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Contact: Anna Johansen
Communications Manager, SIU
The SIU and WBCPC Enter Formal Agreement to Advance Bladder Cancer Patient Care
Montreal, Canada, December 2020 – Bladder cancer is the 10th most common cancer globally with 60% of cases and 50% of deaths occurring in resource-constrained countries. In an effort to address unmet needs in bladder cancer, the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU) and the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition (WBCPC) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a formal two-year partnership with the aim to improve the quality of bladder cancer best practices and standards of care worldwide.
Through this agreement, each society will combine their resources and efforts to develop educational programmes in order to provide greater support to patients, optimize management of patients, leading to positive patient outcomes, and co-promote respective bladder cancer-related activities.
SIU’s physician eLearning platform, SIU Academy (http://academy.siu-urology.org/) will soon host a variety of educational materials prepared by and with the WBCPC. WBCPC has also officially endorsed SIU’s virtual education game, the I-O+ Challenger, a game tailored to assess the educational needs of healthcare professionals with an interest in immunotherapy and systemic treatments for bladder cancer (www.siu-urology.org/urcade/urcarde).
The patient’s voice is a critical link in patient care and is often lacking in many countries, where bladder cancer patient groups do not exist. This partnership underscores how patient communities add value to health care professionals and promotes the importance of partnering with patients as an integral part of the research-to-treatment pathway.
About SIU The Société Internationale d’Urologie was founded in Paris, in 1907, and established permanent headquarters in Montreal, Canada in 1999. The Society’s mission is to enable urologists in all nations, through international cooperation in education and research, to apply the highest standards of urological care to their patients. The SIU has more than 10,000 members from over 130 countries. For more information on SIU, please contact [email protected]
About WBCPC The World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition was established in January 2019 by a group of dedicated patient advocates from three major national bladder cancer organisations that saw the need for a global bladder cancer coalition. Our coalition now brings together 11 patient organisations from four continents, uniting the vision and goals of bladder cancer patient organisations to ensure the best possible outcomes for bladder cancer patients across the world. For more information on WBCPC, please contact [email protected]