9th Annual World Cancer Series: Day 1

Economist Brussels Day 1

Today is set to kick off with a welcome chair of healthcare at Economist Impact, Vivek Muthu, followed by a keynote speech on ‘Cancer control: Global perspectives and European solutions’ by Stella Kyriakides, commissioner for health and food safety at the European Commission.

From a fireside chat on innovating for equitable outcomes to a panel on not only innovation and equity, but excellence in cancer care, Day One will also hold a Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan-specific panel (with panellists including Lithuania’s Minister for Health, Arūnas Dulkys, MEP Sara Cerdas, and director-general of the French National Cancer Institute Thierry Breton) and another panel discussion on accelerating innovation through policy, with Walter Ricciardi, chair of the EU Cancer Mission and former president of the Italian National Institute of Health, former alternate minister of the Greek Ministry of Health Mina Gaga, MEP Tomislav Sokol, and director of the biotechnology and medicines unit at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland Tuula Helander, among others.

Patient voice-centred presentations shall punctuate the day, and following lunch conversations will split into two tracks: prevention, screening, early diagnosis, and the second track of radiation therapies and radio-oncology. Indeed, the afternoon will look closely at the importance of radiotherapy and what works preventatively, and include the panel, ‘Making steps to achieve equitable access to radiotherapy’.

Day One will close with presentations on improving health literacy for ensuring better prevention and early diagnosis, as well as radio-pharmaceuticals and a look towards 2030, including a panel on recent advances in radiotherapy.

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