Their Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine accompanied by her sister Mrs Betty Roumeliotis visited today the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Harvard Medical School affiliate in Boston in order to upgrade relationship of this prestigious institute with health care institutions in Serbia.
Her Royal Highness Princess Katherine presented the situation in Serbia regarding treatment of cancer, prevention and awareness regarding breast cancer, as well as activities of the Princess Katherine Foundation in this area in the past years. Their Royal Highnesses met and spoke with Doctor Edward J. Benz, President and Chief Executive of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and his colleagues to make agreement for solidifying the relationship with the Institute in order to help doctors and patients in Serbia.
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine provided then only mobile mammography machine in our country in 2009 and donated it to Clinical Center in Nis. Its’ value was 900,000 EUR at the moment. Thanks to this equipment, more than 100,000 women have been examined. The Royal couple also provided a mammography machine for General Hospital in Cuprija and KBC Bezanijska Kosa in Belgrade, and two ultrasound machines for breast examination to Institute of Oncology and Radiology of Serbia in Belgrade and Clinic for Radiology in Nis.
In May 2015 Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine in cooperation with Hemofarm Foundation and Astra Zeneca donated a valuable sequencer of latest generation to Institute of Oncology and Radiology of Serbia, which no other health institution in our country had at that moment. That sequencer allows simultaneous analysis of multiple genes and multiple samples of patients, which enables efficient testing of hereditary predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer and significantly shortens time of analysis.
Crown Princess Katherine and her humanitarian Foundation work a lot on medical education and raising of awareness about prevention of this deadly disease. Princess Katherine’s Foundation organized four Oncology conferences for our doctors in Belgrade with eminent lecturers from the field of oncology from all around the world. The Fifth Oncology conference will be held in Belgrade on October 21st and 22nd, 2016.