As member of WECAN, the Workgroup of European Cancer patient Advocacy Networks, INCA was invited to discuss the objectives and format of the WECAN Academy, a new educational program for the cancer patient community. The WECAN Academy Program Committee Meeting took place in Milan on January 15 and 16, 2019.

Supported by the European School of Oncology (ESO), the WECAN Academy will hold two major training meetings in 2019 for patient advocates of the 21 European cancer patient umbrella networks: SmartStart will teach the basic knowledge in cancer patient advocacy, and the WECAN Masterclass in Cancer Patient Advocacy will run sessions and workshops for advocates on the intermediate and expert knowledge level. The Masterclass was held by ESO very successfully in previous years and WECAN members are grateful for ESO’s continued support and collaboration.

Both meetings will be complemented by an ongoing educational program featuring webinars and a web-based WECAN Advocacy Knowledge base.

INCA is proud to have contributed to the development of the WECAN Academy educational program for the cancer patient community. INCA Executive Director, Teodora Kolarova spent two intense days with fellow patient advocacy leaders to outline a thought-provoking educational program in the three tracks “Advocacy Tools & Skills”, “Healthcare Systems & Policy” and “Research & Data”. The two conferences will be held on 6-9 July 2019, which will also be the launch of the WECAN Academy.