World Cancer Day – Thursday 4th Feb 2021

Join us for Greater Manchester Cancer World Cancer Day - Thursday 4th Feb 2021

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 selected live online events to activities on social media.

Click here to see the agenda

Event Agenda:

09.15 – 09.30 Welcome

Patrick Fahy (Patient representative), Dr Cathy Heaven (Director of Education, GM Cancer), Anna Perkins (GM Cancer Comms Lead)

09.30 – 10.45 Cancer and COVID: How is Greater Manchester responding?

This session will explore the local and national position on cancer, exploring both the challenges and opportunities brought about by covid across both clinical delivery and research services. It will consider the role of the Cancer Surgical Hub and the impact on health inequalities.

The audience has been invited to pre-submit questions for this session.

  • Professor Johnson – NHSE Clinical Lead for Cancer (National Position)
  • Professor Dave Shackley – Director, Greater Manchester Cancer
  • Professor Rob Bristow – Director, Manchester Cancer Research Centre

Panellists: Nabila Farooq – Greater Manchester Service User Representative; Lisa Galligan-Dawson – Performance Director, GM Cancer; Dr Farah Farzana – AskDoc

10.45 – 11.15 Break

11.15 – 11.30 Mayor of Greater Manchester: Andy Burnham

11.45 – 12.15 Tony Walsh Poetry Reveal: ‘Innit, love?’

This session will reveal a poem commissioned by Manchester poet Tony Walsh, to recognise the efforts of healthcare staff and researchers to provide the best care and outcomes in Greater Manchester, and reassures the public that we still want them to come to us if they have symptoms or require treatment. A group of patients, doctors, researchers and managers from across Greater Manchester were involved in a creative workshop with Tony at the start of this process.

Ian Clayton (Chair) – GM Service User Representative, Tony Walsh – Poet

12.15 – 12.30 Break

12.30 – 13.30 Resilience in Challenging Times: Richard McCann

This session is a general session suitable for both staff and the public. Richard McCann, from the ‘iCan Academy’ will share a blend of his own experiences of overcoming challenges, mixed with techniques and strategies for coping in difficult and changing situations.

13.30 – 13.40 Summary and Close

A round-up of the day’s events and key messages and a look forward to Virtual Cancer Week on 24-28 May 2021.

Dr Cathy Heaven (Chair), Claire O’Rourke, Associate Director, GM Cancer

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I have already registered for ‘Virtual Cancer Week’ in May. Is this different? Do I need to register again?

Yes, this is a separate, dedicated event to mark World Cancer Day. You can register for this session by clicking here.

I am busy on this day but I’m still interested. Will it be recorded?

Yes, we are hoping to record all live sessions to make them available for those not able to attend on the day. You should still register for the event via the link above to gain access to recordings once they are available.

Who can attend Greater Manchester Cancer’s World Cancer Day events?

The activities held on this day by the Greater Manchester Cancer team are available to Healthcare Professionals, Service Users and the General Public of Greater Manchester and East Cheshire.