ESCP International Workshop - Reykjavik

Welcome to the ESCP International Workshop Reykjavik!

Join us for the ESCP spring conference 2018 in Reykjavík. During this conference we will explore the several roles of the pharmacist in providing pharmaceutical care to patients receiving oral cancer therapy. The development of oral cancer agents has changed the paradigm not only of cancer treatment but also for pharmaceutical care practice. The number of oral cancer therapies in use has increased to approximately 17%, and it is now estimated that at least 25% of the 400 anticancer agents in the pipeline are planned as oral agents.

The movement towards the use of more oral agents, resulting in increased ease of administration, and patient autonomy has in itself created other new issues. Examples of issues that need attention are patient adherence, management of adverse effects and drug cost. Other aspects include proper handling, disposal and storage of oral anticancer drugs as well as potential interactions with food and other medications, recognition and reporting of side effects, pricing and availability and, certainly, ensuring patient adherence. There is an emerging consensus among academics, professional organizations, and policymakers that pharmacists need to expand their role in order to contribute to the safe, effective, and efficient use of oral anticancer drugs.

The workshop is suitable for pharmacists working in various settings including hospital, community pharmacies, nursing homes, general practice, research and more.

We hope to see you in Reykjavík to discuss these potential roles of pharmacists in supporting patients on oral anticancer therapy.

Þórunn Guðmundsdóttir
President of the Workshop



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Programme Preview

The International Workshop will start on Monday 19th of February 2018. During the 2-day workshop plenary lectures and workshops will involve topics including:

  • Clinical overview and use of oral cancer treatments (classification and naming, indications, regimens, schedules)
  • Mechanisms of action of oral cancer drugs (targeted treatment)
  • Managing common side effects of oral cancer drugs
  • Managing drug-drug and drug-food interactions with oral cancer treatments
  • Medication adherence / interventions to increase adherence to oral anticancer treatments
  • Pharmaceutical care and patient education for oral cancer treatment
  • Availability of oral cancer drugs
  • Safe handling of oral cancer drugs in clinical practice (yellow hand)

The Workshop will end on Tuesday 20th February 2018 in late afternoon.

Registration Fees

  Member Non-member
Earlybird € 390.- € 490.-
Normal € 490.- € 590.-
Late & on-site € 590.- € 690.-

Important Dates & Deadlines

Registration Opening: 16 October 2017
Abstract Submission Opening: 16  October 2017
Abstract Submission CLOSED
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 22 January 2018
Registration Deadline for Abstract Presenters: 22 January 2018
The number of participants will be limited to 100.



Conference Venue

Grand Hotel Reykjavik

Grand Hotel Reykjavík is a four star superior hotel for business travelers, conference guests and tourists who demand excellent service and facilities. At the Grand Hotel Reykjavík there are 311 rooms and 11 meeting and conference halls in all shapes and sizes, perfectly suitable for your event.

Grand Hotel Reykjavík rests in quiet surroundings conveniently located close to the city centre and Laugardalur Sports and Recreational Park. The hotel is a member of Top Hotel International.

Grand Hotel Reykjavík conforms to the Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for hotels. This guarantees that the highest standards regarding environmental measures, health, functionality and quality requirements have been met.

For information about special rates for participants (if booked not later than 5th January, 2018): see at downloads below.

Grand Hotel Reykjavík at winter time
Grand Hotel Reykjavík at winter time



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Organising Committee

Lóa María Magnúsdóttir (IS), Chair
Helga Garðarsdóttir (NL/IS)
Guðrun Indriðadóttir (IS)
Ragnheiður K. Sigurðardóttir (IS)
Þórunn Óskarsdóttir (IS)
Edwin van Aalten (NL)
Erik Gerbrands (NL)

Scientific Committee

Helga Garðarsdóttir (NL/IS), Chair
Bart van den Bemt (NL)
Þórunn K Guðmundsdóttir (IS)


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