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KESHO CONFERENCE

ADVOCACY AND POLICY TRACK

This track highlights the social, legal, policy and human rights factors that influence the effectiveness of cancer prevention, treatment and care including support for cancer survivors. These determinants interact with biomedical, behavioral and epidemiological realities to modify the impacts of policies, programs, services and other interventions on the course of the cancer epidemic. With increased cancer burden, innovations in advocacy and policy will be critical to inform programming, interventions and service delivery. This track will focus on research and discussions that inform:
  • Approaches to effective cancer prevention
  • Strategies for translating research into policy and practice to create and reinforce enabling policy environments and to support the scale up of evidence-informed interventions
  • Role of civil society in advocacy for cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship
  • Sustainable funding mechanisms for cancer prevention and management
  • Mechanisms for Integrated health care systems which embrace cancer care.
This track will be central to considering how policy makers, implementers and civil society partners can best translate shared goals into reality.

CLINICAL CARE TRACK

This track will focus on research and discussions on the clinical management of patients with a special focus on breast and prostate cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer and cancer mortality in women in Kenya and most of Sub-Saharan Africa. Prostate cancer is now emerging as one of the top three cancers in men in Sub-Saharan Africa. These two cancer subgroups account for a quarter of all cancers seen in the region. The objectives of this track is to discuss research on
  • Approaches to prevention that are being utilized in the region
  • Methods, utilization and challenges of screening
  • Diagnosis, treatment and supportive care in breast and prostate cancer

PALLIATIVE AND SUPPORTIVE CARE TRACK

This track highlights the heavy burden of metastatic and advanced cancers that constitute 60-70% of all cancer patients seen and the need for palliative and supportive care needed for all cancer patients. This field is rightfully gaining a lot of interest and recognition as a separate specialty and one that is key to management of cancer patients. This track will highlight research and discussion on
  • Pain control
  • Nutrition
  • Communication
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Ethics in cancer management
  • Sexuality and fertility
  • Advance care planning
  • End of life care

RESEARCH TRAINING WORKSHOP

This workshop is geared to help researchers have a better understanding on how to conduct research at various levels. This workshop will be delivered by leading regional and international experts and will inform participants on

  • Research basics
  • How to write a manuscript
  • How to get published
  • Implementation science
  • How to get a grant
  • Getting through ethics and research review process
This is a workshop therefore there will be no abstracts presented in this session. There will be lectures and interactive sessions to allow participants to be more involved in research work and publications.

DIAGNOSTICS TRACK

This track highlights the important role of diagnostic services in cancer management from confirmation of diagnosis, staging, and surveillance of disease and well as focusing on biomarkers that have recently been identified as new targets for cancer therapies. This track will have discussion and research presentation on
  • Techniques in histopathology and diagnostic challenges
  • Role of immunohistochemistry in solid and hematological malignancies
  • Molecular profiling in cancer
  • Role of tumor markers in cancer diagnosis, screening and surveillance
  • Imaging and interventional radiology including role of PET/CT in cancer

KESHO/ASCO JOINT SYMPOSIUM

For the first time, KESHO will have a special joint session with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). This is a great collaboration between the two societies and will foster networking, mentorship and research collaborations. In line with the theme of the concluded ASCO congress of 2018 “Delivering Discoveries, Expanding the Reach of Precision Medicine” and the KICC 2018 theme “Integrating Research and Practice”, this session aims to inform participants on the Opportunities and Challenges of Precision Medicine and how to practically factor in new therapies in our daily management of cancer patients while being cognizant of the financial and physical toxicities that they may bring. It is also an opportunity to showcase regional research in centers where these new therapies have been used and their experience.

EDUCATION SESSION

This track highlights the importance of education programs and initiatives in the region in all cadres of oncology including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, radiation technicians, pathologists, radiologists, patient advocates and other diverse groups.
This track will highlight existing training programs, new and upcoming programs and will foster discussion on how to scale up training to meet the needs of a large and growing cancer patient population..

HEMATOLOGICAL MALIGNANCIES IN ADULTS AND CHILDREN TRACK

This track will give an opportunity for research and discussion on a complex and often poorly understood section of oncology – hematological malignancies. These malignancies can be difficult to diagnose and treat in our setting but form a substantial part of our cancer population. This track will highlight research and discussion on
  • Diagnosis and treatment of hematological malignancies
  • Hematological complications of cancer treatment such as cytopenias
  • Thromboembolic events and their management in cancer patients
  • New classification of lymphomas
  • Iron deficiency and iron overload

Radiology and Pathology Workshop

This special workshop will be led by pathologists, radiologists and surgeons and will showcase the appropriate techniques of cancer staging and diagnosis and how a multidisciplinary approach helps in navigating patients towards a cost effective diagnostic and staging workup. The workshop will also help participants understand the limitations and challenges in diagnosis including role of sampling errors, pre-analytical errors and interpretation challenges.
This workshop highlights the important role of multidisciplinary team work in cancre management.
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