Multisectoral approaches to increase patient engagement for better cancer control

This course will draw on practical examples and approaches from across sectors to outline how the engagement of patients in decision-making processes along the cancer control continuum leads to better quality in cancer care. Participants will access latest findings, strategies and tools to reinforce patient engagement as well as testimonies from patients, survivors and caregivers themselves to explain how to best ensure patient-centred systems and increase the quality of cancer care in various settings.

Course Overview

For more detailed information about the structure of this course, including a breakdown of the modules and schedule follow the link below.

Towards Patient-centred cancer control: Patient engagement in decision-making processes along the care continuum is a key aspect of patients' rights and, as such, it is an essential prerequisite of the quality of cancer care in all health systems. Achieving a patient-centred system requires that all stakeholders take into consideration the patient perspective in their activities related to cancer research and care. It is also of utmost importance that patient organisations get the necessary knowledge regarding the opportunities to voice their perspectives and feel empowered to have their say in research, care, and support as well as survivorship programmes and be considered as a driver for change in all health systems.

Sharing best practices across sectors: This course will draw on practical examples and approaches from across sectors to outline how the engagement of patients in decision-making processes along the cancer control continuum leads to better quality in cancer care. Reflecting multisectoral perspectives is critical to ensure that this landscape of patient engagement is comprehensive, and that the patients’ voice is considered at every step of the cancer care continuum. This Master Course will take advantage of the unique position of UICC as the “Union” of the global cancer community to gather in one place the expertise of its members, partners and other stakeholders, therefore offering a multifaceted learning journey to its audience.

A learning journey for practical impact: The methodology of this Master Course will combine:  

  • An online series of 12 webinars (recorded presentations with Q&As) by experts from all relevant sectors including civil society, patient groups, public and private sector.
  • "Cancer Patient’s Voices” podcasts, a series of short, inspiring interviews with a representative of a patient, survivor, or caregiver, on the specific topic discussed by the experts.
  • The online component will also benefit from advanced education technologies offered by UICC’s eCampus platform, providing a one-stop shop with key resources, interactive content and links to opportunities for each topic.
  • A follow-up workshop will be offered at the World Cancer Congress* in Oman on 16 March 2021, with a  highly interactive format (the “solution room”) to provide delegates with first-hand experience of patient engagement strategies and tools.
  • All materials from this Master course will be designed for sustainable use as a comprehensive introduction to patient engagement in cancer control

Target Audience

The following audience would particularly benefit from this course:

  • Patients, survivors and caregivers willing to engage personally in representing the patient / caregiver‘s perspective
  • Cancer societies, NGOs managing patient support groups as part of their mission
  • Other stakeholders interested in further engaging patients at all stage of the cancer continuum, being research, prevention, care, rehabilitation and palliative care, such as policymakers, regulators, healthcare providers, researchers and others. 

Learning Objectives

After completion of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Provide participants with the latest findings and knowledge about strategies and tools to reinforce patients’ engagement in cancer care and beyond
  2. Ensure a People-Public-Private Partnership approach through the contribution of experts from all sectors to provide their insights on various aspects of patient engagement
  3. Engage participants in concrete practical exercises in order to experience situations and opportunities to voice the patient or caregiver’s perspective

Course Timeline

May - June 2020 Applications open
15-30 June 2020 Review of applications and notification of selected participants
July - October 2020 Master course delivery
16 March 2021 1 day workshop at the World Cancer Congress*

* The workshop at World Cancer Congress is an optional feature of this course.  If you are unable or do not plan to attend the face-to-face session, you are still elgible to complete and receive a certificate for the online component.

Meet the course faculty

Course Leaders

This Master Course will be led by UICC with guest speakers representing all sectors - namely, patients, caregivers, advocates, regulators, policymakers.

Mélanie Samson

Mélanie Samson, LLM, MPH, PhD,

Title: Senior Manager, Capacity Building 
Organisation: Union for International Cancer Control





Marta Pazos

Marta Pazos

Title: Capacity Building, Manager
Organisation: Union for International Cancer Control




Last update: 
Tuesday 12 May 2020