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Journalists’ experience at ECCO 2017

“The cost of drugs and the critical importance of the patient voice in designing clinical trials were two of the key issues picked out by journalists who attended the European Cancer Congress (ECCO) in Amsterdam in January 2017.
The European School of Oncology supported 12 journalists to attend the congress and to meet together with patient advocates and experts on the economics of cancer treatment and care.
Afterwards some of the journalists talked about the impact that the congress could have on their reporting”


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Reporting on Cancer

ESO @ #ECCOCongress Fellowship

27-30 January 2017


The European School of Oncology (ESO) is collaborating with the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) to offer Grants to up to 12 European health journalists to attend the European Cancer Congress (ECCO2017) in Amsterdam from 27-30 January 2017, with the theme “From evidence to practice in multidisciplinary cancer care”

This is an opportunity to meet some of the leading thinkers and clinicians in cancer treatment and care across Europe, to make contacts, hone skills and gather some great story ideas. This is a very practical congress focused on issues of greatest concern to patients and professionals and should be of great help to any journalist interested in reporting on cancer – which remains a challenge for good journalism.

The congress will address a number of important issues for the future of cancer care in Europe. As a multidisciplinary congress it brings together doctors, nurses, psychologists, patient advocates, policy makers and industry. The main focus will be a critical evaluation of new and recently presented clinical research data, and whether it will change clinical practice. It will look in particular at the evidence from Phase III trials and review clinical benefits and costs. There will be a focus on immunotherapy and personalised medicine.

The congress will also look at policy issues, evolving health care systems and disparities in cancer care.

The Grant will give you free access to the congress and to the Press Office. In addition there will be a daily meeting of the ESO-supported group of journalists with an opportunity to question specialists in more detail and share experiences. In the past we have attracted experts with a story to tell; oncologists, nurses and patient advocates.

There will be specialists attending from virtually every country in Europe and in the past this has proved to be an excellent way to make new contacts from your home country. Journalists are expected to attend special events, and to follow up on stories. This is also an opportunity to share experiences and learn from colleagues from other countries and to discuss some of the challenges of journalism in this field.

Attending the congress is very productive and has been highly appreciated by those who have attended in previous years. You can see a short video with participants at last year’s European Cancer Congress.

Journalists who want to be considered for the Grants should meet the following criteria:

  • Early and mid-career journalists, freelance or staff, covering health stories in print/broadcast/online mass media, who would not normally have the chance to attend the ECCO congress
  • From any country within the WHO Europe region
  • A commitment to reporting on how cancer is best treated, how care is organised, the impact on patients and families, and the health and societal impact of the disease.

Although this is an opportunity to learn about some of the new therapies that are being developed to treat cancer, this grant is not suitable for journalists whose main interest is on new scientific developments. It is targeted at journalists with an interest in the challenges of treatment and care, including how new and exciting treatments can be afforded and brought into practical use, and medical challenges around combinations and sequencing of treatment. Many of these challenges pose questions about policy and practice.

Successful candidates will receive:

  • 3 night’s accommodation arranged by ESO (27, 28 and 29 January 2017)
  • a grant of up to 500 euros for travel/transfers (travel must be arranged by the participant, it will be refunded after the congress on production of travel receipts)
  • a per diem of 30 euros per day for food (to be refunded after the congress)

Interested applicants should complete and return the ECCO 2017- Reporting on cancer Application form along with a copy of their press card and CV to by 11 November 2016.

Successful journalists will be informed by 1st December 2016.

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