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REGIONAL INITIATIVES

THE MISSION AND PLANS

OF THE SOCIEDAD

LATINOAMERICANA Y DEL CARIBE DE

ONCOLOGÍA MÉDICA

,

EDUARDO CAZAP FOUNDER, SOCIEDAD LATINOAMERICANA Y DEL CARIBE DE ONCOLOGÍA MÉDICA

(SLACOM), BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Latin America is a region of the world with around 10% of the global cancer incidence and

the disease has a significant social and economical impact. SLACOM is a regional medical

oncology society focused on collaborating in cancer research, cancer registries and education,

as well as partnering with cancer organizations to harmonize efforts and to improve

outcomes.

Regarding research, SLACOM has developed an Institute for Cancer Research, focused on

independent and publicly funded clinical and translational research. Promoting activities in the

region, SLACOM is collaborating with IARC in the area of cancer registries through the Global

Initiative for Cancer Registry Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (GICR) and

has a strong alliance with the recently created Latin American Network of Cancer Institutes –

Red de Institutos Nacionales de Cáncer (RINC), to help coordinate and strengthen efforts to

prevent and control cancer in the region.

atin America is a region of the world that has within the global community.

L approximately 10% of the global cancer incidence

and the disease has a significant social and

economical impact.

‰ To develop regional criteria and standards for the

prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

‰ To promote the growth and subsequent development of

It is critical to establish for our countries the best possible cancer research in the region.

strategy to face the problem; there are existing resources and ‰ To work as a professional regional oncology organization

the region has different health care systems, variable in to partner with sister international oncology

organization but with resources generally from government organizations.

sources (ministries of health, private, provinces, unions or ‰ To promote and provide continuous education in oncology

mixed). throughout the region.

The main problem is that the allocation of resources is not

well coordinated, with frequent duplications, overlaps or gaps. SLACOM plans for independent research and

SLACOM is focused on collaborating in selected areas such publicly funded trials

as cancer research, cancer registries and education, as well as Clinical research is vital to the development and improvement

partnering with local, regional or international cancer of methods to prevent, detect and treat cancer.

organizations to harmonize efforts and to improve outcomes. The majority of clinical trials take place in the developed

Within this general picture, the founders defined the vision world through sponsored pharmaceutical company research.

of SLACOM as an organization working for the development The corresponding lack of research in developing countries

of a scientific society acting in cancer prevention, early results in two unmet needs related to cancer treatment in the

detection, and proper treatment for patients in our region, developing world. First, recommended treatments do not

focused on following main objectives1: reflect ethnic (genetic), cultural and resource differences

‰ To integrate Latin American oncologists more strongly between developed countries and developing countries that

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