2021 World Cancer Leaders' Summit

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2021 World Cancer Leaders' Summit
Driving innovation to advance cancer control equitably
25-26 October, around the world virtually

The next World Cancer Leaders' Summit will be hosted by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th October 2021 around the world virtually.

The Summit will be held in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

This year, the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit will be a virtual event delivered on an exclusive access platform. In the lead up to the Summit, a series of high-level content tackling innovations will be available on the platform to give leaders a glimpse of some of the Summit’s discussions that will take place.

Overarching theme – 2021 edition: "Driving innovation to advance cancer control equitably"

Global influencers and leaders in cancer control, as well as public health representatives from around the world working in government and non-government agencies, academia, non-profit organisations and the private sector, will explore how the cancer community works with governments and encourages them to invest in cancer control. They will examine how governments can be more innovative in their approach, and better understand the cancer burden in their countries, improve prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.

Key questions that will be addressed include the nature of the current innovations along the cancer control continuum (with particular emphasis on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic), how they can be made available in different resource settingsand what needs to be considered when implementing innovative policies, practices and technologies from a health systems perspective.

The Summit will also discuss how implementation research can successfully improve the adoption of cancer and NCD interventions in national policy with country-level case studies. The programme will highlight how innovation can improve cancer outcomes, with particular regard to the new global initiatives on cervical cancer, childhood cancer and breast cancer.

Programme and speakers

A preliminary agenda is now available.

Several high-level speakers have already confirmed their participation. Find out who they are here


The event is usually open to CEOs of UICC full members, UICC partners and select leaders from the global health and cancer communities. However, the 2021 edition will exceptionally extend its scope of invitation and be accessible to CEOs of UICC associate members.

This event is by invitation only (the invite is non transferable), and without registration fees

If you have any questions on full membership, please contact membership@uicc.org

For any other questions related to the Summit, please contact Hugo Nicolaus at nicolaus@uicc.org

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Last update: 
Wednesday 22 September 2021