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Global Summit on International Breast Health

SUPPORTIVE CARE and QUALITY OF LIFE FOR WOMEN IN UNDERSERVED COUNTRIES - FOCUS OF 2012 INTERNATIONAL BREAST HEALTH SUMMIT

Decade of leading international breast cancer clinical "best practices" movement led to international breast health summit of the Breast Health Global Initiative on supportive care and quality of life for women in underserved countries, convened in cooperation with the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

For women with breast cancer in low- and middle-resource countries (LMCs) and other medically underserved areas around the world, the need for supportive care and the consideration of quality-of-life issues are often overlooked.  The Global Summit on International Breast Health: Guidelines for International Breast Health and Cancer Control, convened by the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy of the United Nations, October 3-5, 2012 in Vienna, Austria, addressed these often-neglected areas of "Supportive Care and Quality of Life" in breast cancer patient care, which in developed countries are considered essential elements of a multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment from time of diagnosis.

  

 

  

 

At the Summit, 129 experts from around the world  representing 41 countries gathered −including leading clinical and social science experts, researchers, policymakers, rehabilitations specialists, educators and representatives of international agencies, civil societies and the private sector− to focus on issues specific to survivorship and follow-up care, treatment-related supportive care and end of life/palliative care, including pain management, for women in low- and middle-income countries, applying a ‘mixed-method’ of quantitative and qualitative research approach to analyze what helps people in diverse socioeconomic settings to live better with cancer and its treatments. 

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Above: Dr. Julie Gralow and Dr. Rolando Camacho-Rodriguez, Global Summit Co-Chairs, deliver welcome speeches on October 3rd.

 
 

International health care leaders honor Fred Hutch-based Breast Health Global Initiative's Dr. Ben Anderson and Leslie Sullivan for their decade of 'leadership, vision and dedication'

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The Summit: October 3-5, 2012

BHGI's 2012 "Global Summit on International Breast Health was convened by the BHGI Alliance in cooperation with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT).

This working summit was the fifth summit, marking the 10-year anniversary of the vigorous BHGI global alliance. 

The Summit will produce essential medical tools, the first consensus, evidence-bases, economically stratified Supportive Care and Quality of Life guidelines to be published in 2013.

  

  

Dr. Julie Gralow, Global Summit Co-Chair, welcomes participants to Global Summit in Vienna on October 3rd.

   
  Dr. Rolando Camacho-Rodriguez, Global Summit Co-Chair, delivers welcome speech to Summit on October 3rd.  

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