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Journalists can register now for the European Cancer Congress in Vienna

ECCO-the European CanCer Organisation

Journalists can register now to attend Europe's premier cancer congress: the 18th ECCO - 40th ESMO European Cancer Congress in Vienna, Austria, from Friday 25 to Tuesday 29 September 2015. The Congress will take place at the Messe Wien Exhibition and Congress Centre, Vienna, and registration for bona fide journalists is free.

Each European Cancer Congress sets new records: ECC2013 in Amsterdam saw a 16% increase in participants and a 38% increase in submitted abstracts compared to the Stockholm congress in 2011. The European Cancer Congress is the only cancer meeting in Europe to offer presentations of cutting-edge research across the whole cancer field, from experimental and clinical oncologists, scientists, radiotherapists, epidemiologists, and cancer nurses. At least 18,000 scientists, doctors, nurses, patients, carers and industry representatives are expected to attend.

Leading experts in different cancer fields have developed a wide-ranging and exciting congress programme with around 2000 presentations and large numbers of reports of translational research and first reports from high quality phase II and III clinical trials. The "late breaking" presentations, where researchers can submit their abstracts after the normal deadline for the Congress, will have the very latest, up-to-the-minute "hot" news from clinical trials with practice-changing implications.

The "oncopolicy" track will continue to tackle issues of prime importance to the European cancer community, such as cross-border cancer care, workforce shortages and the aging population, and will bridge the gap between science and policy. It will help to inform European policy and ensure cancer's place at the top of the EU health and research policy agenda, with the interests of patients at the core.

ECCO (which is organising the congress) welcomes the interest of the press in cancer issues and are happy to provide full assistance to journalists attending the 2015 Vienna congress, or using the congress website as a resource in their coverage of cancer issues. A media centre with computing, photocopying and free international phone and internet connections will be available.

NB: The first official opening press conference for the 2015 European Cancer Congress will be on Friday 25 September at 16.30 hrs CEST. This will be in English and will be about abstracts to be presented at the Congress on Saturday, as well as some navigational tips for the Congress from our cancer experts.

In addition, a press conference in German for German-speaking media will be held at 11.00 hrs CEST on Friday 25 September, chaired by Professor Christoph Zielinski, who chairs the national organising committee for the Congress.

Please take the timing of these press conferences into your calculations when planning your time of arrival.

Further information about timings of further press conferences, press office opening times, facilities and policies for embargoes, filming and recording, can be found here: http://www.europeancancercongress.org/News-and-Media/Media-and-press

Twitter Congress hashtag: #ECC2015

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