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2007 - Guideline Implementation

BHGI "Global Summit on International Breast Health Care – Implementation"

October 1–4, 2007, Budapest, Hungary

Global Summit reception
Global Summit reception, from left, Leslie Sullivan, BHGI Senior Program Manager, Benjamin O. Anderson, BHGI Chair and Director, Joe Harford, Director, NCI Office of International Affairs, BHGI Executive Committee member, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, the Honorable April Foley, Gabriel N. Hortobágyi, Immediate past president of ASCO, BHGI Executive Committee Chair.


The Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) held the third in an ambitious series of invitation-only working meetings in Hungary in the fall of 2007. The summit successfully completed the triumvirate six-year series goal to define evidence- and resource-based consensus clinical breast health guidelines for "best practices with limited resources." Hosted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the 2007 Summit hosted 100 experts from 40 countries. BHGI experts from developing and developed nations included key opinion leaders and specialists in science, medicine, advocacy, policy, public health, metrics, health communications and education, as well as BHGI organizational partners and collaborators.

The published outcomes of the 2007 Global Summit, "Guidelines for International Breast Health and Cancer Control – Implementation" were published as a supplement in the October 15, 2008 issue of Cancer. These Consensus Statements addressing guideline implementation in LMCs were prepared by 4 expert panels: Early Detection; Diagnosis; Treatment, Health Care Systems. In addition, special focus group consensus manuscripts were prepared to address key issues in breast pathology, management of locally advanced cancer, and economic modeling. BHGI Guideline implementation systematically addresses breast health care from initial cancer identification through completion of therapy, thereby providing an outline for the development of breast care programs in LMCs.

The 2008 REPORT from the BREAST HEALTH GLOBAL INITIATIVE (PDF) on the summit, the work of the BHGI over the last six years and five-year plan for guidelines implementation, can be viewed and downloaded from:


Scientific Advisory Committee

Panel Co-Chairs

Biosketches of Participants

BHGI Alliance Organizations