Global Patient Advocates Gather for 6th Southeast Asia Breast Cancer Symposium

This is a press release from ICANSERVE

Patient advocates from around the world are gathering September 23-25 ​​for the 6th Southeast Asian Breast Cancer Symposium (SEABCS), which will be held online and will be co-hosted for the first time in Philippines by the local nonprofit ICANSERVE Foundation, Inc. and the United States Global Focus on Cancer (GFC).

With support from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the theme for this year’s conference is “Designing a Brighter Future for the Global Breast Cancer Community”. . The goal is to improve the quality of life of breast cancer survivors by improving the continuum of care, from prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, to palliative care, survivorship and palliative care.

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. Register now at

HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, former President of the Union International Against Cancer (UICC), will deliver the keynote address at 1 p.m. on the first day, September 23, followed by an ASEAN regional situationer by epidemiologist Isabelle Soerjomataram of the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Participants can then choose one of two virtual rooms to learn “What’s happening in the region?” »

Room 1 will be moderated by Azrul Mohd Khalib, Founder and CEO of the Galen Center for Health and Social Policy, with speakers for Vietnam (Carolyn Taylor, Founder and President of GFC), Malaysia (Dr Nirmala Bhoo Pathy of the Universiti Malaya) and Myanmar (Dr Rose Htun of the Shwe Yaung Hnin Si Cancer Foundation).

Room 2 will be moderated by Carmen Auste, CEO of the Cancer Warriors Foundation, with speakers for the Global Breast Cancer Initiative (Dr Ben Anderson from the World Health Organization), the Philippines (Dr Cecille Montales of ICANSERVE) and Indonesia (Ms. Yuli Zaki Iskandar of Family Welfare and Empowerment at Tangerang Regency).

Day One will conclude with the ASCO-sponsored session, “Doing What’s Best for Your Patients: Putting the Latest Findings from the 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting into Practice in Low-Income Countries intermediate”. It will be moderated by Dr. Roselle de Guzman, Chair of the ASCO Asia-Pacific Regional Council, with guest speakers Dr. Julie Gralow, Dr. Don Dizon, Dr. Mylin Torres and Dr. Jane Brock, all recognized as leading clinical oncologists practicing in the United States.

Dr. Paulyn Ubial, former Secretary of Health of the Philippines, will deliver the keynote address at 1 p.m. on SEABCS day two (September 24), after which attendees can choose from one of three virtual rooms for breakout sessions. groups covering: Room 1 – surgical vs. non-surgical treatment; intraoperative radiotherapy; personalized medicine; and advocacy on social networks; Room 2 – cash: the other big c; cancer markers; local innovations; and palliative care; and Room 3 – management of side effects; advanced breast cancer; food and cancer; and ensure the sustainability of your organization.

Filipino advertising guru Marlon Rivera will speak at the session titled “Unleashing the Power of Social Media in Your Advocacy”, with journalist-turned-entrepreneur Ces Drilon as moderator. Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, co-founder and CEO of The Max Foundation, 25, will share her thoughts on sustainable organizations with leadership and talent development expert and businessman Ardy Abello, with ESG (Environment, social and governance) consulting Max Ventura as moderator.

Sam Jackman, co-founder and director of UK-based Boost Innovations Ltd., will talk about her unique prosthetics during the Local Innovations session with Manta Cares Founder, Samira Daswani, ICANSERVE Co-Founder and President, Crisann Celdran, creator of Mikael Celdran and freelance designer Minnie Pangilinan, with Women’s Worldwide Web co-founder Tish Valles as moderator.

Sessions begin at 10 a.m. on the last day (September 25). Breakout sessions cover the following topics: Room 1 – surgical management; and artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare; Room 2 – post-treatment care for breast health; and a call for ASEAN unity; and Room 3 – advocacy; and national cancer control plans. Adam Yala from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will present a mammography-based model to predict breast cancer risk during the AI ​​session, along with Hurone AI co-founder Dr. Kingsley Ndoh with the news anchor and television host David Celdran as moderator.

The symposium will conclude with Stories of Hope hosted by Filipino actress, screenwriter and director Bibeth Orteza. Find speakers at and find sessions you want to attend at

SEABCS is a gathering of cancer survivors, patient advocates, healthcare professionals, researchers and policy makers from across the region to exchange ideas and share successful strategies and the latest in breast cancer, as well as the many challenges facing the breast cancer community at every turn. level.

“We have more than 50 speakers from 15 countries, including speakers from outside the region (US, Europe and India), as well as more than 30 moderators and reactor panels,” said the founding president of ‘ICANSERVE, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala.

ICANSERVE is a non-profit organization based in the Philippines (Pasig) that advocates for the early detection of breast cancer and access to prompt and correct treatment. GFC is a non-profit organization based in the United States (New York) that aims to increase cancer awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage early detection and treatment by expanding access to cancer information through to a global network between people diagnosed with cancer, their partners in care and healthcare professionals.

All of this year’s SEABCS virtual learning sessions will be open to everyone and registration is free at


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