institutional study “The Treatment and Characterization of Burkitt lymphoma in Africa” died tragically in a traffic accident in early December of 2012.  He will be very much missed by all who knew him through the study as well as through his work at ORCI.  He leaves behind his wife and three children.

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