Bringing Individuals, Organizations and Leaders Together to Fight Cancer

In 2006, 2008 and 2009 LIVESTRONG invited cancer advocates and leaders to come together to discuss how to tackle the fight against cancer on multiple levels—from local communities, to national plans and international collaboration.

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Global Cancer Summit, 2009

Making Cancer a Global Priority

The global cancer burden requires a global, collaborative response. During August 24–26, 2009, an unprecedented gathering of 500 delegates representing more than 65 countries occurred in Dublin, Ireland, at the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit.

This Summit provided a platform designed to advance the global fight against cancer. Delegates were selected for their significant commitments to the cause. Discussions addressed every aspect of the cancer experience and the changes necessary to fight cancer around the world. People representing the smallest NGOs from Africa stood shoulder-to-shoulder with world leaders, underscoring the importance of unity and collaboration. Just as cancer respects no borders or socioeconomic divisions, the response will come from leaders and individuals around the world.

The Summit included presentations and roundtable discussions and highlighted the leadership, reach and innovation of non-governmental organizations, corporations and individuals in their commitments and actions in the fight against cancer. Delegates offered thoughts and questions for panels, and their roundtable discussions were analyzed to define overarching Summit themes.

    During the Summit, Four actions were set to make cancer a global priority:
  1. Every government should develop and adopt a national cancer plan—a coordinated strategy, goals and timeline for addressing the burden of the disease within their borders.
  2. Greater public and private investment is needed to close the gap between current spending and the significant burden of cancer borne by countries around the world.
  3. Investments in essential public health infrastructure and education can have an impact on all diseases.
  4. Those affected by cancer deserve to live—and die—with respect and dignity, not discrimination, because of their disease.

The post-Summit report The World without Cancer demonstrates the impact that the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit had on global health, uniting voices in the fight against cancer and raising the sense of urgency that cancer is a global priority.

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Cancer Summit, 2008

Making Cancer a National Priority

LIVESTRONG invited nearly 800 current and future leaders from across the country to the 2008 LIVESTRONG Summit, held July 24–27 at The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. The invited delegates were selected because they cared about cancer issues and were willing to champion the cause in their communities and states. They were inspired and empowered by renowned keynote speakers and hands-on training sessions, so they could return to their communities with the necessary tools to support our efforts to make cancer a national priority.

During the Summit Senator John McCain, a cancer survivor spoke at the LIVESTRONG Presidential Town Hall on Cancer. The event was co-moderated by Lance Armstrong and broadcast journalist Paula Zahn. During his talk Senator McCain spoke about improving access to health care, broadening access to clinical trials, shared his cancer plan and answered questions from the audience. Then-Senator Barack Obama was also invited, but unable to attend due to an overseas trip. However, he presented his cancer plan shortly after the Presidential Town Hall on Cancer.

Cancer Summit, 2006

Making Cancer a Priority in Local Communities

More than 600 cancer survivors from across the United States took part in the inaugural LIVESTRONG Summit on October 27–29, 2006, in Austin, Texas. Throughout the weekend survivors, caregivers and health professionals were inspired by many esteemed conference speakers. The delegates worked together to identify the needs of cancer survivors and to brainstorm possible solutions to those challenges. Delegates individually developed goals and personal action plans to effect change in their own communities around the identified needs. They then left Austin prepared to energize their state’s survivorship population and help change the face of cancer survivorship.

Economic Impact Study

At the 2009 Summit we released a landmark report estimating the total economic burden of new cancer cases is $305 billion in 2009.

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Global Commitment Map

As a result of the 2009 Summit hundreds of commitments were made around the globe to the fight against cancer.

View the Commitment Map