The 9th ESMO Patient Seminar, dedicated to cancer patients, family members, representatives of cancer leagues and patient groups, opened on Saturday afternoon, 29 September, with welcome speeches and keynote lectures, followed by a full day of sessions on Sunday, 30 September 2012. The Seminar covered a wide range of subjects, with the aim of encouraging direct interaction and communication between oncology patients and healthcare professionals.
ESMO Seminar for cancer patients, relatives, advocates and caregivers Prof. Ludwig, founder of the ESMO seminars for cancer patients, anticipates some of the topics to be discussed at the 2012 edition. Patients and advocates are called upon contributing to improve communication with doctors and highlight those important issues that can make a real difference in the life of cancer patients. Especially in the era of personalised medicine.
ESMO is grateful to the following people for their major contribution in establishing the Patient Seminar programme and for their assistance in promoting this activity: Lorenz Jost, Kantonsspital and Chair of the ESMO Cancer Patient Working Group (CPWG), Switzerland Heinz Ludwig, Wilhelminenspital and Chair of the Patient Seminar local task force, Austria Raphael Catane, Sheba Medical Centre and member of the ESMO CPWG, Israel Philip Davies, Europe Cervical cancer Association and member of the ESMO CPWG, United Kingdom Francesco De Lorenzo, European Cancer Patient Coalition and member of the ESMO CPWG, Italy Louis Denis, Europa Uomo and member of the ESMO CPWG, Belgium Jan Geissler, CML Advocates Network and member of the ESMO CPWG, Germany Elfriede Jirsa, Multiple myeloma/lymphoma AT and member of the local task force, Austria Jola Gore-Booth, Global Colon Cancer Alliance and member of the ESMO CPWG, United Kingdom Grabriela Kornek, Medical University of Vienna and member of the ESMO CPWG and of the local task force , Austria Stella Kyriadides, Europa Donna and member of the ESMO CPWG, Cyprus Stefania Vallone, Women Against Lung Cancer in Europe (WALCE) and member of the ESMO CPWG Italy Anita Waldman, Myeloma Euronet and member of the ESMO CPWG, Germany Wendy Yared, European Cancer Leagues and member of the ESMO CPWG, Belgium