Message from the new President of SIOP Asia

Akira Nakagawara

Akira Nakagawara, MD, PhD

The SIOP was founded in the late 1960s and the SIOP Asia was established about 20 years ago by the late Professor Yoshiaki Tsuchida as well as Prof. Tadashi Sawada in Japan and other important people in Asian countries as a continental branch of SIOP. By collaborating with Professor Bharat Agarwal, a Secretary General of SIOP, Professor Purna Kurkure, a previous President of SIOP Asia, has done a lot of wonderful job to improve the status of SIOP Asia.

In accordance with rapid development of many Asian countries, the role of SIOP Asia has been largely changing. The population of Asia is more than a half of that in the world. We estimate that more than 200,000 children per year suffering from cancer, however, nobody knows the exact number of the patients. The cancer epidemiology and its registration are mandatory for improving the cure rate of pediatric malignancies in Asian countries.

To save the life of those patients with cancer, we need to make an Asian network of pediatric cancers. That includes education of doctors, nurses and supporters as well as establishment of tumor bank network with standardized diagnostic systems. The discussion with the patients and families is also very important. In addition, we should make a data center in each country. Then, every center could be linked together globally and generate for a long term follow-up study of the patients. Furthermore, establishment of a collaborative clinical study of childhood cancers in Asia is urgently required. Thus, we have so many things to do to save the life of children with cancer in Asia. That is my task as a President of SIOP Asia and also our task to work together.

Lastly, I would like to say "Let's start from the small" with an expecting global extension for children's future."

Thank you very much.



Akira Nakagawara, M.D., Ph.D.

President, Chiba Cancer Center

Director, Chiba Cancer Center Research Institute

Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Oncology,

Chiba University, Graduate School of Medicine

Chiba, Japan