Best of ASCO Caribbean: Continuing Medical Education Conference December 1-2, 2013 at Hilton Barbados

CancerCaribbean, a new cancer services company in the Caribbean region, is pleased to announce the inaugural Best of ASCO Event in the Caribbean, December 1-2, 2013 at the Barbados Hilton Hotel.

{IMAGE VIA - depositphotos.com} "Best of ASCO" is a mini-franchise of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference - the largest cancer conference in the world. Best of ASCO has never before been held in the English-speaking Caribbean and this is a momentous occasion for the Caribbean for medical education, medical tourism and overall cancer care. Under the theme "Building Bridges to Conquer Cancer", Best of ASCO Event in the Caribbean will feature a range of medical speakers from all over the Caribbean, with special guests from the USA and Canada.

{IMAGE VIAdepositphotos.com} “Best of ASCO” is a mini-franchise of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference – the largest cancer conference in the world. Best of ASCO has never before been held in the English-speaking Caribbean and this is a momentous occasion for the Caribbean for medical education, medical tourism and overall cancer care. Under the theme “Building Bridges to Conquer Cancer“, Best of ASCO Event in the Caribbean will feature a range of medical speakers from all over the Caribbean, with special guests from the USA and Canada.

West Indian physicians from the within the North American-based diaspora will be featured at this inaugural cancer conference. Grenadian-born Dr. Kester Nedd, founder of the JIPA Network, an international company that offers affordable, coordinated healthcare options for patients and service providers, will be presenting along with Barbadian Dr. Judith Hurley, a well-respected Breast Oncologist and Clinical Researcher from the University of Miami Health System will be presenting her findings on the BRCA (breast cancer) gene in Caribbean women. Dominican Dr. Sophia George from the University of Toronto will share her ground-breaking research on the BRCA gene and its correlation to Ovarian Cancer. HIMA San Pablo Cancer Hospital in Puerto Rico which offers a range of cancer services has pledged major support of this inaugural event along with those from Holy Cross Hospital in Florida, the Cleveland Clinic, and Massachusetts General in Boston among other health networks and organisations.

Barbadian Oncologists Dr. Cheryl Alexis and Dr. R.K. Shenoy will be presenting Best of ASCO topics along with General Surgeon Mr. Ian Lewis and a slew of local and regional physicians in the areas Oncology/ Haematology, Urology, Palliative Care, Gynae-Oncology, Internal Medicine, Paediatrics and others.

Building Bridges to Conquer” cancer is the 2013 ASCO theme and will be the focus of this first-time Caribbean edition of the conference. Cancer is a chronic condition and there is a pressing need to improve cancer care in the Caribbean. Founder of CancerCaribbean and ASCO 2013 presenter Sarah Louden who will be speaking on the “Evolution of Cancer Care in Developing Countries” is playing her role in tackling cancer in the Caribbean by bringing a special focus to the region through this event and others;-

“Health care professionals in the Caribbean want to do more for their cancer patients but often have limited resources within their local networks. Cancer care in the Caribbean could be significantly improved with an injection of resources including coordinated health care, physician support through continuing medical education, access to treatment options through a wider healthcare network, research and of course funding. Best of ASCO Caribbean is an opportunity to bring together cancer stakeholders including physicians, allied health, pharmaceuticals, insurance, the corporate sector, researchers, patient support services and more to examine their approach to cancer. Is it multidisciplinary? Are we doing all that we can to build those bridges in the Caribbean region to conquer cancer? What are the barriers to care? What is our network? Are we utilizing the diaspora as we should? How can we strengthen the ties or ‘build the bridges’ between the Caribbean stakeholders, US, Canada and other International stakeholders?”

Ms. Louden who is of Trinidadian heritage and who grew up in St. Kitts, is happy to have the support of Caribbean health professionals in this initiative and commends the Barbadian Best of ASCO Coordinating Team for pulling this event together.

CancerCaribbean, which owns and operates the Cancer Care Center in St. Lucia is extremely proud to be bringing this initiative to the Caribbean which is the ideal place to work and play with its superb weather and its varied tourism product. Barbados is a premiere destination in the region and CancerCaribbean has obtained the exclusive contract to host Best of ASCO once again next year where an even larger conference is planned for October 2014 at the Barbados Hilton Hotel.

Sponsors, speakers, patient support groups and participants from all specialties of health care are invited to attend. Find more information at www.cancercaribbean.com or contact the Barbados office at 246-232-0258/ marrianne@cancercaribbean.com

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