The 3rd Annual Global Cancer Congress was hosted in December of 2018 in Sydney, Australia. CanTeen Australia, Global Accord Partner, was the host for this year’s fantastic conference. Day one started off with an Aboriginal performance by Indigenous performer Glen Doyle. He explained some of the history of his people and gave all of the attendees a deeper look at the traditional custodians of the land in Australia.
CanTeen Australia continued to blow everyone away throughout the rest of the conference with their hospitality, engagement of young people from across the world, and extensive range of presentations; from the latest scientific research to the psychological and emotional support needs of young people going through treatment. Dr. Barbara Jones led a panel of expert patients that shared their insights into the cancer journey and gave the attendees a clear message about their needs and the future needs of young cancer patients. This panel of young people inspired another conversation to close out the conference about the International Charter of Young People with Cancer that was circulated years ago. The audience and the Global Accord carved out time to discuss this document and pledged to rejuvenate these standards of care and push for recognition at a global level.
This year’s conference had 440 delegates from 25 countries representing every profession across medical and allied health professionals. The universal presence did a lot to demonstrate that the strength of the AYA movement is building globally and that the opportunity to meet and develop networks with colleagues from around the world is there. Teen Cancer America is excited to move forward with continued passion for this age group and is thrilled to see the community of health professionals and institutions growing to best support these young people.
We look forward to the 4th Global Congress in London in 2020!