Two Worlds is concentrating its efforts on childhood cancers, palliative care and population based cancer control. Initially, the team’s on-the-ground work is taking place India and in Nepal. The 2013 focus was on programs administered by MNJ in Andhra Pradesh. In 2014 the collaboration continues in the central Indian state and is expanding in the state of Karnataka. In Nepal 2014-15 the collaboration continues with hospice programs and the expansion of rural palliative cancer care.
Leading medical experts and volunteers
Dr. Simon Sutcliffe
President, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration
Dr. Sutcliffe is the former President of the BC Cancer Agency and past Chair of the Canadian Partnership against Cancer. Dr. Sutcliffe, a renowned cancer specialist, established Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration – the Canadian branch of the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) – in 2010.
Dr. Stuart Brown
Consultant, Palliative Medicine, Waikato Hospital, New Zealand
Former Medical Director of the Tertiary Palliative Care Unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre. Dr. Brown has worked in Saudi Arabia in palliative medicine and since 2008 has volunteered in Brazil, India, Nepal and Tanzania with the Palliative Access (PAX) Program of INCTR and Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration.
Dr. Gillian Fyles
Palliative Access Director Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration
Dr. Fyles is the Medical Leader of the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program at the Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, BC Cancer Agency.
Dr. Robin Love
Palliative Care Consultant
Dr. Love volunteers as a consultant with Two Worlds Canada Collaboration and INCTR-PAX, and has assisted in teaching palliative care in Brazil, Egypt, India, Nepal and Saudi Arabia. While in Montreal in a Family Medicine residency Dr. Love had his first exposure to Palliative Care. In 1988 he returned to Vancouver Island. It soon became clear that Nanaimo needed a palliative care program, so after some extra training at Victoria Hospice, Dr. Love started a consultation service and along with a dedicated group of nurses and administrators, a palliative care program in Nanaimo, BC was started in 1993. He continues to practice family medicine and palliative care. The Nanaimo Palliative Care Community has maintained a successful Twinning Partnership program with Bhaktapur Cancer Center in Nepal since 2008
Dr. Fraser Black
Two Worlds Cancer executive
Dr. Black is Associate Director of the INCTR Palliative Access Program and has worked on palliative care initiatives in Nepal, India, Tanzania and Brazil. He has practised palliative care for more than 15 years providing care to both adults and children. Dr. Black works at Victoria Hospice as well as being a Consultant with the BC Cancer Agency.
Dr. François Bachand
Radiation Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency
Dr. Bachand specializes in brachytherapy and treatment of Genitourinary and Gynecologic cancers. He has been involved with 2WCC since 2014 travelling to Hyderabad to teach in the Palliative Care Certificate Course and to present at various Radiation Oncology rounds.
Leslie Sundby, MN, BSN
Palliative Access Director Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration – Nepal
Leslie Sundby has an extensive nursing background in leadership, global health issues, pediatrics, perinatal and palliative care. She is the Chair of the BSN Program at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, BC. Leslie completed training in palliative care in 2007 and has been actively involved with the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital Twinning Project since then. She has helped develop, implement and evaluate the palliative care program at Bhaktapur. Leslie has overseen several field schools in Nepal with nursing students from VIU.
Palliative Care Coordinator and Oncology Nurse
Zahra is Palliative Care Coordinator with the Vancouver Hospice Society and an oncology nurse with the BC Cancer Agency. Since 2010, she has built a collaborative relationship mentoring and training the pediatric oncology nurses and the Life at Your Doorstep palliative care teams at MNJ in Hyderabad. During her volunteer visits she also participates as a faculty member in MNJ’s Palliative Care Certificate Course.
Rachel Neufeld, RN
Community Palliative Care Nurse, Central Okanagan Hospice House and Clinical Practice Coordinator, Interior Health Authority
Rachel has 15 years nursing experience and first started working in palliative care in 2006 in London, England. It was then that she realized this was the work she really wanted to do. Rachel has specialized in palliative care nursing ever since. She is thrilled to be working with Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration in the education and advancement of palliative care programs around the world. In early 2015, Rachel started collaborating with the Life at Your Doorstep home-visit palliative care teams working in Hyderabad and Secunderabad – providing mentorship to the three home-visit teams.
Jessica Barker, RN
Palliative Care Nurse, Community Integrated Health Services and Central Okanagan Hospice House, Interior Health Authority
Jessica is a Registered Nurse with more than eight years of nursing and public health experience in Zambia and South Africa. She received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Cape Town, specializing in ‘Health Systems’. Jessica is an instructor at the University of British Columbia-Okangan. She is also co-founder of the Okanagan Zambia Health Initiative – an interdisciplinary group of health care professionals working to build capacity of health care professionals in Zambia. In early 2016, she collaborated with hospice staff at Kumudini Devi Hospice in Hyderabad, and hopes to continue building mutually collaborative partnerships between Indian and Canadian colleagues.
Clinical pharmacist, Oncology and Tertiary Palliative Care at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, BC
Fatima has worked in oncology and palliative care since 2012 and joined the efforts of Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration in 2013. In 2014, she provided mentorship and support to pediatric nurses at MNJ and staff at the Kumudini Devi Hospice.
Social work consultant
A social work consultant with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, Doug has provided mentorship for the social workers at MNJ, in Hyderabad, India and the Victoria Hospice twinning project with the hospice at B.P. Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, in Bharatpur, Nepal.
Administration and operations
Dee works as a Coordinator of Awards and HR Services at the Children and Family Research Institute in Vancouver and provides administration and operations support for Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration. Dee's 20-year career is defined by taking on challenging business administration roles in legal, high-tech and healthcare industries.
Fundraising and communications support
Nick is a fundraising professional with over 30 years of experience, almost 20 years of which were raising funds for cancer care and research in Canada. He has worked at Princess Margaret Hospital, BC Cancer Foundation and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Branding and design communications
Robyn and her team at Signals.ca first got involved with 2WCC because of their work in the health communications field. She and her team felt the desire to "give back" through an effective and meaningful charitable organization that benefits lesser-resourced countries. Signals named and branded Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration and now provides ongoing design communications support on a voluntary basis.
Multi-media and communications support
Chuck has documented the Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration supported programs in India and Nepal since 2010. He has worked more than 25 years as a photojournalist. Most recently he worked in Multi-Media Services at the BC Cancer Agency before returning to full-time freelance.
For almost 10 years, Janelle has focused on building digital solutions that transform health and research to improve patient outcomes. She provides digital communications support to share 2WCC's transformative work online.
Dr. Gayatri Palat
Director of Palliative Care Access for Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration in India and the Don Rix Professor of Palliative Medicine at the MNJ Institute of Oncology.
She is also Director of the INCTR Hyderabad Institute of Palliative Care. Dr. Palat is currently Associate Professor of the Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine in the in Hyderabad. Previously she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Palliative Medicine at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, and participated in the Faculty Development Program of the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC). Dr. Palat is also on the advisory committee of palliative care for the National Cancer Control Program, India.
Dr. Spandana Rayala
Pediatric Palliative Care Specialist
Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, MD
Dr. Stuart Brown, MD
Dr. Gillian Fyles, MD
Dr. Fraser Black, MD
Collaborating with an International network in cancer leadership.
Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration Foundation is the Canadian branch of The International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR), whose mission is to build capacity for cancer treatment and research through education and training in developing countries.
Established in 1988 by Dr. Ian Magrath, a world leading haemato oncologist (blood cancer specialist), INCTR is an internationally recognized non-governmental organization headquartered in Belgium and is the only international NGO solely dedicated to the global control of cancer.
As the Canadian branch of INCTR, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration works with the World Health Organization and other national and international organizations to reduce the cancer burden.
Through its network of volunteers Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration and INCTR have medical professionals partnering locally with health care providers in Africa, Asia, and South America.
Mehdi Nawaz Jung Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre (MNJ)
Pain Relief and Palliative Care Society – Hyderabad
NAPCare (Nepalese Association Palliative Care)
St. Mary’s Hospital - Malur
NNCTR - Nepali Network for
Cancer Treatment and Research
Victoria Hospice Nepal Twinning Project (twinning with B.P. Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, Bharatpur, Nepal)
Nanaimo Community Hospice Twinning Project & Partners in Compassion (twinning with Bkaktapur Cancer Hospital, Bkaktapur, Nepal)
World Health Organization
Rix Family Foundation – the Foundation's generous five-year committment includes supporting the leadership of Dr. Gayatri Palat, Director, Department of Palliative Medicine, at MNJ Institute
Onni Group – Principal sponsor of the inaugural Two Worlds Cancer Gala in 2014