• European Cancer Summit 2021  

    17 & 18 November 2021, Brussels & Virtual

    From Plans to Action

    Every year, the European Cancer Organisation (E.C.O.) 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.

    The European Cancer Summit 2021 on 17 & 18 November will focus on the implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the EU Cancer Mission’s recommendations, including through the nine E.C.O. Focused Topic Networks.

    More information about the European Cancer Summit 2021 programme, confirmed speakers and registration is available at europeancancer.org/summit.

  • 20 Million Reasons to Discuss Life After Cancer: Establishing a European Survivorship Day

    An EU Cancer Survivorship Day becoming a reality

    Last year, ECPC’s event on life after cancer and putting an end to discrimination helped to raise awareness of cancer survivorship issues in the EU and called for the formalisation of a European Cancer Survivors Day.

    This year, our webinar seeks to provide an impetus for the formal establishment of an annual EU Cancer Survivorship Day, following the example of several national cancer survivorship days which bring together communities worldwide to recognise survivors and the challenges they face and celebrate life after cancer. The Challenge Cancer Intergroup is committed to making the creation of an EU cancer survivors day become a reality.

    Register for the webinar hosted on the 29th June from 10:30 to 11:30.

    You can download the agenda here.


    10:30 – 10:35 | Introduction and opening remarks
    Prof. Dr. Mark Lawler, Professor of Digital Health, Faculty of Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast and ECPC Scientific Committee Member
    10:35 – 10:45 | Understanding and prioritising the needs of cancer survivors
    MEP Cristian Silviu Bușoi (EPP, Romania), Chair of Challenge Cancer Parliamentary Intergroup
    Dr. Roberta De Angelis, Senior Researcher, Director of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics Unit, Italian National Institute of Health
    10:45 – 11:00 | Implementing return to work policies for cancer survivors
    Discussion panel
    Magali Mertens de Wilmars, Founder of Work&Cancer
    Barbara Wilson, Founder and Director of Working with Cancer
    Stephen Bevan, Head, HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies
    11:00 – 11:10 | Q&A

    11:10 – 11:25 | Towards a European cancer survivors day: next steps
    Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
    MEP Romana Jerković (S&D, Croatia), Member of the Challenge Cancer Intergroup
    11:25 – 11:30 | Concluding remarks
    Ken Mastris, ECPC President
    Moderated by Prof. Dr. Mark Lawler


    What is the impact on the society and the welfare system and how this can be addressed from the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan?

    The event will draw attention to the issue of NMSC as an occupational disease and call on key stakeholders to support access to better care for those affected and for retired workers.

    While the prevalence and economic costs of NMSC continue to increase, outdoor workers lack legislative protection.

    Register for the webinar hosted on 15th June 2021, 11:30 – 13:00 CEST

    Preliminary Programme:

    11:30 – 11:35 Welcome address, housekeeping rules and introduction
    Swen Malte John, Professor and Chairman, Dept. Dermatology, Environmental Medicine, Health Theory, University of Osnabrück, EADV Task Force Occupational Skin Diseases, ICOH Scientific Committee Occupational and Environmental Dermatoses
    Antonella Cardone, ECPC Director

    11:35 – 11:45 Keynote speaker
    Alexander Stratigos, EADV President

    11:45 – 12:40 panel discussion

    How can the EU protect outdoor workers?
    Jens Gieseke, Member of the European Parliament

    Incidence of NMSC in outdoor workers
    Speaker to be confirmed

    EU health and safety at work legislation: How can it contribute to the prevention of NMSC?
    Laura Vicente, Policy Officer – Risk Management Policy team of DG EMPL, European Commission

    My NMSC journey
    Tony Long , Patient representative

    What changes should be done in policy to protect outdoor workers?
    Rolf Gehring, European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW)

    Preventing NMSC among outdoor workers: Best practices
    Arnd Spahn, European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT)

    12:40 – 12:50 Q&A

    12:50 – 13:00 What’s next? Concluding remarks

    Speaker’s bios:

    Swen Malte John.

    Occupational dermatology, epidemiology and allergology, including the implementation and scientific evaluation of systematic interdisciplinary approaches to the prevention of occupational skin diseases with an emphasis on workers’ education strategies (“Osnabrueck model”). Other research interests are skin bioengineering, cutaneous susceptibility and immuno-genetics. SMJ wrote 187 papers (average IF=1.88, h-index 33) and is lead-editor of major textbooks in the field, incl. Kanerva’s Occupational Dermatology, Springer, 3rd edition. He coordinates the Pan-European awareness raising EADV “Healthy Skin@Work campaign (Slogan: “Your skin. The most important 2m² of your life!”), which is an official partner of EU OSHA “Healthy Workplaces”. He is chair of an EU Horizon 2020 COST Action “StanDerm” (TD 1206), which successfully developed evidence based standards on prevention and management of occupational skin diseases – from irritant/allergic contact dermatitis, environmentally triggered predispositional diseases like atopic dermatitis & psoriasis to occupational keratinocytic skin cancers (JEADV 31, Supplement 4 [2017]). StanDerm comprises 31 European countries and more than 150 experts in the field of occupational dermatology. He is also member of the ILO “Core Experts Group on the Guidance Notes on Diagnostic and Exposure Criteria for the Occupational Diseases List” and the WHO “Intersun project advisory committee” as well as the lead reviewer to the current ILO/WHO global burden of occupational diseases project (“Joint methodology”, WG 4: Skin Cancer by UV).

    Antonella Cardone.

    Antonella Cardone is the Director of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC), which is the largest cancer patient umbrella organization in Europe with over 450 members from 48 countries. She has 25 years of  experience working for non-profits in health, social and employment sectors. Prior to ECPC, Antonella was the Executive Director of the Fit for Work Global Alliance, a multi-stakeholder coalition championing change in health and work policy. She has previously served as the  Director of the Global Smoke-free Partnership of the American Cancer Society, leading a movement of over 100 members to coordinate the development of smoke-free laws in 40 countries. She holds a Master’s in Science and one in Business Administration. She currently represents ECPC on the Board of Pancreatic Cancer Europe, in which she is vice-chair, and she is also Board Member of All.Can.

    Alexander Stratigos.

    Alexander J. Stratigos, MD is Professor of Dermatology-Venereology and chair of the Department of Dermatology-Venereology at Andreas Sygros Hospital, University of Athens (Greece). His clinical and research interests include melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, with particular emphasis to their epidemiology, prevention and treatment. He has authored or co-authored more than 280 articles. Dr. Stratigos has held administrative and committee positions in several professional societies, including the EADO (current Vice-President), the AAD and the Hellenic Society of Dermatology-Venereology. He is President of the European Academy of Dermatology-Venereology.

    Jens Gieseke.

    Jens Gieseke, member of the European Parliament since 2014, is a substitute member of the European Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA). Furthermore, he is a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and a substitute member in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

    He is co-chair of the SME-Circle of the EPP-Group and chairman of the CDU in Emsland, northwestern Germany, where he grew up.

    Jens Gieseke supports the initiative to beat Cancer and thinks that the fight against cancer should be a top priority for the European Union.

    Laura Vicente.

    Laura works as a policy officer in Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) at the European Commission. In her work in the Health and Safety unit in Luxembourg, Laura addresses the protection of workers’ health and safety from exposure to physical agents, including radiation.

    Prior to joining the European Commission, she has worked at the Institute for Safety and Health in Madrid, at the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) as well as in the private sector. Laura has over 15 years’ experience in the field of occupational safety and health, at company, national and European levels. She has significant experience conducting research, developing policy and developing, implementing and enforcing legislation in the field of safety and health at work.

    Tony Long.

    Tony Long has worked in the environmental movement for forty years, first in the United Kingdom and subsequently at European and international levels. He was a European director for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) after founding and then leading its European Policy Office in Brussels for 25 years. He is the author of several articles on environmental campaigning and has taught as a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He holds a first-class honours degree from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, in Town and Country Planning.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA) and a former Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York.

    Rolf Gehring.

    Rolf Gehring, 54 years old, was born in Hannover Germany. He worked from 1979 until 1992 as engine fitter in the metal industry. During that time, he was active as work council member and in different complementary functions in IG Metall. Later he studied education science and sociology at Hannover University. From 1998 until 2002 and then again from 2006 he is working for the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW). 2002 to 2006 he was working for IG Metall on local level. Today, he is responsible for the woodworking sectors and the topics of occupational safety and health.

    Arnd Spahn

    Arnd Spahn (62) is a national Economist from Germany and works since 2000 as political secretary for Agriculture at the European Federation of trade unions of food, agriculture and tourism (EFFAT). He coordinates the European interests of around 50 national trade unions of Agriculture from 34 European countries.



  • European Week Against Cancer

    Dear Members,

    We are pleased to announce that ECPC is preparing a series of 5 webinars for the European Week Against Cancer together with the European Parliamentary Intergroup “Challenge Cancer” and Cancer Complications and Comorbidities Initiative Members. These online events presented in form of webinars, will take place from Tuesday 25th May to Monday 31st of May 2021 with various experts invited to speak and reflect their thoughts about cancer related topics.

    These webinars aim to present various issues surrounding Cancer Complications and Comorbidities, to ensure that they are addressed in the implementation of the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, and to further pursue recognition of these comorbidities, increase awareness on relevant stakeholders and the public. During the first webinar, on Tuesday 25th of May Cancer Complications and Comorbidities Initiative Members will also be launching a White Paper titled: The impact of cancer-related comorbidities on patient treatment, treatment efficacy, survivorship, and quality of life.

    Don’t miss this opportunity and register for these events!

    Please note that an individual registration is required for each webinar.

    White Paper Launch:  Tackling cancer-related complications and comorbidities
    Register for the webinar hosted on 25th of May 2021, 11:00 – 12:00 CEST
    This webinar will mark the launching of the White Paper and will touch upon subjects of accessibility to innovative treatments, iatrogenic risks, and quality of life.
    Preliminary programme:
    Opening & welcome –  Ken Mastris, ECPC

    Presentation of the initiative, the White Paper and Recommendations – Antonella Cardone, ECPC

    Cancer complications and Comorbidities: the policy makers perspective – Cristian-Silviu Busoi Member of the European Parliament

    Treatment decisions in older cancer patients with comorbidities –  Hans Wildiers, SIOG

    Reducing iatrogenic risk in cancer patients with comorbidities – Christophe Bardin, ESOP

    Pain and impact on survivor’s quality of life –Patrice Forget, EFIC

    Discussion & closing

    This event will be moderated by Antonella Cardone
    Overcoming the burden of cancers caused by viral infections
    Register for the webinar hosted on 26th of May 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 CEST
    This webinar will focus on infectious diseases, their transmission, vaccination, screening, and treatments.
    Final programme:
    Opening & welcome- Peter Baker E.C.O

    Viral Protection: Achieving the Possible on HPV cancer elimination – Daniel Kelly, E.C.O

    Eliminating HPV cancers: the political perspective – Robert O’ConnorIrish Cancer Society

    Preventing Cancer by tackling hepatitis – Maria Buti, EASL

    Hepatitis Elimination – Radan Kanev, Member of the European Parliament, ENVI

    Patient prespectives HPV – Jaqueline Daly, ECPC

    Liver cancer patients and their challenges – Ivana Dragojevic, ELPA,  ACHIEVE

    Discussion & closing

    This event will be moderated by Peter Baker
    How to care for your nutrition as a cancer patient?
    Register for the webinar hosted on 27th of May 2021, 13:30 – 14:30 CEST
    This webinar will touch upon subject of nutrition and nutritional care, such as prevention, identification, support, treatment, disease progression and recovery.
    Preliminary programme:
    Welcome & opening – Niamh Rice, ENHA

    Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the implementation of sustainable strategies – Aldo Patriciello, MEP and BECA Committee member

    The cancer patient journey and the role of nutritional care – Rocco Barazzoni ESPEN

    Primary and secondary prevention – Adele Hug, EFAD

    The role of prehabilitation in surgical cancer patients – Sergio Sandrucci, ESSO

    HCPs training on nutrition-nutritional support in cancer care – Maurizio Muscaritoli, ESPEN, Sapienza University of Rome

    Patient story – Jonathan Clark, Mantle Cell Lymphoma

    Caregiver story – Menia Koukougianni, ECPC

    Discussion  & closing

    This event will be moderated by Niamh Rice
    Cancer-Associated Thrombosis (CAT)/ Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Cardiovascular Complications and how they affect cancer patients’ survival and quality of life
    Register for the webinar hosted on 28th of May 2021, 16:30 – 17:30 CEST
    This webinar will address various issues surrounding cancer-related cardiovascular complications and CAT/VTE including cardioprotective strategies, impact of CAT/VTE, thromboprophylaxis, cardio-oncology, and obesity.
    Preliminary programme:
    Opening & welcome- Charis Girvalaki, ECPC

    Tip and Tricks in Cardiovascular care in cancer patients – Riccardo Asteggiano, ESC

    CAT/VTE and Cardiovascular Complications: The policy makers perspective –Nicolás González Casares, MEP and BECA committee member

    The impact of obesity in cancer progression, treatment efficacy and toxicity and recurrence – Jennifer Lyn Baker, EASO

    Cancer-associated thrombosis- Current challenges and future perspectives – Barry KevaneUCD/Conway Sphere

    The effectiveness and safety of thromboprophylaxis in cancer patients – Anna Falanga, ETHA

    Patient story – Joanne Campbell, Thrombosis Ireland

    Discussion & Closing

    This event will be moderated by Charis Girvalaki
    The crucial steps to combat cancer
    Register for the webinar hosted on 31st of May 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST
    This webinar will present issues around prevention, screening, and early detection, such as cost-effectiveness of early detection, tobacco use, alcohol abuse, physical activity, etc.
    Preliminary programme:
    Opening & welcome – Hendrik Van Poppel, EAU / Antonella Cardone ECPC

    Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the implementation of sustainable cancer prevention strategies – Cristian-Silviu Busoi, Member of the European Parliament

    Implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan:  seizing the momentum – Wendy Yared, ECL

    Cost-effectiveness of cancer early detection for certain cancer types in older ages – Hendrik Van Poppel, EAU

    Ending tobacco use for beating cancer – Cornel Radu Loghin, ENSP

    The cancer risk associated with alcohol – how many cigarettes are there in a bottle of wine? – Nick Sheron, EASL

    Sendentarism and Cancer – Ana Abreu, ESC

    Discussion & Closing

    This event will be moderated by Hendrik Van Poppel and Antonella Cardone
    ACHIEVE – Associations Collaborating on Hepatitis to Immunize and Eliminate the Virus in Europe
    BECA – Special Committee on Beating Cancer of the European Parliament
    E.C.O  European Cancer Organisation
    EASO – European Association for the Study of Obesity
    EASL – European Association for the Study of the Liver
    EAU – European Association of Urology
    ECL – Association of European Cancer Leagues
    ECPC – European Cancer Patient Coalition
    EFAD – European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians
    ELPA – European Liver Patients Association
    ENHA – European Nutrition for Health Alliance
    ENSP – European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention
    ENVI – European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
    ESC – European Society of Cardiology
    ESOP – European Society of Oncology Pharmacy
    ESPEN – European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism
    ESSO – European Society of Surgical Oncology
    ETHA – European Thrombosis and Haemostasis Alliance
    SIOG – International Society of Geriatric Oncology
    UCD – University College Dublin

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