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27 August 2013
Official European Cancer
Congress Newsletter
Congress Update Service

Special focus on policymakers and patients

In this issue, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer, Harald zur Hausen encourages ECC 2013 participants to play their part in bringing policymakers’ attention to the issues that affect the oncocommunity; President of EONS Birgitte Grube discusses the role of cancer nurses in multidisciplinary teams, and Ian Banks, ECCO Patient Advisory Committee Chair and Co-chair of the ECC2013 Patient Advocacy & Ethics Track outlines its exciting and innovative design and highlights the need for close collaboration to ensure the best outcome for both patients and oncology and health professionals.




Oncopolicy 2020

Help bridge the gap between science and policy by attending the Oncopolicy Forum at the ECC 2013

There are a number of hurdles that can stand in the way of evidence-based policymaking, not least including difficulties for policymakers to source the information they need from us, the scientific community. This may, and has in the past, lead to mismatches in the objectives of science and those of policy. The Oncopolicy Forum is a platform for multidisciplinarity which harnesses the expertise of the entire oncology community to bridge the gap between science and policy, and to maximise the potential for achieving real change through consensus. It is the opportunity to bring high-level policymakers’ attention to the issues that affect us, the oncology community, right now.
Taking place at the ECC 2013, the Forum, entitled ‘Oncopolicy 2020’ seeks to tackle issues that have important consequences for patients and those delivering their care. It will include sessions on topics as diverse as personalised cancer care, research and survivorship, and strives to contribute to multidisciplinary, evidence-based policymaking in Europe in the years to come. The European Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg, as well as other high-level policymakers, will join members of the oncology community in dynamic panel discussions throughout the two-day event (Monday 30 August – Tuesday 1 October).
The oncology community and policymakers share a common purpose. This Oncopolicy Forum provides a key opportunity to learn to speak the same language and I wholeheartedly encourage you to attend.

 - Harald zur Hausen


The role of cancer nurses in multi-professional teams

Multi-professional teamwork across disciplines is key to optimising the contribution of nursing to cancer care in Europe

The strength of EONS comes from its cooperation and collaboration with a wide range of multidisciplinary, multi-professional and patient organisations. This enables EONS’ members to optimise the contribution of nursing to cancer care in Europe - a goal that can only be achieved through effective two-way engagement.
A focus of the ECC 2013 is multi-professional teamwork, and the organising committee behind the Nursing Track has developed its programme with a similar multi-professional approach. We hope to attract, not only cancer nurses, but also all colleagues from other professions, so we can inspire, connect and share new knowledge and future directions.

Europe is facing many challenges regarding cancer.  We have an increasingly ageing population and patients will have diseases other than cancer. Cancer nurses must be aware of comorbidity, and the need to work together with other professions in multi-professional teams. Nurses have to be in the lead when it comes to coordination, and communication with cancer patients and their relatives.

In Europe we are also facing fast-changing treatments and new technologies to be implemented. In chemotherapy, personalised medicine or targeted therapy, is a part of almost every cancer patient receiving chemotherapy, and it is requires high standard in caring, information sharing, and knowledge from the cancer nurses.

In surgery, new techniques have been developed, and patients have short stays at the hospital, due to accelerated approach to surgery and recovery, so as cancer nurses we do see a change in how we deliver cancer services. Right now, the majority of cancer nurses work at hospitals, but in the future, more cancer nurses will work in the community. We therefore need to provide increased education for these nurses to become advanced cancer nurses, and examine if we are organising the Health Care System in the right manner.

The future will hopefully contain be many cancer survivors, and therefore patients with voices. As cancer nurses, and cancer nurse organisations, we should listen to, and collaborate with them. We should also be aware of the disadvantaged groups, and how to take care of inequality in health and social matters in the future. The Health care system does not treat people equally and the best educated often get the best treatment.

At the ECC 2013, EONS is also celebrating its 30th anniversary, with a focus on multi-professional teamwork. In our Anniversary Session: EONS - 30th Anniversary: ‘Multidisciplinary Collaboration - Reflections on the Past, Thinking Ahead for the Future’ on 29 September, we will celebrate together and reflect on the importance of teamwork, focusing particularly on the benefits and success of multi-professional collaboration with cancer nurses throughout the last 30 years, to date, and into the future.  Do join us there.

I am also delighted to announce that exciting new training sessions in Breakthrough Cancer Pain are being offered to doctors and nurses at the ECC 2013 – you may sign up in advance on the EONS website

- Birgitte Grube


Patient Advocacy & Ethics Track

Close collaboration and multi-professional strategies can have important benefits for patients and those delivering their treatment and care

Working collaboratively is crucial to improve the journey for cancer patients and their caregivers. Discussing collaborative solutions to the challenges of cancer care will be the focus of the Patient Advocacy & Ethics Track, as part of the ECC2013 programme.

The first session on Saturday 28 September will take the novel form of a thought-provoking (mock) TV talk show, featuring cutting-edge interviews with eminent ‘guests’ Katie Rizvi, Roger Wilson, Markus Wartenberg, Richard Bergstrom, Francesco Pignatti, Martine Piccart and Alexander Eggermont. These are all stellar representatives of either the patient advocacy, medical, regulatory or pharmaceutical industry communities. We hope to provide the audience with memorable interviews and insightful discussions.

Specific issues where close collaboration and multi professional strategies can have important benefits for patients and those delivering their care will be addressed. Amongst these is the important issue of patient adherence to cancer treatment. One of the sessions will seek to evaluate and better understand the problem, with insight from various perspectives including medical oncology and nursing.

A panel will discuss the question ‘Do patients perceive quality of Life the same way Their Doctors do?’. Quality of Life is often spoken about and can be understood in many different ways. This discussion is particularly relevant in the context of the current rethink of many aspects of medicine and is also an area where communication and collaboration between patients and health professionals is much needed to improve outcomes.

Another session will look at effective collaborative models of services, care and support to address the needs of cancer survivors.  With the rise in the number of cancers being diagnosed each year and an increasing number of people cured of their disease, now more than ever we need to help patients plan for the time when treatment is finished and help them get back to normal life.

The audience will also hear about various European-wide initiatives aimed at identifying excellence that have been established by the oncology healthcare profession or European policy makers. This session will address the multiple factors that are causing inequalities between cancer patients.

I strongly encourage participants from all oncology professions and communities to attend the Patient Advocacy & Ethics Track that aims to deliver strong suggestions based on the needs and wishes of patients and the insight of all oncology care disciplines and professions.

- Ian Banks

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