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4th Annual
South East Asia

Breast Cancer Symposium 2019
"Empowering Patient and Provider in Building Capacity at the Primary Care"

Asia hotel Bangkok, Thailand
30th August - 1st September 2019

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SPEAKERS

Azrul Mohd Khalib

With a background in genetics and public health policy, Azrul has worked as a development and programme policy specialist for more than 18 years. He has extensive experience working on issues related to access to healthcare, sexual reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, and humanitarian assistance.

He is Chief Executive of the Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy and co-founder of the CodeBlue health news website.. He is a writer, has been a columnist with two Malaysian media outlets and is a co-presenter with BFM 89.9’s Health & Living programme where he discusses health policy.
 

Budiastuti Sumilak Wening,

Budiastuti Sumilak Wening, or known as Ning, 73 years of age, is the Vice Chairperson of Yayasan Kanker Payudara Indonesia/YKPI (Indonesia Breast Cancer Foundation/IBCF). She is a breast cancer survivor herself for these last eight years and known for her spirit in developing breast cancer awareness programs for Indonesian women.

Her fight against breast cancer has inspired her to create cancer prevention and support acts through the Foundation as a nonprofit organization for healthy living and social responsibility, focusing on breast cancer prevention and support.

When the Foundation was established in 2003 it was known as Yayasan Kesehatan Payudara Jakarta/YKPJ (Jakarta Breast Health Foundation). In January 2015, the Foundation changed its name to Yayasan Kanker Payudara Indonesia/YKPI (Indonesia Breast Cancer Indonesia/IBCF) and expand its mission to provide breast cancer awareness and promote early detection to women all over Indonesia.

The Foundation is the only Breast Cancer Foundation in Indonesia which provides free breast screening through Mobile Mammography Unit to women communities in Jakarta and its surroundings.

In September 2014, the Foundation has been accepted as a member of the Reach to Recovery International (RRI), and in November 2016, it became a member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

Since 2015, Ning helped the Foundation to conduct International Certified Training Programs for breast cancer survivors peer support volunteers as the responsibility of the Foundation being a member of the RRI.

As a survivor and the Vice Chairperson of the Foundation she pays a lot of attention on the importance of creating education and support programs to lift Indonesian women spirits to fight against breast cancer and to reduce the number of breast
cancer in advanced stage cases and deaths. She also emphasized on the importance of executing early detection steps to prevent late stage diagnosed of breast cancer.

Together with Foundation she plays an important role in developing cancer informative programs, focusing on breast cancer, to increase Indonesian women awareness to recognize its sign and symptoms, early detection steps, and referring
them to go to the doctor.
 

Carolyn Taylor
Global Focus on Cancer
163 N. Main Street, Suite 203
Port Chester, NY 10573
Founder/President
carolyn@globalfocusoncancer.org
  
Carolyn Taylor, is the founder and president of Global Focus on Cancer (GFC), a non-profit organization whose mission is to act as an agent of simple and effective change to help reduce the global burden of cancer through programs in cancer awareness, advocacy, support and networking in countries where access to information about cancer is critically lacking. Carolyn is a global cancer care advocate, serves as a content expert with the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network, a co-chair, organizer and speaker for global cancer symposiums, she sits on ASCO’s Gynecologic Cancer Guidelines Committee and was a contributing author to the Lancet series ‘Health, Equity and Women’s Cancers’ [Nov 2016]. In addition to her work with GFC, Carolyn is a professional photographer and cancer survivor, who uses her talent and personal passion to share images that remind us that regardless of race, religion, nationality or economic status, we are all one in the battle against cancer. 
 

Brief Bio-data of
Dr Gaurav Agarwal, MBBS, MS, DNB, PDC (Endocr Surg), Certificate Advance Surgical Training-RACS, FACS
Professor, Dept of Endocrine & Breast Surgery, SGPGIMS, Lucknow- 226014, INDIA
email: gaurav@sgpgi.ac.in , gauravbsi@gmail.com
Profile: www.sgpgibreasthealth.org
/ProfileDrGaurav
Convener, SGPGI Breast Health Program
President-elect, Breast Surgery International

Dr Gaurav Agarwal, president-elect of Breast Surgery International (BSI), is a Professor of Endocrine & Breast Surgery at SGPGIMS, Lucknow, and the convener of SGPGI Breast Health Program. His innovative approach has made high-quality, holistic, yet low-cost breast cancer treatment available at SGPGIMS. He has been organizing the popular “SGPGI Breast Courses” over 2 decades, and has trained numerous fellows. Dr Agarwal’s clinical interests include multi-disciplinary breast care, oncoplastic breast surgery and sentinel lymph node biopsy. His clinical & basic research interests lie in breast oncogenesis and outcomes, where he has numerous research grants. He has published >180 original scientific papers in high impact factor journals, with >4600 citations on GoogleScholar, h-score:35; i10 score: 77; RG score:42.3, making him one of the highest rated contemporary surgeon-scientists in the country. He has servedon editorial board of numerous high-impact journals including World journal of Surgery.

Professor Agarwal enjoys a reputation of being a key opinion leader in Breast surgery and oncology in India. He has delivered more than 230 invited talks and orations, and has received numerous awards
including International guest scholarship of American College of surgeons, UICC-ICRETT fellowship and numerous best paper awards. He has been part of various expert committees, including the Govt of India expert consultative group on breast cancer screening, and was instrumental in producing the first draft of Breast & Cervical cancer screening guidelines of MOH, Govt of India in May 2014. He is a board member of Indian breast cancer repository, has served as council member of the International Society of Surgery (ISS), and is a member of numerous societies including ASCO, ASBD, ISS, BSI, ASI, IASO. Dr Agarwal is a founding member of the Association of Breast Surgeons of India (ABSI), which he has served as Executive member for two terms, and as the Director-education(NZ, 2015-17). He has organized ABSI-Breast surgery training modules in various institutions in North India, and the ABSI skills-course Feb-2014. He planned and conducted the very popular ABSI consensus panel on breast cancer management, which are now published as 2016 Indian guidelines for breast cancer management.

Prof Agarwal is the president-elect (2017-2019) of Breast Surgery International (BSI), and will take over as the president at the world congress of surgery 2019 at Krakow, Poland in mid-August 2019 for a two years term. He has served as secretary of BSI during 2005-2011, and has worked relentlessly to make BSI a truly international organization representing breast surgeons from across the globe. BSI has taken breast surgery practice, education and collaborative research to various developing countries.

Gaurav Agarwal(ตรงนี้มีลายเซนต์ที่เป็นรูปด้วย)22nd July 2019
 

Imjai Chitapanarux 
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University
Chair of Suandok Breast Cancer Network
Thailand

Dr. Chitapanarux is professor and Deputy Head of Department of Radiology at Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University and Chair of “Suandok Breast Cancer Network” which she had founded since 2008. After completing her medical degrees and radiation oncology residency training at Chiang Mai University, she accepted a clinical research fellowship at University of California at Los Angeles. She returned to Chiang Mai University dedicating 20 years of her career to breast and head and neck cancer radiotherapy. After treating many breast cancer patients, she and her colleagues founded “Suandok Breast Cancer Network”, the non-profit organization to improve quality of life of breast cancer patients at all stages by providing increase access and proper treatments.
 

Jane E. Brock, MBBS, PhD
Chief of Breast Pathology
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Jane Brock is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Breast Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Boston. She oversees a high volume subspecialty diagnostic breast pathology service including institutional consults for DFCI and evaluates pathology for breast cancer clinical trials running at the DFCI, focusing her energy on improving workflows in breast cancer diagnosis in high and low-resource settings. She has given national and international talks and educational workshops to physicians and non-physicians on the subjects of breast cancer pathology, biopsy handling, cancer reporting, and point of care opportunities in breast cancer diagnostics.
 

Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala

Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala is the Founding President of the ICANSERVE Foundation, a Philippine-based advocacy group that promotes early breast cancer detection, accurate diagnosis and timely treatment through multimedia platforms and community-based programs in partnership with local government.

She is the Vice President of the Cancer Coalition of the Philippines , primer moves behind the Cancer Act or the National Integrated Cancer Control passed last February 2019. 

She is a member of the Global Action for Cancer Patients, an international advocacy group focused on patient value.

Alikpala is co-author of the study released in October 2017, “Patient Centricity In Cancer Care” published by the Frontiers in Pharmacology, section Pharmaceutical Medicine and Outcomes Research.

She is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations and a Member of the  Committee on Patient, Family and Community Engagement of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board..

She is a broadcast journalist and documentarian. She founded Storytellers International and is a contributing producer to CNN International.

She took an executive course on Health Technology Assessment from the London School of Economics, and holds a Masteral degree from Boston University in M.S. Journalism.

She is a breast cancer survivor of over twenty years.
 

Speakers
Monchai Leesombatpaiboon
Instructor
Breast and Endocrine surgery Unit, Department of surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Rama VI Road, Bangkok
10400 Thailand

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Dr. Monchai Leesombatpaiboon completed his Diploma Thai Board of General Surgery and Diploma Thai Sub-Board of Surgical Oncology in 2008 and 2013,
respectively. After graduation in Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, he applied for Clinical Attachment for Oncoplastic Breast Surgery and Breast patients care in the Department of Breast Surgery, Prince Philip Hospital, Hywel Dda University, UK in 2017.

Dr. Monchai Leesombatpaiboon served as subcommittee in Thai Breast disease Society (TBS). Now, he has been worked as instructor in the Department of Surgery at Ramathibodi Hospital which is a teaching hospital of Mahidol University in Thailand.
 

DATO’ DR NARIMAH AWIN
Chairman, National Population and Family Development Board (NPFDB), Malaysia

Academic qualifications:
MBBS (Assam Medical College Dibrugarh India, 1976),
MPH (Philippines, 1983)

Work experience
  • Retired as Director of Family Health Development Ministry of Health Malaysia in January 2007, after serving the government of Malaysia for almost 30 years
  • Served as Regional Advisor for Maternal and Reproductive Health at the WHO Regional office for Western Pacific (WPRO) in Manila and W.H.O. for South East Asia Region (SEARO) in New Delhi, retired in May 2013.
  • Was awarded the Kazue McLaren Award for Leadership in Public Health in Oct 2014 from Asia Pacific Consortium for Public Health
  • Since retirement from WHO in 2013, serving as short term consultant to WHO and UNICEF and international NGOs in maternal and child health (MCH), and sexual and reproductive health (SRH)
  • Appointed Chairman, National Population and Family Development Board (NPFDB), Malaysia in March 2019
Special interest in Public Health:
  1. General Public Health – Socio-cultural determinants of health and “New” Public Health. Impact of  “driving forces” on health, esp. ageing, urbanization, globalization; global health
  2. Family Health, especially in MCH and SRHR
  3. Primary Health Care – the philosophy, approach, and implementation
  4. Health as a human rights especially related to - medical ethics, health care reform to ensure universal access to health
 

Speakers
Dr Sharon Wing-Wai Chan
Clinical Director, Kowloon East Cluster Breast Centre
Consultant, Department if Surgery, United Christian Hospital
Hon Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong
Hon Associate Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Information
Dr Sharon Chan is the Clinical Director of Kowloon East Cluster Breast Centre, and Consultant of Department of Surgery at United Christian Hospital, Hong Kong. Dr. Chan is also the Honorary Associate Professor in Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr Chan graduated from University of Hong Kong and received breast surgery training in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York and MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Texas. In 2008, she set up the first government funded breast centre in Hong Kong. Dr. Chan involves actively in clinical research. She was also involved in peer review in international journals. In 2009, she was awarded the Best Paper Prize by Breast Surgery International for her work in oncoplastic breast conserving surgery. Dr. Chan lectures internationally and widely, she was recently elected council member and program chairlady 2019 of Breast Surgery International.  Dr. Chan also contributed to breast surgery development in HK. She organized cadaveric course, oncoplastic courses and USG courses, she is the founding secretary of Hong Kong Society of Breast Surgeons.  Dr. Chan also served as the steering committee of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Registry and Honorary Medical Advisor of Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.
 

Mr. Sok Bouy is a Communication and Development Department Manager at Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH), Phnom Penh, Cambodia and a Breast Cancer Initiative (BCI) Program Manager since 2015. He has dedicating 13 years of his career with SHCH and graduated a master degree in Development Management in 2010. Since he involved with BCI program at SHCH, he has had meet with many patients diagnosed breast cancer with late stage, which he found that breast cancer education and emotional support is needed for all women to improve the quality of life and lead them to seek a proper care.
 
In 2018, he led the second annual breast cancer day on 20th October walking with the pink t-shirt on the street, which we called “Pink Walk” to raised awareness. Within this campaign there were 5k parade with pink color along the street.
 

Professor Yin Yin Htun

M.B.; B.S. M.Med.Sc. (Int.Med.) FRCP (Edin)
Founder & President
Shwe Yaung Hnin Si Cancer Foundation, Union of Myanmar
 
Professor Yin Yin Htun is a Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist and Clinical Director of Oncology at Pun Hlaing Siloam Hospital, Yangon, Myanmar. A previous recipient of a WHO Fellowship in Medical Oncology at the Royal Post Graduate Medical School and Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK. She is a retired Colonel and past Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine, and Consultant Medical Oncologist at No. (2) Military Hospital (500-Bedded), Yangon, Myanmar.

She is the Founder and President of Shwe Yaung Hnin Si (Golden Rose) Cancer Foundation, Myanmar, a non-profit organization founded in 2013 in dedication to her elder brother who died of pancreatic cancer. Although led by medical doctors, members include nurses, family members of cancer patients, cancer survivors and volunteers from general public. The foundation’s mission is to improve awareness on prevention and early detection of cancer. The foundation became a full member of Union International Cancer Control (UICC) in March 2015 and had actively participated in World Cancer Congress 2014 in Melbourne, Australia and 2016 in Paris, France and also contributed for the World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016 for the Union of Myanmar.

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) launched “C/CAN 2025: City Cancer Challenge” in January 2017 and Yangon, Myanmar was officially launched as the Third C/CAN 2025 Key Learning City in March 2017. C/CAN is a multi-sectoral initiative and Shwe Yaung Hnin Si (Golden Rose) Cancer Foundation is one of the key stakeholders of C/CAN Yangon. She became the Executive Committee member of C/CAN Yangon Executive Committee. The

Technical Committee is integrated by four Technical Groups and she is the leader of Group (4); community access and comprehensive care thematic area and since then she is actively involved as a volunteer throughout major phases in the City Cancer Challenge process. In October 2018 at the World Cancer leaders’ summit in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, she has been chosen as a Member of Board of Directors of City Cancer Challenge Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland and has participated to the first Board meeting in January 2019.
UICC has launched the UICC Awards for the first time in 2018 with an aim to acknowledge the outstanding work and initiatives of its 1,000 members around the world and Shwe Yaung Hnin Si (Golden Rose) Cancer Foundation was one of the four deserving finalists 2018 World Cancer Day Spirit Award conferred at a ceremony during the UICC General Assembly on 2 October 2018 at the World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
She is also an active participant and lecturer at international conferences and workshops. She is actively doing collaborative works among the various stakeholders in Myanmar and internationally regarding the cancer control.
 

Dr Yip Cheng Har , MBBS, FRCS (Glasg) FRCSEd, FACS(Hon)
Professor Emeritus, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Consultant Breast Surgeon, Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare, Malaysia


Dr Yip is currently a consultant breast surgeon in Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care in Malaysia, and is the lead clinician for the breast cancer research programme in the Cancer Research Malaysia. Dr Yip retired from the University of Malaya in Sep 2012 where she was professor for 12 years, and was conferred Professor Emeritus  by the University of Malaya in Oct 2016.   She has over 200 publications in peer reviewed journals mainly on breast cancer in the Asian setting with an H index of 31.  She was a past-president of the Association of University Surgeons of Asia (2003-2005) College of Surgeons of Malaysia (2010-2013) and the immediate Past President of Breast Surgery International.  Although a clinician, Dr Yip is very involved in cancer control and prevention, and was a past President of the Asia Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention. (2010- 2012)  She has been appointed an expert in cancer control by the World Health Organisation and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and has been on expert panels in international organizations such as the International Cancer Control Conference, and the Breast Health Global Initiative.  She was awarded honorary fellowship from the American College of Surgeons in Oct  2013 and from the American Surgical Association in April 2017.
 

Bencharat Thumpreechapong  M.Sc., A.P.N.-   
Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer [QSCBC].
             
Bencharat Thumpreechapong received her Master of Nursing degree from Chulalongkorn University and gained a certificate in the Advance Practice of Nursing. Since 2004 she has worked as an advanced practice nurse with breast cancer patients at the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer [QSCBC], Bangkok. She has undergone specialty training in Breast Cancer Care Management, counseling and chemotherapy administration for cancer patients. She is now a consultant for master degree students advising on questionnaires and breast awareness.

In 2006 she did a poster presentation at the 14th International Conference on ‘Cancer Nursing- Reaching New Heights Together’ in Canada and her research was published in the Journal of Nursing Science Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 2017.  In 2018, as part of a team of four QSCBC nurses, she presented research on improving the quality of life for chemotherapy patients, including especially adapted equipment for the reduction of hair loss for S.E. Asian patients during chemotherapy, which is available to all patients at the QSCBC, primarily the underprivileged. She is also part of the QSCBC team which has developed a new support bra for post- mastectomy and breast-conservation patients.

She is the Nursing Coordinator for the QSCBC outreach project for breast and [cervical] cancer screening in the slum communities in Bangkok, which is also an area of interest for her research. She acts as a liaison for new breast cancer patients and the Thai speaking patient support group, ‘Friends Helping Friends’ and also to the QSCBC ‘Dance and Movement’ group for patients. She carried out a research project on the effects of dance for the reduction of oedema, stiffness and the increase range of movement for the arm, elbow and shoulder following breast and axilla surgery. She also set up and leads the QSCBC group counseling sessions for breast cancer patients.
  
Workshop topic: ‘Friends Helping Friends Patient Support Group’: Group counselling for breast cancer patients.  
Bencharat Thumpreechapong has an interest in negative body image associated with breast cancer patients. Since 2005 she has worked closely with breast cancer survivors and other volunteers to set up a support group for all QSCBC patients, primarily the underprivileged, ‘Friends Helping Friends’. The group offers a service for free wigs, bras and makes bespoke prostheses for breast cancer patients in need. In 2006 she introduced and now leads group counseling for breast cancer patients. Survivors also volunteer to help the group by sharing their experiences from diagnosis through the treatment process, including the emotional impact that breast cancer has had on their lives. Patients have the chance to offer mutual support in a safe and encouraging environment. Most patients report that they feel less anxiety after the group sessions. The sessions aim to reduce anxiety, improve the quality of life and offer accurate information about treatment and self-care, from a nursing professional.   


Professor Dr Kris Chatamra M.B.,B.S.[ London], F.R.C.S.,[England], M.D.[London],
Fellow of the Royal Society of Thailand,
Hon. Director Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer [Thai Red Cross], and Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer and  Foundation

Professor Dr Kris Chatamra was educated in the UK and came back to Thailand after thirty years as a senior clinician and an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was also awarded the prestigious, Buckstone Brown Award for medical research on the liver, in addition to the Cutler’s Award for surgical research. [His post-doctoral thesis, M.D. London, was on the regeneration of the liver] 

He is now the Honorary Director and founder of the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, [QSCBC,] a centre of excellence for breast cancer which cares for all women but primarily the under-privileged. He extended the project to form the Queen Sirikit Centre Foundation which raises funds to organize breast and cervical cancer screening projects in the slum communities; research and treatment at the Queen Sirikit Centre and the ‘Pink Park’ project, a convalescence, cancer rehabilitation and end of life care home for the poorest cancer patients in Thailand. 
His interest in surgical oncology began in 1979 when he was a clinician and lecturer at the Royal Marsden Hospital, the UK’S premier cancer hospital and his main interest has remained upper gastro-intestinal and breast cancer.  His research interests have included, introducing breast conservation for breast cancer 29 years ago in Thailand; initiating intra-operative radiotherapy for breast cancer in S.E. Asia and the treatment of locally advanced breast cancer using the omentum. His latest research work is the use of immunotherapy to treat breast cancer. His vision is to always maintain the highest level of diagnosis and treatment, for example the introduction of 3D mammography and CT mammography were the first 
non-prototype equipment installed in the world. The dedicated MRI machine remains the first and only  equipment  of its type available in Thailand. Nano String PAM 50 technology is also available to evaluate patient gene profile and risk level for each individual patient, so that treatment can be adjusted accordingly.


The QSCBC and Pink Park project have been built up from nothing over twenty-five years, 
through fundraising. Dr Kris Chatamra works on an honorary basis. He remains committed to trying to provide the best service possible to all women, especially the underprivileged.
 
He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Thailand.
 

Mrs. Fha Praneechodiros
Chairperson ‘ Friends Helping Friends’ Patient Support Group  [Thai Speaking]
Queen  Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer [QSCBC]

I was a breast cancer patient at the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, but once I had recovered, my surgeon Dr Kris Chatamra , the Director of the QSCBC, asked me to  help other patients through support and advice. He wanted to set up a group of fellow survivors who could help boost patients’ confidence and help them   move on with their lives.

I accepted Dr Kris Chatamra’s request and decided to set up a non- profit group, ‘Friends Helping Friends’ , consisting of breast cancer survivors and other volunteers.

 Main objectives:  
  • to help reduce   anxiety suffered by patients and their relatives from diagnosis through the   treatment process.
  • to give patients advice on how to take care of themselves during the process of recovery.
  • to improve patient self-confidence and self- image after mastectomy.
  • to help patients have a better quality of life.
  • to keep   the volunteers updated   with necessary information from the nurses and doctors.
The volunteers hand-make bespoke prostheses and also fit an especially designed support bra for post-mastectomy patients, created by Dr Atisapan Chalakatuppa, a senior surgeon at the QSCBC.

The volunteers also make hats and scarves for the patients who have lost their hair during chemotherapy. 
Patients are invited to be fitted for breast prostheses, head -scarves, hats and bras   and   also have a place to receive emotional support , twice weekly on Wednesday and Thursday  10.30 – 3 pm. at the QSCBC.
The group offers this service free of charge to all patients.

One of the group’s remits is to support the work of the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer [ QSCBC], whether it be fund-raising or encouraging advocacy programmes for patient care. The volunteers, for example, assist with the organization of the ‘QSCBC Breast and Cervical Screening Project’ which has been in operation for over twenty years in the slum communities of greater Bangkok, providing  free education and cancer care to those who may  be too fearful or who have  problems accessing  medical care for these two cancers..
 

Khunying Finola Chatamra  - Honorary Advisor Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer and Foundation[QSCBC]., Bangkok Thailand. 
 
Since arriving from England nearly thirty years ago, she has worked alongside her husband Dr Kris Chatamra, to raise funds and build the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cance [QSCBC] from scratch, into a centre of ‘excellence for breast cancer’, which is dedicated to all women, but primarily the underprivileged. The centre started from ‘nothing’, just a simple idea without funding. After 25 years, the QSCBC has acquired the most advanced equipment and uses the most modern techniques, to treat and diagnose breast cancer. The centre is active training medical and nursing staff and organizing clinical research, including intra-operative radiotherapy and immunotherapy for breast cancer. She has also worked as a volunteer breast cancer advocate for over twenty- five years in Thailand. Twenty years ago she started the screening project for breast and cervical cancer, in the slum communities of Bangkok., a project she continues to co-ordinate with the QSCBC medical, nursing team and patient support group volunteers. Ten years ago she also initiated the first national breast and cervical cancer awareness photographic campaign to educate the public about the two leading cancers in Thai women.

She attended university at University College London [ U.C.L.] University of London.
- Empowering the weakest in society: 25 years of educating, screening and treating the most under -privileged patients for breast [and cervical] cancer.
Discussing the history and progress of the project that evolved from the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer.
- QSCBC Media Campaign : Ten years of educating the public about the risks of breast cancer.
 

Jane Crowder - Volunteer for the Bangkok Breast Cancer Support Group [BBCs], Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, Bangkok.

Jane Crowder is a registered nurse from Australia with more than 25 years of oncology experience. She spent many years working on a large day oncology unit in Melbourne, caring for a variety of patients and tumour streams. Due to an increasing  number of breast cancer patients she was given the opportunity to set up a clinical nurse specialist role, coordinating chemotherapy care for the breast cancer patients and was the single point of contact for oncologists and their patients.

A relocation to Thailand in 2017 offered the opportunity to provide similar support in Bangkok. Joining the Bangkok Breast Cancer Support Group, which is based at the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, Jane now volunteers alongside breast cancer survivors and is able to use her experience from Melbourne. Breast cancer treatment is multifaceted and poses many challenges, Jane recognises the importance of offering ongoing support as well as practical information. She is also passionate about raising breast cancer awareness in Bangkok. She has recently completed a post-graduate course with the Australia College of Nursing in Breast Cancer Nursing. 
 
Abstract: communicating with doctors from the patient perspective: issues and the way forward.
English Workshop- Friday 30 August 2019

Breast cancer is complex; treatment is multifaceted and often long term.
How well a patient copes with treatment and acceptance of the diagnosis is related to her understanding of the disease , through accurate information, as well as   effective and honest communication with the medical team. 
Unfortunately for some women the existence of cultural and language barriers and other constraints can result in ineffective communication, leaving women with a sense of isolation, depression and a loss of control. Furthermore women who have a diagnosis broken to them in an insensitive manner and are not given the opportunity to ask questions are more likely to suffer from long-term psychological problems.
Health professionals have a responsibility to empower women. Empowerment can result in improved quality of life, increased satisfaction, better response to treatment and a sense of regaining control, thereby, minimising the devastating impact that a breast cancer diagnosis can have on a patient and their families.
 

Dr. Julie Gralow is the Jill Bennett Endowed Professor of Breast Medical Oncology and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington School of Medicine, a Member of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She is actively involved in breast cancer clinical care, education, and research, and has conducted local and national clinical trials related to breast cancer treatment, prevention, and survivorship. Her main area of research specialization is in understanding the relationship between breast cancer and the bone environment. Dr. Gralow is Executive Officer for breast and lung cancer for the SWOG National Clinical Trials Network. She chaired the ASCO Academic Global Oncology Task Force, is Co-Chair of the ASCO Resource Stratified Guideline Advisory Group, and received the ASCO Humanitarian Award in 2018 for her work in empowering women cancer patients and survivors. She is co-founder and team physician of Team Survivor Northwest, an exercise and fitness program for woman cancer survivors. She is also founder of the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN), a group dedicated to empowering women cancer patient advocates in low and middle income countries. She is also Co-Chair of the Secretariat for the Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5 (BCI2.5), a Global Campaign to reduce disparities in breast cancer care globally.
 

CURRICULUM VITAE
Kingtip Tamthong
 
Education:      
  • Bachelor of Nursing science, The Thai Red Cross College of Nursing in1996
  • Master of Arts (Anthropology), Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University in 2003.
Qualifications:
  • Certificate of Oncology Nursing Course, National Cancer Institute in 2007.
  • Certificate of Nursing Program in Chemotherapy Administration,King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in 2009.
  • Certificate of Nursing Specialty in Cancer Pain Management,
The Thai Red Cross College of Nursing in 2010.
  • Certificate of Nursing Preceptorship Program, Faculty of   Nursing,Navamindradhiraj University in 2016.
  • Certificate - Mini MBA in Health, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University in 2019.
Present Position:  
Nurse Manager of Surgical Oncology Day Care Unit, Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer,

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital.
Kingtip Tamthong is the Nurse Manager of the Surgical Oncology Day Care Unit, Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. She graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing Science, from The Thai Red Cross College of Nursing in1996 and obtained a Master of Arts (Anthropology), Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University in 2003. She began her nursing career in the Department of Radiation Oncology over 20 years ago and completed specialty training in the following courses, Oncology Nursing; Nursing Program in Chemotherapy Administration; Nursing Specialty in Cancer Pain Management; Nursing Preceptorship and she completed the Mini MBA in Health, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University in 2019. She has experience in evidence based practice and in the implementation of clinical nursing practice guidelines for cancer pain management in IPD patients. Her work has led her to carry out further research into the effects of the clinical nursing practice guidelines in cancer pain management, examining feedback on pain and satisfaction in cancer patients.

In her position on the committee of the University Hospital Nursing Director Consortium and on the ‘Research Management Group’, she designed a set of awareness feedback scores for pain management and the use of strong opioids and sedatives, to improve the quality of nursing care. 

In addition to cancer pain management and symptoms management, she is interested in palliative care and nursing care, particularly in the use of scalp cooling equipment with chemotherapy patients.
 
As the preceptor and head of the ‘Chemotherapy Administration Course, she was honoured with the ‘Outstanding Professional Award of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital’ in 2015. In 2016 she was promoted to be a Nurse Manager. Her current work includes organizing the service for out-patients, at The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer [QSCBC], who are receiving chemotherapy and providing scalp cooling for patients to reduce hair loss. She is also working on projects to enhance patient comfort during scalp cooling; intervention and early detection for hypersensitivity reactions in patients receiving chemotherapy and the development of a positive approach to patient care for nurses in the workplace.
 

DATO’ DR NARIMAH AWIN

Chairman, National Population and Family Development Board (NPFDB), Malaysia

Academic qualifications:
  • MBBS (Assam Medical College Dibrugarh India, 1976),
  • MPH (Philippines, 1983)
Work experience
  • Retired as Director of Family Health Development Ministry of Health Malaysia in January 2007, after serving the government of Malaysia for almost 30 years
  • Served as Regional Advisor for Maternal and Reproductive Health at the WHO Regional office for Western Pacific (WPRO) in Manila and W.H.O. for South East Asia Region (SEARO) in New Delhi, retired in May 2013.
  • Was awarded the Kazue McLaren Award for Leadership in Public Health in Oct 2014 from Asia Pacific Consortium for Public Health
  • Since retirement from WHO in 2013, serving as short term consultant to WHO and UNICEF and international NGOs in maternal and child health (MCH), and sexual and reproductive health (SRH)
  • Appointed Chairman, National Population and Family Development Board (NPFDB), Malaysia in March 2019
Special interest in Public Health:
  1. General Public Health – Socio-cultural determinants of health and “New” Public Health. Impact of “driving forces” on health, esp. ageing, urbanization, globalization; global health
  2. Family Health, especially in MCH and SRHR
  3. Primary Health Care – the philosophy, approach, and implementation
  4. Health as a human rights especially related to - medical ethics, health care reform to ensure universal access to health
 

MRS.RASAMEE  NORABARN
MEMBER OF ‘FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS’ BREAST CANCER  SUPPORT GROUP [Thai Speaking]
  • QUEEN SIRIKIT CENTRE FOR BREAST CANCER [QSCBC].
  •  QUEEN SIRIKIT CENTRE, CHULALONGKORN HOSPITAL, THAI RED CROSS
Rasamee Norabarn is a longstanding volunteer of the breast cancer support group, ‘Friends Helping Friends’, based at the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Centre [QSCBC]. In addition to her role as a breast cancer advocate, she helps with fundraising for the patient support group.

She has a B.A. honours degree from the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University Bangkok. Following a career as a flight attendant, she worked as a senior administrator in the Department of Rules’ Regulation and Evaluation at Thai Airways International. Following her retirement from full-time work, she has become a breast cancer advocate and helps fundraise for the patients’ support group. The aims of the group are as follows:
  • To help relieve the concerns of breast cancer patients and their families and improve the quality of their lives.
  • To advise patients on how to take care of themselves correctly following treatment.
  • To advise patients on wigs, bras, headscarves etc. if requested. *Handmade bespoke breast prostheses are made by the volunteers and the specialist support bra designed by the QSCBC are fitted by the volunteers.
  • To support the many projects and activities of the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, [eg. The QSCBC Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Outreach Project in the slum communities.], the foundation, the volunteers and the nurses.
 

Supinda Koonmee
Associate professor, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University
Chaiman, Scientific Committee of Royal College of Pathologists of Thailand
 
Dr. Supinda is an associate professor of the Department of Pathology at Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University and Chairman, Scientific Committee of Royal College of Pathologists of Thailand. She has developed a platform of pre-analytic phase for breast cancer specimens handling names PratumRaksa since Y 2013. Pratum Raksa containers equipped with a tracking system for monitoring every breast specimen fixative duration. The Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring results significantly decreased the number of triple-negative biomarker in Northeastern breast cancer patients, Thailand. Surgeons and Oncologists in limited resources are happy with the accuracy and faster pathology report, and resulting in increased five years survival rate of breast cancer patients from 42.9% to 80%. She has expanded PratumRaksa platform from Northeastern to other areas of Thailand coverage 15 hospitals. She and her colleagues founded the non-profit organization to improve the quality of life of breast cancer patients at all stages by providing a platform for proper tissue diagnosis and proper treatments.

SpeakerSupinda Koonmee
Associate professor, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University
Chaiman, Scientific Committee of Royal College of Pathologists of Thailand

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Dr. Supinda is an associate professor of the Department of Pathology at Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University and Chairman, Scientific Committee of Royal College of Pathologists of Thailand. She has developed a platform of pre-analytic phase for breast cancer specimens handling names PratumRaksa since Y 2013. PratumRaksa containers equipped with a tracking system for monitoring every breast specimen fixative duration. The Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring results significantly decreased the number of triple-negative biomarker in Northeastern breast cancer patients. Surgeons and Oncologists in limited resources hospitals are very happy with the accuracy and faster pathology report, and resulting in increased five years survival rate of breast cancer patients from 42.9% to 80%. PratumRaksa platform has expanded from Northeastern to other areas of Thailand coverage 15 hospitals. She and her colleagues founded the non-profit organization to improve the quality of life of breast cancer patients at all stages by providing a platform for proper tissue diagnosis and proper treatments.