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European Policy Response to Metastatic Breast Cancer


17 Oct 2017 12:00 to 14:30


Health & Consumers

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European Policy Response to Metastatic Breast Cancer
Tuesday 17th October 2017, 12.00-14.00 CET
European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels
Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP) - Room AE3

Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in women today, with a rising incidence worldwide. Metastatic breast cancer in particular is incurable, and is responsible for half a million premature deaths worldwide each year. Despite significant progress made during the last decade, there are still many areas in which further action is required.

In this context, a metastatic breast cancer policy roadmap has been developed by a multi-disciplinary working group of experts with a view to making practical and actionable recommendations to policymakers across Europe.

On October 17th, we will be discussing how to improve the policy response to metastatic breast cancer in Europe, focusing on the priorities identified in this policy roadmap. On behalf of the working group, I invite you to join us in this debate and engage with scientific, advocacy and policy experts in an effort to advance policy changes that will improve the lives of patients suffering from metastatic breast cancer.

Registration before 10 October 2017 is mandatory.


Welcome and introduction

Ms. Karin Kadenbach, MEP S&D Group, Member of the ENVI Committee


Mr. Alberto Cirio, MEP EPP Group, Member of the ENVI Committee 


European Parliament perspective on metastatic breast cancer

Ms. Adina VĀLEAN, Chairwoman of the ENVI Committee, European Parliament 


Differentiation between early breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer: a clinical perspective

Dr. Fatima Cardoso MD, Director of the Breast Unit of the Champalimaud Clinical Center in Lisbon 

Video message 


European policy on metastatic breast cancer

Ms. Luciana Neamțiu, Joint Research Centre European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer 


Living with metastatic breast cancer: a patient perspective

Ms. Suzanne Leempoels 

13h05 Advancing policy changes to improve the lives of patients with metastatic breast cancer: presenting the policy roadmap
Prof. Nils Wilking MD PhD, Practicing medical oncologist, Professor at the Karolinska Institute and Senior Strategic Advisor for the Southern Health Care Region in Sweden

Panel discussion and Q&A from the audience: what can be done to improve the lives of people with metastatic breast cancer?
Ms. Claire Champeix, Policy officer at Eurocarers

Ms. Renate Haidinger - Patient rights representative and founding chairwoman of the German breast cancer association

Ms. Luciana Neamțiu, JRC Healthcare Quality and ECIBC Team

Mr. François Ringeisen MD PhD, Medical Fellow/ International BU Medical Lead Breast Cancer, Eli Lilly & Company

Ms. Emma Woodford, Chief Operating Officer for the European Oncology Nursing Society

Moderated by: Ms. Karin Kadenbach, MEP S&D Group, Member of the ENVI Committee


Closing comments
Ms. Karin Kadenbach, MEP S&D Group, Member of the ENVI Committee

Mr. Alberto Cirio, MEP EPP Group, Member of the ENVI Committee



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