Big Debates

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How exciting, the Big Debates are back! Find out more about this year's controversial debate topics covering major issues in cancer control. The controversial debates are arranged in a pro-con format ensuring both debators get equal exposure. 

Which stand will you take? Join us in Kuala Lumpur, and vote for the most convincing arguments through the 2018 Congress App. 

The three Debates will be chaired by Mrs Meera Sivasothy, General Manager, BFM 89.9 the business radio station, Malaysia.

Big Debate 1 - Tuesday 2 October, 14:20 - 15:20,  Plenary Theatre

Topic: Can cancer societies engage with the pharmaceutical industry without compromising their independence?

Debater - Against

Prof. Richard Sullivan
Director, Institute of Cancer Policy
King's College, London, UK

Bio

Debater - For
Mr. Subhanu Saxena

Regional Director, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Co-Managing Partner, New Rhein Healthcare, US
Bio

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Big Debate 2 - Wednesday 3 October, 13:50 - 14:50, Plenary Theatre

Topic: Should doctors support their patients’ choice to take alternative treatments?

Debater - Against
Dr. Ednin Hamzah

Chief Executive Officer of Hospis Malaysia, Malaysia

Bio

Debater - For
Dr. Vijaendreh Subramaniam

OB-Gyn Specialist/Oncologist
at Mahkota Medical Centre, Malaysia

Bio

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Big Debate 3 - Thursday 4 October, 13:50 - 14:50, Plenary Theatre 

Topic: Has time come to stop investing in chemoprevention trials?

Debater - Against
Dr. Richard Wender

Chief Cancer Control Officer
American Cancer Society, US

Bio

Debater - For

Prof. David Weller 

James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Bio

 

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