Action Against Cancer: the AFAC congress
05 February 2017
The weekend of 4 and 5 February was also an opportunity for the Franco-African Cancer Association (AFAC) to bring together, for the very first time in Libreville, the most renowned experts in the field of cancer from France and North, Central and West Africa.
This scientific convention was supported by Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Foundation as part of its contribution to World Cancer Day in Gabon.
It was an opportunity for participants to exchange views with their Gabonese counterparts, Doctor Laurianne James, Professor Jean-François Meye and Professor Ernest Belembaogo, on the subject of female cancers.
Like everywhere else across the African continent, breast and cervical cancers are the most common forms of cancer in Gabon.
The ICL is the third oncology centre in French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa.
It contributed greatly to this first AFAC convention in Gabon through the depth of its experience in terms of knowledge of processes and results.
Throughout the convention, round table discussions were fuelled by participants on an array of different subjects such as early screening, diagnostic techniques, advances, both in the realm of chemotherapy and surgery, medical personnel training, improvements in the psychological and social support provided to patients.