Asia Cancer Care & Support Group Summit November 14–15, 2015 in NhaTrang, Vietnam


Bright Future Foundation (BFF)
Global Focus on Cancer (GFC)
Breast Cancer Society of Hue


1. Improve the quality of cancer management, diagnosis, treatment and care
2. Experience sharing between cancer support groups, doctors and policy makers
3. Support for cancer patients and their families
4. Coalition and capacity building


This 2 day Cancer Management and Support Group Summit will provide an opportunity for clinicians, advocates, survivors, patients and caregivers to come together to share ideas and programs surrounding cancer management, support, education, and advocacy. This event is the first of its kind for the region.


The Summit will take place November 14-15, 2015 in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam.

Venue: Muong Thanh Nha Trang Centre, 60 Tran Phu Street

The program will include sessions and activities focused on:

Quality of Cancer Management
Early detection, screening, diagnosis and treatment, cancer care as a multi-disciplinary process, importance of data collection and cancer registries

Cancer Awareness, Education and Advocacy
Prevention, early detection and screening, combating stigma, myth, fear, health messaging, the importance of patient advocates.

Supportive Care
Patient navigation, financing, access to treatment, caregiver support, palliation/end of life care.

Capacity and Coalition Building

Advocacy, partnerships, guideline development, mission delivery, program funding, coalition building, government and media engagement, sustainability.


Day 1: 14 November, 2015

8.00 – 8.30: Registration
8.30 – 9.00: Opening Remarks
Welcome from the
 Vietnam Ministry of Health
Welcome from
Welcome from
 Khanh Hoa Province


Section 1: Improving the Quality of Cancer Care


·         Prof. Nguyen Ba Duc, Vice President of the Vietnamese Oncology Association and Vice President of the Bright Future Fund, Vietnam

·         Prof. Su Wei Zheng, Director of Cancer Epidemiology Centre, Vanderbilt University, USA

9.00 – 9.15: Global Cancer Incidence and Lifestyle Risk Factors on Cancer, Prof. Su Wei Zheng and Prof. Xiao Ou Shu, Vanderbilt University, US

9.15 – 9.30: Strategy on Cancer Screening in Developing Countries, Dr. Le Hong Quang, K Hospital, Vietnam

9.30 – 9.45: Update: New Methods in Cancer Treatment, Ass. Prof Nguyen Dinh Tung , Hue Central Hospital, Vietnam

9.45 – 10.00: Comprehensive Care for Cancer Patients, Dr. Quach Thanh Khanh, Ho Chi Minh Oncology Hospital, Vietnam

10.00 – 10.15: Risk factor, Risk Reduction and Early Detection of Breast Cancer, Prof. Julie Gralow, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, WECAN, Seattle, WA, USA

10:15 – 10: 30: Role of Social Organizations in Cancer Support, Habiba Rahman, Outreach Programme Facilitator & Cancer Support Group Leader, National Council Cancer (MAKNA), Malaysia

10.30 – 10.45: Tea-break

Session 2: Experience Sharing Among Asian Cancer Support Groups


·         Prof. Yin Yin Htun, President, Schwe Yaung Hnin Si Cancer Foundation, Myanmar

·         Carolyn Taylor, President/Founder, Global Focus on Cancer, USA


10.45 – 10.55: Social Works Development in Hospitals in Khanh Hoa Province, Representative from Khanh Hoa (TBC), Vietnam

10.55 – 11.05: Bright Future Fund: Hopes from Cancer Patients in Vietnam, Msc. Nguyen Ba Tinh, Bright Future Fund, Vietnam

11.05 – 11.15: Global Focus on Cancer: The Importance of Patient Advocacy, Carolyn Taylor, Global Cancer Focus, US

11.15 – 11.25: Max Foundation: Maximize Life – Global Cancer Awareness, Mei Ching Ong, Max Foundation, Malaysia

11.25 – 11.35: Schwe Yaung Hnin Si Cancer Foundation – Efforts to Improve Awareness of Cancer Among the People of Myanmar,Prof. Yin Yin Htun, Schwe Yaung Hnin Si Cancer Foundation, Myanmar

11.35 – 11.45: Heart to Heart Foundation: Patient Centered Healthcare: Cancer Support Group for Better Health, Orajitt Bumrungskulswat, Heart to Heart Foundation Thailand

11.  45 – 11.55: Nepal Cancer Support Group, Dr. Bijesh Raj Ghimire, Nepal

11:55 – 12:05: Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE, Ellen Maling, Director of Communications and Development and Dr. Chorn Suykheng, Breast Cancer Program Coordinator at, Phnom Phenh, Cambodia

12.05 – 12.15: Discussion

12.15 – 13.30: Lunch


Session 3A: Breast Cancer Support Groups


·         Ass. Prof. Nguyen Dinh Tung, President, Breast Cancer Society of Hue, Vietnam

·         Dr. Julie Gralow, Professor, Medicine/Oncology, University of Washington School of  Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, WECAN, Seattle, WA, USA

13.30 – 13.45: Introduction of the Breast Cancer Society of Hue, Ass.Prof. Nguyen Dinh Tung, Vietnam

13.45 – 14.00: Taiwan Breast Cancer Association, Christine Hsu, Taiwan Breast Cancer Alliance, Taiwan

14.00 – 14.15: “We care for her” Campaign, Ass.Prof. Tran Thanh Huong, Bright Future Fund, Vietnam

14.15 – 14.30: Breast Cancer Club, Nguyen Dieu Linh, K Hospital, Vietnam

14.30 – 14.45: KC Breast Cancer Women Group, Nguyen Thi Ngoc, Vietnam

15.00 – 15.30: Tea Break 

 Session 3B: Patient Forum

15.30 – 16.00: Breast Cancer Survivor’s Sharing

16.00 – 16.30: Interaction between Breast Cancer Survivor and Health Care Staffs

18.30: Gala Dinner


Day 2: 15 November, 2015



 Session 4: Patient Advocacy and Toolkit Development for Cancer Support Groups


·         Ass. Prof. Le PhuongThao, PhD, MPH, New York University, USA

·         Dr. Nguyen Ba Tinh, Vice Director, Bright Future Fund

·          Allison Dvaladze, BFSF, MPH, Program Director, Global Outreach, Education and Advocacy, Medical Oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, WECAN, Seattle, WA, USA


8.30 – 9.00: Advocacy Toolkits, Outcome Approach and Resource Stratification, Dr. Allison Dvaladze, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA

9.00 – 9.30: Logic Model Development, Ass. Prof. Phan Phuong Thao, New York University, USA

9.30 – 10.30: Collaborations of Asian Cancer Support Groups

11.00: Closing Remarks