Cancer Patient Care: Advocacy in Action


21 May 2014: It is with regret that ESMO must announce the passing of Selma Schimmel, patient advocate, campaigner, international charity founder, and inspiration to many in the cancer community. She will be greatly missed by those of us here at ESMO who had the pleasure to work with her on projects with Vital Options, yet we are sure her legacy will continue for many years to come.

Our thoughts go out to her family and colleagues during these difficult times.



European Advocacy in Action Forums

ESMO provides a platform for patient advocacy groups to come together and discuss important topics related to cancer care by co-hosting European Advocacy in Action®Forums at annual ESMO Congresses. The Forums are co-organised by the ESMO Cancer Patient Working Group and the producer, Vital Options International, in collaboration with the ECCO Patient Advisory Committee. 

Major European and international cancer patient groups, as well as leading oncology professionals, regularly join the annual Advocacy in Action Forums to discuss key issues in patient care.

To view the Advocacy in Action videos by year or by topic, please click on the links below.

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Advocacy in Action® is a new Vital Options video production that supports and highlights the objectives of the cancer advocacy community and captures the influential voice of patient advocacy in the US and Europe.