Survivorship 2018 2018-03-06T16:28:09+00:00

Survive & thrive. Help us address the issues

Organising Committee

We are pleased to invite you to the 3rd EORTC Cancer Survivorship Summit which will be held on March 1st and 2nd, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
Everywhere in Europe the survival rate of cancer has improved. As of today, there are around 10 million European cancer survivors of which more than a third are of working age.

Although it is no longer a death sentence, cancer risks remaining a life sentence, preventing survivors from resuming a normal life. Research shows a higher unemployment rate in cancer survivors as compared to the cancer-free population. Also, individual testimonies illustrate challenges in obtaining health/life insurance, loans and mortgage.


Today’s highlights

Check out the latest’s discussions at the summit


Press conference on “Stop discriminating against cancer survivors”  held in Radisson Blu Hotel, 1 March 12:30 until 13:30.
This press conference will be live tweeted @EORTC twitter feed.


Conference Webcast

EORTC Survivorship 2018

Check out the videos of the presentations



DAY 1 – 1st MARCH 2018

Social issues – Françoise Meunier

14:00 – 15:15

Financial Burden & consequences (A. Jack & L. Makaroff)

  • 14.00 – 14.10: Access to work (L. Sharp)
  • 14.10 – 14.20: Perspectives of a U.K. self-employed survivor (J. Rawlinson)
  • 14.20 – 14.30: Insurance (E. Raymond)
  • 14.30 – 14.40: Men, cancer and the workplace (I. Banks)
  • 14.40 – 15.15: Panel discussion (Panelists: R. Kiasuwa Mbengi, K. Shastri, M. Vanden Wijngaert, chairs and speakers)

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee break


15:45 – 17:00

Legal Issues/Aspects
(H. Saul & R. Swierszewski)

  • 15.45 – 15.55: Patient Perspective (K. Robinson)
  • 15.55 – 16.15: EORTC’s European Map of Cancer Survivor Protection Legal Framework (M. Mesnil)
  • 16.15 – 16.30: The Legal Framework in for patients’ right in Europe, some activities and initatives (R. Swierszewski)
  • 16.30 – 17.00: Panel discussion ( Panelist: M. Mertens de Wilmars, chairs and speakers )

DAY 2 – 2nd MARCH 2018

Medical issues – Lifang Liu

08.45- 10:15

Physical issues (S. Rauh & R. Wilson)

  • 08.45 – 09.00: Perspective from a Doctor (S. Rauh)
  • 09.00 – 09.15: Perspective from a Patient (R. Wilson)
  • 09.15 – 09.30: Perspective from EORTC survivorship research program-the universal long-term protocol-YOU (L. Liu)
  • 09.30 – 09.45: A report from EORTC long-term survival study-Fertility among survivors with children leukemia (C. Piette)
  • 09.45 – 10.15: Panel Discussion (Panelists: A. Bottomley, V. Keunen, chairs and speakers)

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee break


10:30 – 12:00

Psychological issues
(A. Mehnert & I. Verdonck-de leeuw)

  • 10.30 – 10.45: Psychological burden (S. Dalton)
  • 10.45 – 11.00: Sexuality (A. Hasenburg)
  • 11.00 – 11.15: Fatigue and cognitive impairments (H. Abrahams)
  • 11.15 – 11.30: Economic aspects/Cost effectiveness of psychological interventions (J. Maher)
  • 11.30 – 12.00: Panel discussion on state of intervention research and future perspective (Chairs and speakers)


European Accreditation


The 3rd EORTC Cancer Survivorship Summit has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 5 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at here.


Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Conflicts of Interest


Online registration opens on 6 November 2017 and closes on 13 February 2018*
People who miss the deadline of 13 February 2018* will be able to make an onsite registration on 1 March 2018
* 10.00 AM Central European Time (CET)

Online registration will close in

Travel grants

Applications will open on 1st November 2017 and must be completed by Mid-January 2017.
Applications will be reviewed by Prof Françoise Meunier and Dr Lifang Liu (Co-chairs of the Summit).
Decisions will be made end of January.
If your attendance depends on a travel award, please apply first here and await confirmation of your award before registering for the conference.
Travel grants are limited and accepted on a “first come first served” basis.
Organisers have a limited number of scholarships for patients to cover eventual travel / accommodation expenses.

How to apply for the travel grant
Send your CV and letter of motivation to events@eortc.be


The 3rd EORTC Cancer Survivorship Summit and the Patient Advocacy Course offer comprehensive opportunities.
The sponsorship opportunities are proposed as a package. Both events are organized by EORTC. Working towards a future where survivors can look forward to leading full and productive lives, without penalty from their treatment or status as a cancer survivor. You can help make this vision a reality by supporting the 3rd EORTC Cancer Survivorship Summit.

Major Sponsor
20 000 euros

  • Acknowledgment in the printing material, on the conference website as well as onsite

  • Ad page in the onsite programme

  • Three complimentary registrations

  • One observer to the patient course

15 000 euros

  • Acknowledgment in the printing material, on the conference website as well as onsite

  • Two complimentary registrations

10 000 euros

  • Acknowledgement in the printing material, on the conference website as well as onsite

  • One complimentary registration

5000 euros

  • Acknowledgment in the printing material, on the conference website as well as onsite


We wish to thank the following partners for their valuable assistance and support to EORTC research activities.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel bookings are not managed by EORTC

A limited number of rooms have been reserved for this event at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels (venue).

The deadline for hotel reservations is 13 February 2018.
Accommodation requests received after 13 February will be processed on a space-available basis and may be subject to higher rates. Please contact the hotel for any further information and/or confirmation. The booking form and contact information will be available soon.



Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
47 Rue du Fossé-aux-Loups
Brussels 1000 Belgium


This event is followed by the EORTC Course dedicated to Patients and Caregivers interested in Cancer Clinical Research

2 – 3 March 2018
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels