London Global Cancer Week Webinar

Global Initiatives in the care of Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer.

Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with cancer face a range of challenges in access to treatment and support. Their needs are increasingly recognised as different to those of children, and adults.

The disease burden in AYA cancer is distinctive, and treatment approaches need to recognise and respond to differences in cancer epidemiology and biology.

Adolescence is a time of transition, the process of moving from childhood to adulthood, and is different for every individual, and across cultures. A cancer diagnosis at this time requires tailored psychosocial support, for the patient and those closest to them.

This session will look at the different approaches being taken globally to decisions about appropriate clinical management, psychosocial support, and survivorship.

It will spotlight ‘state of the art’ services, and recent developments in the field, and address the particular challenges of AYA care in Low-to-Middle Income countries.

Our panel of speakers will bring the perspectives of survivors, clinicians and advocates from across the globe to this complex topic, and there will be the opportunity for questions and a panel discussion.

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London Global Cancer Week 2023 brings organisations together to raise awareness and act as a catalyst for change.

Our Speakers

Dr Louise Soanes

is the Chief Nurse at Teenage Cancer Trust (UK). She is responsible for providing specialist, strategic advice to teams and representing the organisation among key stakeholders nationally and internationally. She is involved in the global development of adolescents and young adults (AYA) cancer care as a recognised specialism. Louise is a cancer nurse and has spent over 30 years working in health care, the third sector and academia. She is passionate about improving cancer care and services for AYA with cancer in the UK and beyond. She is a Trustee for Trekstock, a charity working with young adults with cancer to reduce social isolation and improve quality of life.  

Dr Francine Kouya

is the Supervisor of Clinical Oncology in the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Service in Cameroon, one of only two paediatric oncology services in Cameroon. She is a member of the Cameroon Paediatric Oncology group (CPOG), which has successfully convinced the national government to introduce paediatric oncology in their five-year plan. Dr Kouya has a particular interest in the care of adolescents with cancer, and her research interests include understanding how to better serve survivors of childhood cancer in low- and-middle income countries.  

Dr Sumit Gupta

is a Staff Oncologist and Clinician Investigator at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on identifying vulnerable populations of children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and on improving their outcomes. He holds the Garron Family Chair in Childhood Cancer Research. He is the co-founder of the Policy and Economics Research in Childhood Cancer (PERCC), a unit focused on childhood cancer outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. 

Prince S.K Nyamadi

is a childhood cancer survivor (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia). A Biomedical Scientist by profession and co-founder of Living Dreams Foundation, Prince believes that every child suffering from cancer in the world (especially in Africa) deserves better treatment and care. 

Dr Chiara Ionio

Psychologist, PhD, she is Associate Professor of Psychology of Development and Education at the Faculty of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan. Coordinator of the Trauma Research Unit and holder of the ‘Psychology of Childhood and Counselling’ and ‘Psychology of Traumatic Relationships’ lectureships. Member of the board of directors of the Italian Society of Paediatric Psychology (SIPPed) and member of the CRIdee (Research Centre on Evolutionary and Educational Dynamics) of the Catholic University. She is co-director of the magazine Maltrattamento e Abuso all’Infanzia (Maltreatment and Abuse in Childhood) and author of several national and international publications on the themes of the impact of trauma on child mental health.

"Access to cancer care is a human right and requires sustained political will. Cancer care should be affordable, of value and evidence-based. London Global Cancer Week provides a vital platform for those in the UK and around the world to showcase what’s being done and what needs to be done to reduce the inequity in cancer outcomes in low- and middle- income countries where most of the world’s population with cancer die. By advocating as a global community (from grassroots bodies to intergovernmental organisations) for improved cancer care across the continuum (prevention, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and/or palliative care) we will emerge stronger and create the change that is required to improve this situation."

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