ICanServe Foundation participated in the 7th Annual South East Asia Breast Cancer Symposium (SEABCS) held at the Indochine Palace Hotel in Hue, Vietnam on August 25-26, 2023.
The gathering brought together medical experts, health officials, policymakers, patient leaders, researchers, and cancer survivors from around the region to share knowledge, best practices, as well as challenges, and to collaborate in line with the theme “Addressing Breast Cancer in a Post-COVID World: Lessons and Pathways Forward.”
In the session on best practices and initiatives, ICanServe Founding President Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala presented the foundation’s flagship Ating Dibdibin (“Take Your Breast Care to Heart”) program as a model for community-based breast cancer control in the region. (You may view her presentation here, at the 43:58 mark).
ICanServe president Nikoy de Guzman, and Advocacy Committee members Victoria Arjona and Giselle Arroyo also joined the 7th SEABCS as delegates of the foundation.
SEABCS 2023 was organized jointly by Global Focus on Cancer, Bright Future Foundation, and Hue Central Hospital, with the support of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer.
Having originated in Vietnam in 2016, its return to Hue brings SEABCS full circle. The regional conference has also been hosted by Myanmar (2017), Malaysia (2018), Thailand (2019), and Indonesia (2021; virtual conference).
ICanServe hosted the previous SEABCS in Taguig City, Philippines in September 2022. The recordings of SEABCS Philippines are available on the ICanServe YouTube channel here.