Basel Refky
Oncology Centre Mansoura University
Manso, Egypt

Where did you complete your training? Or tell us about your background in gyn oncology.
I received my primary training at the Oncology Centre Mansoura University in Egypt. I then had training in ovarian cancer surgery at the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo, Japan. I also completed an observership for peritoneal surface malignancies and HIPEC at Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester, UK before returning back to Egypt to start gynecological oncology training program in Mansoura.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in gyn oncology or what about it interested you?
There was an obvious gap in that field—with most gynecologists not interested in it and surgical oncologist practicing it without a sound gynecological background. There were no training programs or curriculums.

Tell us about your work in women’s cancer: daily activities and/or special projects.
My daily activities and special projects include operating with gynecologist cancer patients, handling 49 monthly gynecologist oncology audits, attending a yearly national gynecological oncology educational event with Cairo Journal Club Oncology team, and having two monthly MDT virtual meetings (IGCS Project ECHOs) with PARSGO and MEMAGO. We are now extending the audits all over Egypt—they are no longer just in Mansoura.

Tell us about the person or people who have inspired you the most in your career.
The following people have inspired me the most in my career: Pedro Ramirez, Anna Fagotti, Robert Coleman and Tomyaso Tako.

What is the most rewarding part of your career?
The most rewarding part of my career is when I see a real change in the practice all over the region.

What is the most beneficial resource or equipment you have access to at your training site?
The most beneficial resource I have access to at my training site are the monthly MDT meetings, the IGCS portal and ESGO portal.

What is one of the biggest challenges in gyn cancer care in your region? What resources are lacking?
One of the biggest challenges in gyn cancer care in my region is the financial resources regarding genetic analysis, and target and immune therapy.

How long have you been a member and how did you become involved with IGCS?
I have been an IGCS member for 4 years now and have active participation in IGCS Project ECHOs.

Is there a story/example of a time you were especially proud of your involvement with IGCS?
My role in the Project ECHOs is a time when I’m especially proud of my involvement with IGCS.

Does your country/region have a traditional food or drink? Do you like it?
Yes, foul and falafels are traditional here and I like them very much.