Tumor Board

Our first all-remote BOTSOGO Tumor Board took place Tuesday, May 26th on the topic of “Providing Radiation Therapy and Cancer Care during the Pandemic: discussed through the lens of two breast cancer cases.”  

We will continue to present tumor boards on the themes of treating recent cancer cases in the context of COVID-19 concerns.  Our next tumor board is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th.  To be added to our mailing list and receive email announcements, please email botsogo@partners.org.  We also send occasional notifications to our WhatsApp group; to be added to the WhatsApp group, please email your mobile number to Mr Isaac Nkele at inkele@bhp.org.bw.

All are welcome.

Due to the pandemic our current tumor board is all-remote, but Tumor Boards are usually held at the following locations:

11 am (Eastern Time), Boston, MA, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cox 6 Conference Room.

5 pm (Central Africa Time), Francistown, Botswana, Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital, Conference Room, Admin Block 1st Floor. Light dinner and refreshments to follow.

5 pm (Central Africa Time), Gaborone, Botswana, Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute, PMH grounds, Conference Room, Ground Floor. Light dinner and refreshments to follow

For questions, or to be added to our tumor board mailing list, please contact BOTSOGO@partners.org.

About the Tumor Boards:

We have established the first sustainable multidisciplinary tumor board in Botswana, which connects the Botswana oncology community with MGH/Harvard-based disease site experts. Utilizing an internet-based platform, we have fostered relationships not only between physicians in Botswana and at MGH/Harvard, but also among care providers within Botswana. In addition to providing a venue for education and constructive peer review, the conference provides a regular forum to discuss relevant health systems issues and for multidisciplinary discourse. The tumor board has covered a wide range of cases and topics selected by care providers of patients in Botswana. Case presentations by the treating physicians in Botswana are followed by an open discussion of challenging diagnostic, treatment, or heath system issues that impact the care of the patient.

Continuing Education Credits

BOTSOGO Tumour Board Attendance and Evaluation Survey for Tumor Board attendees


The BOTSOGO Tumor Board is accredited by Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) Offices of Global and Continuing Education. Tumor Board participants wishing to receive CME credit should fill out this survey. Completion of the survey is required to receive CME credit for each Tumor Board session you attend. Education certificates are distributed at the end of the academic year.

Tumor Board Archive

May 2020: Safely providing radiation and cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic

February 2020: Surgical and ethical considerations for a 92 year old woman diagnosed with ovarian teratoma

January 2020: Raised CA 15-3 in a Young Breast Cancer Patient

November 2019: The Vaginal Dilator Program: Successes and Challenges during the Last Two Years

October 2019: A 65 year-old man with prostate and rectal masses

September 2019: 64 Year Old Female With Anaemia And Cervical Mass: a Special Session Highlighting The Role Of Nurse Advocacy

August 2019: A 34 year-old woman with HIV presenting with rectal mass

July 2019: A 39 year old man with Penile Ulcer and Relationship Strain

June 2019: A 38-year-old man with HIV presenting with gastrointestinal bleeding

May 2019: A 32 year-old pregnant female with right breast lump

April 2019: A 51 year old female with abdominal distention

February 2019: Ethical Issues in Oncology

Jan 2019: A 69 year-old woman with breast mass and bloody fine needle aspirate

November 2018: A 62 year-old female with shortness of breath

October 2018: A 51 year old male with ascites and generalized lymphadenopathy

September 2018: A patient with cardiac failure and breast cancer

June 2018: Reproductive Issues in Young Females with Cancer

May 2018: Impactful science in Botswana: Research presentations by BOTSOGO scholars

April 2018: A 34 year-old woman with controlled HIV and flank pain

March 2018: A rare case of mucinous adenocarcinoma – perianal region

Feb 2018: A 61 year-old man with disabling extremity pain and persistent neck mass

Jan 2018: A 77-year-old man with penile and inguinal masses

November 2017: A 64yo female with tuberculous empyema not improving on treatment: A tribute and farewell to Dr. Alphonse Kayembe

October 2017: Three men with pain and difficulty urinating

September 2017: Two patients with suspected cancer presenting to rural and peri-urban clinics in Botswana

August 2017: A 40 year old female with Stage IA Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

July 2017: A 38 year old female with sexual dysfunction post-irradiation; Management of Sexual Survivorship Issues in Women receiving Pelvic Radiation

May 2017: A 61 year old patient with hoarseness of voice

February 2017: A young woman with breast cancer

January 2017: A 38 year old female with back pain

November 2016: Two men with hyper-pigmented skin lesions

October 2016: Three patients with prostate masses

September 2016: Two cancer patients with sudden swelling of limbs

August 2016: A 41 year old female with sexual dysfunction following treatment for cervical cancer

June 2016: Three females with fungating masses

May 2016: A male with a headache and a male with an ulcer on his foot

April 2016: Two young patients with unusual masses

March 2016: Three adults with headaches, numbness, and swelling

February 2016: Two middle-aged women with pelvic pain and bleeding

January 2016: Two patients with difficulty walking in Francistown

December 2015: Five patients needing radiation but no in-country access

November 2015: Two HIV-infected adolescents with skin lesions

October 2015: A 45 year-old woman with profound neutropenia and fever

September 2015: A 52 year-old woman with dysphagia for six months

July 2015: A 17 year old with swelling and skin lesions on his left leg

June 2015: A 32 year old woman with bilateral breast masses

May 2015: Two men with abdominal pain

March 2015: A 21 year old woman with a rapidly growing mass on palate

Feb 2015: A 66 year-old female with recurrent lesions of the nose

Jan 2015: Two patients with advanced cancer and difficulty walking.

November 2014: Two patients experiencing complications of treatment

October 2014: Three women with breast masses and arm swelling

September 2014: Three patients with dysphagia and pain

August 2014: Three men with elevated PSAs

July 2014: A 35 year-old female with skin lesions on the thighs and upper arms

June 2014: 59 year-old man presenting with a lump on the left eye and vision loss

May 2014: A 90 year-old man presenting with a gingival mass

April 2014: A 41 year-old female with pain and bleeding after treatment for breast cancer

March 2014: A 51 year-old woman presenting with epigastric pain

March 2014: A 51 year-old woman presenting with epigastric pain

February 2014 : A 52 year-old woman with an enlarging perineal mass

February 2014: A 52 year-old woman with an enlarging perineal mass

December 2013: Two men with groin and neck swelling

December 2013: Two men with groin and neck swelling

November 2013: Two men with penile lesions

October 2013: 5 children with lower extremity masses

September 2013: A 29-year-old with vulvar cancer

July 2013: A 35 year-old female with skin lesions on the thighs and upper arms

May 2013: A 38 year-old woman and a 26 year-old man with neck and axillary masses

April 2013: Two men with breast masses

March 2013: A 47 year-old female with post-coital bleeding

February 2013: A 35 year-old woman with HIV and a tonsilar mass

February 2013: A 39 year-old male with bilateral pleural effusion

December 2012: A 29 year-old woman with a breast mass

November 2012: A 36 year-old female with epigastric pain

September 2012: A 39 year-old with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma

August 2012: A 65 year-old woman with dark heel mass

July 2012: A 20 year-old man with hepatocellular carcinoma

May 2012: A 35 year-old woman with leiomyosarcoma

April 2012: A 58 year-old male with lung mass

February 2012: A woman with cervical cancer