The GLCC Annual Members meeting took place from Wednesday 6 through to Friday 8 September this year. The venue was the ParkRoyal hotel on Kitchener Road in Singapore.
Once again the GLCC ‘family’ gathered to meet, network, and share insights and experiences.
Patient organisations from across globe – we now number 43 non-government organisations from 30 nations – heard updates on the work carried by the GLCC over the past year.
Members heard an update on lung cancer gene mutations, with relevant data presented by Maureen Rigney of Go2ForLungCancer (USA) and Jesme Fox, GLCC Secretary and Medical Director Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation (UK).
Louise Abbott, of Evoke Incisive Health, the healthcare policy and communications consultancy who often carry out data analysis and research projects on our behalf, briefed members on findings from our latest Patient Experience Survey. Members will be furnished with full briefings on these findings in the near future.
Charlotte Ference of CancerCare (USA) presented a session on the Coping with Lung Cancer project.
It was then the turn of Prof Richard Sullivan of the Kings Fund to update members on findings from the most recent study of the Global State of Lung Cancer Research – and again, a full report on this will be available shortly.
The Secretariat then ran though proposals for the schedule of work to be carried out over the next twelve month.
including data from our latest patient survey and the most recent overview of the state of global lung cancer research, as collated by Prof Richard Sullivan of the Kings Fund.
In due course, we will make data and slide-decks available to members on request.
Over the course of the following days, GLCC members met with representatives of several of our Sustaining Partners from major pharmaceutical firms.
On its final day, the meeting was addressed by Fanny Romero Moreno of the Mexican United Front Against Lung Cancer, who outlined the visceral nature of the need within the region for improved healthcare provision.
This was followed by a presentation from Korina Pateli-Bell, of FairLife Lung Cancer Care, on the powerful impact her organisation has achieved on awareness and advocacy across Greece.
The final session was a presentation by Lauren Pretorius of Campaigning for Cancer (South Africa), which covered the disparities within that nation’s healthcare system and how her organisation was taking on the seemingly overwhelming task of addressing them and providing access to care and diagnostics.
The meeting concluded, and many members moved on to take part in the IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer.