27 November 2015
Professor Dato’ Dr Humairah Samad Cheung
It was an honour that The 13th Asian Breast Diseases Association (ABDA) Teaching Course was held in Kuala Lumpur for the first time. This annual event has been held in different Asian cities since 2003. The 3-day event was successfully held from 31st July to 2nd August 2015 at the Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The local organiser, the Breast Group, College of Radiology, Academy of Medicine Malaysia, worked hard together with the main ABDA Council members to ensure the success of the event. There was strong support from The Ministry of Health Malaysia, The International Academy of Pathology Malaysia Division, and the Malaysian Oncological Society.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Ybhg Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia. There was an overwhelming response from the registered delegates, and Public Forum participants who filled up the hall on the opening day, with close to 500 people. The Public Forum entitled “Empowering the Community” attracted participants from all walks of life, mostly members of various breast-related NGOs from all over the country. This surely made the day a memorable one. The participants had a great time socialising and visiting the various booths set up by our industrial partners, as well as learning how to perform breast self-examination. The Minister visited and spent time with all the exhibitors and participants. The mood was light-hearted; something to remember for a long long time.
Since ABDA’s main objective is to improve and upgrade standards of breast cancer care in the Asian region among the multi-disciplinary medical team members. The 3-day course had provided them with academic sessions covering topics in radiology, pathology, surgical, medical physics and oncological aspects of the cancer. Concurrent scientific programme for other participants covered a wide range of topics such as The Dense Breast, BIRADS, Hereditary breast cancer syndromes, Breast cancer treatment & Recurrent Disease, The Breast Pathology and Breast Cancer Screening (with Emphasis on High Risk Women). Lectures were delivered by local and foreign specialists from the Asian region.
The 2015 Breast Seminar for radiographers held in conjunction with this course covers workshop activities in 4 hospitals on the 2nd day. The participants were transported to Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Putrajaya, Hospital Sungei Buloh and University Malaya Medical Centre. The 4 stations handled by enthusiastic facilitators emphasized on Stereotactic biopsy, Positioning in mammography, Quality Control in Digital mammography and PGMI Image classification. Hands-on and interactive sessions will help the radiographers deliver high quality mammographic images at their respective centres.
The Director General of Health Malaysia, YBhg Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah delivered the keynote address on the last day of the Course. His address was entitled “Vision of the Future: Managing Breast cancer in Malaysia”. He also participated in the Expert Panel Discussion on Issues and Dilemmas in Breast Cancer management. Other panel members were from Pathology, Oncology and Radiology. The DG also launched the HER 2 Guidelines initiated by the Pathologists and Surgeons before delivering his closing remarks.
It was indeed an event to remember! The success of the event is the result of the full commitment and hard work by all involved in organising the Course. Foreign delegates and ABDA council members expressed their high regards and congratulated the organisers for the success of the course.
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Professor Dato’ Dr Humairah Samad Cheung
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