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Achieving a healthier, more equitable future one day at a time.

Building on the success of last year’s highly popular “World Cancer Day 21 Days to Impact Challenges”, once again this year we want to be part of your journey to achieving your commitment to raising awareness about cancer and closing the care gap.

It takes a proverbial 21 days to create a positive habit. So, for 2022, commit to improving your personal health, making history by helping to eliminate cervical cancer, educating yourself and speaking out about the inequities that exist in accessing cancer services – one day at a time for 21 days.

Sign up to one of the three challenges to receive daily inspiration and practical guidance. Throughout the 21 Days to Impact Challenge, we’ll be with you every single day for 21 days encouraging you to making impact through small but meaningful actions.

The Ubuntu palliative care movement

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The African Center for Research on End-of-Life Care (ACREOL) is pleased to invite you to join the Ubuntu palliative care movement which was launched in October 2021 under the theme of “Equity in access to Palliative Care". To be equitable, palliative care must incorporate the local socio-cultural context of patients and their families.

"Ubuntu" is an African philosophy underpinned by interconnection and humaneness. It is often translated as “I am because we are” or “Humanity toward others.” It is a belief in the universal bonds that connect all people.

There is a strong necessity to revisit perspectives on End-of-Life care and develop workable solutions amidst cultural diversity, existing practices, and evidence in modern society. There is an urgent need to create an Ubuntu palliative care movement grounded in a framework of compassion and consideration for the social-cultural context of patients and their families.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed this urgent need to improve end-of-life care. New narratives need to be sensitive to local context and traditional practices while addressing current issues faced by individuals and communities.

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Christian Ntizimira, Founder and Executive Director of ACREOL, for receiving the 2021 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize in the category of emerging leaders. The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize is awarded annually by the Tällberg Foundation for extraordinary leadership —in any field and any country— that is courageous, innovative, rooted in universal values and global in application or in aspiration.

Watch the video of the two winners in the newly established emerging leaders category of the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize here.

PLEASE JOIN THE MOVEMENT BY SHARING PROVERBS OR QUOTES IN YOUR LANGUAGE:

10th Anniversary of World Ovarian Cancer Day

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Marking its fifth anniversary at their Inaugural Global Partner Meeting at the end of September, the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition announced significant developments in its evolution as an international network committed to changing the future of ovarian cancer.

A new Chair will lead the expanded board in 2022 as the Coalition partners with IGCS (International Gynecologic Cancer Society) on The Every Woman Study™️: Low- and Middle-Income Edition which will launch in close to 30 countries next year.

2022 will also mark the 10th year for World Ovarian Cancer Day, and the theme is “No Woman Left Behind” which is a rallying cry not only for the Day for the next three years, but speaks to the heart of the Coalition’s current and future activities.

To watch any of the sessions from the Global Partner Meeting to learn in more detail about the latest developments, the Coalition’s Treatment Mapping Project and Clinical Updates and more, visit their YouTube channel here.

For information:
info@worldovariancancercoalition.org

 

 

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"Time to act" Data navigator

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On the 17th and 18th November, the European Cancer Organisation organised the European Cancer Summit 2021, which took place in Brussels and virtually. The Summit brought 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. You can access all European Cancer Summit 2021 session recordings on Wondr Medical.  

During the annual European Cancer Summit, and as part of the “Time To Act” campaign, the European Cancer Organisation launched the “Time to Act” Data Navigator, making key data on the impact of Covid-19 on cancer available across European countries. The Data Navigator contains a wide array of indicators including missed diagnoses and delayed treatments among others. The new tool allows the cancer community to address significant knowledge gaps about the impact of Covid-19 on cancer care and patients.  

 

The implementation roadmap for the Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

A number of UICC European members, including the European Cancer Patient Coalition, are joining forces to support the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. The strategic document, published by the European Commission, outlines a number of actions initially proposed and establishes a 5-year strategy, from 2021 to 2025, to achieve the objectives set in the Cancer Plan. It also provides a progress indicator which evaluates whether an action is being implemented successfully.  

 

Training opportunities & calls for applications

 

The African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) launches BIG Cat Cohort IV

Aortic is pleased to announce the launch of BIG Cat (Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic Research). BIG Cat is a premier initiative by AORTIC to build capacity for cancer research in Africa.

The goal of the BIG Cat program is to aid the next generation of African cancer researchers to base their careers in their home countries and institutions, and to contribute to the overall expansion of capacity for research and training in Africa by generating evidence that will guide practice and policy.

The research proposed for funding may be in any area of cancer research, including basic research, clinical research, population-based research and translational research across the cancer care continuum (prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, supportive and palliative care, and survivorship).

An AORTIC programme administered by AACR and in coordination with the U.S. National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health (NCI/CGH) and supported by Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Letter of Intent deadline: 12/15/2021 5:00 PM (UTC).

Find more information here or contact: admin@aortic-africa.org

 

2021 Chinese Conference on Oncology

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We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Chinese Conference on Oncology (CCO) will take place from 23-26 December 2021, in Zhengzhou, China. Hosted by the China Anti-Cancer Association (CACA) and under the theme of Integrative Oncology, this conference will gather up to 40’000 participants and focus on the frontiers of cancer care and research innovation. Renowned experts and global scholars will present new ideas, methods and technologies related to basic and clinical research, including translational and precision medicine, big data and artificial intelligence.

Previous to this meeting, a virtual session via Zoom will be organised, in partnership with CACA and UICC, taking place on 18 December 2021 at 2pm (China time) on the Global Momentum for the Prevention and Control of Women’s Cancer Regional Perspectives. The session will be held in English with Chinese subtitles.  

For more information and registration, click here: 2021 China Oncology Congress Registrations (sciconf.cn)

 

UICC eLearning Platform

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UICC has been supporting the continuing education of cancer control professionals through online learning since 2014. Starting from a limited number of blended learning opportunities combining an online component with in-person workshops at the World Cancer Congress, UICC’s online learning offer has evolved over the years and now includes a dedicated eLearning platform hosting a range of online courses, from self-paced to faculty-led, from a fixed schedule to on-demand.

CARO-ARRO Collaborative Global Oncology Enrichment Program

The Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology (CARO) and the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) are excited to announce the second cohort of the new Collaborative Global Oncology Enrichment Program.

The overall program objectives include:

  • To introduce key concepts in global oncology and cancer control including cancer policy, the economics of cancer care, and research and innovation in cancer care
  • To develop a community of practice in global oncology among emerging leaders in the field
  • To provide mentorship opportunities to build strategic connections with current leaders in global oncology

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals in a clinical training program in oncology, medical physics, radiation therapy, or nursing for the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Junior faculty in oncology, medical physics, radiation therapy, or nursing
  • Must be able to commit to attending or reviewing all 10 sessions by July 2022

Apply below and access the CARO-ARRO Collaborative Global Oncology Enrichment Program 2021-2022 course from the Cancer Campus homepage below.

 

New Members

Greece Hellenic Cancer Federation -ELLOK
Kyrgyz Republic Public Fund Vmeste Protiv Raka – Together against cancer Kyrgyz Republic
Lebanon Barbara Nassar Association For Cancer Patient Support

Hellenic Cancer Federation -ELLOK

The Hellenic Cancer Federation – ELLOK is the official national umbrella organisation for cancer with a membership of 40 cancer patient associations across Greece. ELLOK is a volunteer patient-led and governed non-profit organisation. Board members represent various cancers and regions of the country, bringing to the Board of Directors a comprehensive picture of cancer care across Greece. 

ELLOK’s vision is for comprehensive, timely and affordable cancer care for all cancer patients, assuring excellent screening, diagnosis, treatment, psycho-social support, and survivorship care including rehabilitation and reintegration to social life.

ELLOK's mission is to advocate for cancer policy and research, capacity building of our members, joining forces with all our members and partners for the support of cancer patients’ individual and collective rights to healthcare, ensuring universal and unhindered access to state-of-the-art cancer care.

 

Public Fund Vmeste Protiv Raka – Together against cancer Kyrgyz Republic

The Public Fund Vmeste Protiv Raka – Together against cancer Kyrgyz Republic was established by the oncologists of the National Center of Oncology and Hematology under the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic in 1999. However, it has been actively working to support cancer patients since 2013.The main goal of the Vmeste Protiv Raka – Together against cancer Kyrgyz Republic is to unite the patients of the country in the fight against cancer.

The activities of the foundation allow patients with oncological diseases to have access to the provided package of medical services. Another main focus of the Public Fund to advocate for the rights of patients during treatment. Vmeste Protiv Raka – Together against cancer Kyrgyz Republic also deals with charitable and psychological assistance to patients. In 2020, an office for equal consultations for women with breast cancer and cervical cancer was created. Consultations named "Equal to equal" are conducted by patients where they share their experience.

In parallel, "Kurdash-Girlfriend", a patient community and active organisation for women was created where they can provide help and support to each other. A Sewing Workshop was created where they can sew eco-bags and use funds to buy chemotherapy drugs.

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Barbara Nassar Association For Cancer Patient Support 

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Barbara Nassar was a metastatic cancer patient; she fought like a heroine for five years and got the official papers of the association a few days before she passed away in February 2014.

Barbara Nassar Association’s main goal is to support adult cancer patients in Lebanon to continue their treatment with dignity.

BNA aims at raising awareness about all types of cancer, through public lectures all over the Lebanese territories, the Cancer Awareness Village, and the media, with the support of its advisory board members, who are more than 50 oncologists.

The association guides patients in their long journey, advocate for them toward the authorities.

Barbara Nassar gathered hundreds of cancer patients in Lebanon, and launched its Cancer Patients Academy, where the patient turns from just a “cancer patient” to an “expert patient” and a hope giver.

The story of Barbara is like a phoenix, who rose from the ashes to give life and hope.

Last update: 
Friday 3 December 2021
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