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Management of Female Genital System Cancers Seminar- October 2015 PDF

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Management of Female Genital System Cancers- Seminar summary

The team at the Barbados National Registry (BNR) would like to thank the event organizer, Hibiscus Health Caribbean Inc.; our sponsor, The Barbados Cancer Society; and all the doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who joined us for the 11th Annual Medical Seminar on the Management of Female Genital System (FGS) Cancers. This seminar was held at UWI’s 3 W’s Oval Pavilion with over 90 health professionals in attendance. The seminar had five very informative presentations followed by an enlightening panel discussion. Dr Kenneth George, the acting Chief Medical Officer co-chaired the seminar, delivering the opening remarks.


The first half of the seminar looked at the treatment of FGS cancers with Dr Vikash Chatrani informing the audience about the ever-prevalent benign tumours called fibroids and the best practice for treatment and counseling the patient. He went on to share on the signs, prognosis, and surgical as well as non-surgical interventions of malignant tumours. This opening presentation was followed by Mr Philip Gilkes who looked at the non-surgical management of malignant tumours with a focus on brachytherapy. Mr Gilkes informed the audience of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s intentions to return to using brachytherapy for the treatment of Female Genital Systems Cancers, and noted that the efficacy of brachytherapy can be enhanced when used in combination with other therapies, leading to shorter downtime for a patient and less exposure risk to medical staff.


The latter part of the seminar focused on the prevention of FGS cancers and this section was chaired by Ms Angela Rose, Head of NCD Surveillance at CDRC. The first comprehensive cancer profile for Barbados was given by Mrs Tanya Martelly, Director of the BNR, who presented key findings on incidence, mortality and treatment of cancers diagnosed in 2008 with a focus on FGS cancers. Cervical cancer was noted to be the most prevalent FGS cancer followed by uterine cancer and this information set the context for the following two presentations given by Mrs Juann Ward on HPV Genotypes in the Barbadian population, and Dr Broome on cervical cancer prevention activities on the public service. Dr Broome described current and future methods of HPV prevention and gave an update on the Barbados HPV vaccination programme. It was noted by Mrs Ward that the HPV genotype study could provide a baseline for the success of these vaccination efforts.


The seminar concluded with a panel discussion on the pros and cons if Barbados was to move away from using cervical Pap smear cytology for primary screening to the use of HPV DNA test/genotyping. This lively discussion was hosted by Professor Patsy Prussia, Clinical Director of the BNR-Cancer registry, and concluded with proposed action items such as developing a call/re-call system and conducting practical training for liquid based cytology.


Overall, the seminar received great feedback and we thank all of those who made the event a success. We look forward to hosting more seminars in the future.


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