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World Cancer Day 2023: Unite voices and take action

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Published Online: Feb 7th 2023
Here at Touch Medical Media, we are supporting World Cancer Day (4 February 2023) in the second year of the three-year campaign called ‘Close the Care Gap’. 

In 2022, the theme was all about ‘Realizing the problem’. This year, the focus is on ‘Uniting our voices and taking action’.

“In recognition of World Cancer Day’s theme of Close the Care Gap, I would like to emphasize the critical and, at times, underrecognized role of cancer caregivers and family members. 

So much that contributes to the quantity and quality of life for cancer patients is provided by the selfless support of these team members. We, in turn, understand the importance of both recognizing and easing their burden in order to close the care gap.” Dr Mike Gibson, Editorial Board Member, touchONCOLOGY

Our Editor-in-Chief, Dr Axel Merseburger, recommends funding research into sex-specific differences in cancer therapies:

“It is well known that women experience greater changes and fluctuations in hormone levels, which are affected by factors such as age, contraception and menopause. Hormones can significantly affect the immune system and the body’s ability to metabolise drugs. Therefore, sex-related dosing, or dosing that is synchronised with hormone cycles is needed. Liver function also plays an important role, as this differs between men and women. More research could close the gap in this field.”

In support of World Cancer Day we would also like to share a selection of articles and video interviews with leading experts covering a range of topics that could help work towards ‘Closing the Care Gap’:

Less talking. More doing. The current status of EU Cancer Policy

Never before has cancer been able to benefit from such a high priority of attention by the European Union. But with this attention come new responsibilities and duties for all of us in the European cancer community to turn political interest into practical improvement…

Establishing a strong patient-physician relationship 

Dr Eric Winer (President, American Society of Clinical Oncology) discusses what’s in store for the society for 2023, with particular attention on the importance of patient-physician partnerships. He explains that establishing a….

PrEvCan – A cancer prevention campaign from the European Oncology Nurses Society

Launched in September 2022, the “Cancer Prevention Across Europe” campaign (PrEvCan) aims to help address this statistic and reduce the burden of cancer. Initiated, and led, by the European Oncology Nurses Society (EONS)…

Ensuring a better future for young cancer professionals

Dr Ajay Aggarwal(Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London, UK) expresses four needs for improvement in current health systems; the ‘evidence’ gap, the ‘implementation’ gap, the ‘access’ gap and the ‘performance’ gap….

Harnessing the Power of Data in Cancer Care: Data Sharing and Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Domenico D’Ugo, President of the European Society of Surgical Oncology, to discuss how data sharing and artificial intelligence has facilitated innovations in cancer care.

Challenges to Cancer Care in Europe 

Dr Andreas Charalambous, President-Elect of the European Cancer Organisation discusses the main challenges to cancer care in Europe in the next 5 years.

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