Cancer congress 2022

Saturday 26 November 2022

Experts provide a clear overview of cancer research and treatment innovations and answer all your questions during this interactive conference. 

Various experts will provide a clear overview of the innovations and a glimpse of the future regarding cancer research, screening, diagnosis and treatment, and patient participation. In the interactive meet-the-expert sessions, you can ask all your questions about breast cancer, colorectal cancer, research & clinical trials, and innovations in patient care. In addition, there are various information stands and an interactive poster session on promising research. The closing panel debate discusses relevant questions about ethical aspects of cancer diagnosis and the search for reliable information.


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Everyone is welcome! 

The speakers do not use professional jargon but give clear, informative presentations for a broad audience. You can follow everything as a patient, researcher, physician (accreditation pending), healthcare provider, student, or sympathizer. Discover the program below and buy your ticket before November 1 at a bargain price!



The program on Saturday, November 26, starts punctually at 9:00. In the morning, various topics and speakers will be discussed in the general (plenary) part. During the afternoon, the organization provides lunch, and you can visit multiple information stands. The afternoon starts with meet-the-experts sessions, where you can choose between different interactive sessions. During the last part of the day, a general lecture and a final panel debate moderated by Ivan De Vadder. The congress ends at 17:15, after which you can have a chat at the reception.



Opening & Introduction

Welcome with coffee and registration & introduction by the organizers (9:20)



General introduction: how does cancer arise, and what are its causes?

Prof. Filip Lardon (UAntwerpen, CORE)



Detecting cancer better and faster

speaker to be confirmed



Treating cancer: an arsenal of weapons

speaker to be confirmed



Break with coffee and visit to info booths



Role of artificial intelligence in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of (colon) cancer

Dr. Luc Colemont (Stop Colon Cancer)



The voice of the patient and participation in the care process and research

Filip Luypaert (expert by experience & chairman of patient committee Kom op Tegen Kanker)



Lunch + visit to information stands



Parallel meet-the-expert sessions & information stands

Choose 1 of the four parallel sessions and ask the experts your questions. Or visit the various information stands.

(1) 'Breast cancer' - session with a.o. Breast surgeon Prof. Phillip Blondeel (U(Z)Gent, BABC) ; (2) 'Bowel cancer' - session with a.o. Dr. Luc Colemont (Stop Darmkanker) & testimony of Filip Luypaert ; (3) 'Cancer research & clinical studies' - session with a.o. Cancer researcher Prof. Filip Lardon and colleagues ; (4) 'Innovations in patient care: what about chronic pain after cancer?' - session with prof. Peter Pype, prof. Emelien Lauwerier and Yael Slaghmuylder (UGent)



Poster session cancer research

Discover new and promising projects & ask your questions in person to several researchers!



Coffee break + visit to information stands



Cancer and genetics: is it in your genes?

Prof. Kathleen Claes (UGent, CRIG)



Introductory talk debate

Prof. Ignaas Devisch (UGent)



Panel debate - 'Cancer: can I know and want to know? '

Moderation by Ivan De Vadder (journalist)

Panelists: Hilde Crevits (Flemish Minister of Welfare, Public Health, and Family), Ignaas Devisch (philosopher & ethicist), Filip Luypaert (voice of the patient, expert patient participation), Lydie Meheus (managing director Anti-Cancer Fund), Kathleen Claes (cancer researcher, expert in genetics).