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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

Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia graced by Beauty Queens

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On June 9, the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA) and the patient support centre in Petaling Jaya received the visit of 25 of the 40 Miss & Mrs Millennium Universe contestants to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Beauty pageant CEO and Founder, Dato Reiss Tiara said BCWA was chosen because the Association helps create awareness around breast cancer and support empowerment among women affected by it:

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“The female breast is an important organ and aids breastfeeding, but when a breast cancer patient dies, a child loses a mother and husband loses a wife. We have a beautiful breast; we must learn to protect it so that our kids have a mother,” she added.

During the visit, BCWA also received a personal cash donation from Dato Reiss Tiara.

The Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia hopes that this visit will make a difference in lives of breast cancer patients and that it will inspire others to create similar awareness raising activities in their home countries.

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World cancer Research Day 2022 – Info Day

On June 27th, the First Lady Jill Biden and the Queen Letizia of Spain met at the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) in Madrid, which marked the kick-off of the World Cancer Research Day 2022 taking place on September 24th.
 
We know that research moves us closer to detecting cancer early when it is easier to treat. Let’s support research together to develop effective strategies and provide equal access to the latest advances in cancer prevention and early detection.

The World Cancer Research Day (WCRD) is approaching, and we want you to be part of this global initiative to raise awareness towards the importance of cancer research and the need to support it to accelerate scientific discoveries that make possible progress against cancer.

The WCRD technical secretariat invites you to join the 2nd Info Day session on September 5th, 3 pm CET to 4 pm CET to know more about the WCRD initiative, born in 2016 as the first goal of the World Declaration for Research on Cancer, and how you can contribute this year.

Thank you for being part of this global movement!

Updated 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. The Hard-to-Reach ABC/mBC Communities toolkit was developed by the ABC Global Alliance and Pfizer Oncology in 2021 to drive collaboration across the global ABC/mBC community and address the challenges for UPPs with ABC/mBC that were identified during an expert meeting of healthcare professionals, patient representatives, policymakers and politicians in October 2019.

Following the initial success of the toolkit, we’re pleased to announce that a number of new initiatives have been added from organisations around the world, to continue to grow our repository of relevant, community-based initiatives that aim to address challenges faced by UPPs with mBC globally.

The toolkit comprises of the following materials:

  • Initiative Repository: Contains information on all previous and newly added 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

Resources

No Woman Left Behind – a call for gender equity

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Marking World Ovarian Cancer Day on 8 May, Clara MacKay reveals the chasm of inequities in ovarian cancer as incidence and mortality rise particularly for already disadvantaged populations.

Start-up guide for bladder cancer patient groups

There are so many things to consider when establishing a bladder cancer patient group, and it can be difficult to know where to start. Recognising this, the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition has developed a start-up guide for bladder cancer patient groups – a tool and a resource for anyone with ambitions to start a bladder cancer patient group in their country.

This guide aims at allowing you to:

  • Promote the establishment of bladder cancer patient groups in different countries
  • Provide pre-made resources and share best-practice examples for getting started
  • Inform, support and create unity among bladder cancer patient groups
  • Grow the global community of bladder cancer patient groups
  • Supporting you on your journey to start a bladder cancer patient group

The World Bladder Cancer  Patient Coalition’s vision is that there is a national bladder cancer patient organisation in each country. It is an ambitious plan and it is people like you who can help make that happen! This toolkit is here to guide you with the first steps.

The coalition wants to make sure that national bladder cancer patient support groups and organisations are strong enough to support people affected by bladder cancer, enhance awareness and advocate for better diagnosis, access and care. We are here to provide guidance, support and a helping hand to aid your work in your country to make a difference.

Training opportunities & calls for applications

Registration to the WCC22 Breast Cancer Workshop

As part of the World Cancer Congress educational programme, UICC is delighted to offer delegates a workshop focused on the early detection of breast cancer, which will be held on Thursday 20 October in Geneva, from 2pm – 5pm. The workshop is in-person only.
 
This interactive session titled “Advancing early detection of breast cancer in resource-limited settings”, is organised by UICC in collaboration with the WHO Global Breast Cancer Initiative (GBCI). 
 
For more information, please visit our dedicated webpage and fill out a short survey to confirm your interest in attending by 8 August. Spaces are limited! 

2022 IPOS/CAPO Joint World Congress

The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) in partnership with the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) is pleased to announce that registrations for the 2022 IPOS/CAPO Joint World Congress are now open. The Congress will run from August 29 to September 1, with in-person and virtual options.

The shared mission of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) and the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is to foster the science and practice of psychosocial oncology to improve the care for people affected by cancer through partnerships, research, public policy, advocacy and education.

The 2022 World Congress will create an opportunity to bring together an international body of health care professionals. The forum encourages new global partnerships and allows for the dissemination of ground-breaking research to professionals and the general public about psycho-oncology, that is, the psychosocial (psychiatric, psychological, social, behavioural, ethical) and psychobiological aspects of oncology. Finally, it allows to recognize exceptional contributions from around the world to the field of psycho-oncology through the awards of excellence.

1st International Congress of Dental Oncology & Research Conference 2022

The Asian Head and Neck Cancer Foundation is pleased to invite you to the 1st International Congress of Dental Oncology & Research Conference 2022 to be held on 2nd & 3rd September 2022 at Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Auditorium, Ahmedabad. The Theme of the conference is "Be Different To Make A Difference". The key highlight of the conference is eminent international speakers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York, USA, and renowned National faculty who will share their knowledge and vast experience. The event is supported by UICC Member Manage Health Foundation.

Asian Head and Neck Cancer Foundation are honoured to conduct the first of its kind conference on Dental Oncology in India. Cancer Care involves a collaborative team approach which is contemplated to give a better quality of life to cancer patients. Dental professionals play an important role in the overall management of patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Dental Oncology is an emerging trend in the area of Dentistry focusing on dental and oral manifestations of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or Head and Neck Surgery. The goal of the conference is to emphasise and highlight the key role of oral health care providers/dental professionals in screening, prevention, early detection, treatment, and rehabilitation of oral cancer, to empower them in dealing with oral manifestations & complications of cancer and its treatment and to recognize prospects and avenues of research in Dental Oncology.

The overall intention of the Congress is to bring together all healthcare professionals involved in the care of cancer patients to learn, share and voice their opinions through this interactive platform. The conference is expected to be attended by more than 1000 delegates from across India.

European Cancer Summit 2022 - Call for Abstracts

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Every year, at the European Cancer Summit, the European Cancer Organisation brings together leading oncology experts, experienced patient advocates, key opinion leaders, policy makers and politicians to discuss key issues in reducing the burden of cancer, saving, and improving the lives of patients and the public.  

This year’s European Cancer Summit on 16-17 November will focus on the implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the EU Cancer Mission’s recommendations, including through ECO’s ten Focused Topic Networks. 

The European Cancer Organisation is also, for the first time, launching a 'Call for Abstracts' which should be interesting and relevant for the next generation of oncology leaders. More details are available here. Expressions of interest from members should be communicated by 31 July 2022 by email to summitabstract@europeancancer.org with the final abstract to be submitted by 1 September 2022.

More information about the European Cancer Summit 2022 programme, confirmed speakers and registration is available at europeancancer.org/summit. 

World Bladder Cancer Patient Forum 2022

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Mark your calendars and register for the second World Bladder Cancer Patient Forum taking place in Paris, France on September 8, 2022, at 14:30 - 16:30 CEST

The World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition (WBCPC) will present the findings from their recent Global Bladder Cancer Patient and Caregiver Survey, and look ahead at bringing the patient voice forward. The event will bring together leading voices from around the world to discuss bladder cancer care. WBCPC’s member organisations will also showcase key projects from their communities that are positively impacting people affected by bladder cancer. 

Register today, to join them in Paris or online and start the conversation on social media using #BladderCancerForum22.

2022 Global Health and Welfare Forum in Taiwan

Hellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer, “Alma Zois”

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Hellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer “Alma Zois” is a non-profit organisation founded in 1988 by breast cancer survivors with one vision: a world without deaths because of breast cancer. 

Its' uniqueness lies in the fact that all the members, volunteers and members of the Board are breast cancer survivors.

Alma Zois’ mission today is to offer full psychosocial and legal support to every woman dealing with breast cancer in Greece, to increase awareness about breast cancer prevention and early detection and to advocate for better healthcare quality of breast cancer patients.

Alma Zois provides multiple services, including organised peer support, psychosocial support to breast cancer patients and their relatives, patients' advocacy, patients' educational programs and  breast cancer awareness campaigns.

Reconciliation and Development Association

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Reconciliation and Development Association (RADA) is one of the few organisations working on non-communicable disease prevention and control in Cameroon - a significant leader and stakeholder for civil society action supporting the government. RADA raises awareness of cancers, promotes access to medicines, conducts advocacy, and holds the government to account for issues of Cancer and other NCDs. RADA also partner with other organisations and provide or ensure screening services and referrals for early detection and treatment.

Rwanda Non Communicable Diseases Alliance

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Rwanda NCD Alliance is a unique civil society network, founded in 2016 and uniting more than 25 organisations (NCDs Patients, healthcare professionals, youth-led organisations and private institutions) working on NCDs in Rwanda. It focuses on tackling NCDs in general but cancer particularly through promoting multi sectoral partnerships, raising awareness, early detection, healthy living style education and research for evidence based advocacy. Working together as an alliance provides a mutual platform to channel its action for a cohesive and favourable environment and therefore greater impact on cancer in the country hence moving the NCDs agenda forward. This enables Rwanda NCD Alliance to touch on all the angles, from the community to policy and decision makers without leaving people affected by these diseases. It is its belief that addressing NCDs needs a wide and multi-sectoral collaboration that is why it is regionally and globally connected with other organisations working on NCDs.

Last update: 
Thursday 4 August 2022
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