Technical Services

Technical Services

Partners for Cancer Control and Prevention provides year-round technical support to medical providers in Cali, Colombia, who serve breast and cervical cancer patients and their families.

In 2012, our team forged a partnership with Hospital San Juan de Dios, the oldest hospital in all of Colombia, to create a comprehensive cancer program for the patients of Cali.

Breaking News: On March 9, 2013, our team of physicians, nurses, and public health professionals traveled to Hospital San Juan de Dios to provide evidence-based medical training and programmatic support to the hospital's medical, nursing and psychosocial professionals and trainees. During our week-long program, we:

  1. Trained over 100 medical professionals in the management of breast disease.
  2. Provided 171 breast prosthesis evaluations for women with mastectomies and 70 hair prostheses for women undergoing chemotherapy.
  3. Conducted a needs assessment of hospital pathology services.
  4. Trained 5 hospital bacteriologists in the assessment of fine-needle aspiration biopsies to increase the quality and speed of diagnostic services.
  5. Trained 5 surgeons to perform ultrasound-guided breast biopsies.

We are committed to:

  • Improving continuity of care: this process has been initiated through our partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Nueva Vida, Inc. to launch a breast cancer patient navigation program.
  • Ensuring physical space for cancer care: at Hospital San Juan de Dios, this process officially began in September, 2012 with the creation of a "Pink Room" funded by Roche Laboratories specific to breast cancer patient services.
  • Increasing hospital capacity for high-quality cancer care: through joint purchase of medical equipment to diagnose and treat breast and cervical cancer, and ongoing training of hospital providers engaged in cancer care.