In 2010, photographer and ovarian cancer survivor Carolyn Taylor began a photo documentary project to show that the battle against cancer is universal. She planned to use photography to illustrate that regardless of race, religion, nationality or economic status, we are all one in the fight against the disease. After winning a Face of Opportunity Grant of 10 flights from British Airways, she logged over 96,000 miles photographing and interviewing cancer patients, cancer survivors, caregivers, and medical professionals in an effort to document the global face of cancer. It was apparent that in many of the countries Carolyn visited there was a desperate lack of awareness and education about cancer, and minimal to non-existent support networks in place. This, along with the inspirational people she met, motivated Carolyn to create GFC. Carolyn was recently nominated to serve a 3 year term as a patient representative for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Gynecological Cancer Guideline Advisory Group.
Ann Marie Beddoe, M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. She has previously served as the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Mount Sinai Services, City Hospital in Elmhurst, New York and held senior academic positions at Interfaith Hospital in Brooklyn and Downstate Medical Center –Kings County Hospital. Dr. Beddoe received her Undergraduate Bachelors of Science degree (B.Sc.) at Brooklyn College and her Medical Degree (MD) from SUNY Downstate Medical Center – Kings County Hospital where she also completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency. Dr. Beddoe completed her fellowships in Gynecologic Oncology at SUNY Downstate and in Clinical Nutrition at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Widely published in medical journals, she is Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Beddoe is an outspoken advocate on women’s health and lectures extensively across the country on issues such as gynecologic cancer, nutrition and chemotherapy. She is active in numerous charitable organizations in the United States and global health agencies abroad.
Is the Assistant Secretary General of the Heart to Heart Foundation and the Director, Bureau of Public and Private Participation, of the National Health Security Office. For the past 35 years she has worked in the spheres of policy and plan analysis, civil society and community development, Social Investment Fund of the World Bank, community Development Fund, Local Health Promotion Fund, people and patient participation and Consumer Protection in Health Security System, local authority participation in Health Security System. Rehabilitation Fund under the Health Security Fund, Friendship Support Center Development. Her expertise is in local and community development/strategic planning and advocacy, local and community fund, people participation and empowerment/development, civil society development/networking, participatory monitoring and evaluation. She has a Bachelor in Economics and her Master of Science in Human Settlement Planning and Development.
Dr. Chaturvedi acquired his medical education MBBS and MD from the Armed Forces Medical College, Poona, India and served in the Indian Army Medical Corps. Because of his interest in cancer imaging in 1996 he chose to associate himself with Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute at New Delhi as Chief of radiology and Imaging. He has also been the medical director of the institute from 2006-2010. Currently he is the director of the department of Radiology. He has been a visiting professor to the University of Rochester, New York, USA. He is primarily associated with the practice of oncological radiology. He has over 44 scientific papers and 65 guest lectures and orations to his credit. He is an acclaimed educator, has authored two book chapters and is directing the post graduate DNB programme in radiology at his institute. He is associated with a number of international clinical trials as an expert on clinical imaging. He is the chief scientific investigator for a breast cancer project awarded by International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. He has been a national and international faculty in a number of scientific meetings in India and abroad. He is a member of Radiological Society of North America, International Cancer Imaging Society and FICCI health services committee.
Peter R. Dottino, M.D. has served as the Director of Gynecologic Oncology and the Colposcopy Service at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in Gynecologic Oncology at Mount Sinai. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and gynecology oncology, he is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in operative laparoscopy and its application to the surgical management of both benign and malignant disease. He has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed medical publications and text books and is currently co-leading The Ovarian Cancer Research Translational Group at Mount Sinai which seeks to understand the genetic basis of ovarian cancer to help women with disease and those who are at risk for it. Dr. Dottino has consistently been cited as one of the American’s Top Doctors in Cancer, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the field of cancer as well as for his generous philanthropy. He is one of the founders of The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and Woman to Woman and currently serves on both Board of Directors.
Ophira Ginsburg is a medical oncologist with expertise in cancer epidemiology, prevention and screening, and a primary focus in women’s health equity and global cancer control. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada), a Scientist at Women’s College Hospital and Research Institute, and holds academic appointments at the University of Toronto, the James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University, Bangladesh, and the Institute of Cancer Policy at King’s Health Partners, London UK. She has been an advisor to the National Institute for Cancer Control of Vietnam, a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the GTF.CCC and the UICC Global Task Force on Radiotherapy for Cancer Control. Over the past 12 years she has developed an innovative program of population intervention research, education, and policy initiatives in cancer disparities and global cancer control, with projects in North America, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and more recently, in Tanzania. The overarching goal of her work is to inform resource appropriate practices and policy to reduce health inequities for women with cancer.
In October 2015 she began a new post as a Technical Officer in the Noncommunicable Diseases Management Unit, NVI Department at World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva. Her duties will be primarily to help build their policy and programming for women’s cancers, including guidance, recommendations, and implementation frameworks on breast cancer prevention, early detection/screening and management in collaboration with the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), with other UN organizations such as IAEA and UNFPA, international experts and partners building upon existing WHO and IARC breast cancer related documents.
Julie R. Gralow, MD, is the Jill Bennett Endowed Professor of Breast Cancer and Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the University of Washington/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and a Member of the Clinical Research Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is also a professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. She is actively involved in breast cancer clinical care, education, and research, and has served as Principal Investigator on local and national clinical trials related to breast cancer treatment, prevention, and survivorship. Her area of research specialization is the relationship between breast cancer and the bone, and she led the 6,000 patient SWOG S0307 phase III adjuvant trial of bisphosphonates in the adjacent treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Gralow is SWOG Executive Officer for Breast and Lung Cancer, having served 12 years as Vice-Chair of the SWOG breast cancer committee. She is currently a member of ASCO’s Cancer Education Committee in the Global Health Track, co-chair of ASCO’s Resource Stratified Guideline Advisory Group, and a member of the ASCO Breast Cancer Advisory Guideline Group. She received an ASCO Statesman Award in 2008, was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2008, and received the Seattle Business Magazine Leaders in Healthcare Achievement in Community Outreach Award in 2014. Dr. Gralow is committed to improving the quality of life for breast cancer patients through education, exercise and diet, and to promoting breast cancer awareness in the community. She is Founder, Medical Director and Team Physician for Team Survivor Northwest, a non-profit aimed at helping female cancer survivors improve their health through fitness and exercise. Dr. Gralow is the founder of the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN) which supports cancer advocacy and education in low- and middle-income countries, and is co-chair of the Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5 (BCI2.5) Secretariat, a campaign to reduce disparities in breast cancer care globally by 2025.
Harmala Gupta has a M.Phil. in Chinese Politics from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In 1986, while studying for her Ph.D. at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, she was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system. Returning to New Delhi in 1987, she founded the first cancer support group in India, and in 1996 ‘CanSupport’. CanSupport has pioneered the delivery of home-based palliative care, free of charge, to thousands of people living with cancer in New Delhi, the capital city of India, & it’s neighbouring areas. At any given time, 13 teams of doctors, nurses and counselors visit and care for 850 people living with cancer in their homes. Harmala is also the founder-president of a network organization of support groups called Cancer Care India (CACI). She is an advocate for the rights of cancer survivors and has received wide media attention and acclaim for her efforts in India.
A labour and welfare attorney as a background, Elisabetta has dedicated her career to counseling people with disabilities or otherwise discriminated. At the age of 24, as a law student and a bride-to-be, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, 7 years later she suffered a recurrence including nodes, lung and liver. Again she made a full recovery. In the years following, she would receive additional cycles of chemo and radiotherapy for recurrences. She has been under monoclonal antibody treatment since 2000. She considers herself as a cancer survivor living with a chronic disease. Throughout all of these she completed her law degree, began a successful career and in 2006 became the mother of a lovely girl. Elisabetta has been committed to cancer charities and the rights of cancer patients since 1995. She is the Vice-President of AIMaC (the Italian Association of Cancer Patients), founder and general secretary of F.A.V.O. (Italian Federation of Volunteer based Cancer Organizations) as well as ACS Global Ambassador, board member to the European Cancer Patients Coalition, advisor to the Italian Ministry of Health, author and invited speaker on the rights of cancer patients. Nearly 20 years since her diagnosis, she simply wants to witness that cancer is a chronic disease an individual can live with. Life with cancer is possible, especially if God, your family and good friends around you support your strong desire to fight and to move forward. Life is beautiful, always!
Carol El Jabari, MPH BSc RN is a public health specialist. She is the recipient of the American Cancer Society (ACS) International Achievement Award in 2006 and was selected as a Global Cancer Ambassador (ACS) in 2011. Carol specializes in designing and implementing cancer projects including screening programs, health education projects and psychosocial support groups. She has established cancer support groups in Palestine and Jordan and is a ‘Reach to Recovery’ trainer.
Ms. El Jabari is an Executive Board Member of the Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research and has served as a consultant/advisor to the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and ICFi. She serves as Advisor to the Board of Trustees at Hebron University and has conducted research examining factors affecting screening, patient satisfaction and the knowledge, attitudes and practices of physicians (in Palestine and the UAE).
Dr. Dominista Kombe acquired her MD at the Donetsk State Medical Institute, Ukraine, USSR, and her Master of Medicine (Radiotherapy and Medical Oncology) at the University of Zimbabwe. She has been practicing medical oncology at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) in Dar Es Salaam, since 1995 and is currently one of only 4 medical oncologists in Tanzania. She is a member of numerous professional associations around the globe and serves as an advisor to the Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation. Dr. Kombe feels that as a cancer specialist she has a responsibility to reach the community to educate them about cancer symptoms, prevention, treatment and palliation. She does this through: TV, Radio, local newspapers, community and faith-based groups as well as individual persons. Being a member of other professional associations, she also networks in many issues of fighting cancer both in the society and globally.
Dr. Linh Dieu Nguyen received both her medical degree and masters in oncology from the Hanoi Medical University and is a PhD candidate. She currently holds the position of Vice Director of Public Relations at the Vietnam Cancer Institute, as well as breast surgeon and clinical physician at the K Hospital, Hanoi. Dr. Linh is actively involved in multiple international research studies and clinical trials, and has authored of a variety of published articles. Since 2009 she has served as Secretary of the Breast Cancer Club of Hanoi, the first cancer support group for the country. Since 2007 Dr. Linh has been the host of “Winning Against Cancer Hour “ for Vietnamese Television, a talk show aimed at cancer education and awareness. Linh is also the mother of two young boys.
Medical Director and Head of the Department of Medical Oncology at Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, Bhaktapur, Nepal. Senior consultant, medical oncologist and Coordinator of Oncology Services at Om Cancer Care Center, Om Hospital and Research Center, Kathmandu, Nepal and Sarvang Hospital, Kupundole. Dr. Shrestha has played a leading role in establishing cancer prevention activities, palliative care services and cancer support groups in Nepal. He has contributed to numerous publications in patient education and cancer prevention and works as a member of the National Registry Committee.
Ann Steyn is a breast cancer survivor, and the President of Reach to Recovery International (RRI) reachtorecoveryinternational.org breast cancer support network. As the National Coordinator of the South African RRI programme she became aware of the needs throughout Africa of not only offering emotional and practical support to breast cancer patients but also educational programmes about the disease. As the RRI member responsible for Africa she had had the opportunity to address some of these problems. With the help of a grant from the Susan G Komen Foundation, she has been able to train volunteers from 14 African nations. These volunteers will support breast cancer patients and their families, and also carry out breast cancer awareness campaigns. In 2005 she was awarded the Terese Lasser award in recognition for outstanding service and support to the RRI programme. Ms. Steyn’s wish is to see supportive care availalbe for all breast cancer patients worldwide, with all patients having the right to available, affordable and accessible breast health treatment.