Every fourth Pole will die of cancer, according to WHO data. Every day in Poland 450 people are diagnosed with cancer. “This alarming data is mainly due to the fact that the detection of cancer at an early stage is too low. And this needs to be and can be changed,” experts emphasize. Eminent doctors from the United States and Europe, specializing in cancer treatment and detection, will discuss this issue at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska Institute of Oncology in Warsaw.

The topics of the two-day – 18th and 19th November – meetings of oncologists were aimed at strengthening the oncological strategy and intensifying the development of translation research on cancer in Poland. The organizer of the workshop and the oncological round table was the Alliance for Innovation (AFI) in partnership with the Maria Curie-Skłodowska Institute of Oncology, the Medical Society of Virginia and the Medical Research Agency. The guests included specialists from NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network), the University of Virginia (UVA), the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the Mayo Clinic, the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV), the Cancer Research Foundation and the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute, ABM, NFZ, WIM, GUMED, WUMED, WUM and other scientific research units.

“We are aware of the seriousness of the problem of the late detection of cancer, which affects the effectiveness of treatment in Poland. We hope that the exchange of experience, discussions and workshops attended by world-famous specialists will have a positive impact on the health of Polish women and men,” says Marcin Hańczaruk, representative of AFI.

The first day was devoted to the development of scientific research – clinical and preclinical in the field of oncology in Poland in cooperation with scientists from the USA.

Monday’s meeting was hosted by associate professor Iwona Ługowska, MD, Ph.D., Head of the Early Phase Research Department of the Oncology Center – Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute in Warsaw. The round table was gather specialists dealing with cancer in the field of basic and pre-clinical research, as well as clinicians, geneticists, epidemiologists from different countries who discussed their findings during the session.

In turn, on Tuesday, November 19, workshops entitled “Strengthening the role of cancer control in Poland” was held, which focused on improving the state of cancer control. During the workshop, American and European scientists exchanged their own experiences and develop several key topics, such as oncological rehabilitation and targeted therapies. The moderator of the discussion was Professor Piotr Rutkowski, MD, Ph.D., Head of the Clinic of Soft Tissues, Bones and Melanoma Cancer, and the plenipotentiary of the Director for Clinical Research of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute of Oncology in Warsaw.

A summary of the results of this two-day event is the contribution of the scientific community to the development of strategies and programmes to combat cancer and to the advancement of research.

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