Sharjah: UAE-based society helping cancer patients, Friends Of Cancer Patients (FOCP) is partnering with the Gulf Federation for Cancer Control and Gulf Centre for Cancer Control and Prevention to organize the 5th Annual Combined Gulf Cancer Conference (CGCC).
The main regional conference which is organized under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of FOCP, will run from the 21st of November to the 23rd at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC).
The 3-day event, held under the theme “Continuum of Care in Cancer Control and Management,” is expected to unite 50 international speakers, and 400 delegates including scientists, researchers, cancer prevention advocates, and representatives of leading cancer non-profit organizations in the region, to analyze the current situation and highlight the best practices to move forward in order to improve the standard of care across the continuum of cancer control.
The scientific agenda of the conference is made up with 6 tracks featuring panel sessions, dialogues, and keynote speeches.
Apart from discussions on long-standing issues the sector faces including cultural and socioeconomic barriers to cancer awareness and prevention, and the difference early detection and screening can make in cancer care continuum and control thereby reducing the economic burden of the disease, the event shed light on more current issues including;
- Social media and mobile health technology as tools for health promotion and behavior change
- The role and influence of media in driving behavioral shifts
- Building better by applying lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic
- The impact of advanced technology and innovation on cancer screening programs in the region
With its “Youth in Action” program and exhibition, which will engage the next generation of leaders in discussion circles and solicit their perspectives on how to improve cancer care in the Gulf area in the twenty-first century, the conference will offer a special platform for youth engagement.
Before the conference, organizers issued a Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations, which can be centered on any area of oncology and cancer-related themes and must be submitted by October 25.
Speaking about the Emirate’s commitment to the disease, Ms. Sawsan Jafar, Chairperson, Board of Directors, FOCP shared that, “Sharjah places the latest scientific developments and studies related to cancer among its priorities.”
The FOCP Chairperson remarked that, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), FOCP is proud to organize the 5th annual edition of CGCC.
The FOCP Chairperson further added that, “This conference is a key event in our region and provides an excellent opportunity for in-person networking and meetings, as well as to stay updated with the latest research, products and innovations being developed in the GCC which are leading us into the future of cancer care and management. It is a great platform to exchange experiences, share best practices and discuss ways to overcome on-ground challenges we face in our countries while working dedicatedly towards creating a more inclusive future for cancer prevention, control and care.”