No­var­tis Pharma Egypt An­nounces Re­sults of ‘Count Us’ Sur­vey on Ad­vanced Breast Cancer in Egypt

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No­var­tis, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion of Egypt (BCFE), held a press con­fer­ence to an­nounce the re­sults of the ‘Count Me’ sur­vey.The sur­vey was con­ducted by No­var­tis and the BCFE on a wide group of ad­vanced breast cancer pa­tients in Egypt, among seven coun­tries world­wide.

The con­fer­ence events in­cluded a re­veal of writer and car­toon­ist Is­lam Gaw­ish’s car­i­ca­ture mag­a­zine por­tray­ing the re­sults of the sur­vey, through char­ac­ters ex­press­ing the chal­lenges faced by women liv­ing with ad­vanced breast cancer.The con­fer­ence was fol­lowed by a work­ing group com­posed of var­i­ous breast cancer stake­hold­ers, with a fo­cus on find­ing so­lu­tions to each of the chal­lenges pre­sented by the sur­vey re­sults.

Dr. Prof. Mo­hamed Shaalan, Pro­fes­sor of Sur­gi­cal On­col­ogy and Head of the Breast Surgery De­part­ment at the NCI and Founder of the Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion of Egypt, said, “The ini­tia­tive to raise aware­ness on breast cancer,since its launch in Jan­uary 2016, in co­op­er­a­tion with No­var­tis, takes it upon it­self to ex­ert ev­ery ef­fort pos­si­ble on the com­mu­nity, pro­fes­sional, and re­search lev­els to re­solve is­sues that face pa­tients.”

Dr.Sher­ifAmin,Pres­i­dent of No­var­tis On­col­ogy, Egypt, Libya,Tu­nisia, Morocco, said that, “The sur­vey aims to iden­tify the prob­lems and con­cerns of ad­vanced breast cancer pa­tients.The re­sults of the sur­vey will com­plete the ‘Count Us’ ini­tia­tive,aimed at pro­vid­ing sup­port for women liv­ing with the dis­ease, and en­gag­ing with all stake­hold­ers to find prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to them.”

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, Dr. Ibti­sam Saad El Din, Pro­fes­sor of Clin­i­cal On­col­ogy, Cairo Univer­sity said that over half of the women said that time ends fam­ily sup­port.To­day,most women feel that no one em­pathises with their suf­fer­ing.Two-thirds of Egyp­tian women with ad­vanced breast cancer, 67%, say they gen­er­ally feel like no one un­der­stands what they are go­ing through, and more than 2 out of 5 women with ad­vanced breast cancer in Egypt, 45%, feel iso­lated.”

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