ESGO was delighted to organise a second Patient Seminar during the 18th ESGO Congress in Liverpool under the theme Gynaecological Cancers in Europe: Patient Advocacy & Collaboration. Aimed at leaders of patient groups, the seminar highlighted hot topics in gynaecological oncology while focusing on the role of patient groups as advocates for change within their countries and at a European level.
For the first time, a highly interactive ‘best practice marketplace’ session provided participants with the opportunity to discuss issues with colleagues in an informal small group setting. Topics included ‘building public awareness of gynaecological cancer’s’; ‘cancer and the social environment’ and ‘the patient perspective on standards of care’.
During the closing session, we heard how cancer patient groups secured a voice in Sweden and the UK, and discussed with a journalist how to get the gynaecological cancer message right with the media. Also addressed were the gynaecological cancer advocacy issues and agreement on next steps.