World Cancer Research Day is celebrated every year on 24 September to emphasise how fundamental cancer research is to improving treatment and outcomes for people living with cancer.
On Wednesday 22 September, six internationally renowned experts in the field of oncology and cancer research – including five from UICC member organisations – shared experiences about the impact of cancer research on the survival and quality of life of cancer patients.
The event was held under the auspices of Queen Letizia of Spain, Honorary President of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) and the AECC Scientific Foundation, and moderated by Dr Julie Gralow, Chief Medical Officer for the American Society of Clinical Oncology, also a UICC member organisation.
The panel was comprised of Prof Anil D’Cruz, President of UICC; Dr Abubakar Bello, President of the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer; Dr Clariss Mathias, President of the Brazilian Society of Clinical Oncology; Dr Joan Seoane, Secretary General of the European Association for Cancer Research and Director of the Translational Research at the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology; and Dr David Tuveson, President of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Dr Hong Gwan Seo, President of the National Cancer Center of Korea, was unable to attend the event but he provided a video on action taken by Korea since establishing its national cancer control plan 26 years ago to improve cancer control and survival rates.
During the discussion, participants shared their experiences about current challenges in cancer research and looked at strategies to promote clinical results and reduce the huge disparities that exist in cancer survival rates between regions across the globe.
Two videos were also presented during the panel event to highlight the urgency in addressing cancer control