Pacific Cancer Programs

Upcoming Events

YEAR 2018

May 2018

May 7 - 10, 2018
  • Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) meeting in Honolulu


YEAR 2017

August 2017

August, 2017
  • Successful application to CDC-RFA-DP17-1701 grant
CCPI meeting in 2016 December

Congratulation to all our Pacific Island Jurisdictions for successfully applying to the Cancer Prevention and Control Programs for State, Territorial, and Tribal Organizations CDC-RFA-DP17-1701 CDC funded grant! All Jurisdictions are funded and will be able to continue their hard work that has been ongoing since 2007.

Congratulations are in order for the Pacific Regional Comprehensive Cancer Registry as well, for a successful re-application for the same funding source.

For more information, please visit CDC's site, by clicking>HERE<

August 10, 2017
  • Cancer Registries: Measuring Progress. Targeting Action.

Cancer registries provide the data-driven foundation for cancer control efforts in the United States. Find out what they are, how they work, and who can use the data they provide.

YEAR 2016

December 2016

December 12-15, 2016
  • Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) semi-annual meeting in Honolulu
CCPI meeting in 2016 December

The 2016 winter CCPI meeting was held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

To download a list of topics discussed / agenda during the meeting please click >HERE<

To open/download the LARGE group picture (10Mb) please click >HERE<

Arpil 2016

April 25 - 28, 2016
  • Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) semi-annual meeting in Honolulu
CCPI meeting in 2016 April

The 2016 Spring CCPI meeting was held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

To download a list of topics discussed / agenda during the meeting please click >HERE<

For a list of the CCPI representatives and guests that are on the group picture, please click >HERE<

To open/download the LARGE group picture (5Mb) please click >HERE<

March 2016

March 1, 2016
CCPI meeting in 2014 November

Guam Comprehensive Cancer Control Newsletter

Volume 3, Issue 8 of the Guam Comprehensive Cancer Control Newsletter is available to download (6MB pdf) by clicking >HERE<

February 2016

February 23 - 24, 2016

The 21st Micronesian Chief Executives' Summit (MCES) was held in Koror, Palau

The MCES reaffirmed the commitment of each of the participants, on behalf of their people and their governments, to establish closer ties, ensure future discussions and agree on initiative for the benefit of members and the Micronesian Region. To read the official communique of the Summit, please click >HERE<

To read more about the two endorsed Regional Health Committee resolutions on supporting human resources for health (HRH) development efforts:

  • click >HERE< to read Resolution No. 21-01 about HRH / health workforce development efforts, and

  • click >HERE< to read Resolution No. 21-02 about strengthening regional health surveillance systems

YEAR 2015

December 2015

December 7 - 10, 2015

Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI); Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) meeting in Honolulu

CCPI meeting in 2014 November

The 2015 winter CCPI meeting was held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

To download a list of topics discussed / agenda during the meeting please click >HERE<

For a list of the CCPI representatives and guests please click >HERE<

To open/download the LARGE group picture (5Mb) please click >HERE<

To open/download the SMALL group picture (1Mb) please click >HERE<

November 30 - December 4, 2015

The 4th FSM NCD (Non-Communicable Diseases) Conference in Kosrae

Held at the Rose Makwelung Memorial Library, participants of the conference included the Governors of Chuuk and Kosrae, Hon. Johnson Elimo and Hon. Lyndon Jackson, as well as the Acting Secretary of the FSM (DoHSA) Department of Health and Social Affairs - (Mr. Arthy G. Nena) and various state directors of state department of health.
This venue presented an opportunity for State Coalitions and Partners/Stakeholders along with Program Staff for updates, to address pending issues and efficiently strategize ways forward combating the current NCD epidemic in our islands.

  • If you would like to learn more about the conference, please read our short summary, by clicking >HERE<
  • If you would like to read Resolution No. NCD2015-01 "Connect, Commit & Combat" please click >HERE<
  • If you would like to read the FSM National NCD Monitoring and Surveillance Plan, please click >HERE<

November 2015

November 3, 2015

CORA Award to CCPI

CORA Award to CCPI

The United States Surgeon General, Vice-Admiral Vivek Murthy met with Dr. Helentina Garstang, Vice-President and Dr. John Taitano, President of the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) in Chicago, Illinois on November 3, 2015 when the CCPI won First Place in the CORA Award (Community Organization Recognition Award).
The American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) sponsored the award. The CCPI won the award by providing the overall direction as the Advisory Board for the Pacific Cancer Control Plan efforts and their role is to improve the health and welfare of the people of the Pacific Islands through the development of programs and best practices activities and education, cancer program planning and outreach.
Left to right- Dr. Garstang, Vice Admiral Murthy and Dr. Taitano

October 2015

October 5, 2015

President-elect, American Medical Association (AMA) to speak before the Guam Medical Society.

Dr. Gurman

Dr. Andrew Gurman, President-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA) will be speaking before the Guam Medical Society on Monday night, October 5, 2015 at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort ballroom from 6-9pm. Dr. Gurman is the first AMA President-elect or officer to ever visit Guam and the Guam Medical Society is a member of the American Medical Association. The Guam Medical Society is inviting all physicians on Guam and in the region to come and greet/meet the next AMA President (2016-2017)!
RSVP 671-300-0843 or not later than September 30th, 2015. Cost is $38 for non-GMS members for the dinner.

To read Dr. Gurman’s bio, please click >HERE<

Please contact Dr. Taitano at 671-300-0843 or if you have any questions.

September 2015

September 28, 2015

Adoption of Agenda 2030: A Major Victory for Noncommunicable Diseases

Today is a historic moment for the non-communicable disease (NCD) community. This morning, world leaders formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations in New York. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets will drive efforts to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, improve health and wellbeing, and protect our planet over the next fifteen years. For the first time, NCDs are included in these goals as a sustainable development priority for all countries.
The adoption of the SDGs marks an important shift from development for the poorest countries to sustainable development for all. Ms Johanna Ralston, Vice-Chair of the NCD Alliance and CEO of the World Heart Federation said “Never before have world leaders pledged common action across such a broad and universal policy agenda, focusing on both the unfinished business of the MDGs, plus new global challenges such as NCDs, climate change, peace and security, and inequality.”

A two page version of the NCD Agenda 2030 is available to download, by clicking >HERE<.

September 19th, 2015

7th Micronesian Medical Symposium at the Hotel Nikko Guam.
The symposium provided 8 AMA Category 1 CME's for medical licensure and for the AMA Physician Recognition Award (PRA). For more information visit The Guam Medical Society's website >HERE<

September 16, 2015

Center offers islanders help in fighting cancer

FAYETTEVILLE -- A small contingent of doctors and cancer survivors from the Marshall Islands visited Arkansas last month to create a cancer survivorship plan that will be part of the islands' National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.

If you would like to read the whole article, you can download it by clicking >HERE< or you can access the article directly on the ArkansasOnline website, by clicking >HERE<

September 11, 2015

Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands won the first place 2015 APIC Community Organization Recognition Award

On behalf of the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC), in official relations with the American Public Health Association (APHA), we are very pleased to inform you that the Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands won the first place 2015 APIC Community Organization Recognition Award. Thank you for having such a positive impact on the health and quality of life of all Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations in the U.S. and its jurisdictions.

The nomination letter is awailable to download by clicking >HERE<
The award letter is available to download by clicking >HERE<
Would like to know more about the award ceremony? Click >HERE<

Thank you for Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum and Mavis Nitta for nominating CCPI for the award.

April 2015

April 27 - 30, 2015

Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) semi-annual meeting in Honolulu

CCPI meeting in 2014 November

The spring 2015 CCPI meeting was held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

To download a list of topics discussed / agenda during the meeting please click >HERE<

For a list of the CCPI representatives and guests please click >HERE<

To open/download the group picture (2Mb) please click >HERE<

April 17, 2015

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Pine Semisi to the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry family! Pine began as the American Samoa Cancer Registrar on April 17, 2015. We look forward to working with her on capturing the American Samoa cancer cases. Welcome Pine!

Pine Semisi

Pine Semisi

  • Title: American Samoa Cancer Registrar
  • Tel: (684) 633-4589
  • Email:
  • Address:
    American Samoa Cancer Registry
    P.O. Box 5941
    Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
April 6, 2015

New Chuuk Cancer Registrar

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Turay Setik to the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry family! Turay began as the Chuuk Cancer Registrar on April 6, 2015. We look forward to working with him on capturing the Chuuk cancer cases. Welcome Turay!

Turay Setik

Turay Setik

  • Title: Chuuk Cancer Registrar
  • Tel: (691) 330-6490
  • Email:
  • Address:
    Chuuk State Cancer Registry
    P.O. Box 609
    Neauo Weno, Chuuk FM 96942

February 2015

February 15, 2015

Publication of the ACOG Committee Opinion

In September 2013, an expert panel on cervical cancer screening in the U.S. Territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions met to explore screening strategies to improve the rates and efficacy of cervical cancer screening in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. This Committee Opinion summarizes the recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists based on the deliberations and findings of the expert panel.

This Committee Opinion resulted from the Expert Panel on Cervical Cancer Screening in the US Territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions meeting in September, 2013. (link)

Read the Commitee Opinion by clicking >HERE<

YEAR 2014

November 2014

November 15 - 21, 2014

REACH and CCC coordinator meeting and training in Honolulu (11/15 - 11/18)

2014 Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands (CCPI) semi-annual meeting in Honolulu (11/18 - 11/20)

CCPI meeting in 2014 November

This year’s second CCPI meeting was held in Honolulu, Hawaii in November 2014.

For a list of topics discussed during the meeting, please click >HERE<

CCPI representatives were:

Rear row: Mr. Youngju Yeong (UH), Ms. Tricia Torris (UH), Ms. Roseann Cindy Hunkin (AmSam), Dr. Livingston A. Taulung (Kos), Dr. Johnny Hedson (Pni), Mr. Joanes J. Sarofalpiy (FSMN)

Middle row: Ms. Neiar Kabua (RMI), Ms. Irish Tutii (Pal), Ms. Mavis Nitta (UH), Mr. Nena Tolenoa (Kos), Dr. Eric Lirow (Yap), Dr. Kino Ruben (Trk), Mr. Lawrence Alam (Gum), Mr. X-ner Luther (FSMN), Ms. Emi Chutaro (PIHOA)

Front row: Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-lum (UH), Ms. Ma. Julalie Donesa, Ms. Pertina Albert (Pni), Ms. Margarita Torres-Aldan (CNMI), Ms. Robina Anson (Pni), Dr. Helentina Garstang (RMI), Dr. Neal Palafox (UH), Ms. Edolem Ikerdeu (Pal), Ms. Jocelyn Songsong (CNMI), Ms. Roselie Zabala (Gum)

Sitting: Ms.Martina Reichhardt (CCPI treasurer/Secretary - Yap), Dr. John Taitano (CCPI President - Gum), Mr. Va’a Tofaeono (AmSam) (CCPI Vice President – was replaced by Dr. Helentina Garstang - RMI)


October 2014

October 7 - 9, 2014

2014 Forum Disability Ministerial Meeting (FDMM) for the Pacific Region (hosted in Pohnpei)

For more information about the meeting, download the official communique in pdf format by clicking >HERE<

August 2014

August 06, 2014

HPVflash: A news update from the PATH cervical cancer prevention team

UNFPA to make it easier for countries to purchase cryotherapy equipment.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in its role of United Nations procurement agency for reproductive health, has added cryotherapy equipment to its catalog. This will make it simpler for countries, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners to buy quality equipment for their cervical cancer prevention programs.

If you would like to read more, the whole newsletter can be accessed in a pdf format, by clicking >HERE<

July 2014

July 28, 2014

New official CCPI logo

New CCPI Logo

After several rounds of discussions and designing sessions, the new CCPI logo was born in July, 2014.

Thank you for all those who helped in the process. Greatly appreciated!

July 2014

July 28, 2014

New Part Time Palau Data Collection Specialist

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Adeline Santos to the Pacific Regional Central Cancer Registry family! Adeline started as a Data Collection Specialist in July 2014. We look forward to working with her and think she will be an asset to the Palau Cancer Registry. Welcome Adeline!

Adeline melil Santos

Adeline Melil Santos

  • Title: Part-time Data Collection Specialist
  • Email: or
  • Tel: (680) 488-2554
  • Fax: (680) 488-1211
  • Address:
    Palau Cancer Registry
    Non-Communicable Disease Unit, Ministry of Health
    P.O. Box 6027 Koror, Republic of Palau

June 2014

June 27, 2014

What is a Cancer Registrar? Video from CHAMPS

CHAMPS video, What is a Cancer Registrar, explains the cancer registrar profession and the impact cancer registrars make with the information they collect. It is CHAMPS's hope that this video will encourage others to consider a career as a cancer registrar since many in the profession are reaching retirement age without a sufficient stream of new registrars to take their place.

Please, feel free to share it with whoever you see fit, whichever media is most convenient for you!

Direct link to the video on Youtube:

June 4, 2014

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI); National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

CDC Household survey picture The NHIS is the nation’s largest in-person household health survey and is a primary tool for monitoring the health of the nation. The survey collects information on health status and conditions, disability, access to and use of health services, health insurance coverage, immunizations, risk factors, and health-related behaviors. In 2014, about 4,000 additional households containing one or more NHPI residents will be added to the NHIS. The NHPI NHIS is an unprecedented opportunity to collect rich and accurate information about the health of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in all 50 states.

With the information collected, it will be possible for policymakers, community leaders, researchers and health professionals to understand NHPI health problems, strengths, and needs and to plan policies and programs to improve NHPI health and well-being. Households selected for the survey will receive a letter that can be accessed by clicking >HERE<

A public use data file will be available in mid-2015.

May 2014

May 26-31, 2014

PIHOA Epitech- Data for Decision Making Workshop on Basic Applied Epi and Data Analysis held in Palau May 26 – 31, 2014.

2014 Epitech training Palau Three of the PIJ Cancer Registars Angelina Stevens (American Samoa), Irish Tutii (Palau) and Suzanne Philippo (RMI) were able to attend this course which is one of 5 credited courses leading to a post–graduate certificate in applied epidemiology from Fiji National University. The workshop consisted of 6 days of training, group breakout sessions, jurisdiction breakout sessions, data analysis, group presentations and a final exam for course credit. The overall grade for the course was based on a combined total of scoring for the presentation and final exam. Angelina Stevens from American Samoa noted that the training was tremendously informative, especially in terms of advanced use of excel in data analysis. She also mentioned that it was a good follow-up to the Intro to Excel course the PIJ Cancer Registrars had taken previously at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The workshop had a large group of facilitators on hand, all with some level of expertise in excel and data, to help us along in the course and answer any other questions the attendees had.

May 15, 2014

CHAMPION of Cancer Control Award to be Presented to Family Medicine’s Dr. Neal Palafox

Neal Palafox elected as Cancer Champion John A. Burns School of Medicine alumnus and Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health Dr. Neal Palafox is a true champion. He has been selected to receive C-Change’s 2014 Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) Champion Award. The CCC Champion Award recognizes volunteer CCC coalition members who go above and beyond the call of duty to advance projects or interventions consistent with priorities in their coalition’s respective CCC plan.

Read the news article directly from UH MED NOW blogsite by clicking >HERE<

or dowload the article as a pdf file, by clicking >HERE<

April 2014

April 26-30, 2014

Visit to American Samoa – April 26-30, Pago-Pago

Dr. Neal Palafox traveled to American Samoa to work in tandem with American Samoa Cancer Coalition to improve its cancer programs in the territory. A local newsite, wrote: Neal Palafox in American Samoa, 2014

"Dr. Neil Palafox was instrumental in setting up cancer coalitions in US Pacific jurisdictions and he continues to visit Pacific countries to provide in carrying out their cancer plans... For his recent trip to American Samoa, Dr. Palafox has been looking at ways to harmonize cancer work between local healthcare providers including the Department of Health and the LBJ Hospital and the Cancer Coalition."

For the full article, visit by clicking here.

Samoan News online (, also published an in-detail article about Dr. Palafox's visit to American Samoa. If you are interested, visit the news agency's website by clicking here, or download the article in pdf format, by clicking here.

March 2014

March 12-15, 2014

CCPI Meeting – March 12-15, Guam

The Cancer Council of the Pacific Islands had its bi-yearly conference in 2014 March 12-15, Guam.

To dowload the agenda, click the following link.

Participants were:

CCPI Meeting in Guam, 2014

Rear/last row from left to right: Youngju Jeong; Joanes J. Sarofalpiy; Venancio Imanil, Jr.; Dr. James Edilyong; Nena M. Tolenoa; Brencis Briones; Va'a Toefaono; X-ner Luther; Angelina Stevens; Tricia Torris; Michael Green; Dr. Frances Okubo; Dr. Kino Sarel Ruben; Dr. Yoster Ychiro; Felix Pelep; Lawrence Alam;

Second row from back: Dr. Eileen Elido; Robina R. Anson; Dr. Kesusa Bermanis; Renata Bordallo; Vivian Pareja; Joanne Ogo; Suzanne Philipo; Roslynne Ebeo; Melani Montano; Robina Waguk; Irish Tutii; Pipianan Wichep; Neiar Kabua; Suzette Melanie Brikul; Mary Rose Johnny; Marcella Jamos;

Third row from back: Roselie Zabala; Pertina Albert; Philip T. Ranganbay; Moria Shomour; Martina Reichhardt; Dr. Victor Terenuku Tofaeono; Dr. John Taitano; Dr. Sylvia Osarch; Leonardo Erra; Dr. Helentina Garstang; Margarita Torres-Aldan; Trina Lee Sablan; Cyneli Petewon;

First row: Mavis Nitta; Dioreme Navasca; Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum; Susan White; Dr. Lily Jonas; Jocelyn Songsong;

Missing: Janos Baksa (taking the picture); Dr. Neal Palafox

March 12-15, 2014

PIJ Cancer Registry Annual Training in Guam March 2014 Highlights

A big thanks goes to the University of Guam (UOG) along with the Cancer Research Center Guam (CRCG) who were generous enough to host the first all Jurisdiction Cancer Registry training on the island of Guam! PRCCR would also like to acknowledge the continued support and training that Hawaii Tumor Registry (HTR) provides to the PIJ Cancer Registries. While in Guam, the Registrars were also able to participate in the Joint CCPI/Registrars/U54/Guam NCD consortium meeting where Melani Montano represented PRCCR in a panel discussion alongside Dr. John Taitano of the CCPI, Dr. Robert Underwood of U54 & Va’a Tofaeono of the Health Leadership Council.

Examples of Training Areas:

  • Theme: Improving the quantity of diagnosed cases and quality of mortality data
  • The importance of clinical diagnosis only
  • What is mortality data used for?
  • Death Certification training for physicians (80% by June 29)
  • How to look back at records to determine the cause of death
  • Data Quality
  • Review of directly-coded SEER Summary Staging (what fields, etc.)
  • Reason No Surgery Review (Too many unknowns)
  • Diagnostic Confirmation Review
  • Follow-Up Source- Why too many blanks?
  • The Central Cancer Registrars introduced a new tracking system as well as feedback reports that will be given after receiving new cancer cases from each Jurisdiction

Pacific Cancer Registry Meeting in Guam, 2014

Shown in Photo:

Back Row: Guam - Brencis Briones, RMI - Suzanne Philipo, CNMI - Joanne Ogo, PRCCR – Roslynne Ebeo, UH - Tricia Torris, American Samoa - Angelina Stevens, Kosrae - Robina Waguk, HTR - Michael Green, Palau - Irish Tutii, FSM National - Felix Pelep

Front Row: Guam - Renata Bordallo, HTR - Eileen Elido, PRCCR – Melani Montano, UH – Dr. Lee Buenconsejo – Lum, Pohnpei - Mary Rose Johnny, Chuuk - Cyneli Petewon, Yap - Cecilia Leechugen, Guam - Frances Okubo

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