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                The International Symposium on Cancer Control in Belt and Road Countries was successfully held during 2022 Chinese Congress on Oncology in Hangzhou

                On November 18th, 2022, the International Symposium on Cancer Control in Belt and Road Countries co-organized by the China Anti-Cancer Association (CACA) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) was successfully held during 2022 Chinese Congress on Oncology (CCO) in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. With the theme of “Fostering Collaboration for Integrated Cancer Control in Belt and Road Countries in Times of Global Health Challenges”, the symposium was in a hybrid form with both onsite and virtual participants, and attracted great attention with 125,700 live viewers.

                This international symposium is organized on a key topic that how multisectoral initiatives such as regional and economic approaches, including the Belt and Road initiative, can be leveraged to strengthen collaborations, and increase knowledge sharing for more equitable access to cancer services in countries. It explored key global, regional and national perspectives on policy making, in particular the design and implementation of national cancer control plans, health financing and hospitals/clinical collaborations through the Belt and Road countries.

                Prof. Ying Wang, Secretary General of CACA, delivered a welcome speech on behalf of CACA to express her heartfelt thanks to UICC, the co-organizer of the conference, warmly welcome all the audience who attended the conference online and onsite, and wish the conference a great success.

                Dr. Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, mentioned in his speech that CACA is a very important partner of UICC and has made outstanding contributions to global cancer control, and he hoped that the two sides could continue cooperating in the future.

                The conference included worldwide renowned speakers sharing their expertise and experience on their collaborations with policymakers, economists, clinicians and hospitals representatives and the potential of the Belt and Road Initiative as a key opportunity for catalytic networking and actions.

                Academician Daiming Fan, President of CACA, presented a lecture titled “The role of CACA Guidelines for Holistic Integrative Management of Cancer in promoting cancer care in Belt and Road countries”.

                Prof. Xiangdong Cheng, President of Zhejiang Cancer Hospital which is the organizer of the 2022 CCO, was invited to introduce the cancer prevalence and screening progress in Zhejiang province.

                Prof. Zhen Chen, Vice President of Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center (FUSCC), gave a presentation on the international cooperation practice in FUSCC: overview & opportunities.

                “The role of collaborative approaches for cancer control planning: 10 years of the International Cancer Control Partnership” presented by Dr. Lisa Stevens, Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Division of Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT).

                “National perspective on the prioritization of cancer control and the development of a national cancer control plan: Perspectives from Sri Lanka” presented by Dr. Janaki Vidanpathirana, Director of Policy Analysis & Development in the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.

                “WHO - Costing tools for translating planning into action” presented by Dr. Felipe Roitberg, Consultant for cancer management and control in WHO.

                “Multilayered medical security system in China and the development of commercial health insurance for cancer payment” presented by Dr. Chang Liu, CEO and founder of ASK Health Asia.

                “Building collaborations in the region from the clinicians perspective: the ASCO’s Leadership Development Program Asia Pacific (LDP-AP)” presented by Dr. Melvin Chua, Chair of the Department of Head, Neck and Thoracic Cancers in the Singapore National Cancer Centre, and Member of ASCO’s Asia Pacific Regional Council.

                “Collaboration between hospitals in India: the examples of Tata Memorial and Apollo hospitals” presented by Prof. Anil D’Cruz, Immediate Past President of UICC.

                “National perspective: NCC Korea’s role in training and collaborations within the centers of ANCCA members” presented by Dr. Hong Gwan Seo, President of the Korean National Cancer Center.

                Prof. Ning Zhang, Vice President of Peking University International Cancer Institute, and Executive Director and Deputy Secretary General of CACA, delivered a closing remark. He said that the symposium represented the current status of tumor prevention and treatment in the Belt and Road countries and indicated the direction for the future development of cancer control. The conference was a great success with a large number of participants online and onsite.

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