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ABOUT SEABCS 2022

 

The Southeast Asian Breast Cancer Symposium (SEABCS) is a gathering of the region’s cancer survivors, patient advocates, health professionals, researchers, and policy makers in an event to exchange ideas, share successful strategies, the latest in breast cancer, as well as the many challenges that face the breast cancer community on a personal, local and, national, regional and international level.

The ICANSERVE Foundation based in the Philippines, and the Global Focus for on Cancer based, in the United States, host this year’s conference, with the support of The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

This year, the thematic goal is Designing a Better Future for the Global Breast Cancer Community. The conference seeks to improve the quality of life of breast cancer survivors by enhancing key aspects of the cancer continuum of care from prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, palliative care to survivorship and hospice. It will also provide advocates with data and best practices needed to influence positive change in the health systems of their countries. It is also an opportunity for the region to continually find common ground for collaboration.

SEABCS 2022 will be a 3-day hybrid forum running from September 23 to September 25, 2022. Participants will engage virtually on Zoom while some speakers and moderators will be broadcasting from the SEDA Hotel in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

SEABCS has been a catalyst for the building of an informal-regional coalition for women’s cancers in the region. Previous SEABCS host countries are Vietnam (2016) Myanmar (2017) Malaysia (2018) Thailand (2019), Indonesia (2021- virtual conference)

Before the pandemic, the past conferences conducted training and capacity building with the help of the Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC) Alliance, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Breast Cancer Initiative (BCI) 2.5, Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), Reach to Recovery, the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN), the World Health Organization (WHO), , the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Worldwide Breast Cancer (Know Your Lemons).

Each session at this year’s SEABCS will be a conversation open to all. Registration is free of charge.

 

Message from Organizers

SEABCS Kara Magsanoc

Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala

FOUNDING PRESIDENT
ICanServe Foundation

SEABCS is the only summit you will encounter that is breast cancer and Southeast Asian in focus involving anyone that constitutes the cancer care ecosystem.

At SEABCS, you will meet a lot of advocates most like you in terms of culture, character, capacity and challenges. You will meet advocates who never make having less feel like a handicap. In fact, the tougher the circumstance, the more creative advocates have become in cracking problems and crafting solutions. These unrelentless advocates in Southeast Asia are superheroes.

But real heroes know that their super powers can be more potent when they widen their support to include everyone outside their extended Southeast Asian family. They need the help of those with the data, the expertise, the wisdom, and funding, wherever they may be.

And so here we are coming together from all over the world in person or online, breaking down barriers to save the heart and soul of nations—its mothers and daughters, and yes men too.

We need a revolution in cancer care in the way we think, imagine, and in the way we get things done. We cannot keep doing the same things that don’t seem to work or we will be running in place.

We prepared this three day event to provide you with a buffet of ideas so you can discover or re-define the role you can play in this revolution. No role is ever too small.

Thank you for joining SEABCS. Thank you to all our partners and sponsors who trust the ICanServe Foundation, and who support designing a better future for Southeast Asia and the global breast cancer community.

SEABCS Crisann Celdran

Crisann Celdran

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
ICanServe Foundation

When we received the invitation to host the 6th Southeast Asia Breast Cancer Symposium (SEABCS) we responded with a resounding YES.

Our 3-day conference will bring together cancer survivors, their caregivers and circle of support, patient advocates, health workers, those from the medical community and the growing cancer care community. Collaborations with these integral partners are key to overcoming the challenges we face. On behalf of all of us at ICanServe Foundation, a heart-felt thank you to our sponsors and partner organizations. Staging the conference would not be possible without your unwavering commitment to the cause.

While the statistics of breast cancer cases in Southeast Asia may be sobering, we look forward to strengthening our collective voice for a common advocacy.

We enjoin you to share our goal to bridge and close the gaps in breast cancer care in the region, and look forward to your support and participation in its realization.

SEABCS Nikoy de Guzman

Nikoy De Guzman

PRESIDENT
ICanServe Foundation

As ICanServe gains a new member every week, it is apparent that the incidence of breast cancer in the Philippines is on an upward trend. Understanding the factors behind this trend and what the Foundation’s next course of action should be is not easy. That is why when we were invited to host the 6th Southeast Asia Breast Cancer Symposium (SEABCS), we did not hesitate to do so as we fully understood the importance of having an avenue, a safe space for everyone whose life is impacted by breast cancer whether they be survivors, patients, doctors, medical practitioners, carers, or advocates to be able to take part in the development of awareness, research and patient advocacy in the region.

On behalf of ICanServe, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our sponsors and partner organizations for the support that you have shown during the 3-day conference. With your help, we were able to concretize the Foundation’s advocacy of making information channels related to breast cancer more accessible, as well as strengthen the bonds within the breast cancer community in Southeast Asia. With newfound learnings, partnerships, relationships and support from the local and regional community, the ICanServe Foundation can move forward and pledge to remain foremost as a patient advocate—we will be a sister to all, because every life matters, every life is worth an extra day, or two.

We will not give up. We will not surrender. Because we are not alone.

Thank you to our fellow advocates in the Philippines, across Southeast Asia and throughout the globe. By working together, we can definitely make a bigger impact in our communities. Yes, I CAN SERVE; you CAN serve, We can all serve. Mabuhay!