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Hematologic Cancers & Blood Diseases 2016
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2016 Cancer Seminar Summary

The Barbados National Registry was pleased to host another CME accredited cancer seminar on the topic Hematologic Cancers & Blood Diseases at the Savannah Hotel on the 26th October 2016. Over 120 doctors, nurses and allied health professionals participated in the event sponsored in part by the Myeloma, Lymphoma and Leukemia Foundation of Barbados (MLLF). Thank you to those who attended.

Dr Alafia Samuels, Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Center chaired the event and Dr Joy St. John performed the welcome, reaffirming the full support of the Ministry of Health for the BNR and thanked the BNR for their efforts.

The first session was conducted by Dr Natalie Greaves who addressed palliative care, stressing a multi-disciplinary approach to palliative care. Next, Dr June Clarke discussed the characteristics, clinical features, diagnostic testing and referral type for acute and chronic leukaemias, lymphomas and multiple myeloma. The role of the laboratory in the diagnosis and treatment of haematological disease was discussed by Dr Christopher Nicholls while Dr Jacqueline Williams shared some of tests available to assist in the diagnosis and categorization of these types of cancers. One of the more anticipated sessions was given by Dr Cheryl Alexis who shared data on pediatric cancers and the Sick Kids project, discussing some of the concerns with delays and time to treatment. The final session was given by Ms Angela Rose, Head of Surveillance at the GA-CDRC, she highlighted the extensive workload of the BNR data abstractors noting that, for the 2008 data collection year, the data abstractors had to search through 14, 000 records which ultimately resulted in 1204 eligible events being registered. 

The Barbados National Registry wished to thank the health professionals for their continued support and the speakers for sharing their data and information with the attendees.


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