Virtual Cancer Week 2021

Join us for our first Virtual Cancer Week, which has been postponed to Monday 24th to Friday 28th May 2021. We will be marking World Cancer Day separately on Thursday 4th February and you can find more information about this by clicking here.

Read on for further information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

The online event will feature keynote speakers, debates, educational seminars and updates from across clinical and research services in Greater Manchester and beyond. It will also offer sessions focussed on lifestyle advice to help people to live well and reduce their risk of cancer.

Sessions are free to attend and suitable for Greater Manchester healthcare professionals, research professionals, people affected by cancer and the general public.

The programme will cover five core themes:

  • Living Well
  • Early Detection
  • COVID-19
  • International World Cancer Day
  • Engaging Communities

A full agenda is soon to be released. Watch this space or follow us on Twitter for the latest information: @GM_Cancer


I has already registered for Virtual Cancer Week before it was postponed. Do I need to register again?

No, your registration will automatically be carried forward to the event in May.

I have already submitted an abstract, will it still be considered?

The abstract submission deadline has been extended. Those already submitted have been saved for review. The new deadline to submit abstracts is midnight on Sunday 4th April. You will be advised if you abstract has been accepted by close of play on Monday 12th April.

Why has Virtual Cancer Week been postponed?

Virtual Cancer Week is an opportunity for our healthcare professionals, researchers, managers and service users to come together, reflect, discuss and engage. We want to ensure that as many people from as many parts of our cancer system are able to be involved, participate in the sessions, and be part of this important conversation. With the current added pressures placed on health services by COVID and the associated vaccination programmes, we have taken the decision to postpone our week of activities so that as many professionals and service users from across our whole system will be able to benefit.

We will however still be marking World Cancer Day on Thursday 4th February with a separate day of activites.

Where can I find more information about World Cancer Day? Do I need to register separately?

Join us for Greater Manchester Cancer World Cancer Day - click here to learn more

This year, World Cancer Day takes place on Thursday 4th February 2021. The global theme this year is #IAmAndIWill, encouraging us to think about our own commitments to improving cancer outcomes.

The team at Greater Manchester Cancer will be marking this important day with a range of activities, from live online events to activities on social media.

More information is available here. If you would like to attend, you will need to register separately for this event.