Members of the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands convened at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine from Oct. 23-29, 2010. The council leads a large Regional coalition working together and leveraging US National and International Resources to improve prevention, early detection, treatment and palliation of cancer in the six US-Affiliated Pacific Island jurisdictions.
The Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands is the indigenous Advisory Board which governs three Regional CDC-funded programs administered by the medical school’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. The programs include the Pacific Regional Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry and the Pacific Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities in Breast and Cervical Cancer in the US-Affiliated Pacific Island populations. The Cancer Council’s board meeting coincided with the groundbreaking for the new University of Hawai’i Cancer Center at Kaka’ako. A highlight for the board was attending the groundbreaking ceremony and meeting with U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, a strong supporter of their work in the Pacific Islands