Media Events

Recent Media Event:

World Conference of Science Journalists
24th - 28th June 2013
Helsinki, Finland

As part of the World Conference of Science Journalists ESO held a workshop and lunchtime session for cancer reporting journalists

Workshop: Providing high quality cancer care in an age of austerity: is it too much to ask?

The global financial crisis has accelerated trends across the developed world towards rationing in cancer care. Stories about patients being denied access to expensive treatments or investigations are becoming increasingly common, and many patients now fear being abandoned as “a hopeless case” as doctors and hospitals are forced to keep to tight budgets. However, research shows that decisions about what cancer services to offer and how are often taken by the wrong people, in the wrong way for the wrong reasons, leading to a huge waste of resources. This workshop will explore the techniques and sources journalists can use to investigate how effectively cancer services are delivered in their own health systems.

Kathy Redmond, Editor, Cancer World Magazine, Lugano, Switzerland


Richard Sullivan, Director of King’s Health Partners Institute of Cancer Policy and Global Health, London, UK

Matti Aapro, Dean of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Institute, Genolier, Switzerland and European School of Oncology

Slides from the session
Can We Afford Cancer? A Policy Makers Perspective
“What is quality cancer care”An Oncologist’s Perspective

Lunch time Symposium:  Saving lives in cancer: averting a global epidemic

One and a half million men, women and children every year could be spared the tragedy of suffering and dying from cancer, so long as governments deliver on promises they made in 2012 to cut premature deaths from non-communicable diseases by 25% by 2025. But there is no chance that this will happen without a radical change in approach. In October 2012 the World Oncology Forum, a closed meeting of 100 top international cancer experts and leading journalists organised by the European School of Oncology, concluded that current strategies for controlling cancer are not fit for purpose. It identified 10 actions that will be essential to reverse the current explosion in new cancer cases, secure appropriate treatment and support for all people with cancer, and find effective cures. At this lunchtime session we invite you to join two of these leading international experts to hear more about this 10-point action plan. And we will ask: how can journalists help shift the way cancer stories are framed, from a heavy focus on potential cures that rarely deliver, to a critical discussion of the proven strategies and concerted global action that could ensure governments do deliver on their promises?

Clive Cookson
, Science Editor, Financial Times

Richard Sullivan, Director of King’s Health Partners Institute of Cancer Policy and Global Health, London, UK
Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Geneva, Switzerland

Slides from the session
briefing notes

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World Conference of Science Journalists
27th - 29th June 2011
Doha, Qatar

Slides from the session
ESO Putting Cancer on Global Agenda

As part of the World Conference of Science Journalists the European School of Oncology held a lunch time session on 27th June 2011 titled:

Putting Cancer on the Global Health Agenda

During the session journalists were encouraged to take action over the coming two months to raise awareness about the upcoming UN Summit on Non-communicable Diseases and to work with the cancer community to put cancer on the global health agenda.

Main Speaker:
Cary Adams, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Switzerland

Anna Wagstaff, Assistant Editor for Cancer World magazine, United Kingdom
Mohammed Yahia, Nature Middle East

Kathy Redmond, European School of Oncology (Cancer Media Service), Italy

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Cancer Time for a Reality Check
was held on Friday 26th October 2007 

You can view the Forum by clicking on the link below

The following article on the Media Forum appeared in Cancer World magazine, issue 22.

Our responsibility, our choices ESO invites the media to a reality check on cancer 
Anna Wagstaff 

Further information
As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations the European School of Oncology (ESO) organised a unique event on 26th October 2007, that gave journalists the opportunity to question leading researchers, clinicians, patient advocates and industry leaders about how they intend to meet the key challenges in cancer care today. 

Media Forum Programme 

The Forum included four sessions: 
Have we lost the plot in our quest to find cancer cures? 
Is rationing expensive cancer drugs the answer to spiralling health care spending? 
Are we rewarding mediocrity while penalising real innovation in cancer research? 
Can tumour gene profiling live up to expectations? 

Each session was moderated by internationally-renowned journalists including:
Jonathan Alter, Senior editor, Newsweek, US 
Sarah Boseley, Health editor, The Guardian, UK 
Istvan Palugyai, Editor, Nepszabadsag, HR and President of the European Union Science Journalists' Associations 
Paul Benkimoun, Health correspondent, Le Monde, FR
Invited experts briefly presented their perspective on the topic under discussion and then all the panellists took questions from the audience. Speakers included: 

Franco Cavalli, Co-chairman of ESO Scientific Committee 
Alexander Eggermont, Head of surgical oncology, Eramus University Medical Center - Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center, NL 
Lynn Faulds Wood, President, European Cancer Patient Coalition, UK 
Silvio Garattini, Pharmacologist, Mario Negri Pharmacology Research Institute, IT 
John Ioannidis, University of Ioannina, GR 
Harpal Kumar, Chief executive, Cancer Research UK 
Clifton Leaf, Journalist and cancer advocate, US
Scott Lippman, M.D, The University of Texas M.D Anderson Cancer Center, US
Larry Norton, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, US 
Bob Pinedo, Director, Vrije Universiteit medical centre, NL
Dinesh Purandare, Vice President and Head of Oncology Centre of Excellence, GlaxoSmithKline, UK
Mike Richarads, National Cancer Director for England, UK 
Umberto Veronesi, European Institute of Oncology, IT 
Brent Vose, Vice President and Head of Oncology, AstraZeneca, UK 

This event was open to journalists from a broad range of media including consumer, financial and scientific publications.