Greater Horn Oncology Symposium
March 24-25, 2014
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) Moshi, Tanzania
The Greater Horn Oncology Symposium, organized by RadiatingHope in collaboration with the Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania (FCCT), KCMC, Duke Global Health Institute, East Africa Medical Assistance Foundation, and Varian Oncology Systems, was developed as a multidisciplinary conference to raise awareness of and exchange ideas to advance cancer care in the Greater Horn of Africa.
A number of FCCT members and supporters attended the symposium, several of whom presented topics for discussion. Professor Olomi, acting administrator at KCMC, provided the welcome to the attendees, who came from several locations in Africa and from academic centers all across the United States. Twelve US medical schools and four African centers were represented. A wide range of topics were presented ranging from the epidemiology of cancer in Africa to the management of specific cancers, including discussions of how best to employ available radiation therapy technology and chemotherapy. Differences in the relative incidences of various tumor types, such as cervical cancer, were emphasized along with burgeoning growth of the cancer burden being experienced in developing countries such as Tanzania. Examples of cancer center development in Africa served to focus discussion on the challenges and opportunities for the advancement of cancer care in the Greater Horn. In addition tot he oral presentations, a session was also included for the presentation of eight posters on topics pertinent to cancer care in Africa.
During the symposium FCCT attendees were able to tour KCMC, the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, and the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy. Thetoursprovidedanadditional perspective on the capabilities in existence at KCMC which can be built upon, as well as the challenges to be met in expanding cancer care in Africa.
Perhaps the most important component of the symposium was the opp ortunity it provided those from the US to meet and interact with the professionals both at KCMC and from the collaborating organizations to exchange ideas and consider how best to establish a cancer institute at KCMC. To that end, a work session was held at the conclusion of the symposium with representatives from all of the partners to lay out the next steps in the process to advance cancer care in the region.
Thomas P. Flynn, M.D.