Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for both men and women and the second leading cause of death in Qatar. According to the Qatar National Cancer Registry – Ministry of Public Health, breast cancer ranks as the top cancer in Qatar (17.42 percent), followed by colon cancer at (10.55 percent). The highest incidence of breast cancer, at (16.2 percent), occurs in women aged between 45-49 years old. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified breast cancer program as one of the major goals for public health initiatives.

Care for patients with breast cancer is rapidly changing as a result of medical and scientific advances. There is increasing focus on providing multi-disciplinary care for patients with complex diseases such as breast cancer through the use of integrated teams of professionals representing the relevant treatment modalities, including surgery, radiation therapy, and systemic medical interventions. Sharing the most up to date techniques and discussing the latest research in the field has been proven to greatly limit adverse outcomes, improve patient outcomes and consequently save lives.

About the Prevalence of Breast Cancer- Facts and Figures

  • Breast cancer continues to be the most common form of cancer that affects women and the     second leading cause of cancer related deaths worldwide.
  • Incidence rates are higher in developed countries (greater than 80 per 100,000) than in most of the developing countries (less than 40 per 100,000).
  • Mortality rates in developed regions is lower (approximately six to 19 per 100,000) because of higher survival rates
  • Observed improvements in breast cancer survival rates in more developed regions have been attributed to the introduction of population-based screening using mammography and the systemic use of adjuvant therapies and the evolution of surgical management.
  • According to a 2004 study, the Arab population has an estimated size of 301,227,000 people, living in 22 countries across North Africa and West Asia, including the Middle East.
  • Breast cancer is the most common malignant disease in women from Arab populations, comprising 14 to 42 percent of all tumors,
  • Data from the Gulf Center for Cancer Registration show that Bahrain had 53.4 cases of breast cancer per 100,000 women per year, followed by Qatar (48.2 per 100,000 per year), Kuwait (46.6 per 100,000 per year), United Arab Emirates (22.8 per 100,000 per year), Oman (17.5 per 100,000 per year), and Saudi Arabia (14.8 per 100,000 per year).
  • From 2000 to 2010, the population of Qatar has increased from 744,483 to 1,696,563 and, at the same time, the incidence rates of breast cancer has increased from 45 per 100,000 in 2003 to 2007 to 56 per 100,000 in 2008 to 2011.
  • Qatari patients accounted for 32 percent of all the diagnosed breast cancers in females in Qatar. The prevalent age group, between both Qatari and non-Qatari patients, was 40 to 50 years old (36 percent of all affected women).

About the Masterclass

This is a clinically oriented activity that has been designed for devoted physicians, medical oncologist, pathologists, gynecologists, surgeons, and clinicians who are almost exclusively dedicated to clinical oncology. It also targets physicians at the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) and those in the private sector wishing to improve their skills in the management of breast cancer.

This is the first masterclass in breast cancer management and part of HMC’s continuous efforts to combine innovative research, first class education, and excellent clinical care, to promote medical knowledge and share information amongst oncology experts and healthcare professionals working in the field.

The event is organized by the Breast Cancer team at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) – HMC under the theme: “Moving towards Comprehensive Breast Cancer Care”.

The masterclass will explore current research and discuss clinicians’ experiences of breast cancer care in the region. Attendees will also share knowledge and plan the future development of collaborative work including the prevention, early detection, and local and systemic treatment of breast cancer with a focus on a multidisciplinary approach. 

Masterclass attendees will:

  • Share the latest findings and information on breast cancer patient care and facilitate best practice knowledge.
  • Share information about up-to-date research, practical programs and models of breast cancer care.
  • Share experiences and discuss the future collaborative work including the prevention, early detection, local and systemic treatment of breast cancer.
  • Highlight the role of multi-disciplinary care for patients with complex diseases in improving health care outcomes and increasing patient satisfaction

Throughout this two day event, attendees will learn about and discuss a full range of issues in clinical oncology, breast cancer management, and practice-orientated training.