Medical Writing Medical Writing in Oncology Message from the President

Volume 21, Issue 1 - Medical Writing in Oncology

Message from the President

Dear MEW reader

Welcome to the first 2012 Medical Writing or MEW issue – another EMWA milestone to start off this stellar year. I hope you enjoy the new design and the thematic focus on oncology.

The theme of EMWA's upcoming 34th Spring conference in Cyprus is ‘Paediatrics’ and other vulnerable populations. The full programme can be accessed through our website You are hereby gently nudged into speedy registration to ensure a seat in your preferred workshops or any of the other star-studded events that mark this festive 20th jubilee conference.

A generous number of workshops are again on offer and professionals from around the globe and from agencies that define the rules and regulations in areas pertinent to the medical writing profession (including the European Medical Agency and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) will share their unique expertise during plenary sessions, lectures and workshops. EMWA's founding veterans will highlight 20 years of EMWA's pioneering achievements.

You are always in great company with EMWA, the prime meeting ground for professional medical writers and healthcare communicators. On that note, I would like to plead your continued support to help grow our membership by sharing EMWA with a friend, colleague, or anyone considering medical writing as a career option. Do generously spread the EMWA passion and do freely distribute EMWA's sponsorship package available at

EMWA welcomes and honours its many volunteers and their invaluable contributions – they are the driving force behind 20 years of EMWA progress and are key to EMWA's future.

Welcome to sunny Cyprus!

May, 2012


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About the Medical Writing Journal
Oncology and medical writers
Message from the President
The war on cancer – What is the enemy, and are we winning?
Medical writing for cancer trials and submissions
Developing a treatment for ovarian cancer
The evolving landscape of medical education in oncology
Some considerations on the safety evaluation section of clinical study reports for studies with anticancer drugs
Identifying appropriate journals in which to publish original research on vaccines against human infectious diseases
New myths about English
From researcher in Europe to medical writer in India
Imaging techniques in oncology
Is cancer preventable? A literature review
A rising tide: Hospitals and social media
In the Bookstores
Journal Watch
The Webscout
Manuscript Writing
Regulatory Writing
Good Writing Practice
Out On Our Own
Translation Section


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Editoral Board


Raquel Billiones


Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

Associate Editors

Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Nicole Bezuidenhout

Claire Chang

Barbara Grossman

Sarah Milner

John Plant

Sampoorna Rappaz

Amy Whereat

Section Editors

Daniela Kamir


Jennifer Bell


Nicole Bezuidenhout 

Digital Communication

Somsuvro Basu

EMWA News 

Ana Sofia Correia 

Gained in Translation

Ivana Turek

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh 

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Maddy Dyer


Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Adriana Rocha


Tiziana von Bruchhausen


Clare ChangZuo Yen Lee 

Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Louisa Ludwig-Begall / Sarah Kabani

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Louisa Marcombes

Veterinary Writing

Editors Emeritus

Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

Layout Designer

Chris Monk