European Cancer Summit 2020

Working Together Against Cancer: Breaking Down Barriers & Saving Lives

Every year, the European Cancer Organisation brings together leading oncology specialists, patient advocates, politicians and policy-makers to discuss the main issues impacting cancer policy, for the benefit of citizens, cancer patients and healthcare professionals across Europe. 

 

Before the COVID-19 crisis, we had arranged to hold our Summit at the Radisson Collection hotel in Brussels and we still hope to hold the Summit there.  But we are aware that it might be better to hold the Summit as a virtual or hybrid meeting, because of social distancing measures and concerns of a potential second wave of COVID infection.  In any case, the Summit will definitely be held in person and/or virtually, on 18 & 19 November. 

18 November 2020 9:00 - 18:15 CET 19 November 2020 9:00 - 18:15 CET

Brussels or Virtual (format to be confirmed)

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This year, the European Cancer Summit is more important than ever. The COVID-19 crisis has impacted health care systems and workforces across the world, not least on the resources normally dedicated to cancer early detection and treatment. Citizens with concerns about cancer have been more reluctant to engage with healthcare professionals for fear of catching the virus. Cancer workforces and facilities have been redeployed to deal with the crisis, not always with the right level of protection and support.

And at the same time, two important European cancer initiatives have been under development. Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, launched on 4 February at the EU Parliament, and the EU Cancer Mission have both been consulting on their plans and looking for medical expertise and patient experience.

So this year, the stage is set for very interesting discussions on a number of topics, prioritised by our member societies as the most important areas of collaboration across disciplines and professions within the @EuropeanCancer family. 

The webcasts from our 2019 European Cancer Summit are available here and the Report is available here.

High-Level Speakers

We will have leading speakers joining us, including:  
  • Jens Spahn, Federal Health Minister, Germany (Germany holds the EU Presidency in the second half of 2020)
  • Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (TBC)
  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Walter Ricciardi, Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Veronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and Co-Chair of MEPs Against Cancer Group, Oncologist
  • Dolors Montserrat, MEP and Former Spanish Health Minister
  • Christine Chomienne, Vice Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Bettina Ryll, EU Cancer Mission Board Member and Founder of the Melanoma Patient Network Europe
  • Richard Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cancer Policy and Director of the Institute of Cancer Policy, King's College London
  • Masum Hossain, President, International Developed Markets, Pfizer
  • Matti Aapro, President, European Cancer Organisation and EU Cancer Mission Assembly Member
  • Isabel Rubio, Co-Chair of the European Cancer Summit 2020 & Board Member of the European Cancer Organisation, EUSOMA and ESSO
  • Stefan Gijssels, Co-Chair of the European Cancer Summit 2020 & Co-Chair of the European Cancer Organisation’s Patient Advisory Committee

Sessions with Relevance & Impact

Our Summit will include sessions on the EU Cancer Mission, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan; the Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer; as well as the subjects covered by our Focused Topic Networks. Find out the latest information on the programme we are developing here.

COVID-19 and Pre-Registration

Before the COVID-19 crisis, we had arranged to hold our Summit at the Radisson Collection hotel in Brussels and we still hope to hold the Summit there. But we are aware that it might be better to hold the Summit as a virtual or hybrid meeting, because of social distancing measures and concerns of a potential second wave of COVID infection. In any case, the Summit will definitely be held in person and/or virtually, on 18 & 19 November. 

As a result, we are opening pre-registration for everyone interested in attending the European Cancer Summit 2020, with a deadline of 30 June 2020. 

We will then contact everyone who has pre-registered in July with an update and further details to complete registration for those confirmed to participate. Please proceed to the Registration page to pre-register for the European Cancer Summit 2020.

Speakers

  • Jens Spahn Federal Health Minister, Germany
  • Mariya Gabriel European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Walter Ricciardi Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Veronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Co-Chair of MEPs Against Cancer, Oncologist
  • Dolors Montserrat MEP and Former Spanish Health Minister
  • Christine Chomienne Vice Chair of the EU Cancer Mission

Speakers

  • Jens Spahn Federal Health Minister, Germany
  • Mariya Gabriel European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Walter Ricciardi Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Veronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Co-Chair of MEPs Against Cancer, Oncologist
  • Dolors Montserrat MEP and Former Spanish Health Minister
  • Christine Chomienne Vice Chair of the EU Cancer Mission

We have leading speakers already confirmed, including: 

  • Jens Spahn Federal Health Minister, Germany
  • Mariya Gabriel European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Walter Ricciardi Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Veronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Co-Chair of MEPs Against Cancer, Oncologist
  • Dolors Montserrat MEP and Former Spanish Health Minister
  • Christine Chomienne Vice Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Bettina Ryll EU Cancer Mission Board Member and Founder, Melanoma Patient Network Europe
  • Richard Sullivan Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cancer Policy, and Director, Institute of Cancer Policy, King's College London
  • Masum Hossain President, International Developed Markets, Pfizer
  • Matti Aapro President, European Cancer Organisation and EU Cancer Mission Assembly Member
  • Isabel Rubio Co-Chair of the European Cancer Summit 2020, Board Member of the European Cancer Organisation, EUSOMA and ESSO
  • Stefan Gijjsels Co-Chair of the European Cancer Summit 2020 and Co-Chair of the European Cancer Organisation's Patient Advisory Committee

Speakers

  • Jens Spahn Federal Health Minister, Germany
  • Mariya Gabriel European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Walter Ricciardi Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Veronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Co-Chair of MEPs Against Cancer, Oncologist
  • Dolors Montserrat MEP and Former Spanish Health Minister
  • Christine Chomienne Vice Chair of the EU Cancer Mission

Before the COVID-19 crisis, we had arranged to hold our Summit at the Radisson Collection hotel in Brussels and we still hope to hold the Summit there. But we are aware that it might be better to hold the Summit as a virtual or hybrid meeting, because of social distancing measures and concerns of a potential second wave of COVID infection. In any case, the Summit will definitely be held in person and/or virtually, on 18 & 19 November. 

As a result, we are opening pre-registration for everyone interested in attending the European Cancer Summit 2020, with a deadline of 30 June 2020. 

We will then contact everyone who has pre-registered in July with an update and further details to complete registration for those confirmed to participate.

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Speakers

  • Jens Spahn Federal Health Minister, Germany
  • Mariya Gabriel European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Walter Ricciardi Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Veronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Co-Chair of MEPs Against Cancer, Oncologist
  • Dolors Montserrat MEP and Former Spanish Health Minister
  • Christine Chomienne Vice Chair of the EU Cancer Mission

Working Together Against Cancer: Breaking Down Barriers & Saving Lives

 The co-chairs of the European Cancer Summit 2020, Isabel Rubio and Stefan Gijssels, are working with the co-chairs of our Focused Topic Networks to finalise a relevant and impactful programme with leading speakers. We will update this page regularly with detailed information about each session.


Wednesday 18 November 2020

Sessions will be held on:

  • Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

Following 8 months of public consultation, the end of 2020 is scheduled to see the publication of the European Union's first 'Beating Cancer Plan'. The plan should provide actions to accelerate and improve country coordination in combatting cancer. The European Cancer Summit 2020 is ideally timed to hear the latest information about the plan and to discuss together its implementation in 2021.

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer

No area of cancer care has been left undamaged by the impacts of COVID-19. Harm has been inflicted on prevention efforts, such as vaccination, through to screening, treatment and follow up care. While rapid catchup is required, so too is frank debate and resolution about what lessons must be learnt and applied most quickly to place Europe on a stronger footing for the likely 'next time'. We invite Europe's cancer community to join us for this critical exchange.

  • Quality Cancer Care

2020 is an eventful year for the Quality Cancer Care agenda in Europe. The run-up to the European Cancer Summit will have marked the publication of a new European Code of Cancer Practice, new Essential Requirements for Quality Cancer Care for breast, prostate and lung cancer, and the launch of our new Quality Cancer Care network at the European level. The European Cancer Summit will give the opportunity to not only reflect on these key developments but also to plan ahead together for an even more impactful 2021. Quality Cancer Care is everyone's concern. We invite you to bring your perspective and make your voice heard.

  • Health Systems and Treatment Optimisation 

How can health systems bring meaningful innovations in cancer care into practice in a manner that is cost proportionate and rational? How can more be made out of the tools, treatments and services already available for cancer care?

In response to such questions, the European cancer community has identified the need for new approaches. Such proposals include greater application of value-based healthcare, better use of outcome measures, and the application of policies that will improve treatment optimisation. Our Health Systems and Treatment Optimisation network promotes fresh consensus on these topics and collaboration to achieve earlier realignment of health systems in these directions.

This Summit session will provide opportunity for leading thinkers in this space to share views and debate proposals with a wider audience.

  • Prevention

COVID-19 served to remind all of us that prevention really is significantly preferable to cure. With that painfully re-learnt lesson in mind, where can Europe go next on cancer prevention? What can Europe's Beating Cancer Plan and the EU Cancer Mission do on such matters as improving tobacco control and diet and addressing research gaps? 17 years after the landmark EU Council Conclusions on cancer screening what more can be done to take on board the science, evidence and practice on screening that has accrued in the intervening years?

Our Prevention Network addresses itself to these matters. The session will articulate viewpoints and activity from the Network as well as indicating Network actions in 2021.

  • Inequalities

Our Inequalities Network aims to ensure gross imbalances in outcomes and care for patients across Europe, whether based on nationality, region, ethnicity, gender or being from a marginalised group, is not an ignored issue, but is front and centre of policy thinking.

This session will provide attention to approaches that, if more readily adopted, will move the needle back towards equity in all that we do in cancer care. 

 

Thursday 19 November 2020

Sessions will be held on:

  • Mission-driven cancer research: All Together as One.

The European Cancer Summit will shine a spotlight on the concluding work of the European Cancer Mission Board, ahead of the formal commencement of the EU Cancer Mission in 2021.

The session will open with a keynote address from Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, in which the overall approach of the European Commission 2019-24 towards cancer research will be outlined.

Thereafter, led by Professor Walter Ricciardi, Chair of the EU Cancer Mission Board, panelists will explore key targets and actions of the forthcoming Mission, including its focus on areas such as Prevention, Quality of Life and Survivorship and other major challenges to be tackled within its programme of action.

Panelists include:

  • Christine Chomienne, Vice-Chair of the EU Cancer Mission Board
  • Bettina Ryl, Member of the EU Cancer Mission Board and Founder of the Melanoma Patient Network Europe
  • Matti Aapro, Member of the EU Cancer Mission General Assembly and President of the European Cancer Organisation

 

  • HPV Elimination

2020 is due to be the year when the global community commits itself to the elimination of a particular cancer as a public health problem via the new cervical cancer elimination strategy of the World Health Organisation (WHO). What is Europe's role in this global effort going to be, and can it go further in achieving elimination of all HPV related cancers?

Our HPV Action Network certainly think so, and so has constructed four workstreams to promote the actions necessary on vaccination, screening, treatment and education to achieve this.

The session will consider the present landscape and how multi-stakeholder collaborative campaign efforts can make the difference in 2021.

  • Survivorship and Quality of Life

The inclusion of a specific section of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan dedicated to Survivorship and Quality of Life issues represented a landmark in confirming the high political recognition this agenda has now achieved. Supporting this, our Survivorship and Quality of Life Network is devoted to pushing policy-makers to go further faster in tackling issues such as discrimination against cancer patients and survivors, providing better quality supportive care and to beating cancer stigma and fear.

This session will elaborate on key recent developments and hear testimony to inspire all of us to push harder for cancer care that truly looks after the whole patient, not only the disease.

  • Digital Health

10, 20 and 30 years from now, how will technology have changed cancer care? What preparations for those futures should we already be making? What technologies already at our fingertips are we failing to make best use of?

Led by our Digital Health Network, this session will hear experience from leading experts, share perspectives from a range of stakeholders on key controversies and open new horizons for attendees about the coming possibilities.

  • Workforce

Without a workforce you have no cancer care. Continual policy attention must be provided to such matters as education and training, labour mobility, professional qualification recognition and addressing workforce shortages. Europe has a role in all these areas. Yet it appears far from clear that, to date, this role has met its full potential.

Our Workforce Network will guide attendees through the most current issues, their resonance to cancer care, and provide illustration of the paths to improvement.

Speakers

  • Jens Spahn Federal Health Minister, Germany
  • Mariya Gabriel European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Walter Ricciardi Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Veronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Co-Chair of MEPs Against Cancer, Oncologist
  • Dolors Montserrat MEP and Former Spanish Health Minister
  • Christine Chomienne Vice Chair of the EU Cancer Mission

Speakers

  • Jens Spahn Federal Health Minister, Germany
  • Mariya Gabriel European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Walter Ricciardi Chair of the EU Cancer Mission
  • Veronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Co-Chair of MEPs Against Cancer, Oncologist
  • Dolors Montserrat MEP and Former Spanish Health Minister
  • Christine Chomienne Vice Chair of the EU Cancer Mission