Free webinar: “I have Metastatic Breast Cancer: what is my future?”

The month of October is international breast cancer awareness month.

On Wednesday 13 October 2021 from 13:00 to 14:00 CET, the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer – Breast Cancer Group (EORTC BCG) and the Breast International Group (BIG against breast cancer) are organising a free one-hour Pink October webinar for the general public.

As 13 October is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, what better time than to draw attention to this advanced disease, for which there still is no cure. 

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer and it has overtaken lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related death in women across Europe. With early disease being potentially curable, nearly 10% of patients are diagnosed with advanced disease, and 20–30% of patients progress to metastatic breast cancer. Despite advancements in the understanding of the disease and potential new treatments, survival of women with metastatic breast cancer has not increased. Breast cancer specialists try to treat metastatic breast cancer as a chronic disease, providing treatments that manage the symptoms with the view of prolonging life. However, even with recent developments, quality of life of these patients have not substantially improved. 

The objective of this educational webinar is to create further awareness around metastatic breast cancer and to discuss and inform the lay audience of challenges and recent developments through the research conducted by EORTC BCG and BIG. 


When and Where?

Date: Wednesday 13 October 2021 

Time: 13:00 – 14:00 CET 


Registration is mandatory


Dr Philippe Aftimos: medical oncologist at Institut Jules Bordet – Brussels, Belgium
Prof Fatima Cardoso: director of the Breast Unit of the Champalimaud Clinical Center – Lisbon, Portugal.
Dr Frederieke van Duijnhoven: breast surgical oncologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Eva Schumacher: patient representative and founder of the magazine Mamma Mia! dedicated to women with cancer – Germany

EORTC and BIG collaboration

This session is organised by two international not-for-profit organisations based in Brussels:

The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) is an independent not-for-profit cancer research organisation. Its mission is to coordinate and conduct international translational and clinical research to improve the standard of cancer treatment for patients.

The Breast International Group (BIG) is an international not-for-profit organisation which represents the largest global network of academic research groups dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for breast cancer.


13:00-13:10 Brief introduction by Dr Fatima Cardoso – What is metastatic breast cancer?
13:10-13:20 Eva Schumacher : patient testimonial on metastatic breast cancer
13:20-13:30 BIG – Dr Philippe Aftimos – The AURORA research programme: Aiming to understand the molecular aberrations in metastatic breast cancer
13:30-13:40 EORTC BCG – Dr Frederieke van Duijnhoven – Oligometastatic disease
13:40-14:00 Q&A and conclusion

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