PLENARY SESSION 1: The burden of cancer, essential therapies and barriers to access
Expert Panel with Drs. Felicia Knaul, Bimal Dey, Leslie Lehmann, Veronika Wirtz
PLENARY SESSION 2: Strategies and opportunities for improving global access to cancer therapies
CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
In the 21st century, cancer is emerging as a growing burden of disease in low-and middle-income settings. These settings are often the least prepared to provide the complex multi-disciplinary care that patients with cancer need. As an effort of the Global Oncology (GO) Initiative, this Symposium aimed to educate students, faculty and medical trainees about the challenges of delivering medical, surgical and radiation therapy in resource-limited settings as well as potential solutions and their implementation. Featuring leaders in the field of global health, cancer care and global health-delivery, this symposium was an enlightening experience.
Characterizing the problem:
1. What is the burden of cancer in low and middle-income countries?
Developing a solution:
1. How can we draw upon lessons from the HIV/AIDS movement and access to anti-retrovirals to improve access to cancer therapies?