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The Danish model for cancer treatment and prevention

Foto: René Bang
ESMO16 Panel of speakers at Kick-Off of conference - Attendance by HRH Crown Princess Mary. Photo: Frederik Nygaard

Prominent Danish and international figures kicked-off the ESMO-conference at an event held at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen on thursday the 6th of October. Speakers included Chairwoman of the regional committee of the Capital Region of Denmark Sofie Hæstorp Andersen and Ulrik Lassen, professor and Head of Phase 1 Unit at Rigshospitalet and local host of ESMO16. The event was fortunate that Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary participated.

The collaboration in recent decades between health authorities, researchers, businesses and patient organisations means that Denmark has become a world leader in cancer treatment and research. Presented at ESMO was information from each partner on the efforts that have contributed to the results Denmark have achieved in fighting cancer.

The topic of the kick-off event was to introduce the Danish model of cancer treatment and prevention. The Danish model contains information from the involved partners and serves as a source of inspiration to countries around the world. The Danish model has a good fit with the motto of ESMO16: “from disease treatment to patient care”.

The informational folder on the Danish Model can be downloaded here.


”When an important congress such as ESMO takes place in Copenhagen, it is of great value for the Danish research community. Opportunities arise when the international research community, businesses and foundations within the field come together. ESMO is therefore an obvious platform to attract new talent, businesses and investment within the cancer field, where Copenhagen already has one of Europes largest research and treatment environments present in the innovation district Copenhagen Science City”

Thomas Bjørnholm, prorector for research and innovation at the University of Copenhagen and chairman of Copenhagen Science City

Copenhagen Science City wishes the more than 20,000 conference participants to ESMO16 Oncology Conference a great conference on such an important topic.

The kick-off event is supported by the Danish Health Authority, Danish Cancer Society, DSKO, Danish Regions, Hansen Agenda and Copenhagen Science City.