World Oncology Forum® 2012
Are We Winning the War on Cancer?
Lugano, Switzerland • 26-27 October 2012
On 26–27 October 2012 the World Oncology Forum (WOF) gathered in Lugano, Switzerland, with the task of evaluating progress to date in the war against cancer. The Forum was convened by the European School of Oncology, in partnership with The Lancet. It was attended by internationally renowned epidemiologists, clinicians, researchers, advocates, policy makers and representatives from industry. A group of journalists from leading newspapers and magazines were invited to play the role of ‘devil’s advocate’ by asking probing questions and subjecting the Forum’s deliberations to the scrutiny of outsiders.
WOF participants spent two days discussing the evidence presented by international experts on progress to date in cancer.
On the basis of this evidence, the participants concluded that current strategies for controlling cancer are clearly not working: preventable cancers are not being prevented; patients are suffering and dying unnecessarily from cancers that are detectable and treatable; and the model for developing effective new curative therapies is not fit for purpose and needs a radical rethink. In its final session, compèred by the Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, Richard Horton, participants agreed on a set of actions that have been shown to work, are achievable everywhere in the world, and are essential if we are to stop the current escalation in the number of men, women and children suffering and dying unnecessarily of cancer.
This 10-point action plan was published on World Cancer Day, February 4th 2013, in an appeal to governments and policy makers to recognise the catastrophic scale of the human and economic suffering caused by cancer, and to do something about it. Taking immediate steps to vigorously pursue the 10-point action plan could save countless lives, and help governments fulfil the commitments they made at the World Health Assembly in May 2012 to cut preventable deaths from non-communicable diseases by 25% by 2025.
The World Oncology Forum was hosted by ESO founders: Laudomia Del Drago and Umberto Veronesi. It was chaired by Franco Cavalli, Chairman of ESO’s Scientific Committee. The Scientific Coordinator was Kathy Redmond, Editor of Cancer World.
The appeal appeared on February the 4th, under the title Stop Cancer Now!, in advertisements in the International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, La Repubblica, El País, and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. On the same date the Appeal was published in The Lancet, along with a commentary and as the subject of a feature piece in Cancer World.
The WOF was held in partnership with:
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