Sharjah: The Gulf Cancer Combined Conference (CGCC), organized over three days by the United Arab Emirates-based Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP), will kick off Monday at the Al Jawaher Center for Receptions and Lectures in Sharjah .
A series of speakers, including scientists, researchers, policy makers, health experts and others will discuss critical challenges and strategies in early diagnosis and cancer care, as well as ways to improve the fight against cancer in the Gulf region.
Under the slogan “Continuity of healthcare to fight and treat cancer”, the fifth edition of the conference is organized in partnership with the Gulf Federation for Cancer Control and the Gulf Center for Cancer Control and Prevention (GCCCP). It will see the participation of Dr. Khaled Ahmed Al Saleh, Secretary General of the GCCCP, as well as Ministers of Health from the six GCC countries.
Cancer experts Dr Elisabeth Weiderbas, Director of the International Cancer Research Center of France, and Professor Richard Sullivan, Professor of Cancer and Global Health at King’s College London, Director of the Institute of Cancer Policy (ICP) and co-director of the Conflict and Health Research Group will highlight innovations and implementation gaps in cancer control.
50 speakers, 500 delegates
The CCGC will bring together 50 speakers and more than 500 delegates. The opening day of the conference will highlight cultural and socioeconomic barriers to seeking medical advice, participating in screening programs, and barriers to cancer prevention efforts.
Anil D’Cruz, Director, Professor and Head of the Head and Neck Department, will share his research findings on finding “timely data and evidence for global cancer prevention efforts.”
Dr. Soe Tee Tan, from the Gillis Macindoe Research Institute in New Zealand, will provide insight into the effectiveness of treating patients by targeting cancer stem cells.
Dr. André Carvalho, a scientist with France’s Directorate for Early Detection, Prevention and Infections, will talk about “barriers and evidence-based interventions to increase uptake in screening programs”. Humaid Al Shamsi, President of the Emirates Oncology Society, will address the audience on “Cultural Barriers to Cancer Screening in the Arab Region”.
Deliver “impactful messages”
Dr Fiona Ness, Managing Director of Communication, Engagement and Information Development at the National Center for Screening Services in Ireland, will speak on “How the media can support effective communication to deliver impactful messages “.
Dr. Naveed Madani, Principal Investigator at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the United States, will address the audience in a session titled “The Face of Diseases: The Influence of the Media on Cancer Education and Prevention” ; while Clément Chauvet, Head of Strategic Engagement and External Relations at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in France, will highlight the effectiveness of mass media campaigns in increasing cancer knowledge and awareness.
Under the theme “Social Acceptance of Cancer Early Detection and Screening: Obstacles and Opportunities”, the second day of the CCGC will see experts and specialists present at the conference analyze the stigma, obstacles and behavioral aspects that hinder the efforts awareness raising in the GCC region.
Experts who will speak at the conference will include Dr. Al-Fateh Abdel-Rahim, HIV specialist and health and development policy specialist at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) from Turkey; Professor Giles Devens, Head of Surgery at Cromwell Hospital, UK; Thomas Hofmarcher, research director at the Swedish Institute of Health Economics in Sweden; and, Professor Alistair Frey, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Cromwell Hospital, UK, plus a panel discussion moderated by Dr Saleh Al-Othman, Gulf Cancer Centre.
‘The last day of the CGCC conference on ‘Living with Cancer: Survival Challenges’ will offer insights from Dr Sami Al Shammari, Palliative Medicine Consultant at Fahd Medical City in Riyadh, Dr Bassem Al Bahrani, former Director of the National Oncology Center at the Royal Hospital of the Sultanate of Oman, and Farzana Al Majid, CEO and Managing Partner of Transform Alliance.
Experts will also explore the intersection of palliative care and survivorship and look at shared progress, challenges, and opportunities through the lens of GCC society. Ali Saeed Al-Zahrani, Executive Director of GCCCP, will moderate an interactive panel discussion highlighting the impact of the cancer pathway and lessons learned during the Covid-19 pandemic.
More information on the agenda and speaker is on the conference website.