About this event

  • Date and time Fri 17 Nov 2023 from 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • 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. 

A group of experts from various disciplines will discuss finance in global cancer care, taking cancer care to the community, how AI could improve cancer care in low-and middle-income countries, a virtual aortic session, and more.

Winners of the Vanessa Moss prize will also have the opportunity to present their work during the meeting.

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 the 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 Platinum Sponsor Karkinos and our meeting 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.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

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

Finance in Global Cancer care

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

How to listen to policy makers so they’ll talk and talk so they’ll listen

Virtual presentation: Professor Diana Sarfati, Director General, Ministry of Health, New Zealand

Leveraging private care in low or middle income country (LMICs) to improve care for all

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

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

Financial toxicity of cancer

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

Panel discussion

Dr Chinenye Iwuji, Professor Gilberto Lopes, Ms Priya Dutt, Mrs Lisa Stevens, Director PACT, IAEA, Vienna, and Dr Bhawna Sirohi Balco Medical Center

Vanessa Moss prize

Presenting the prize: Anna Moss

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

Tea and coffee break

Taking cancer care to the community

Remote radiotherapy: a hybrid practice model for high-quality care

Dr Horia Vulpe, Radiation Oncologist, Director, Cancer Care Programs, Blue Heron Foundation, Los Angeles, USA

Cancer screening-engaging community health workers in central India

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

Community Cancer Screening to Care Continuum

Dr Paul Sebastian, Consultant, Clinical Governance and Early Detection Program, Karkinos Healthcare

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

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

How to navigate a career in global oncology

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

Bending the curve: Facts and trends in Colombia cancer care

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

Panel discussion

Dr Horia Vulpe, Dr Bhawna Sirohi, Dr Paul Sebastian,  Professor Ophira Ginsburg, Professor Daniel Medina Gaspar

Lunch break

Meet the doctor session with Dr Chinenye Iwuji

The potential of AI to improve cancer care in low and middle-income countries

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

Talk title to be confirmed

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

ARCHERY – an international multicentre trial to address the global radiotherapy workforce grand challenge

Dr Ajay Aggarwal, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

Cloud computing to democratize access to health services in LMICS

Virtual presentation: Dr Rowland Illing, Director and Chief Medical Officer, International Health, Amazon Web Services, USA

Implementing radiation oncology technological innovations in low- or middle-income country(LMICs): Bridging the access gap

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

AORTIC session (virtual 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, Botswana

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

Can a PRO App improve cancer outcomes and patients´ quality of life?

Dr Timo Schinköthe, Cankado, Germany

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Common sense oncology: A growing movement

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

United Kingdom Oncology Nursing Society session

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

The role of nursing in the global oncology agenda: 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 (CBCHS), Cameroon

Panel discussion

Professor Amrita Kumar, Dr Ajay Aggarwal, Dr Supriya Chopra, Dr Myrna A.A. Doumit, Ms Samba Vera Larfi epse Njamnshi, Mr Mathieu Morand and Dr Chinenye Iwuji

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

Dr Hannah Lyons

Closing remarks

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

Close of meeting



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