Programme Tracks & Chairs


The 2018 Congress programme has been built around the five thematic tracks described here below. They provide the framework through which the global cancer community has been able to deliver a suite of innovative and interactive sessions covering the full spectrum of cancer control. 



Dr Anil D’Cruz – UICC Board Member and Director, Tata Memorial Hospital, India
Mr Terry Slevin – CEO, Public Health Association of Australia

Motivating prevention and healthy behaviours

Dr Mona Saraiya
 - Senior Medical Officer, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Prof. Surendra S.Shastri - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States

The sessions within Track 1 focus on primary prevention, including health promotion, examples of best practice in new evidence based prevention strategies, vaccines, as well as new areas of development in policy & planning, programme management, policy, communications, and education.

Suggested areas to explore, include but are not limited to:


Track 2

Advances in screening and early detection

Prof Jon Emery - Herman Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research at the University of Melbourne and Western Health, Australia
Ms Sara Hiom - Director of Early Diagnosis, Cancer Research UK and NAEDI, UK

Track 2 will address the needs for improved systems and pathways that result in cancer being found and treated at an earlier stage of development. It will include issues about improvements in existing screening efforts and programs, addressing barriers to establishing proven screening programs, more effective initiatives to systematically detection cancer earlier through primary care and other mechanisms, improved diagnosis strategies, and improved pathways to access to. The sessions should also highlight the scientific, clinical and technological advancements such as biotech breakthroughs as well as the progress in promising trials.

Suggested areas to explore, include but are not limited to:


Track 3

Improved and sustainable healthcare Systems
For better outcomes

Dr Lisa Stevens - Deputy Director of Planning & Operations at National Cancer Institute US
Prof. Mhamed Harif - Director & Professor, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Mohammed VI, Morocco

This track adds value by channelling intellectual effort, collaborations, access to shared resources to stimulate the dialogue about implementing global commitments at a national level but also strengthening national, regional and local health systems and guiding quality improvement across many aspects of sustainable development, policy and planning, infrastructure, measurement, reporting and performance.

Suggested areas to explore, include but are not limited to:


Track 4

Maximising quality of life and death. Empowering
patients and care givers

Dr Anna Boltong - Head of Cancer and Information Support Service at Cancer Council Victoria, Australia
Dr Ednin Hamzah - CEO of Hospis Malaysia

The track should examine novel interventions to support patient engagement and survivorship in a variety of cancer care delivery settings. It focuses on patient experience and quality of outcome, exploring patient and family engagement, wrestles with rights and expectations of cancer patients and their families and the challenges of access, fairness and consistency of experience and care. It will explore the role of complimentary therapies, identify experiences with alternative treatments and invite challenging discussions about balance of investment and patient power. It invites exploration of measurement issues, prioritisation of service delivery, communication skills of health care professionals, tools to drive health care facility culture and survivorship. Fundamental questions around palliative care, pain relief and end of life issues are invited. 

Suggested areas to explore, include but are not limited to:


Track 5

Raising funds and attracting resources

Ms Mayse Nababteh - Head of International Fundraising and Development Department at King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Jordan
Ms Lynda Thomas - CEO of Macmillan Cancer Support, UK

This new track brings together expertise in fundraising, grant application writing, relationship development essential to capturing funds to facilitate effective cancer control. Income generation options from fund raising events, wills and bequests, lotteries, corporate relationship development, cause related marketing, branding and promotion, government grant writing, proposal development for charitable trusts. The scope will be from grass roots community fund raising through to negotiating deals with the big end of town. Shared goals, public private partnerships, social investment and strange bedfellows will be under the microscope.

Suggested areas to explore, include but are not limited to: