Ngoc Phan
Da Nang Oncology Hospital

Da Nang, Vietnam
Fellow of the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program

Where did you complete your training? Or tell us about your background in gyn oncology.
I started my IGCS fellowship in February 2020 and became the second IGCS fellow in Vietnam.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in gyn oncology or what about it interested you?
I was born in Quangnam, a small province in central Vietnam, where women with gynecologic cancer diseases did not receive standard treatment yet. For this reason, I decided to enhance my knowledge and skill in gynecologic oncology.

Tell us about your work in women’s cancer: daily activities and/or special projects.
My team and I are planning a project in cervical cancer screening for low-income women in Da Nang.

Tell us about the person or people who have inspired you the most in your career.
I’m a lucky person because I have had the opportunity to learn from several mentors: Dr. Linda Van Le, Dr. Tri Dinh and Dr. Joe Ng, who are willing to support me in all respects of my life. They inspire and encourage me to do more in the field of gynecologic oncology.

What is the most beneficial resource or equipment you have access to at your training site?
The most beneficial resource that we have at Da Nang Oncology Hospital is our multidisciplinary team. We learn so much from them and it is great to see how the team benefits from the patients’ treatment journey in the best possible way.

What is one of the biggest challenges in gyn cancer care in your region? What resources are lacking?
The biggest challenges in gyn cancer care in Vietnam are that people are often diagnosed late at advanced stages and don’t get follow up appointments.

How long have you been a member and how did you become involved with IGCS?
I have been a part of IGCS since February 2020. I was their second fellow at Vietnam training site. My local supervisor Dr. Quy introduced and encouraged me to join. I am grateful to him for providing this opportunity and support.

What does being a part of the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program mean to you?
My career in gyn oncology started when I became an IGCS fellow. Being an IGCS fellow is one of the most interesting parts of my life. Their support and encouragement inspires me to remain committed to this field forever.

Do you have any hobbies or is there an interesting fact about your life that you’d like to share?
My favorite hobbies are reading romantic novels and watching drama movies.

What is a unique or fun fact about your country or community culture?
Vietnam is a nation of football fans. In a survey, 80% of Vietnamese people said they would choose to watch the World Cup instead of going to work!

Does your country/region have a traditional food or drink? Do you like it?
I love Mi Quang which is one of the special foods in my home town.