The UK Childhood Cancer Conference 2015 took place on Friday 15 May at the Cavendish Conference Centre in Central London. Building on the success of 2014’s inaugural conference, the conference was designed to bring together paediatric oncology researchers, world-leading experts, allied health professionals working in the field of paediatric oncology, support groups, children’s cancer charities and most importantly parents of children affected by childhood cancer, to enable them to be informed and influential partners involved in research.
#CCC15 attendee (parent)
Overall, the aim of the conference was to provide a unique platform for parents and researchers to come together to find out about the latest research into childhood cancer.
Specifically, the conference aimed to:
Involve parents in the most innovative and up-to-date paediatric oncology research findings
Organised jointly by Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, a leading national children’s cancer charity and the UK and Ireland’s professional association for those involved in the treatment and care of children with cancer, and Bethany’s Wish, the UK Wilms’ Tumour Charity, this unique event is the brainchild of Angela Polanco, mum to Bethany who sadly lost her four-year battle with cancer in 2012, and founder of Bethany’s Wish.
#CCC15 attendee (professional)
The varied programme of speakers included UK and international researchers, commissioners of paediatric oncology services, funders of childhood cancer research, healthcare professionals and parents involved in research.
A key function of the conference is bringing together professionals, parents and now charities, to facilitate discussion and working together. Providing a programme that appeals to this diverse audience is challenging, but was achieved successfully and positive feedback was received from all audiences.
This year, the conference also included a ‘charity marketplace’, offering children’s cancer charities the opportunity to showcase their services and the support available to both parents and professionals. 15 charities took up the opportunity to have exhibition space at the conference.
The conference was supported financially by ENCCA and p-Medicine, EU funded paediatric oncology work programmes, and sponsors Orphan Europe and CIS Oncology.