European Cancer Summit 2021

From Plans to Action

We are looking forward to this year’s European Cancer Summit focused on the most important topics in cancer for a wide-ranging discussion. We are bringing together leading oncology experts, patient advocates, politicians and policy-makers to discuss the main issues impacting cancer policy, for the benefit of cancer patients, healthcare professionals and all people across Europe.  

This year's Summit will be hosted both in Brussels and available to join virtually as a hybrid event. We invite everyone interested in attending the European Cancer Summit 2021 to register here.  Please note that this year we will be maintaining the registration fees at the Virtual rates, including for delegates who choose to attend the Summit in person. 

17 November 2021 9:00 - 18:00 CET 18 November 2021 9:00 - 18:15 CET

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Watch the highlights video from the European Cancer Summit 2020


Every year, at the European Cancer Summit, the European Cancer Organisation brings together leading oncology experts, experienced patient advocates, key opinion leaders, policy makers and politicians to discuss key issues in reducing the burden of cancer, saving, and improving the lives of patients and the public.  

This year’s European Cancer Summit on 17-18 November will focus on the implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the EU Cancer Mission’s recommendations, including through our nine Focused Topic Networks

We are planning this year’s Summit as a hybrid event with some speakers and delegates meeting face-to-face in Brussels in a Covid-safe environment, and others joining virtually, bringing together the European cancer community including our Member Societies and Patient Advocacy groups

The European Cancer Summit is a key event in the cancer policy calendar. Our goal is to showcase the multi-stakeholder, collaborative efforts being made, to ensure tangible results. We believe this exchange will help to improve outcomes for cancer patients and raise awareness of the many significant challenges of cancer. Following the success of the virtual 2020 European Cancer Summit, we have planned this year’s hybrid event. You can view last year’s highlights video and report. 


High-Level Speakers 

We already have leading speakers and panellists confirmed and you can see who will be joining us "on stage" here


Sessions with Relevance & Impact 

The European Cancer Summit 2021 Programme Co-Chairs Theresa Wiseman and Kathy Oliver are guiding the development of an impactful programme with leading speakers and will have more news to share in the coming months. 


Registration

We invite everyone interested in attending the European Cancer Summit 2021 to register here.   

This year, we are maintaining our Virtual registration fees – even for delegates who choose to attend the hybrid event in person, but we do need to receive confirmation of your physical attendance by Friday 15 October. We have secured preferential accommodation rates/conditions in the Summit hotel for delegates joining us at the Summit venue 'Radisson Collection Hotel, Grand Place Brussels’. For the best available rates and booking conditions, please click here. Enter the dates of your stay, and within the special rate drop-down menu, enter the ECO2021 promotional code received upon registration. Please note that the European Cancer Organisation is not responsible for any cancellation costs for travel arrangements.

Cancelled registrations are not refundable, but can be eligible for a change of name for €175.  Please contact us if you have any questions. 

 

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Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Andrei Baciu Secretary of State for Health, Romania
  • Janez Poklukar Minister of Health, Slovenia
  • Hans Kluge Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO), Europe
  • Emer Cooke Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Mariya Gabriel EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport

Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Andrei Baciu Secretary of State for Health, Romania
  • Janez Poklukar Minister of Health, Slovenia
  • Hans Kluge Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO), Europe
  • Emer Cooke Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Mariya Gabriel EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport

European Cancer Summit 2021 Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Andrei Baciu Secretary of State for Health, Romania Read Bio
  • Janez Poklukar Minister of Health, Slovenia Read Bio
  • Hans Kluge Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO), Europe Read Bio
  • Emer Cooke Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (EMA) Read Bio
  • Mariya Gabriel EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport Read Bio
  • Everett E. Vokes President, American Society of Clinical Oncology Read Bio
  • Aron Anderson Cancer Ambassador for Europe, World Health Organization (WHO) Read Bio
  • Véronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP Rapporteur, Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA)
  • Manfred Weber MEP Chairman, EPP Group in the European Parliament
  • Sara Cerdas MEP Shadow Rapporteur, EU4HEALTH; Vice Chair of the Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) and Co-chair, ENVI Committee Health Working Group
  • Nicolae Stefanuta MEP Co-ordinator, Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA)
  • Frances Fitzgerald MEP Vice-Chair, Group of the European People's Party Read Bio
  • Alessandra Moretti MEP Member, Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) Read Bio
  • Elisabete Weiderpass Director, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Read Bio
  • Anil D'Cruz President, Union for International Cancer Control Read Bio
  • Franco Cavalli President, European School of Oncology (ESO) and World Oncology Forum (WOF)
  • Walter Ricciardi Chair, EU Cancer Mission Read Bio
  • Christine Chomienne Vice Chair, EU Cancer Mission Read Bio
  • André Ilbawi Cancer Control Officer, World Health Organization (WHO) Read Bio
  • Zsuzsanna Jakab Deputy Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO) Read Bio
  • Guillaume Dedet Health Economist and Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD), Health Division Read Bio
  • Matthias Schuppe Team Leader, Cancer Plan, European Commission Read Bio
  • Ceri Thompson Deputy Head of Unit eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing, European Commission's European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology Read Bio
  • Marcis Leja EU Cancer Mission Board Member, Professor of Medicine and Vice-Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Latvia Read Bio
  • Johan De Munter President, European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS)
  • Domenico D'Ugo President, European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) Read Bio
  • Milka Sokolović Director General, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) Read Bio
  • John Gribben Past President, European Hematology Association (EHA) Read Bio
  • Kees Roks EU Cancer Mission Assembly and Head of the European Oncology Business at Novartis Pharma Read Bio
  • Nathalie Moll Director General, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) Read Bio
  • Richard Sullivan Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cancer Policy (JCP), Director, Institute of Cancer Policy (ICP) Read Bio
  • Karen Canfell Professor and Director, The Daffodil Centre at the University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW, Australia Read Bio
  • Małgorzata Bogusz Member, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Read Bio
  • Stein Kaasa Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway, and Head of Department of Oncology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway Read Bio
  • Diana Sarfati National Director of Cancer Control, and Chief Executive, New Zealand Cancer Control Agency Read Bio
  • Bishal Gyawali Medical Oncologist & Scientist, Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University Cancer Research Institute
  • Matti Aapro President, European Cancer Organisation and EU Cancer Mission Assembly Member Read Bio
  • Andreas Charalambous President-Elect and Co-chair, Workforce Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Kathy Oliver Co-Chair, European Cancer Summit 2021 and Co-Chair, European Cancer Organisation's Patient Advisory Committee
  • Theresa Wiseman Co-Chair, European Cancer Summit 2021 and Board Member, European Cancer Organisation
  • Mario Preti Member of Scientific Committee, Fondazione Veronesi and Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Torino, Italy Read Bio
  • Jan van Meerbeeck Co-chair, Prevention, Early Detection and Screening Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Isabel Rubio Co-chair, Prevention, Early Detection and Screening Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Daniel Kelly Co-chair, HPV Action Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Rui Medeiros Co-chair, HPV Action Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Denis Lacombe Co-chair, Health Systems and Treatment Optimisation Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Yolande Lievens Co-chair, Health Systems and Treatment Optimisation Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Wim Oyen Co-chair, Digital Health Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Regina Beets-Tan Co-chair, Digital Health Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Mirjam Crul Co-chair, Workforce Network and Special Network on the Impact of Covid-19 on Cancer, European Cancer Organisation
  • Geerard Beets Co-chair, Workforce Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Mark Lawler Co-chair, Special Network on the Impact of Covid-19 on Cancer, European Cancer Organisation
  • Philip Poortmans Co-chair, Quality Cancer Care Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Simon Oberst Co-chair, Quality Cancer Care Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Andrew Davies Co-chair, Survivorship and Quality of Life Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Csaba Dégi Co-chair, Survivorship and Quality of Life Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Nicolò Battisti Co-chair, Inequalities Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Hendrik Van Poppel Co-chair, Inequalities Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Sema Erdem Co-chair, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation Read Bio
  • Gilliosa Spurrier Vice Chair, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation Read Bio
  • Teodora Kolarova Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation Read Bio
  • Cindy Perettie Head of Roche Molecular Lab Read Bio
  • Anne-Marie Baird Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation Read Bio
  • Jan Geissler Member, EU Cancer Mission Assembly and Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation Read Bio
  • Deepak Khanna President, Human Health Europe & Canada, MSD Read Bio
  • Alberto Costa CEO, European School of Oncology (ESO) Read Bio
  • Robert Greene Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation Read Bio
  • Luzia Travado President-Emeritus, International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) and Clinician & Researcher of Psycho-oncology, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, PORTUGAL Read Bio
  • Natacha Bolaños Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation Read Bio
  • Josep M. Borràs Director, Catalan Cancer Strategy Read Bio
  • Steve Bergman HPV Advocate Read Bio
  • Ruud Pijnappel Vice President, EUSOBI Read Bio
  • Alex Filicevas President, All.Can and Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation Read Bio
  • Anita Kienesberger Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation Read Bio
  • Matthew Loscalzo Professor, Population Sciences at the City of Hope-National Medical Center Read Bio
  • Stefan Constantinescu President, Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) Read Bio
  • Niko Andre Global Head of Immuno-Oncology and Haematology, AstraZeneca Read Bio
  • Jennifer L. Baker Co-chair, Childhood Obesity Task Force, European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and Senior Researcher, Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Copenhagen University Hospital system Read Bio
  • Masum Hossain President, International Developed Markets, Pfizer Read Bio
  • Tit Albreht Coordinator, Joint Action Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer
  • Martin Inderbitzin Neuroscientist and Founder of MySurvivalStory.org Read Bio
  • Andre Dekker Professor of Clinical Data Science and Medical Physicist, MAASTRO Clinic, Maastricht, The Netherlands Read Bio
  • Antonella Cardone Director, European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)  Read Bio
  • Claudia Allemani Professor of Global Public Health in the Cancer Survival Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Scientific Committee member, European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) Read Bio
  • Kim Benstead Leader, Core Curriculum/UEMS Programme, European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)
  • Markus Kosch Head, European Oncology Business Division, Daiichi Sankyo Read Bio
  • Jeff Andrews Medical Affairs Global VP, Integrated Diagnostic Solutions, BD Life Sciences Read Bio
  • Thierry Breton Director General, French National Cancer Institute (INCa) Read Bio
  • Gavin Lewis Vice President, Global Value and Access, Amgen Read Bio
  • David Anstatt Vice President, Business Insights & Analytics, Research & Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Read Bio

Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Andrei Baciu Secretary of State for Health, Romania
  • Janez Poklukar Minister of Health, Slovenia
  • Hans Kluge Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO), Europe
  • Emer Cooke Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Mariya Gabriel EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport

We invite everyone interested in attending the European Cancer Summit 2021 to register below. Please kindly note that the Special Rates closed on 17 September.

This year, we are maintaining our Virtual registration fees – even for delegates who choose to attend the hybrid event in person, but we do need to receive confirmation of your physical attendance by Friday 15 October. We have secured preferential accommodation rates/conditions in the Summit hotel for delegates joining us at the Summit venue ‘Radisson Collection Hotel, Grand Place Brussels’. For the best available rates and booking conditions, please click here. Enter the dates of your stay, and within the special rate drop-down menu, enter the ECO2021 promotional code received upon registration. Please note that the European Cancer Organisation is not responsible for any cancellation costs for travel arrangements.

Cancelled registrations are not refundable, but can be eligible for a change of name for €175.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Andrei Baciu Secretary of State for Health, Romania
  • Janez Poklukar Minister of Health, Slovenia
  • Hans Kluge Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO), Europe
  • Emer Cooke Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Mariya Gabriel EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport

European Cancer Summit 2021 Programme

The Co-Chairs of the European Cancer Summit 2021, Theresa Wiseman and Kathy Oliver, are working with the Co-Chairs of our Focused Topic Networks to finalise a relevant and impactful programme with leading speakers. Please see the latest programme update below.


Wednesday 17 November 2021

(Timelines subject to change)

09:00-09:15  Opening Session

Hosted by Matti Aapro, President of the European Cancer Organisation, and Co-Chairs of the European Cancer Summit 2021, Theresa Wiseman and Kathy Oliver.

09:15-10:45  Beating Cancer Before It Starts: Lessons Learnt from Screening

One of the earliest parts of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan to be put into action was the commitment to updating the EU Council Recommendations on Cancer Screening. The Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) has been tasked with providing initial advice on how to improve the recommendations for the 3 tumour types currently covered: breast, cervical and colorectal. Advice will also be provided on potential additions of other tumour types to the EU screening recommendations, with lung, prostate and gastric cancer mentioned alongside others. The session will seek further information on the process ahead for updating these Recommendations, and also consider wider policy needs and opportunities for early detection of cancer.

Hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Prevention, Early Detection and Screening Network, Isabel Rubio and Jan Van Meerbeeck, and with live contributions from:

  • Frances Fitzgerald MEP, Vice-Chair, EPP Group in the European Parliament
  • Ruud Pijnappel, Vice-President, European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI)
  • Anne Marie Baird, Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation
  • Stefan Costantinescu, President, Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM)
  • Frank Verholen, Vice President and Head of GU Franchise, Bayer

10:45-11:00  Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Eliminating HPV Cancers: From Flagship Policy to Flagship Practice

Through enhanced vaccination, screening, treatment and education/awareness policies we have a real opportunity to eliminate HPV associated cancers as a public health problem in Europe, and indeed the world. A goal now supported by Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, and the WHO’s Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategy.

But the goal of elimination will not be achieved without overcoming many known challenges, including the spectre of vaccine hesitancy, the backlog on screening and vaccination created by the Covid-19 pandemic, and inequalities across Europe in accessing many of the services and treatments essential to combatting HPV cancers.

The session will take stock of latest policy developments in respect to HPV cancer elimination, including the global context, and put forward practical proposals for inclusion in any implementation plan for the achievement of the HPV cancer elimination goal.

Hosted by the Co-Chairs of the HPV Action Network, Daniel Kelly and Rui Medeiros, and with live contributions from:

  • Matthias Schuppe, Team Leader, Cancer Plan, European Commission
  • Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Alessandra Moretti MEP, Member of the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA)
  • Mario Preti, Member of Scientific Committee, Fondazione Veronesi and Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Torino, Italy
  • Steve Bergman, HPV Advocate
  • Laia Bruni, Senior Researcher, Catalan Institute of Oncology, Spain
  • Jeff Andrews, Medical Affairs Global VP, Integrated Diagnostic Solutions, BD Life Sciences

12:30-13:00  Lunch

13:00-14:15 Affordable and Equitable Access to Multidisciplinary Treatments: Vision or Illusion?

Political attention at the global level is rightly giving attention to the possibilities of ‘resetting’ the governing systems of international cooperation and economic policy in the wake of the global health crisis we have been living through.

The Health Systems and Treatment Optimisation Network of the European Cancer Organisation calls for a similar ‘reset’ in the paradigm of research in investment in cancer care. Research in cancer care should address questions relevant and meaningful for patients and public health and such research should follow an independent process to support optimal access for patients to evidence-based multidisciplinary cancer treatment.

The session will take stock of latest developments towards this goal, including from the regulatory, political and national perspectives.

Hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Health Systems and Treatment Optimisation Network, Denis Lacombe and Yolande Lievens, and with live contributions from:

  • Emer Cooke, Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Richard Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cancer Policy (JCP) and Director, Institute of Cancer Policy (ICP)
  • Milka Sokolovic, Director General, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
  • Josep Borras, Director, Catalan Cancer Strategy
  • Antonella Cardone, Director, European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)
  • Thierry Breton, Director General, French National Cancer Institute (INCa)
  • Gavin Lewis, Vice President, Global Value and Access, Amgen

14:15-15:30  Harnessing the Power of Data in Cancer Care: Data Sharing and Artificial Intelligence

Advances in the use and power of data. Telemedicine making forms of care and treatment more accessible. Artificial Intelligence enhance many aspects of treatment and research. Blockchain, virtual reality and robotics. A wave of digital innovation is changing the way we do cancer care, and offering fresh opportunities for improvement.

But change, as always, brings challenges and some obstacles can become persistent. The Digital Health Network of the European Cancer Organisation has been exploring these themes and policy needs throughout 2021, and will present its positional paper at the European Cancer Summit.

Speakers and Panellists at the Digital Health Summit session will share their perspectives and suggestions on this agenda, with a shared aim of wanting Europe to go further, faster, in delivering the promise of digital for cancer care.

Hosted by Wim Oyen, Co-Chair of the Digital Health Network, and with contributions from:

  • Regina Beets-Tan, Co-Chair, Digital Health Network, European Cancer Organisation
  • Ceri Thompson, Deputy Head of Unit eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing, European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology
  • Ivars Ijabs MEP, Member of the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA)
  • Andrè Dekker, Professor of Clinical Data Science and Medical Physicist, MAASTRO Clinic, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Domenico D’Ugo, President of the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) and Full Professor of Surgery at Catholic University of Rome, Italy
  • Gilly Spurrier Bernard, Vice-Chair, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation
  • David Anstatt, Vice President, Business Insights & Analytics, Research & Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)

15:30-15:45  Coffee Break

15:45-17:00 Supporting the Drivers for Implementation: The Cases of the Oncology Workforce

The announcement in Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan of a new Inter-specialty cancer training programme was welcome news for all who believe in the fundamentals of multidisciplinary and multiprofessional care as the bedrock of quality cancer care. But what should such a curriculum be composed of and which professions should be within focus?

The Workforce Network of the European Cancer Organisation calls for a broad programme that supports greater recognition and mutual understanding by professions of all the many components and contributions that Europe’s healthcare professionals bring to high quality cancer care. Any such EU programme needs to be widely accessible, utilising the full promise of digital technology to broaden participation.

Speakers and Panellists at the Workforce Summit session will explore the best means forward for implementing this, and other workforce relevant initiatives of the EU currently in development.

Hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Workforce Network, Andreas Charalambous, Mirjam Crul and Geerard Beets, and with live contributions from:

  • Adam Vojtěch, Minister of Health, Czech Republic
  • Małgorzata Bogusz, Member, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Johan De Munter, President, European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS)
  • Sema Erdem, Co-Chair, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation
  • Alberto Costa, CEO, European School of Oncology (ESO)
  • Kim Benstead, Leader, Core Curriculum/UEMS Programme, European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)
  • Masum Hossain, President, International Developed Markets, Pfizer

17:00-18:00  Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: From Plans to Action

The creation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan in February 2021 was a landmark for European cooperation in fighting cancer together. The broad swathe of nearly 40 initiatives across all areas of the cancer care continuum provide a firm foundation for a fresh decade of countries, health systems, healthcare professionals and stakeholders collaborating to achieve more faster.

But now we have the Plan, how do we best ensure implementation success? What are the principles for success? How can the groundswell of good will from all stakeholders best be channelled? What are the obstacles we know we will face, and how can we already prepare to overcome them?

Hosted by Matti Aapro, President of the European Cancer Organisation, and with contributions from:     

  • Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Janez Poklukar, Minister of Health, Slovenia
  • Veronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, Rapporteur, European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA)
  • Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman, EPP Group in the European Parliament
  • Kathy Oliver, Co-Chair, European Cancer Summit 2021 and Co-Chair, European Cancer Organisation’s Patient Advisory Committee
  • Aron Anderson, Cancer Ambassador for Europe, World Health Organization (WHO)

The European Cancer Summit Declaration will be presented during this session by Matti Aapro, President of the European Cancer Organisation, and Co-Chairs of the European Cancer Summit 2021, Theresa Wiseman and Kathy Oliver.

18:00-20:00 Drinks & Canapés Reception 

A drinks reception accompanied with a healthy serving of canapés and other delights will be held after this session to thank our speakers, as well as guests, for kindly dedicating their time to participate in this year's Summit. We warmly welcome you all to conclude the first day of this event by joining us for these refreshments, provided by visit.brussels to whom we are grateful for their invaluable support.

Thursday 18 November 2021

(Timelines subject to change)

09:00-10:30  Time To Act: Covid-19 & Cancer

An estimated 1 million cancer patients in Europe could be undiagnosed with cancer due to the backlog of screening tests, reduction and delays in referrals and restricted healthcare resources caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The same research exercise by the European Cancer Organisation’s Time to Act campaign also found that:

  • Clinicians across Europe saw 1.5 million fewer Cancer patients in the first year of the pandemic
  • Urgent Cancer referrals were cut by up to half due to the pandemic
  • An estimated 100 million Cancer screening tests were not performed in Europe as a result of the pandemic

As we increasingly learn to live with Covid-19, there can be no let up in the effort to catchup on the backlog for cancer services created by the greatest disruption to health services in Europe in living memory.

This session will include an update on the Time To Act campaignDon’t let Covid-19 stop you from tackling Cancer” and showcase the new Data Navigator. The campaign, led by the European Cancer Organisation, was launched in May 2021 with campaign materials translated in over 30 languages and national virtual events held in 10 countries prior to the Summit: Poland, Italy, Spain, Romania, Malta, France, Croatia, Cyprus, Slovenia, Portugal. For more information, visit TimeToActCancer.com and #TimeToActCancer.

Hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Special Network: Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer, Mirjam Crul and Mark Lawler, and with live contributions from:

  • Andrei Baciu, Secretary of State for Health, Romania
  • Sara Cerdas MEP, Shadow Rapporteur, EU4Health; Vice Chair of The Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) And Co-Chair, ENVI Committee Health Working Group
  • Robert Greene, Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation
  • Karen Canfell, Professor and Director, The Daffodil Centre at the University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW, Australia
  • Nathalie Moll, Director General, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)
  • Jennifer L. Baker, Co-chair, Childhood Obesity Task Force, European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), and Senior Researcher, Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Copenhagen University Hospital system

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:00  The EU Cancer Mission & Research

The latest implementation plan for the EU Cancer Mission sets out the goal of: “Improving the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and for those affected by cancer including their families, to live longer and better.”

Breaking this down further into component parts, supporting objectives include: improving the understanding of cancer; preventing what is preventable; optimising diagnostics and treatment; and, supporting quality of life.

The case for joint working between countries on the research elements of combatting cancer have been well made and advanced, but can the new infrastructures and collaborations announced by the EU Cancer Mission meet the need?

With Mission-related initiatives like UNCAN.eu and Comprehensive Cancer Infrastructures  already being carried forward, this session provides opportunity for both update from those at the heart of developments, as well as perspectives from those so closely impacted, including patients and the research community.

Hosted by Matti Aapro, President of the European Cancer Organisation, and with live contributions from:

  • Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport
  • Elisabete Weiderpass, Director, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
  • Walter Ricciardi, Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Christine Chomienne, Vice-Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Jan Geissler, Member, EU Cancer Mission Assembly and Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation
  • Kees Roks, EU Cancer Mission Assembly and Head of the European Oncology Business at Novartis Pharma

12:00-12:45  Lunch

12:45-14:00  Advancing the Vision of Comprehensive Cancer Care in Europe

Hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Quality Cancer Care Network, Philip Poortmans and Simon Oberst, and with live contributions from:

  • Marcis Leja, EU Cancer Mission Board Member, Professor of Medicine and Vice-Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Latvia
  • Tit Albreht, Senior Health Services and Health Systems Researcher at the National Institute of Public Health of Slovenia and Coordinator of the Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer (iPAAC)
  • John Gribben, Past President, European Hematology Association (EHA)
  • Lorenza Marotti, Executive Director, European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists (EUSOMA)
  • Alex Filicevas, President, All.Can and Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation
  • Niko Andre, Global Head of Immuno-Oncology and Haematology, AstraZeneca

14:00-15:15  I Am Not a Statistic. The Human Element of the Beating Cancer Plan

EU initiatives such as the Beating Cancer Plan and Cancer Mission are laudable in their attention to all aspects of the cancer care continuum, including survivorship and quality of life. But are the initiatives published during 2021 elaborated far enough to assist the breadth, complexity and particularities of needs for all that happens after and around treatment?

Expert speakers and panellists will illuminate tools and proven solutions to such matters as supportive cancer care. Patients will speak of the realities of life during and after cancer. International contributors will highlight how the PROM/PREM agenda can and will drive change, including, but not limited to, the nature of treatment development and innovation.

Hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Survivorship and Quality of Life Network, Andrew Davies and Csaba Dégi, and with live contributions from:

  • Matthew Loscalzo, Professor, Population Sciences at the City of Hope-National Medical Center
  • Stein Kaasa, Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway, and Head of Department of Oncology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
  • Luzia Travado, President-Emeritus, International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) and Clinician & Researcher of Psycho-Oncology, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Martin Inderbitzin, Neuroscientist and Founder of MySurvivalStory.org
  • Natacha Bolaños, Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation
  • Markus Kosch, Head, European Oncology Business Division, Daiichi Sankyo


15:15-15:30  Coffee Break

15:30-17:00  Leave No One Behind: Advancing Health Equity in Cancer Care

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan recognises the unacceptable inequalities in cancer care evident across all areas of the cancer care continuum, between countries and regions and between groups in society, including, but not limited to, categories such as age, gender, ethnicity and social status.

In recognition of this, the European Commission, working closely with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has already initiated the process of establishing a new Cancer Inequalities Registry. This will identify trends, disparities and inequalities between Member States and regions. Alongside regular qualitative assessments of the country-specific situation, the Registry will identify challenges and specific areas of action to guide investment and interventions at EU, national and regional level under Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.

But what are the measures for such a registry that will make the difference? What aspects of cancer inequalities do we risk overlooking? What lessons can we learn and apply from our shared international combat of inequalities in cancer care?

Experts from around Europe, the globe, disciplines and tumour types will contribute to the Summit session’s discussions and provide key recommendations for promotion via the European Cancer Summit 2021 Declaration.

Hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Inequalities Network, Nicolò Battisti and Hendrik Van Poppel, and with live contributions from:

  • Nicolae Stefanuta MEP, Co-ordinator, Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA)
  • Guillaume Dedet, Health Economist and Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD), Health Division
  • Claudia Allemani, Professor of Global Public Health in the Cancer Survival Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Scientific Committee member, European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)
  • Bishal Gyawali, Medical Oncologist & Scientist, Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Assistant Professor of Public health Sciences, Queen’s University Cancer Research Institute
  • Diana Sarfati, National Director of Cancer Control, and Chief Executive, New Zealand Cancer Control Agency
  • Teodora Kolarova, Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation
  • Deepak Khanna, President, Human Health Europe & Canada, MSD

17:00-18:00  Cancer Issues Worldwide

Hosted by Matti Aapro, President of the European Cancer Organisation, and with live contributions from:

  • Hans Kluge, Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO), Europe
  • Everett E. Vokes, President, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • Anil D’Cruz, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • Anita Kienesberger, Member, Patient Advisory Committee, European Cancer Organisation
  • Franco Cavalli, President, European School of Oncology (ESO) and World Oncology Forum (WOF)
  • Cindy Perettie, Head of Roche Molecular Lab
  • André Ilbawi, Cancer Control Officer, World Health Organization (WHO)
18:00-18:15  Closing Session

Closing remarks from the Co-Chairs of the European Cancer Summit 2021, Theresa Wiseman and Kathy Oliver. Matti Aapro, President of the European Cancer Organisation, introduces the next President of the European Cancer Organisation, Andreas Charalambous, starting his term on 1 January 2022.

 

Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Andrei Baciu Secretary of State for Health, Romania
  • Janez Poklukar Minister of Health, Slovenia
  • Hans Kluge Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO), Europe
  • Emer Cooke Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Mariya Gabriel EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport

Supporters of the European Cancer Summit 2021

  • Member Societies of the European Cancer Organisation
  • Patient Advocacy Groups of the European Cancer Organisation
  • Community 365 of the European Cancer Organisation
  • Journal of Cancer Policy
  • touchONCOLOGY
  • Cancer World
  • ecancer
  • visit.brussels
  • Wondr Medical
  • EFPIA

Speakers

  • Stella Kyriakides European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
  • Andrei Baciu Secretary of State for Health, Romania
  • Janez Poklukar Minister of Health, Slovenia
  • Hans Kluge Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO), Europe
  • Emer Cooke Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Mariya Gabriel EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport