The 2012 Congress provided education and training opportunities throughout the programme including plenary, interactive sessions, meetings, forums, workshops and symposia. The programme consisted of four tracks each directly linked to one or more of the World Cancer Declaration targets and representing the many different segments of the cancer control participants.
Track 1: Prevention and early detection (including tobacco control)
The standard definition of primary and secondary prevention sets the scope for this track, methods targetting behavioural risk factors as well as underlying factors such as social and economic disadvantage will be explored in these sessions. Tobacco control is a vital and specialised aspect of cancer control, and is an established field with knowledge and experience that can be transferred to other risk factors. Including tobacco control in a broader sense will facilitate an important exchange between participants with the goal of improving prevention outcomes for all risk factors.
Who should attend? Professionals in cancer control, research and programme implementation who wish to expand their knowledge on new prevention and early detection strategies.
Track 2: Cancer care and survivorship
This track includes proven medical treatment of the disease in the context of a desire to provide active treatment and comprehensive care for those affected by cancer, including measures to improve side-effects of treatment, psychosocial assessment and support and rehabilitation. This track will explore in depth what ‘survivorship’ means to people affected by cancer, what they want and need, how the health system can meet those needs, and what survivors themselves can contribute.
Who should attend? Individuals engaged in cancer care including researchers, healthcare professionals, volunteers, patient support teams, advocacy groups, cancer networks and survivors.
Track 3: Palliation and pain control
As over one third of patients die within 5 years of a diagnosis (even in the most advanced health systems), dying, and humane methods to ease the psychological and physical burden of impending death will be explored, as will the challenges (and benefits) of an early introduction of palliative care into the patient’s journey. In terms of equity, giving palliation and pain control importance helps address the inequity arising in resource-constrained countries where end of life interventions are often all that can be offered.
Who should attend? Professionals and volunteers engaged in palliative care, symptom and pain control.
Track 4: Systems in cancer control
Emphasising systems solutions builds upon the theme of the 2010 Congress -‘Systems to make it happen’ - and is a priority for those who wish to make an impact at a community level to improve the access to care. A broad definition of the term ‘system’ will be used to allow for the discussion of issues, and solutions for improving national, regional and local health systems. Surveillance systems, including cancer registries, and population risk factor monitoring will be a key focus, as will how to advocate for the cancer cause, creating an infrastructure around fundraising and the distribution of resources.
Who should attend? Cancer control researchers and programme implementers. Professionals and volunteers, engaged in programme monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, advocacy, policy work or governance will also find value in attending.