Cancer control in low and middle income countries


Wednesday 21 September 2016


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Oncology Section


6 CPD Points

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about this event

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death globally. Cancer is one of the most prevalent NCDs. Cancer is responsible for more deaths in low to middle income countries than HIV, TB and malaria together.

By 2030 it is estimated that 70% of global cancer deaths will be in low to middle income countries, yet many of these countries do not have the adequate policy or infrastructure in place to prevent, diagnose, treat and where appropriate palliate cancer.

This educational event is aimed at those in public health, global health, cancer policy, cancer treatment, cancer research, cancer education, the third sector. Its aim is to bring together leaders in this field to educate, raise awareness, discuss barriers and solutions to this global challenge.

By the end of this meeting delegates will:

  • Understand why cancer control in low to middle income countries is a global imperative on many levels such as an economic imperative.
  • Understand potential challenges facing those trying to improve cancer control in low income settings and what potential solutions there are including through policy.
  • Have knowledge of the disparity in global cancer survival figures.
  • Leave inspired to be an advocate for improvement in global cancer control.


Join in the conversation online using #CancerControl16


Chair: Professor David Collingridge, Editor in Chief, The Lancet Oncology

8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am


Dr Susannah Stanway, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Breast Unit, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, President, Oncology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

9.05 am


9.15 am

Cancer control policy in low and middle income countries

Professor Richard Sullivan, Professor of Cancer Policy and Global Health, King's Health Partners, London

10.00 am

Global surveillance of cancer survival: The CONCORD programme

Professor Claudia Allemani, Associate Professor in Cancer Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

10.40 am

Tea and coffee break

11.00 am

Building research capacity in low resource settings

Professor David Kerr, Professor of Cancer Medicine, University of Oxford

11.40 am

Cervical cancer screening in sub-Saharan Africa: The Zambian experience

Professor Groesbeck Parham, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, University of North Carolina and University of Zambia

12.20 pm

Panel discussion

Dr Bhawna Sirohi, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Mount Vernon Hospital, Dr Laura Downey, Health Policy Fellow, Imperial College London, Professor Richard Sullivan, Professor Claudia Allemani, Professor David Kerr and Professor Groesbeck Parham

1.00 pm


Annual General Meeting for Section Members only

1.45 pm

Improving access to cancer medicine in low and middle income countries: The role of the pharmaceutical industry

Dr Jayasree Iyer, Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation

Chairs: Professor Arnie Purushotham, Director, King's Health Partners Comprehensive Cancer Centre and King's College London and Professor Richard Sullivan

2.15 pm

International strategies towards tobacco control

Dr Alastair Bradstock, Programme Director International Tobacco Control, Cancer Research UK

2.50 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.10 pm

Women’s cancers in low and middle income countries

Dr Ophira Ginsburg, Medical Officer, World Health Organisation, Geneva

3.50 pm

Advocacy for global cancer control

Dr Julie Torrode, Deputy CEO Union for International Cancer Control, Geneva

4.30 pm

Panel discussion

Dr Alastair Bradstock, Dr Ophira Ginsburg, Dr Julie Torrode, Mrs Jayasree Iyer and Dr Katie Wakeham Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

4.55 pm

Closing remarks

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive, Breast Cancer Now

5.20 pm

Drinks reception

All welcome

5.15 pm

Completion of evaluation forms and close of meeting

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