The Global AYA Accord partners: Teenage Cancer Trust, CanTeen and Teen Cancer America, regret to announce that after careful consideration the 2020 Global Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Congress (due to be held in London from 13-15 July 2020) has been postponed. We aim to re-schedule this important event in the UK during 2021 and Teenage Cancer Trust will host.
We understand that this news will be a disappointment to the worldwide community of professionals who strive to provide the best possible treatment, care and support to young people with cancer. However, given the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are all agreed that postponing this event at this stage is the safest and most sensible decision.
Many of our planned speakers and delegates work directly with young people with cancer who may be more at risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract the infection. Hosting a conference where people from around the world meet together and then return home and have direct contact with young people would create an increased and unnecessary risk. We are also aware that international travel is becoming increasingly restricted for many healthcare professionals and taking this decision now is also helpful for all potential delegates. Teenage Cancer Trust is in the process of contacting all confirmed speakers and delegates to discuss the next steps and answer their questions. We are enormously grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to prepare for the Congress.
We anticipate that much of 2020 will be taken up with the global response to COVID-19, and so the Congress won’t be held until 2021. However we recognise and want to sustain the very important momentum that has grown around the treatment and support of AYA cancer, so our plan is to come back to you all in the near future regarding alternatives such as a focussed digital event later in the year.