Global Breast Health Initiative (BHGI) summit in Vienna focuses on palliative and supportive care

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A focus on supportive care and quality of life was maintained throughout the summit. The third day was devoted to issues related to palliative and end of life care.

The BHGI and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jointly organized the Summit at IAEA headquarters in Vienna. Over 132 delegates attended from 37 countries and six continents. 

The purpose of the BHGI is to develop guidelines for the care and treatment of breast cancer patients, particularly in low and middle-income countries. 

Most previous efforts have focused on prevention and treatment issues. This time there was much more emphasis on issues of survivorship, quality of life, supportive care, and palliative care. 

Drs Jim Cleary and Henry Ddungu co-chaired the third day of the summit, which focused on palliative care treatment and psychosocial issues. Speakers for this section included Dr. Rajagopal from Kerala, India, Dr Gary Rodin from Toronto, Dr Suresh Kumar from India, and others. 

WPCA Senior Fellow Stephen Connor served on the scientific planning committee for the meeting. 

Work on development of the guidelines will continue with completion of the publication expected by July of 2013. 

Read more about the summit, including the main themes discussed on each day, on the Africa edition of ehospice.