S.O.L.C.A Participated in its First Telementoring Session Led by MD Anderson as a Means to Acquire
S.O.L.C.A, one of Ecuador’s most important health institutions, with facilities across the country, partakes in its first Project ECHO Latin America session led by MD Anderson; a cancer center located in Houston and ranked No. 1 for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report's annual “Best Hospitals” survey.
The MD Anderson's program aims to create a regional culture of best practice for cervical cancer treatment including resource-stratified clinical guidelines. Physicians and residents from several countries participate in these ECHO clinics.(Source: MD Anderson)
Ecuador which has a population of 5.78 million women ages 15 years and older who are at risk of developing cervical cancer will benefit tremendously from this new initiative by Ecuadorian physicians being mentored in advanced cervical cancer practices. Current estimates indicate that every year 1612 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 838 die from the disease. Cervical cancer ranks as the 2nd most frequent cancer among women in Ecuador and the 3rd most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years of age.(source: http://www.hpvcentre.net/statistics/reports/ECU_FS.pdf)
The session was held on January 13, 2019. Dr. Gonzalo Puga, Hospital Manager at S.O.L.C.A, Xavier Moyano, President of HGSCA Guayaquil, along with a group of doctors participated in the session.
The Ecuadorian Cancer Center is scheduled to participate once a month. The center will have the opportunity to present difficult cases as well to get valuable insight from the experts.
HGSCA recognizes and applauds MD Anderson's vision to eradicate cancer throughout the nation and the world.
"We are not alone in this fight to end cancer, and as I learned, it becomes easier to embrace hope and think of ourselves as survivors once we realize that." -- Kara Million, Survivor / (Source MD Anderson website)
Indeed, cancer patients living in underprivileged areas or less developed countries are not alone in their fight against cancer, the MD Anderson cancer center with the use of technology for training has increased their chances to become cancer survivors.
HGSCA making a difference one act of diplomacy at a time.