The Neglected Heavy Burden – Pancreatic and Gastric Cancers

EU Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, Nov 15, 2022, 1:00 pm

November marks Gastric Cancer Awareness Month and World Pancreatic Cancer Day on 17 November 2022.

Together with MEP Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, United European Gastroenterology (UEG), Pancreatic Cancer Europe (PCE), and Digestive Cancers Europe (DiCE) thank all the speakers and participants who attended the European Parliament policy event on the neglected heavy burden –  pancreatic and gastric cancers.

These two cancers seem to be the forgotten cancers regarding screening and early detection.

Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest and has the lowest survival rate among all cancers across Europe. When diagnosed, 80% of patients have tumours that are diagnosed too late to be cured. The 5-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 9%.

Each year in Europe, around 136.000 people are diagnosed with gastric cancer, while approximately 97.000 patients die.


13.00 – 13.10Welcome by the hostMEP Cristian-Silviu Busoi (EPP, RO)
13.10 – 13.20Marking Gastric Cancer Awareness Month and World Pancreatic Cancer DayLieve Wierinck, Chair of Digestive Cancers Europe Board
13.20 – 13.35Setting the scene: Why these two cancers are neglected?Prof Eric Van Cutsem, University Hospitals Gasthuisberg / Leuven & KULeuven
13.30 – 13.45Pancreatic Cancer – the burden of pancreatic cancer, clinician perspectiveProf. Dr. Patrick Michl, University of Heidelberg, Dept. of Gastroenterology
13.45 – 14.00Gastric Cancer – the burden of gastric cancer, clinician perspective Prof. Patrizia Burra, Chair of UEG Public Affairs Committee
14.00 – 14.10Living with Pancreatic Cancer, patient perspectivePatrycja Radkowska, Poland
14.10 – 14.20Living with Gastric Cancer, patient perspectiveGeorge Vasiliu, Romania
14.20 – 14.30How can we lift the burden?Zorana Maravic, CEO, Digestive Cancers Europe
14.30 – 14.55European actions and their potential to lift the burdenMr Fiorenza, European Commission, DG SANTE, Cancer, Health in all Policies (SANTE.B.1)
14.55 – 15.00Concluding remarks

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