The ECL Annual Conference and General Assembly took place in Bratislava, Slovakia, on October 16 and 17, hosted by the League Against Cancer Slovakia.

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The Patient Support Working Group met on October 14-15.

ECL Annual Meetings are open only to member cancer leagues and invited guests.

ECL Annual Conferences are scientific meetings related to new developments in cancer control.  This year, the theme for the Annual Conference is "Cancer Prevention, Controversies, and New Therapy Approaches".  

The meeting this year was opened by the President of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Kiska, who gave a warm and touching speech commending the work of the League Against Cancer Slovakia and other ECL member leagues.

  Joan Pres Kiska SLO Oct 2014   

ECL President Joan Kelly greeting the Honourable Kiska with MUDr. Eva Siracká, President of the Liga proti rakovine Slovenskej republiky

Kiska AC 2014

At this very important conference, we discussed (4th Revision 2014) of the European Code Against Cancer with the authors of the Code from IARC and with the European Commmission; heard from member organisations on dissemination practices; learned about the increasingly important issues around Ageing and Ageism; gained an insight into stem cell based therapies for different cancers; and lastly had a very dyanamic discussion around e-cigarettes.

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Session 1 Development of the 4th Edition of the European Code against Cancer, Lawrence von Karsa, International Agency for Research on Cancer

Session 2 The EU Role in Cancer Prevention, Michael Hübel, European Commission

Session 3 Dissemination of th 4th Edition of the Code, Carolina Espina,  International Agency for Research on Cancer

Session 4 Implementation of the European Code against Cancer in Poland, Krzysztof Przewozniak, Cancer center & Institute of Oncology, Poland

Session 5 Communicating the Cancer Code in Portugal, Cristiana Fonseca, Portuguese League against Cancer

Session 6 Ageism in Cancer Care, Mark Lawler, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Session 7 Over 60s become "Well Aware", Gerry McElwee, Cancer Focus, Northern Ireland

Session 8 Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Mediated Suicide Therapies for Different Cancers, Prof. Cestmir Altaner, Cancer Research Institute, Slovakia

Session 9 The promise and risks of e-cigarettes: Review of evidence, Peter Hajek, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medecine, London

Session 10 Why we need to be cautious and regulate e-cigarette use, Esteve Fernandez, Catalan Institute of Oncology


ECL Annual Meetings 2014 Overview

14 to 17 October, Bratislava

Tuesday 14 October:  Patient Support Working Group 14:00 to 17:00 (Venue: League Against Cancer, Brestová 6, 821 02 Bratislava, tel 02/57 20 29 09)


Wednesday 15 October: Patient Support Working Group 09:30 to 16:30 (Venue: League Against Cancer)

Wednesday 15 October:  19:30 Welcome Reception at Hotel


Thursday 16 October: Annual Conference 09:00 to 17:00

Thursday 16 October:  Official Dinner, off site at Bratislava castle/Restaurant Hradna hviezda 19:30

Friday 17 October:  General Assembly 09:00 to 13:30 (CEOs & Official Contact Persons)



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