ECPC continues to work hard to place our organisation at the forefront of the European advocacy and at the center of debate on cancer. Thus, as always at this time of the year, we are getting ready for the annual ESMO (European Society for Medical Oncology) Congress.

This time, the biggest European gathering for oncology professionals and patient advocates will take place between 19-23 October in Munich, Germany, giving participants yet another excellent networking opportunity, as well as the possibility to discuss vital issues and challenges faced by cancer patients.

This year’s Congress will be held under the tagline “Securing access to optimal cancer care” and will also features a dedicated nursing track through a collaboration with the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS).

The ESMO 2018 Congress will provide a scientific and educational programme able to directly impact the daily clinical practice of oncologists.

ECPC, as a Member of the ESMO Patient Advocates Working Group (PAWG), will actively participate in the process of making sure that patients are in the centre of the ongoing discussions. The ESMO PAWG main mission is the optimization of patient care in Europe and worldwide, the continuous improvement of cancer-specific information and education, the strengthening of patient autonomy and the support of patient rights.

As each year, ECPC will have its strong representation at the Congress. The ECPC President, Francesco de Lorenzo, Vice-President, Kathi Apostolidis together with ECPC Board Members, Maude Andersson and Matti Jarvinen, as well as office staff will closely follow patient advocacy – focused sessions, as well as attend meetings with our partners discussing joint activities and ECPC Action Plan 2019.

We invite all our members who are attending ESMO Congress this year to come and say hello at the ECPC stand in the Society Village (Hall B1, stand nr PA1), as well as follow our main activities planned during the congress:

Saturday, 20 October at 12:30
ECPC Vice-President Kathi Apostolidis will present at the session: Let’s talk women’s cancer
Venue: Vesallius Stage

Saturday, 20 October at 13:00
ECPC Board Member, Matti Jarvinen will present at the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) session: Caring for Carers
Venue: Hall B4 – Room 24

Sunday, 21 October at 14:45
ECPC Board Member, Matti Jarvinen will present at the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) session: The essential elements of safety standards for systemic cancer therapies
Venue: Hall B4 – Room 24

Monday, 22 October at 13:00
ECPC Board Member, Maude Andersson, will present the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) session: Nursing roles: Aiming for Better Recognition of Cancer Nursing Across Europe to improve Patient Outcomes
Venue: Hall B4 – Room 24

Join online discussion under #ESMO2018 and stay tuned for ECPC’s social media live updates from the congress!