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ESMO Patient Advocates Working Group

The ESMO Patient Advocates Working Group (PAWG) main mission is the optimisation of patient care in Europe and worldwide, the continuous improvement of cancer-specific information and education, the strengthening of patient autonomy and the support of patient rights.

Activities and responsibilities

  • Providing adequate information about cancer, its diagnosis, treatment, palliative care and aftercare
  • Organising meetings where patient organisations and individuals have the opportunity to express their wishes, concerns and requests
  • Interacting with patients to share concerns and experiences and developing action plans for strengthening the role of patients in the oncology community
  • Helping physicians and other healthcare providers to understand the specific needs of individual patients, to enhance the quality of communication and personal interaction
  • Building strong coalitions between patient representative groups, cancer physicians and other healthcare providers in order to improve the quality of cancer care
  • Assisting physicians in obtaining advice from specialists for rare or complex cancer cases

2022-2024 ESMO Patient Advocates Working Group (PAWG)


Committee Members

  • Agata Polińska, Alivia-Fundacja Onkologicza, Poland
  • André Deschamps, Europa Uomo, Belgium
  • Anne-Marie Baird, Lung Cancer Europe, Ireland
  • Barbara Moss, Digestive Cancer Europe, United Kingdom
  • Chris Curtis, The Swallows. Head and Neck cancer support group, United Kingdom
  • Eva-Maria Stromsholm, Gynecological Cancerpatients, Finland,
  • Jana Pelouchova, Diagnoza Leukemie, Czech Republic
  • Natacha Bolaños, Lymphoma Coalition, Spain


Committee Members


  • Bettina Ryll, Melanoma Patient Network Europe (MPNE), Sweden

Chair Elect

Committee Members

Last update: August 2022

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