Launch of ECPC Paper on Bladder Cancer
ECPC wants to contribute to raise awareness about bladder cancer. The White Paper to be launched on 20 April 2016 is an appeal to policy makers, the scientific and medical community to reduce the burden of bladder cancer on patients.
Rationale of the initiative
The idea of this initiative came from ECPC member organization PaLiNUro from Italy that contacted us in 2015 signaling that “while information and patient support is far advanced in many solid tumours, it is still lacking for bladder cancer”. They also suggested ECPC that “a strategy aimed at joining efforts under a common platform would bring advances in the field”. It was PaLiNUro making a research identifying the active patient groups in Europe and it was still PaLiNUro that put us in touch with Andrew Winterbottom, Founder and Director of Fight Bladder Cancer that in the meanwhile became a full member of ECPC and the coordinator of ECPC activities devoted to bladder cancer. ECPC will always react to such proposals coming from our member organisations.
In line with ECPC strategy, our organisation established an expert group made up of 14 top bladder cancer experts, urologists as well as representaties from patient organisations such as Action Bladder Cancer UK, Fight Bladder Cancer UK, Associazione PaLiNUro, Italy. The Paper was drafted by ECPC Expert Group on Bladder Cancer.
Agenda of the event
Lunch from 12.30 - 13.00
13.00 – 13.10 Challenges related to bladder cancer
Daciana Sarbu, S&D MEP
13.10 – 13.20 European Parliament Call to Action on Bladder Cancer
Andrey Kovatchev, EPP MEP
13.20 – 13.30 EC: cancer research priorities
Maria-Jose Vidal-Ragout, Head of Unit, DG Research (tbc)
13.30 – 13.45 Trends in prostate and bladder cancer treatments
Prof Dr Morgan Roupret, Chirurgien des Hôpitaux, MD, PhD, Hôpital Pitié-Salpétrière, Université Paris 6
13.45 – 14.00 Immunotherapies: Boosting bladder cancer research
Andrea Necchi, MD, Department of Medical Oncology, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan
14.00 – 14.15 High hopes for advances in bladder cancer treatment
Professor Hein van Poppel, EAU Adjunct-Secretary General
14.15 – 14.30 Discussion on the presentations made so far
14.30 – 14.40 Living with the fear of relapse
Andrew Winterbottom, Founder and Director, Fight Bladder Cancer UK
14.40 – 14.55 Strategy of disseminating ECPC White Paper at member state level
Prof. De Lorenzo, President of ECPC
14.55 – 15.30 Discussion and wrap up conclusions
Location : Hotel RENAISSANCE
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