The European Cancer Congress 2015

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Patient Advocacy @ ECC2015

Developments and innovations in oncology that will lead to better outcomes can only happen by listening to patients. Without actively listening to the needs and wishes of patients, it will be impossible to fully understand and assess whether treatments are effective and this will be particularly important with the growth of personalised medicine.

This is why the ECC2015 Patient Advocacy Track Committee has worked together with the scientific track chairs to enrich the scientific programme with the patient perspective.

Immunotherapy: can the hype deliver?

Dr Ignacio Melero will be chairing the Immunotherapy in Cancer track at this year’s European Cancer Congress (and is also researcher/clinician at the University Clinic of Navarra and the Centre of Applied Medical Research, Pamplona, Spain). According to Melero, “most of the oncologists and haematologists perceive immunotherapy as probably the main area to progress and to achieve better therapeutic efficacy, at the very least for the next five years”.

The growing interest around immunotherapy means that it is sure to be one of the main draws at this year’s congress, and Ignacio believes that the atmosphere which has left “even the most sceptical about immunotherapy really falling in love with the field” will leave plenty of others head over heels in Vienna.

Key themes from the Oncopolicy Forum track

The daily reality of cancer patients and professionals is very much shaped by health policy, and the EU plays a key role in Member States’ cancer care, prevention and control. The ECCO Oncopolicy Forum (OPF) is the forum for cancer professionals representing the whole spectrum of care, researchers and patients to engage directly with EU policy makers at the highest level.
The OPF 2015 – this year part of the European Cancer Congress – will not be an exception. We are delighted to announce the participation of EU Commissioner for Health Dr. Vytenis Andriukaitis. The Commissioner will deliver opening speeches at both the OPF – under the title ‘The role of the EU in supporting cancer prevention and control’ – and the Opening Plenary Session of the European Cancer Congress together with ECCO President Dr. Martine Piccart.

Abstract Book

Read all ECC2015 abstracts here