Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancer-related causes of death in the developing world. Surgery is essential to treat the disease, but traditional mentor-apprentice methods of surgical training have failed to provide developing regions with an adequate number of trained surgeons, largely due to the time investment required. As a result, cervical cancer patients in these regions typically spend excessively long periods on surgical waiting lists, during which time their cancers may progress or they may fail to return for follow-up.

Dr. Groesbeck Parham and staff operating on a patient in Zambia

Furthermore, as countries in the developing world implement and scale up cervical cancer screening programs, increasing numbers of women will be diagnosed with stages of cervical cancer that are possible to cure with surgery alone. This is why it is critical to find ways to more effectively and efficiently train surgeons to treat cervical cancer patients and prevent missed opportunities for cure.

This project is funded with support from the Medical Research Council, UK