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(SSO) and the Singapore Geriatric Oncology Society. He has been appointed as European Society of Medical Oncology

(ESMO) Faculty 2015-2016. He is the Honorary Treasurer, on the Scientific and Education Committee and the National

Representative for Singapore in the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). He was awarded National

Representative of the Year SIOG 2014 award. He is currently the ESMO local officer for ESMO Asia 2016.

Speaker Abstract(s): S20, S21

Joseph Kattan

Chair, Hematology-Oncology, Beirut, Lebanon

Dr Joseph kattan is currently Head of the Hematology-Oncology Department at Hôtel-Dieu de France University Hospital

(HDF) – Beirut, a full professor and the president of the Continuous Medical Education office at Saint Joseph University-

Faculty of medicine. He is the secretary of the Cancer Research Group (CRG) in Lebanon. He is also responsible of many

courses and programs in this field at the Saint Joseph University – Beirut and Paris XI University – Paris. Dr Kattan

was formerly the Head of Hematology- Oncology Department of the Saint Joseph Hospital- Raymond and Aida Najjar

Medical Center – Mount Lebanon for the past ten years. He is the author of more than 130 peer reviewed articles in

many international journals focusing on pharmacology, drug development, genito-urinary, gastro-intestinal oncology,

gynecology, intensified therapy and supportive care. Dr Kattan earned his Medical Degree in 1986, and then started

his five years training in 1988 at Gustave- Roussy Institute – Villejuif. After which, He completed his specializations

in Oncology (1989), Immunology (1991) and in Hematology (1993) from the University of Paris XI – Paris. Dr Kattan

is member of many national and international societies (American Society of Clinical Oncology, European Society of

Medical Oncology, Multinational Association of supporting care in Cancer, French Cancer Society, European Hematology

Association, International society of Geriatric Oncology and Lebanese Society of Medical Oncology). He is also current

or former member of the editorial board of many journals (Bulletin du Cancer, Cancer Letter, International Journal of

Hematology and Oncology and the Lebanese Medical Journal).

Speaker Abstract(s): S22

Karis Kin-Fong Cheng

National University Hospital System, Nursing, Singapore, Singapore

Prof Karis Cheng is a tenured full professor at the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. Prof Cheng acquired her clinical training at Queen Mary Hospital

in Hong Kong, and bone marrow transplant specialist training at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle,

USA. She used to be an Honorary Advanced Practice Nurse in Oncology at Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong.

Prof Cheng has been the key faculty of teaching research subjects as well as providing mentorship and supervision to

graduate research students. Her research interests include epidemiology and clinical management of symptoms and

supportive cancer care, as well as geriatric oncology. She serves on various editorial/advisory boards of the international

journals. Prof Cheng currently is the Vice-Chair of the Mucositis Study Group of the MASCC/ISOO and is one of the

SIOG Nursing and Allied Interest Group Leaders.

Susan Knox

Europa Donna -The European Breast Cancer Coalition





Susan Knox is a two time breast cancer survivor and has been Executive Director of Europa Donna since 1999. She is

responsible for all on-going European advocacy initiatives in the areas of information, education and lobbying including

Pan European advocacy conferences, meetings and information sessions at the European Parliament and European

Commission, European Breast Cancer Advocacy Training Courses, publications and websites. In 2008 she launched

ED’s first prevention initiative — BREAST HEALTH DAY, which takes place annually on 15 October (see website www.


In addition, Susan represents ED on numerous other projects: BIG Scientific Committee, MINDACT and AURORA

Committees, European Commission Expert Group on Cancer Control, and European Breast Cancer Conferences

(EBCC). Susan also serves on the Guideline Development Group of the ECIBC (European Commission Initiative on

Breast Cancer). She is a speaker on patient advocacy at various international conferences and courses and has written

widely on the subject. In 2009 she was also named advocacy editor of the scientific journal “The Breast”.

Prior to joining Europa Donna, Susan held various managerial positions in both the corporate and non-profit sectors

working for Citibank and a non-profit long-term care facility for the aged.

Susan holds a B.A. degree from Smith College and an M.A. degree from Columbia University

Speaker Abstract(s): S23

Ludmila Koch

Department of Medical Oncology, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Medical Oncologist

Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein – Department of Medical Oncology/ Oncogeriatric Unit – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Master in Health Sciences – Aging/Body composition – 2015/2017 Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein – Sao Paulo, Brazil