Cary Adams on World Cancer Day and COVID-19’s Impact on Cancer Care

CancerNetwork® spoke with the CEO of the Union for International Cancer Control to learn more about their efforts in oncology amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and the work they are doing on World Cancer Day.

For World Cancer Day, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is focusing its efforts on the nurses, doctors, researchers, volunteers, advocates, and other caregivers in oncology who are fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The UICC’s “I Am and I Will” theme allows them to shine a light on those caregivers and the stories they tell.

“COVID-19 has impacted cancer control globally and the response by the cancer community has been extraordinary, heroic even,” said Dr. Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, in a press release. “This year, more than ever, it is appropriate that we celebrate their achievements on World Cancer Day. Let us all aim in 2021 to refocus our collective efforts on the long-term challenges that cancer poses to every country in the world. We must prevent more, diagnose earlier, and ensure that all people living with cancer have access to the quality treatment they need.”

In an interview with CancerNetwork®, Adams discussed research that UICC conducted, and the continuing efforts needed to combat COVID-19 in cancer care.

This segment comes from the CancerNetwork® portion of the MJH Life Sciences™ Medical World News®, airing daily on all MJH Life Sciences™ channels.


Adaptations and innovations in cancer care through COVID-19 and beyond. News release. Union for International Cancer Control. Published January 19, 2021. Accessed February 4, 2021.