ICanServe Foundation hosts the 6th Southeast Asian Breast Cancer Symposium 2022

Southeast Asian Countries come together this September 23-25, 2022 for the 3-day conference that
will take place on-ground and online.  Multidisciplinarity is at the heart of breast cancer management and the 6th Southeast Asian Breast Cancer Symposium  is a gathering of the region's cancer survivors, patient advocates, healthcare professionals,  medical practitioners, researchers and policy makers to exchange ideas.  With theme "Designing a Better Future for the Global Breast Cancer Community," it seeks to share successful strategies and the latest in breast cancer, as well as the many challenges that face the breast cancer community on every level. The goal is to improve quality of life for breast cancer survivors by enhancing the continuum of care, from prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, to palliative care, survivorship and hospice. Data and best practices will be shared to push for positive change in the health systems of different countries. It is also an opportunity for the region to continually find common ground for collaboration.

Hosting  SEABCS this year are ICanServe Foundation based in the Philippines and Global Focus on Cancer based in the United States, with the support of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).     
[From left] Giselle Arroyo, ICANSERVE Volunteer; Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, Founding President of ICANSERVE Foundation, Inc.; Crisann Celdran, Chairman of the Board; Alya Honasan, journalist and editor of the Manual; Nikoy De Guzman, President of ICANSERVE Foundation, Inc; Teocel Apolona, Project Manager for SEABCS

Speakers from different parts of the world including Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, Former President of the Union for International Cancer Control, Dr. Ben Anderson, an internationally recognized leader in cancer control from the World Health Organization, Sec. Paulyn Ubial, former Secretary of the Department of Health, will join moderators who will be broadcasting from the Seda Hotel in Taguig City  plus a panel of forum reactors. Participants from all stakeholder groups or anyone interested in understanding breast cancer more are welcome to participate virtually on Zoom.

"It’s the only forum that brings together such people with a focus on breast cancer and the Southeast Asian region," says ICanServe Founding President Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala. It's an opportunity to figure out as a region how best to create and sustain a robust, responsive health system, to project what makes cancer in our region unique, so we are well represented in the global cancer space whether in the creation of global health initiatives, research, clinical trials, advocacy or access to grants. Ultimately, we want all breast cancer patients to have equal access to affordable, quality, timely care."

Alya Honasan, breast cancer survivor, revealed the cover of the ICANSERVE Patient Manual at the media roundtable for the 6th Southeast Asian Breast Cancer Symposium (SEABCS). The Patient Manual will be launched officially on the last day of SEABCS. It will be downloadable for free at the ICANSERVE website. Looking on is ICANSERVE president Nikoy de Guzman.

It's the first time that a cancer patient group in the Philippines is hosting such a conference, and ICanServe is proud to have been invited to host by Global Focus on Cancer, according to Magsanoc-Alikpala.

 "We have over 50 speakers from 15 countries, including speakers from outside the region—USA, Europe and India—plus more than 30 moderators and panels of reactors," says Magsanoc-Alikpala.

Delivering the opening address is Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, former president of the UICC, mother to a cancer survivor and a global anti-cancer advocate.

Among the topics to be discussed during the conference are using positive peer pressure in Vietnam; measuring and improving happiness among patients in Malaysia; a breast cancer control program under local governments in the Philippines; managing unwelcome effects of breast cancer treatment; courage in facing advanced breast cancer; how the food you eat can influence cancer; using social media for advocacy; advanced technologies and artificial intelligence in healthcare; stories of hope, and many others. ASCO is presenting the latest findings from its annual meeting that are relevant for lower and middle-income countries as well.

"As host, ICanServe designed the event and the program with the help of partners.  We struck a balance so we would appeal to different stakeholders, including those in the NGO (non-government organizations) space, not necessarily cancer focused. We have design thinking, social media, organizational management, even artificial intelligence-related topics. For the health professionals, we will introduce mostly new studies and breakthroughs, thanks to our partner, the doctors of ASCO. There are topics for cancer survivors at any point in their journey." SEABCS 2022 is one of its kind for a variety of audience that’s breast cancer and ASEAN in focus.

All virtual learning sessions at this year's SEABCS will be open to all. Registration is free of charge at https://seabcsphilippines.ph and those in the medical field can earn CME (continuing medical education) credits.

Please register at  https://seabcsphilippines.ph/
and let’s build health systems in our country that give every breast cancer survivor and their families a fighting chance towards a #BetterFuture4BreastCancer