On Tuesday 9 June 2020, the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) hosted an online event entitled “There is Life after Cancer: Putting an End to the Discrimination”. Over 180 people registered for this event dedicated to raising awareness of cancer survivorship issues in the European Union (EU) which concluded with calls for the formalisation of a European Cancer Survivors Day.

The webinar was overseen by ECPC’s director, Ms. Antonella Cardone, who relayed her organisation’s long-term interest in addressing cancer survivorship issues to an audience largely composed of patient advocates and industry representatives, but also members of the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as several national health authorities.

ECPC was delighted to welcome two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Petra De Sutter (Greens, Belgium) and Tomislav Sokol (EPP, Croatia) who provided their professional and personal insights on the economic and social challenges cancer survivors must overcome following the end of their treatment.

A number of distinguished guests also took part in the discussion, Professor Mark Lawler of Queen’s University Belfast, and Ms Janette Rawlinson, a UK-based patient advocate, discussed the progress EU Member States have achieved in this field and some concrete examples of the many challenges which cancer survivors must overcome during their day-to-day lives.

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If you missed the webinar, the recording is available here: