24 October 2022 .Geneva, , Switzerland
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WBCPC at World Cancer Congress 2022

The World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition joined for the first time the World Cancer Congress 2022. Organised in Geneva, Switzerland, by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the Congress welcomed 2000+ participants from over 120 countries for the first time since 2018.

The WBCPC delegation included President Dr Lydia Makaroff and Executive Director Alex Filicevas, focusing on connecting with patient advocates, civil society groups and cancer control leaders from around the world. WBCPC is committed to developing our collective knowledge of cancer control challenges and patient needs worldwide, especially in low-resource settings. This will help us better respond to unmet needs, identify partners and work together with the community to ensure that people affected by bladder cancer have access to the best available support and care no matter where they live in the world.

Dr Lydia Makaroff made an audience contribution at the session “Redefining cancer research priorities in the emerging context of the COVID-19 pandemic”, organized by the Institute of Cancer Policy, Kings College London. Lydia highlighted the need for professional organizations, UICC, and civil society to work together to improve treatment guidelines for low-resource areas, considering the availability of certain medications or resources and practice variations in different and remote regions of the world. She also noted how cancer patient organisations can take global policy priorities locally to their local or national governments to drive change.

Alex Filicevas joined a digital panel discussion titled “Empowering genitourinary cancer patients to become their own best advocates.” Organised by the European Association of Urology and co-developed by WBCPC, the discussion featured speakers from the International Kidney Cancer Coalition (IKCC) and the European Cancer Leagues (ECL).

Alex stressed the need for more bladder cancer support networks and organisations around the world, sharing the Start-up guide for bladder cancer patient groups and the support frameworks that WBCPC has to support patient advocates starting a group in their community.

We hope to bring the recording of this session to the WBCPC YouTube channel in the near future. 

The World Cancer Congress featured topical sessions, rapid-fire presentations of scientific abstracts and research studies, and lively debates on key challenges affecting the full range of cancer control. The Congress also featured workshops and other learning opportunities, movie screenings, a spotlight stage, an exhibitors’ hall, private discussions, and social events. 

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