lifestyle & Cancer symposium – June 11, 2021

Diet, exercise, stress management, sleeping habits and its influence in cancer.
Impact of lifestyle choices in self-defense and self-repair mechanisms involved in cancer.

Over the next decades, the global incidence of cancer is projected to increase significantly. This phenomenon is largely motivated by an increase in lifestyle-related cancers due to global economic and demographic transitions. As causes of cancer and key targets for primary prevention, lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol intake, obesity, diet, and physical inactivity, as well as reproductive and hormonal factors, are considered. Remarkably, it has been confirmed that nonsmoking, decreasing alcohol intake, weight control, physical activity, a healthy diet, could prevent half of all cancers in industrially developed and affluent countries.

The same factors during cancer treatment have also been shown to improve prognoses and periods of remission. This means we have a specific interest in using lifestyle as a tool to reduce the risk of cancer in a preventive sense before the clinal world needs to be involved. Secondly, we realize that these same tools can also be of great help additional to the clinical work in the direct battle with cancer.

One of the purposes with this symposium is to strengthen the bond between researchers and practitioners. There is much research with great scientific validity, but there is still a long way to go to implementation. The correct information often does not reach patients. This should change.

Program will follow soon.

symposium  on how to enhance implementation of evidence-based innovations to improve quality of life of all prostate cancer patients – 16 June 2021

The fight against cancer is brutal. It includes chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, which often involves long hospital stays and a lot of pain. In the past, these treatments were mainly focused on primal life, how and with what consequences did not matter. Today the impact of quality of life is becoming increasingly prioritized (but still not enough!) and a shift has been taken place where open procedures are making way for minimally invasive treatments.

Many of such low-invasive treatment innovations have been developed to help maintain and improve the quality of life of people with cancer. Although a number of these interventions are evidence-based, implementation after the research phase often does not take place (or only on a limited scale). As a consequence, only a limited number of patients have access to those minimally invasive treatments. That’s not only unfair, it’s simply wrong and discriminating.

The very best treatment based on the very best possible diagnostics to become standard available for every patient. That should be the norm. The next step is to bring together those stakeholders that can provide access to the treatments and facilitate them so that these minimal invasive treatments become available for all patients.

That is why Inspire2Live and Surgery Without Incision organize a symposium with the central theme “how to enhance implementation of evidence-based innovations to improve quality of life of all prostate cancer patients?” This congress is meant to work towards a manifesto that brings us the answer to this important question and delivers us the way to go that every patient gets the best possible screening, diagnosis and treatment regardless of which hospital someone walks into.

Date: June 16, 2021 in Amsterdam
Our program: Program OZS Congress

Inspire2Live Annual Congress 2021 – 2 to 4 february, 2022

The Annual Congress of 2021 has been cancelled and moved to 2, 3 and 4 February, 2022. It will  highlight the innovative practices on all continents. The key questions that we will ask:

  • What are the qualities of innovative practices in the represented countries that we can learn from each other?
  • What can the different countries in the world contribute to each other to strengthen their capacities?
  • How can we built the cooperation between the different countries and continents?

The core values of the congress are: Activism, Alertness, Vividness, Attentiveness and Sharing.

Our Annual Congress 2021 is about ‘agency and epidemiology of cancer for the global patient’. We built the coalition of the willing and the coalition of the ones who pull the strings in order to realize ‘The Global Cancer Patient Bill of Rights’.

More information and program..


The added value and even necessity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes clearer every year. AI simulates what people already do well (like chess, driverless cars, recognizing patterns et cetera). In our initiative, The Discovery Network on AI and Cancer, we want it to contribute to health, biology and cancer in particular. That is a lot more complicated.

In healthcare AI is already pretty good in radiology. AI is exceptional in pattern recognition, therefore it enters the world of radiology. But the biology of patients is different and difficult. What can it contribute to this field of expertise? When we are looking for added value in this area we need to penetrate and understand the biology of patients. It is not sufficient to replace this black box by another one, namely the workings of the learned algorithms. Trey outlines this clearly in the 2018 article on Using Deep Learning to model the hierarchical structure and function of a cell.

We are looking for the integration of different datasets. Datasets with information on all the levels from molecular processes in the cell, about tumor cells, tissue, RNA, organoids, drug response and valuable other clinical data to population statistics and lifestyle data. We probably will also need information of citizens that do not have the disease (yet) and have similar lifestyles. Information about resilience. Analysis of these data requires very subtle and sparse patterns to be recognized, and to be biologically or medically relevant these discovered patterns need to be more or less “proved true or extremely likely” rather than just deemed 95% probable.

In this Discovery Network we aim to bring together biologists, mathematicians, experienced machine learning experts, epidemiologists, and perhaps others?

Expected date: Q2, 2021
Meeting place: to be decided.