We are pleased to report the success of the Patient Leader Education Summit hosted by the Immuno-Oncology Network for Patient Organizations, from March 31st-April 1st, 2017! The Immuno-Oncology Network for Patient Organizations was an idea borne by the Save Your Skin Foundation to facilitate the collaboration of patient advocates and cancer indications across Canada, to address the challenges and opportunities that new innovative medicines will bring to cancer patients and the cancer care ecosystem.
The goal of the Immuno-Oncology Network for Patient Organizations is to unify the patient voice and empower patient advocates to be fully engaged in healthcare decision-making and to work in tandem with all the stakeholders involved towards creating solutions for a sustainable system, ultimately translating to cancer patients having access to appropriate therapies. This includes being prepared to meet rapidly incoming immunotherapy treatments as efficiently as possible by fostering collaboration between different cancer types and volunteers from all segments of the fight against cancer. Working together will help to improve the approval process for these life-saving treatments by opening up dialogue, assessing the value of these new innovative treatments, and provide equal and timely access to appropriate treatments for patients who need them.
Attendees from across several cancer indications and sectors of the fight against cancer were present at the Summit, including patient advocacy groups, medical professionals, and representatives from the health technology assessment sector. The presentations covered a variety of topics and were informative, generating lively and productive discussions during the panels and the open forum meetings. Thank you so much to all who attended, and we look forward to working with you to improve the immuno-oncology landscape!
A copy of the program can be found here. Check out some of our social media coverage from the event!