Cancer Support Services 6th Annual Conference 2017

CSS Conference 2017

Cancer Support Services has once again hosted its 6th Annual Conference at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa.

The conference took place on Saturday June 24, 2017 under the theme “It’s Not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon” which was conceptualized as a result of the many painstaking steps we have to take with our clients as they undergo treatments and therapies and the drastic effects that they have to endure as a result. Last year we tried to take the face off the disease.  This year we attempted to show the courageous fight of those striving to overcome the disease.

Each presentation was outstanding, thought provoking and much appreciated by the 130+ persons who attended this year’s conference of which approx. 15% of the attendees were physicians, with nurses accounting for some 37%, and the remaining 48% being caregivers, patients and interested persons.

Here are some photos from the event and the videos are available below.

Some of the topics presented included;

From the Horse’s Mouth” – Mr. Antoine Williams/Ms. Rosalind Griffith
Persons journeying with cancer share their experiences

Mr. Antoine Williams

Mr. Antoine Williams has provided marketing consultancy and event management services for a number of clients locally, regionally and internationally. His business strengths and core competences are in media planning, developing marketing plans and strategies, facilitating training modules in personal development, event management, corporate and personal branding as well as communication skills.

Read full bio here.

Ms. Rosalind Griffith

Ms. Rosalind Griffith has been employed by the Government of Barbados for the last 30 years.

She holds a BSc in Management (Hons.) and a MSc. in Project Management and Evaluation.

She’s married and the proud mother of a 22 year old who successfully completely her Medical Degree in June 2017.

Am I a Survivor?” – Dr. Belinda Morrison
Perspectives on the definition of cancer survivorship.

Dr. Belinda MorrisonDr Belinda Morrison is a Consultant Urologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She is currently Lecturer and Head of the Division of Urology at the University of the West Indies. A proud graduate of the Wolmer’s Girls School, she completed undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. Her areas of academic interest include prostate cancer and andrology, where she has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

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My body is not the same-everything is different after my cancer treatment” – Dr. Dwight Fitch
Lifestyle modifications for the cancer patients:  including, but not limited to, body image, diet, exercise, alcohol consumption in moderation and smoking cessation.

Dr. Dwight FitchDr. Dwight Fitch is specially trained in advanced radiation therapy techniques including: High Dose Rate Brachytherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, and Image Guided Radiation Therapy. He is the author of many scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals and has spoken at multiple medical conferences. However, Dr. Fitch’s patients are the focus of his concern and attention. He is committed to utilizing cutting-edge technology to serve patients with compassion and kindness.

Read full bio here.

The Power of the Mind” – Rev. Paul. A. Leacock
Common psychological and social well-being issues faced by persons journeying with cancer.

Rev. Paul. A. Leacock

Presently Pastor of First Baptist Church for the past eight years has been in full time ministry for the past 18 years – Prior to First Baptist, Pastor Leacock served as the Discipleship Minister at the Greater Allen (AME) Cathedral of New York for over 10 years.

He oversaw the Allen Prison Ministry which visited Riker’s Island, Woodbourne Correctional in New York and Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut.

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The Honourable Donville O. Inniss was appointed Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development in March 2013. Prior to this appointment he served as Minister of Health from November 2008 until February 2013, and Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Business from January November 2008.

He has been the Member of Parliament for the constituency of St. James South since January 2008. Prior to entering elective politics, Mr. Inniss worked for 20 years in the public and private sector.