Published on: October 30, 2012

Touching stories of cancer survivors stole every heart at the Breast Health Global Summit at Vienna on 3-5 October 2012.

The thoughtful organizers had arranged to have one talk by a cancer survivor on each day of the conference.

Ms Gertrude Nakigudde’s experiences were an example. She survived cancer, but later when her father-in-law got cancer, he blamed her for “bringing cancer to the family”.

The cancer survivors’ stories about the insensitivity of medical professionals made everyone think.

The summit analyzed quality of life issues associated with breast cancer in low and middle income countries from the perspectives of “survivor-ship and follow up care, treatment related supportive care and end-of-life and palliative care”.

Dr Sudhir Gupta, Additional Director General of Health Services of Government of India – whom Dr Jim Cleary described as an official in charge of the health of 17% of the world’s population – put palliative care into perspective of India’s health care system and talked about the Government of India’s plans to integrate palliative care into health care as a whole.

Dr Jim Cleary

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