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IAEA Marks World Cancer Day with Expert Discussion on Treatment Advances, Capacity Building

Vienna, Austria

Prominent medical experts will join the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in marking this year’s World Cancer Day with a public event on 1 February to highlight the latest advances in radiotherapy and other IAEA-supported tools helping countries address a growing global burden of the disease.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano (or his representative) will open the half-day event titled “Boosting Capacity for Cancer Care”, held at the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters with live video streaming around the world. Dr Mack Roach III, Professor of Radiation Oncology and Urology at the University of California, San Francisco, will deliver a keynote speech on developments in his field.

Four radiotherapy and nuclear medicine specialists from Argentina, Australia, Estonia and Zambia will take part in an interactive panel discussion with a focus on IAEA activities assisting Member States in building capacity in cancer care and management. Deputy Director General Najat Mokhtar, Head of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, will moderate the discussion.

The event will take place from 10:00-12:00 at the Conference Room C1 (C Building, Second Floor) in the Vienna International Centre (VIC). The programme is available here.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death, resulting in about one in six deaths globally. In many countries, lack of access to affordable radiotherapy treatment is a major obstacle in combating cancer. The IAEA supports Member States in using nuclear science and technology to better diagnose, treat and manage the disease.

Live video streaming will be available from 10:00. Please note that the video stream will be broadcast on a view-only channel. The panel discussion will also be broadcast live on Facebook from 10:30 where viewers can ask questions to panellists.

Interviews with individual speakers can be organized upon request.


All journalists are requested to inform the IAEA Press Office of their plans to attend. Journalists with permanent credentials to the VIC need no additional credentials. We encourage those journalists who do not yet have permanent accreditation, to request it at UNIS Vienna.

Other journalists who only intend to attend this event should contact Michelle Gruensteidl for accreditation. Please email m.gruensteidl@iaea.org or call [+43-1] 2600-22048 or [+43-1] 2600-21273.

Last update: 31 January 2019


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