Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi Scientific Chair for Breast Cancer at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, led an historic gathering of medical providers, medical students and public health officials at the first Multidisciplinary Approach to Breast Cancer Course, May 2-3, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The course was co-sponsored by Breast Health Global Initiative Alliance scientific partner, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The program offered healthcare providers from Saudia Arabia, Egypt and surrounding areas the opportunity to enhance knowledge and hands-on skills. Course objectives included:
· Appreciation of the importance of the role of the gynecologist and primary care doctors in early detection
· Knowledge of how to use various modalities to work up a breast cancer diagnosis
· Familiarization with the epidemiology of breast cancer
· Appreciation of the impact of mammography on breast cancer mortality
· Understanding of the indications and contributions of breast ultrasound and breast MRI
· Understanding of the issues affecting surgical options for breast cancer
· Discussion of the prognosis of breast cancer in young women and new approaches to its management
· Familiarization with issues related to the navigation and care of breast cancer patients
“Breast cancer is a multidisciplinary area where each healthcare provider has a certain and important role,” said Dr. Al-Amoudi. “Together we could be one hand in the face of this dreadful disease that from my personal experience as a doctor, a survivor and an advocate has a great impact on our lives,” she added.
The Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence is the first of its kind in the Middle East. “The Center promises to advance breast health for all women and their families and is destined to become a national and regional treasure,” said Dr. Theadore Tsangaris, course presenter and chief of breast surgery, division of surgical oncology, Johns Hopkins, and director, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Breast Center.