|Lieske, Samuel and Julie|
The symposium was hosted by the Aga Khan University Hospital of Nairobi and the venue was the beautiful Trademark Hotel. The theme was "Updates in Breast Cancer Management" Both local and international speakers presented a wide variety of topics.
Day 1, session 1 started with a overview of the historical evolution of breast cancer management by Dr Miriam Mutebi, a local breast surgeon. Dr Mutebi has been involved with previous Breast Course for Nurses courses in Cape Town. Following this were lectures about the surgical and medical management of breast cancer.
Session 2 was mostly about imaging for breast cancer. The Aga Khan offers mammography, tomosynthesis, ultrasound, CT scanning and breast MRI. Stereotactic biopsy is available but there is no MRI biopsy currently available. With very few trained and qualified breast radiologists within Kenya, many of the peripheral hospitals and clinics offer ultrasound imaging but the images are sent to Aga Khan for interpretation. Session 2 ended with a presentation by Tayreez Mushani. Ms Mushani is the co-ordinator of the Oncology Diploma Program in Nairobi and she developed the curriculum for this programme, a first such programme in the East African Region. Since commencement in Aug 2016, 23 nurses have trained in oncology.
Session 3 included case presentations. Early breast cancer, Her2 heterogeneity and metastatic breast cancer cases were presented and discussed.
|Lieske, Tayreez and Margaret|
|Nursing oncology track|
Session 2 was about advocacy and policy for patients with breast cancer. David Makumi, chairman of the Kenya Network for Cancer Organisations and passionate cancer control advocate, gave a presentation about local perspectives on patient advocacy. He asked important questions such as "are patients receiving the best possible care?" and "is care being delivered by a multidisciplinary team as it should be?"
|Nursing oncology programme|
The symposium ended with reflections and goals going forward. Dr Mutebi presented 5 aims including:
1. promoting regional technical collaborations
2. promoting greater participation in the global oncology community
3. reducing duplication of efforts
4. creating guidelines that are easily updated and disseminated
5. widespread participation within the African oncology community
|Dr Mutebi, Dr Mwanzi, Lieske|
Well done to all the organisers and sponsors on a brilliant first symposium filled with relevant information and workshops! A special thank you to Dr Miriam Mutebi for inviting me to attend and speak.
Thank you to the Breast Course for Nurses and Dr Jenny Edge for getting me there and back again.
And of course, when in Nairobi...always make the time to visit the giraffe sanctuary. You may even be fortunate enough to kiss one!"
|Lieske at the Giraffe centre|
- by Lieske Wegelin