“As December began, I was excited to be in Melbourne for the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s (COSA) Annual Scientific Meeting and the UICC World Cancer Congress, as I had been invited to speak and it was a privilege to be able to attend and speak about palliative care.
“Two thousand seven hundred participants from 115 countries attended the World Cancer Congress, with 350 speakers presenting over three days at 120 sessions. Thus the challenge was how to make the most of the conference, fit in all the different sessions that I wanted to attend, and meet all the people that I needed to meet!
“Palliative care was on the agenda throughout, with a separate track looking at cancer survivorship and palliative care and an opening plenary, given by Professor Irene Higginson, addressed the issue of ‘Sustainable models of palliative care in cancer: Is integration the answer?’”
Prof Downing concluded: “it is important that we continue to strive for increasing accessibility to palliative care throughout the world, in order to improve the quality of life of those who need it.”
Read more on in the latest edition of the IAHPC newsletter.