Adu Appiah-Kubi
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi & University of Health & Allied Sciences
Ghana

 

Cancer on the African continent is on the increase. According to World Health Organization (WHO) data, in 2012 alone more than 8.2 million people died from cancer, and about two thirds of those were in low- and middle-income countries, the many of which are in Africa. The most common cancers in Africa are that of the cervix, breast, liver and prostate. Incidence of cancer impoverishes the sufferer and the family and is even more profound when the patient is a woman.

Having had a first hand experience watching my mother die from liver cancer, Gynaecology Oncology has always been my preferred area of study as I aspire to save many families from the pains mine went through with my mother.

There is a feeling of trust that develops between a doctor and a patient when the doctor genuinely cares for the patient and is empathetic to the patient’s plight. This gives me joy and satisfaction and is what motivates me to always give my all for my patients. Not only do I want to dedicate my life caring for women with gynaecological cancer, but my ambition is to participate in research that contributes to the reduction in the incidence of such cancers.

My daily activities involve providing service at the teaching hospital where I work and teach medical students and residents. I also work as a lecturer in a medical school in the university. I volunteer my spare time to an organisation which does free medical outreach to the underprivileged performing free gynaecologic surgeries and educating them on diseases. My passion is caring for women with cancer and I am particularly interested in cervical cancer and ovarian cancer.

I am currently working on a a project in cervical cancer seeking to find the reasons why our women present so late to the hospital and finding ways of curbing that and also trying to secure funding to work on the incidence of BRCA in Ghanaian women with ovarian cancer. I will appreciate a collaboration to this effect. I am very privileged to have been selected for the 2019 IGCS Shingo Fujii Young Doctors Summit Travel Grant to attend the 2019 IGCS Meeting in Japan in the same year I was honoured as the best doctor (snr category) in my hospital which is the second biggest teaching hospital in Ghana. I am also privileged to have been selected to receive funding for the 2019 IGCS Visiting Scholar and Mentorship Program.