About this event

  • Date and time Fri 17 Nov 2023 from 7:30am to 7:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Oncology

Join us for this engaging and informative meeting, as part of the London Global Cancer Week, to hear from a delegation of international experts who will speak about global disparities in cancer care and control and present various strategies to improve cancer outcomes. These strategies will cover the cancer care continuum from prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment to palliative care and survivorship. The meeting will also cover several topics, such as the role of women, communication, education, intelligence gathering and technology in cancer care. 

By attending, you will also hear from those working on novel and innovative ways to change current inequalities and inequities to enable capacity building in LMICs. Issues such as the financial toxicity of cancer care will be discussed, and the “Choosing Wisely” and “Common Sense in Oncology” movements will be highlighted.

Winners of the Vanessa Moss prize will also have the opportunity to present their work during the meeting. Find out more about the prize and how to apply. 

By attending, you will:

  • Learn about current examples of good practice in cancer care across six continents
  • Learn about future ways of improving cancer outcomes globally through the use of technology and scientific advances 
  • Hear from leading experts about global disparities in cancer care and control  
  • Drive north-south and south-south collaborations to close the cancer care gap  
  • Understand financial toxicity of cancer care  
  • learn about the Common Sense in Oncology and Choosing Wisely movements in cancer care to optimise limited resources 

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We would like to thank our sponsors IPSEN and Pfizer for their support of this meeting.
Please note that the main scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.


Early Bird pricing available until 04 October 2023.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors Trainee AHP / Nurse / Midwife Student
£141.00 £84.00 £50.00 £44.00


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Susie Stanway, Consultant Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Morning chairs: Professor Richard Sullivan, Professor of Cancer and Global Health, King's College London, and Dr Olubukola Ayodele, Consultant Medical Oncologist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

The role of women in the global oncology agenda - Leah Ledderman Lecture

Professor Miriam Mutebi, Breast Surgical Oncologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Aga Khan University Hospital, Kenya

How to listen to politicians so they’ll talk and talk so they’ll listen (virtual)

Professor Diana Sarfati, Director General, Ministry of Health, New Zealand

Leveraging private care in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) to improve care for all

Dr Chinenye Iwuji, Medical Oncologist, Lake Shore Cancer Care, Nigeria

The potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve cancer care in low and middle-income countries

Professor Amrita Kumar, Chair of AI and Innovation, British Institute of Radiology

Dr Rowland Illing, Director and Chief Medical Officer, International Health, Amazon Web Services, USA (virtual)

Dr Ajay Aggarwal, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Implementing radiation oncology technological innovations in LMICs: Bridging the access gap

Dr Supriya Chopra, Professor, Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer, India

Tea and coffee break

Access to cancer medicines

Professor Gilberto Lopes, Associate Director for Global Oncology, Interim Chief for the Division of Medical Oncology, Sylvester Cancer Center, USA

The role of philanthropists in global cancer control

Ms Priya Dutt, Politician, Trustee and Chairperson, Nargis Dutt Foundation, India

Bending the curve: Facts and trends in Colombia cancer care

Professor Daniel Medina Gaspar, Research Professor, EAFIT University, Colombia

Financial toxicity of cancer

Professor Shailesh Shrikhande, Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgeon, Professor of Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, India

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Bhawna Sirohi, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Director of Medical Oncology, Balco Medical Centre, India

Panelists: Professor Gilberto Lopes, Professor Richard Sullivan, Mr Danny Burke, CEO, ecancer, Mr Neil Ranasinghe, Global MSL Excellence Lead, UK Global Cancer Network Representative


Afternoon chairs: Dr Bhawna Sirohi and Ms Emma Foreman, Consultant Oncology Pharmacist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Chair, British Oncology Pharmacy Association

Common sense oncology: A growing movement

Professor Bishal Gyawali, Associate Professor, Medical Oncology, Queen's University, Canada

Taking cancer care to the community

Presentation 1

Dr Bhawna Sirohi

Presentation 2
Presentation 3
Panel discussion

Aortic session

Chairs: Dr Fatima Cardoso, Director, Breast Unit of the Champalimaud Clinical Center, Portugal and Dr Peter Vuylsteke, Medical Oncologist, Head of Department Internal Medicine, University of Botswana


Dr Fatima Cardoso and Dr Peter Vuylsteke

How can artificial intelligence improve the quality of cancer of pathology diagnostics for cancer patients in Africa?

Dr David Foran, CIO and Executive Director, Computational Imaging & Biomedical informatics, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, USA

Innovative and Rapid diagnosis of breast Cancer through accessible genetic analysis

Dr Dayo Fadelu, Medical Oncologist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, USA

The role of telemedicine in imaging diagnosis and follow-up, and in teaching/training: the case of São Tomé and Principe

Dr Liudmila David, Ayres de Menezes Hospital, São Tomé and Principe and Dr Celeste Alves, Ayres de Menezes Hospital, São Tomé and Principe

Questions and answers

How to navigate a career in global oncology

Professor Ophira Ginsburg, Medical Oncologist, National Cancer Institute, Center for Global Health, USA

Fixing us: London Global Cancer Week documentary trailer
Tea and coffee break

Title to be confirmed

HRH Princess Dina Mired

Vanessa Moss prize presentation

Enhancing early presentation of breast cancer patients in Nigeria: A cross-sectional survey and development of a mobile application

Dr Mercy Ofuya, Medical Statistician, Founder, CupArise

The role of nursing in the global oncology agenda

Multi-professional leadership in oncology

Dr Myrna A.A. Doumit, Associate Professor, American University of Beirut, Hariri School of Nursing, Lebanon

Psychosocial support in the multidisciplinary team

Ms Samba Vera Larfi epse Njamnshi, Childhood Cancer Lead Nurse, Mboppi Baptist Hospital Douala, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, Cameroon

Oncology nursing in Afghanistan 2023

Mr Mohammad Asif Hussainyar, Nursing Instructor, Assist Manager, Nursing Education and Training and Policy Unit, Academic Projects Afghanistan, Agha Khan University, Afghanistan

A wrap from the last year of global oncology

Dr Debbie Mukerji, Medical Oncologist, Clemenceau Medical Center Hospital, United Arab Emirates

Global oncology leaders of the future
Closing remarks

Professor David Collingridge, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet Oncology

Close of meeting



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Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Thursday 16 November 2023.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

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