The Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Nigerian National System of Cancer Registries conducted a Ministerial administrative assessment of the cancer registries in Nigeria. The compendium highlights the current status and the needs of the cancer registries with the goal of developing a strategic framework for improving their efficiency and strengthening them.
ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Global Oncology Young Investigator Award (GO YIA). The Global Oncology YIA is a one-year grant that provides between $25,000 to $50,000 in research funding to investigators in their last year of training or first two years of employment to encourage and promote quality research in global oncology and to develop the next generation of researchers to address global health needs.
The application deadline is September 25, 2018, 11:59 PM (EDT). Recipients will be notified in April 2019.
For more information, please visit CONQUER.ORG/global-oncology-yia.
“Global oncology” refers to the application of the concepts of global health to cancer, and implies an approach to the practice of oncology that acknowledges the reality of limited resources in most parts of the world.
The Global Oncology Young Investigator Award is intended to support:
- Research by investigators in low resource settings on scientific questions specific to those settings. This research has the potential to offer “reverse innovation” insights that could influence practice in a wide range of practice settings.
- Research by investigators in high resource settings on issues in resource-limited settings.
- Collaborative research (high and low resource investigators) on questions of shared concern, such as studying a cancer type that affects a small population in the United States but is common in another country.
Applicants are encouraged to be innovative in their research proposal. Proposed research projects could include, but are not limited to:
- Clinical and translational research
- Innovative care delivery
- Prevention and palliative care
- Implementation research
- Health systems, outcomes, and economics research related to cancer control and care
Please note the following:
- Applications from within and outside the United States are welcome.
- Applicants must be an ASCO member or must submit a membership application with the grant application. To apply for membership or to renew an existing membership, visit asco.org/membership.
- Applications must be completed in English.
- Applications must be submitted online.
Prospective applicants can submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer is increasingly striking populations in low-resource settings, due to rising longevity and other risk factors. Around 70 percent of the 8.8 million cancer deaths that occurred globally in 2015 were in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where most new cancer cases are diagnosed and there are the fewest resources to treat them. The forecast is grim, with the WHO predicting the number of new cases will increase by more than 50 percent by 2030…
UMSOM Cancer Expert at Institute of Human Virology Named Fellow of American Society of Clinical Oncology
Dr. Clement Adebamowo Recognized for Research in Challenging Populations and Settings
Clement A. Adebamowo, BM, ChB, ScD, FWACS, FACS, Associate Director of Population Science at the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Institute of Human Virology, has been named a 2018 Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) acknowledges and honours SOCRON President (Prof. C. A. Adebawomo) and other leaders in cancer care with 2018 Special Awards. Please scroll down to the section on Fellows of the American Society of Clinical Oncology on this link: https://connection.asco.org/magazine/society-member-news/asco-honors-leaders-cancer-care-2018-special-awards
Cancer registration is an important public health and cancer surveillance tool that generates data on cancer incidence, risk factors and outcomes for specific populations. The data provided from cancer registries over time have proven to be an invaluable source of information in the development of cancer prevention and control strategies.
Nigerian National System of Cancer Registries (NSCR) through its mentoring and monitoring roles has been able to resuscitate the consciousness of cancer registration in Nigeria by reviving defunct registries, establishing new ones and providing technical and scientific support to the cancer registries. As a result of these activities, the number of cancer registries in Nigeria has increased from 26 registries (7 Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCRs) and 19 Hospital Based Cancer Registries (HBCRs) in the year 2016 to 30 (10 PBCRs and 20 HBCRs) in the year 2017.
New cancer registries
- Establishment of the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Cancer Registry (BMSHCR), Port Harcourt
Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH) is a state government owned hospital, which was established in March 1925. Officially recognized by the Federal Ministry of Health, Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital is ranked among the largest hospitals in the Niger Delta. Its departments include Medicine, Paediatrics, Laboratories, Radiology, Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Anaesthesia, Surgery, Pathology, Ophthalmology, Accident Centre and the Surgical/Medical Emergency.
BMSH organized a 2-day training workshop on basic cancer registration principles and methods from 30th to 31st January, 2017 at the BMSH Conference Hall, Port Harcourt. The workshop was attended by the Medical Director of the hospital, the Rivers State Director of Public Health, Cancer Desk Officer in the state’s Ministry of Health, Consultant Surgeons, Consultant Pathologists, Resident Doctors, House Officers, Nurses, Laboratory Scientists, Medical Record Officers and cancer registry staff. The goal of the workshop was to sensitize the hospital community on cancer registration principles and establish a HBCR at the institution. The participants were urged to work on improving cancer registration in the State and the Country in general. At the end of the workshop, participants expressed their gratitude for the workshop and judged the workshop as highly impactful.
The BMSHCR was established during the visit. The registry is located in the Pathology Department of Braithwaite Memorial Specialist, Port Harcourt. The registry is expected to collect cancer data from sources within the hospital.
- Establishment of the Lakeshore Cancer Registry (LCR), Lagos.
The Lakeshore Cancer Center (LCC) is dedicated to cancer prevention and treatment. The hospital offers Cancer Treatment, Cancer Screening, Dew Drops Support Group and Diagnostic Services.
LCC organized a 2-day training on principles of cancer registration to train its registry staff in cancer registration methods and principles of data collection. The training which took place from May 15th to 16th, 2017 at the LCC conference hall was attended by the registry director and two cancer registry staff.
During the visit, the LCR was established to collect cancer data from sources within the hospital. The registry is domiciled in the Pathology Department of LCC, Lagos.
- Establishment of the Adamawa Cancer Registry (ADCR)
The management of Federal Medical Center, Yola organized a 2-day training workshop on principles and methods of cancer registration from June 7th to 8th, 2017 at the Histopathology Department of the Federal Medical Center Yola.
The purpose of the workshop was to build capacity for cancer registration and set-up a PBCR at the institution. The workshop was attended by the registry director and 11 participants who were drawn from Medical records, Histopathology and the Information and Communications Technology departments of the institution.
The Adamawa Cancer Registry located in the Histopathology Department, Federal Medical Center Yola has been defined to cover Ganye, Mubi North, Yola North and Yola South Local Government Areas with a population of 717,334 people.
- Report on the Visit to Uyo Cancer Registry (UCR)
The University of Uyo Teaching Hospital Cancer Registry, Uyo was established in 2009 by NSCR as a HBCR. The registry is domiciled in the Pathology Department of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), Uyo.
NSCR staff conducted a 3-day visit to the registry from July 24th to 27th, 2017 to retrain the cancer registry staff on cancer registration and to upgrade the registry to population based cancer registry status. The cancer registration training was attended by 5 participants from the cancer registry and the medical records department.
The Uyo Cancer Registry is located in Akwa Ibom State in the South-South region of Nigeria. The registry’s catchment area includes Eket, Etinan, Ikot Epkene and Uyo Local Government Areas with a population of 789,149 people.
- Establishment of the Sierra Leone Cancer Registry (SLCR)
NSCR staff served as a consultant on behalf of the African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN) to the Sierra Leone Cancer Registry (SLCR) from September 11th to 20th, 2017.
The purpose of the visit was to inspect and assess the working condition of the SLCR according to the AFCRN Consultant Guidelines, review and modify the registry data collection form, identify the major sources of information on cancer cases resident in Freetown, train the registry staff on cancer registration and develop a Standard Procedure Manual for the registry.
In the course of the visit, a cancer registry sensitization meeting was held on September 19th, 2017 at the Board Room, Connaught Teaching Hospital Complex. The purpose of the meeting was to advocate for the registry and get the collaboration of key stakeholders involved in cancer in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The meeting was attended by Chief Medical Director, Connaught Teaching Hospital (Prof. J.A Otegbayo); Dr. M. Parkin (AFCRN); Dr. M. Odutola (NSCR/AFCRN), Dr. OwissKoroma (SLCR Director); Dr. A.P Koroma (Medical Director, Princess Christian Maternity Hospital, Freetown); registry staff; Connaught Hospital staff and representatives from Sierra Leone Ministry of Health; Ola During Hospital Freetown; Well Women Hospital Freetown; Sierra Leone Cancer Society and members of the press.
NSCR Newsletter | Volume 6 Issue 1 | January 2017
Key Articles in this issue;
- Cancer Registration Training
- Launching of “Cancer in Nigeria, 2009-2013” book.
- Report on African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN) 5th Annual meeting
- Report on International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Workshop to Enhance Member States’ Capacities in Establishing and Operating Cancer Registries in Support of Cancer Control Planning.
- Establishment of Hospital Based Cancer Registry at National Obstetrics and Fistula Center (NOFIC), Abakaliki, Ebonyi State
- NSCR Publications and News
- Closing Remarks
Theme – We can. I can.Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.
World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with Nigeria National System of Cancer Registries (NSCR) held a Training Workshop of Registry Directors and Registry Registrars on Cancer Registration, which took place between the 29th and 30th of November, 2016 at Kebbi Hotel and the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) training room in Abuja, Nigeria.
The training was organized with the objective of training and equipping selected cancer registrars on Cancer registration methods and how to be effective and efficient in data abstraction, collation, coding and analysis.
The training began with an opening address from Dr. R. Hassan, followed by the introduction of the NSCR website by Prof. Clement Adebamowo and a key note address by the representative of the Minister of Health, Dr. Dalami Sanpada; the Director of clinical services in the Federal Ministry of Health. The Minister acknowledged the NSCR and IHVN and their effort towards providing efficient cancer registration, stating that cancer registration remains the key in providing information and data about cancer incidence, which can be used for public health program planning and cancer control. He also appreciated the effort of the cancer registrars and their directors.
The resource persons include: Prof. Clement Adebamowo – IHVN Abuja, Prof. Ezeome, Eric Chokonunga – AFRCN/Zimbabwe Cancer Registry, Dr. Elima Jedy- Agba- IHVN Abuja, Dr. Micheal Odutola – IHVN Abuja, Dr. Abidemi Omonisi and Ms. Temitope Olukomogbon – IHVN Abuja.
The training was attended by 21 Cancer Registry Directors, 32 Cancer registrars, 5 participants from the Ministry of Health and 5 resource persons. A total of 24 cancer registries were represented.
Directors of the cancer registries in a meeting with Prof. Clement Adebamowo and Dr. Ramatu Hassan
Participants listening to a lecture presentation by Dr. Michael Odutola at the Cancer Registration Training Workshop