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Welcome to our Members' Corner. Here you will find the latest news and best practices from our members, useful resources, training opportunities and ways to support the global cancer community. 

 

Member news

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Regional series of Virtual Dialogues

This year, UICC is leveraging its Virtual Dialogues to respond to the needs of members facing specific challenges in their regions.

In April, UICC has initiated a regional series of Virtual Dialogues to offer context-specific insights and a platform of exchange for UICC members around the world within their particular region. These regional cancer communities will have opportunities to discuss topics that are of particular relevance to their situation and which they may have in common with other organisations in the region, aligned with UICC’s programmes and key thematic areas of work.

Register for your regional series of interest by clicking on your preferred region below:

 

This month

Join World Bladder Cancer Awareness Month 2021 in May!

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In May, you can join the campaign and help your community become more #BladderCancerAware.

Together with its members and partners, the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition will embark on a Digital World Tour. It will highlight the impact of bladder cancer in different regions and countries, also shining the light on incredible civil society organisations working to support people affected by bladder cancer.

This year’s theme is all about conversation and your commitment to ask that important question, “Have you ever heard about bladder cancer?” We believe that by asking this one question and talking about bladder cancer, we can reach over 550,000 people a year who receive a bladder cancer diagnosis. We all have a role in raising awareness about bladder cancer, and whether you do it in-person or online, it all counts if we do it together.

Explore the campaign toolkit, share the messages, show your support and most importantly, join the conversation online and in your community.

 

Take action

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UICC is proud to be a supporting partner of the documentary Conquering Cancer – Making History By Eliminating Cervical Cancer Everywhere, and part of the executive production team. Despite the challenges to global travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, this feature documentary has been developed with perspectives from around the globe, including from UICC member organisations.

The official trailer was launched at the Preventing Cervical Cancer conference on 26th March. It is now available to watch on YouTube.

UICC is encouraging all its members to add their voices to the global movement calling to eliminate cervical cancer, by organising one or more screenings of the feature documentary upon its release in October 2021. Here you can make your formal commitment: pledge to host an event screening

A screening of the documentary is an excellent way of supporting advocacy work and furthering objectives aimed at influencing policy makers or programme implementers, engaging new stakeholders or raising community awareness. For more information, refer to the below summary.

 

Resources

On-demand viewing - 2021 Colorectal Cancer Congress

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Hosted by the Global Colon Cancer Association, the 2021 Colorectal Cancer Congress featured 63 speakers from around the globe, sharing their experiences and expertise. 6,000+ individuals logged on virtually and could attend 50 presentations covering 10 topic areas, incl. Advancements in Clinical Trials, COVID-19 and Cancer, Prevention & Screening etc.

There are valuable key takeaways for everyone and all sessions are available for on-demand viewing at: www.gccacongress.org

Hard-to-Reach ABC/mBC Communities Toolkit

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Globally, including in developed nations, many underserved patient populations (UPPs) with advanced/metastatic breast cancer (ABC/mBC) do not have appropriate access to healthcare. In October 2019, a range of experts, including healthcare professionals, patient representatives, policymakers and politicians, met to discuss and prioritise the critical needs of UPPs with mBC. This meeting identified six key challenges in access to care and actionable solutions for each.

To help to address these challenges, the ABC Global Alliance and Pfizer Oncology have collaborated to develop a toolkit of relevant, community-based initiatives and best practice summary documents that aims to drive collaboration across the global ABC/mBC community. The toolkit comprises the following materials:

  • Initiative Repository: Contains information on all initiatives included in the toolkit and allows users to filter and sort by different criteria to find those that are most relevant;
  • One-Page Summaries: Summaries of each initiative that can be accessed directly from the repository;
  • Best Practice Documents: Collated through a combination of written submissions and interviews with the creators of initiatives, across four categories.

A Shade of Pink Africa - Sharing, supporting and inspiring - The Bricon Foundation

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The Bricon Foundation was set up in 2016 to support patients and their families in the cancer battle, assisting through treatment funding, counselling, patient navigation and advocacy.

One of the great challenges for cancer survivorship and advocacy in Nigeria, and in Africa as a whole, is that there is still not enough people coming out to share their stories of survival, and thereby providing “living” proof that cancer can be overcome. So many still live in fear. In addition, traditional, cultural and religious beliefs also play a significant role in the perception and stigmatisation of the disease, which sadly results in poor outcomes.

“A Shade of Pink Africa” is the Bricon Foundation's first online series of 6 episodes on cancer from an African perspective, where Abigail (who is one of the foundation's Co- Founders and herself a breast cancer survivor) shares her cancer experience and discusses important subjects in her journey, such as mental health, the impact of religion and tradition, and self-love, to inspire and educate others.

The Bricon Foundation invites UICC members to access and share this resource, and hopes to develop the talk show, inviting guests in the cancer space to provide more insight and education for the battle against cancer in Africa.

 

Training opportunities & calls for applications

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Focusing on the topic of "Inspiring Change, Putting People First: Shaping Responsive Health Systems for people living with NCDs in the COVID-19 era", the series of multistakeholder dialogues organised by the NCD Alliance. will seek to provide virtual platforms to discuss region-specific people-centred approaches to address NCDs, ensuring UHC and leaving no one behind, in order to build back better and fairer from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCDA would like to invite UICC members to nominate participants for each multi-stakeholder regional dialogue as well as potential speakers to be considered for the programme.

  • 22nd June: Eastern Mediterranean

Virtual, 31st July to 01st August

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The Southeast Asia Breast Cancer Symposium (SEABCS) 2021 is a forum which will be attended by global and regional medical professionals on breast cancer to discuss advanced methods in diagnosis, surgery and treatment for breast cancer. In addition, non-profit institutions and communities, and volunteers that have interest in breast cancer control are invited.

In the spirit to continue their efforts in preventing mortality due to breast cancer in the region and also in order to prevent the delay of treatment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian Breast Cancer Foundation will virtually host the 5th annual SEABCS with the theme "Putting Patients at the Heart of Breast Cancer Control; Strengthening Regional Collaboration to Achieve Better Outcomes for Breast Cancer in SEA Countries".

The symposium will be held on 31st July and 01st Auguts 2021 and the agenda encompasses capacity building in disease management among people with breast cancer and medical professional to improve quality of life of people with breast cancer.

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) invites UICC members to participate in a new learning opportunity.

Self-paced learning programme - Improving the Quality of Cancer Screening

IARC is pleased to announce the launch of a new freely accessible and modular resource on cancer screening and early diagnosis. This self-paced online learning programme was developed by the IARC Screening Group in the framework of the Cancer Screening in Five Continents (CanScreen5) project. It includes highly interactive modules on:

  • Principles of Cancer Screening;
  • Planning and Implementing Cancer Screening Programmes; and
  • Quality of Cancer Screening Programmes.
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Virtual, 4-6 November 2021

The Advanced Breast Cancer Sixth International Consensus Conference (ABC6) will take place in a virtual format from 4 to 6 November 2021.

The ABC Global Alliance is fully committed to delivering an outstanding scientific and educational programme for the conference audience with the aim to disseminate new data and advances in the field, within a virtual experience with interaction and debate.  The programme will allow the best possible environment for sharing of knowledge, discussion of the current evidence, controversies and needs in the field of advanced breast cancer. As usual, the conference will close with an extraordinary consensus session with the aim of updating the advanced breast cancer guidelines.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts on subjects related to advanced breast cancer by 14 June 2021. Abstracts will be assessed for presentation at the conference, either oral or poster, or for publication in the ABC6 Abstract Book, supplement of The Breast. A limited number of free registrations are made available on a competitive basis.

 

New Members

Angola Instituto Angolano de Controlo do Cancer (IACC)
Burkina Faso Coalition Burkinabè Contre le Cancer (COBUCAN)
Libya National Cancer Control Programme Libya

AMAL (Association des Malades Atteints de Leucémies)

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Association des Malades Atteints de Leucémies (AMAL), based in Marrakesh, is the first patient group in Morocco and North Africa aiming to support patients with leukemia and other blood cancers.

AMAL's mission is to provide support to patients and families; to improve access to proper treatment and correct monitoring to all patients; to raise awareness and fight cancer stigma; to educate patients and parents by organising patient meetings, producing educational materials and so on; to advocate to improve policies and decisions in favour of cancer patients; to build a patient home for patients and parents living far from hospitals to allow them to be treated with dignity; and to collaborate with physicians and medical authorities in order to improve communication and care conditions in Morocco.

International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS)

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Established in 1987, the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) works to unite the globe in the fight against gynecologic cancers. Its membership is made up clinicians and researchers dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and study of gynecologic cancers as well as improvement in the quality of life among women affected worldwide.

As a core principle, the concept of global health equity is embedded in the IGCS mission and is reflected in the breadth of its membership and the design and implementation of its programmes. With over 3,000 members from low-, middle-, and high-income countries around the globe, IGCS has purposefully developed an inclusive membership framework that encourages interaction and growth across diverse social, political, and healthcare systems. Through this framework, IGCS connects members with specific needs to those with corresponding resources and programmes; forms partnerships; educates, trains, and mentors clinicians, survivors-patients, and caregivers; and otherwise enhances benefits to women affected by gynecologic cancers not only in optimal but also in the most challenging circumstances and environments.

Last update: 
Friday 18 June 2021
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