courses we have run are different, there were a number of administrative changes to this course.
We have partnered with the African Cancer Institute, based at Stellenbosch University. The partnership will allow us to be more effective nationally and also quantify the impact our course is having. Prof Sewram opened the course and spoke about the importance of local research into breast cancer. Without data and effective research, we are unable to advocate for the change needed to see more access to care.
The lectures on the first day were given by a variety of speakers: myself, Dr Austin Goliath (surgeon working at KDH) and Dr Britta Dedekind. The afternoons lymphoedema session was run by Jen Dunn from the Lymphatic Therapy Centre in Durbanville and Linda Greeff who once again brought all her energy and knowledge to the course.
Many thanks to them for being so accomodating. All of us found it sobering to be reminded about why we were there.
Sr Correia (a wound care expert and the first sister to teach on the BCN) facilitated a discussion about wound care and practical ways of dealing with locally advanced breast cancer. The excellent palliative care session was run by Dr Margie Venter and 4 members of her palliative care team. (A big thank you). The afternoon session was run by Carol and Corneli from Lancet Laboratories. It was a practical session and the participants had a chance to understand the challenges of FNABs and core biopsies.
For most of us working in the public sector, one of our major battles is making the patient journey more efficient and shorter. We took this opportunity to use all the expertise in the room and finished the day with a discussion about referral pathways. I hope we will soon have some new initiatives to help make the process faster and more seamless.
Last but not least: the biggest thanks go to Sr Lieske, who, as usual, had everything and everyone organised!
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