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Welcome to Sarcoma Patient Global Advocacy Network!

Sarcoma Patient Global Advocacy Network (SPAGN), the international Network of Sarcoma, GIST and Desmoid Patient Advocacy Groups, was founded in April 2009 with the aim of extending information services, patient support and advocacy to patient organisations for the benefit of sarcoma patients across the whole of Europe and internationally.

Acting in partnership with clinical experts, scientific researchers, industry and other stakeholders SPAGN is working to improve the treatment and care of sarcoma patients through improving information and support, and by increasing the visibility of sarcoma with policymakers and the public.

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Déc 7 2022

Global TGCT consensus paper published

  The SPAGN expert-patient global consensus paper on the management of TGCT (Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor) has been published in “Cancer Treatment Reviews”. Over 50 experts and patient advocates have worked together over months to formalize guidelines based on the available evidence and experience within the expert community. We are happy and proud to bring…
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Déc 2 2022

SPAGN Annual Conference & New Horizons GIST 2023:
Hand in Hand for the first time

Save the Date! 2023 SPAGN Annual Conference May 11-13, 2023 in Dublin/Ireland NEW HORIZONS GIST May 13-15, 2023 in Dublin/Ireland For the first time ever, the SPAGN Annual Conference and the New Horizons GIST Meeting will be held hand in hand.   About the SPAGN Annual Conference: Since 2010, SPAEN/SPAGN has organized annual conferences to…
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Nov 23 2022

Recording available: SPAGN Knowledge Spot – Gamma Secretase Inhibitors in Desmoid Tumors

“Gamma Secretase Inhibitors – A new paradigm in Desmoid Tumors?” December 1, 2022, 5pm CET / 11am ET / 9:30pm IST Update on medical therapies in desmoid tumors, by Prof. Bernd Kasper, University Hospital of Mannheim, Germany, moderated by Christina Baumgarten, SOS Desmoid Germany, SPAGN Board Member A joint event by SPAGN and the Sarcoma…
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Nov 22 2022

SPAGN Annual Conference 2023 – Save-the-Date

Since 2010, SPAEN/SPAGN has organized annual conferences to bring sarcoma, GIST and desmoid patient groups, experts, researchers and industry together. These conferences were held each year as onsite meetings with approx. 80-100 participants from over 25 countries including patient advocates, leading sarcoma experts and representatives of the pharma industry. The three-day conference focuses on research…
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Nov 17 2022

CTOS & SPAGN: A newly formed, powerful collaboration in sarcomas

  Woelfersheim / Vancouver, November 17, 2022 – Today, the Connective Tissue Oncology Society and the Sarcoma Patient Advocacy Global Network officially announced their collaboration. The two organizations will work together towards achieving the following shared goals: Raise awareness of sarcoma Identify and advance relevant knowledge Define obstacles and challenges to improving sarcoma care Advocate…
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Nov 8 2022

Patient Advocacy
@CTOS 2022

The Annual Conference of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS) is the main meeting place for sarcoma experts and all interested in sarcomas each year. In 2022, SPAGN will for the first time ever host a “Patient Advcocay Lounge” during the whole congress as well as a “SPAGN Reception” for patient advocates and everybody interested. SPAGN reception @CTOS…
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Déc 1 2022

How to Create High-quality Information Materials for Patients, Part 1: Checklist of Key Steps

As any advocate knows, an important task of a patient organization is to produce information materials for patients and their caregivers. This task is not as easy as it looks -- after all, most of us advocates have not been trained in journalism or graphic arts or medicine. We may wonder: What makes a brochure or a website text for patients successful? How can our patient advocacy organization ensure the quality of the patient resources we produce?
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Déc 1 2022

Advocacy 2.0: The Evolving Role of Advocates in Rare Cancers

What do you say when someone asks you what a patient advocate does? If you asked me, I would answer from my own experience: Advocates work with patients and their families. We support people and we share information with them. However, as important as these activities may be, there is so much more that we advocates can do.
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Nov 7 2022

Introducing Voices of Sarcoma: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Thirteen years ago, a handful of people touched by sarcoma were united by a common aim: to bring together sarcoma patient groups and enable them to express a collective voice in the healthcare world. Sarcoma Patients Euronet (SPAEN) was born. This section of our website, our blog, is new. This blog aims to strengthen the global sarcoma community by giving the many voices of sarcoma a chance to be heard. We hope our member organisations and their members will gain benefit from it and see it as an opportunity to contribute as well. Voices of Sarcoma is for everyone to read and contribute to.
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SPAGN @CTOS 2022

Working together, making a difference.

SPAGN and Members

The network only is as strong as its members. SPAGN welcomes every sarcoma, GIST or desmoid patient group and individuals interested in sarcomas worldwide to become part of our network and thus strengthen it.

Events and Projects

SPAGN not only hosts a variety of events, but also participates in congresses and external events. It is our aim to represent the patients' voice wherever suitable, necessary and potentially helpful to achieve our goals, foremost to improve the situation of sarcoma patients around the globe. Find out more in our section "Events & Projects"

Advocacy & Tools

Our member organizations are very active in their countries and we try to support them wherever possible, and even more so in the future. Please stay tuned, there's more to come!

Experts & Research

Sarcomas are rare. It is therefore very important to find physicians or even better multidisciplinary teams who have experience with this disease. SPAGN is setting up alist of sarcoma centers or centers with sarcoma expertise per country. Find out more here.

Sarcoma Facts & Figures

Sarcomas are a diverse and relatively rare group of malignant tumors. The vast majority of diagnosed sarcomas are soft tissue sarcomas, while malignant bone tumors make up just over 10%.

Find out more about Soft Tissue Sarcomas, Bone Sarcomas, GIST and Desmoid Tumors in our section "Sarcoma Facts & Figures"

Blog, News and Newsletter

Please visit our News section or our SPAGN Blog "Voices of Sarcoma". To get regular information, please sign up for our Newsletter today!