The many ways to fight breast cancer, with the experts at the front lines.

Taking demographic change out, less people die of cancer than 20 years ago. 4 out of 10 cancer cases are preventable. Ten times more patients with metastatic skin cancer can expect to be alive 5 years after diagnosis, compared to 10 years ago. In early diagnosis, for example, the figures speak for themselves: If breast cancer is detected early at stage 1, the 5-year survival is nearly 100%. If detected late at stage 3 it falls to 72%. Better awareness, screening and new diagnostic tools will reduce suffering and improve cancer patients’ lives dramatically. Come and join us for a conversation around doctors, scientists and patients and learn about progress in research and the importance of early detection.

Delphine Remy is a patient turned nutritionist and resilience care expert and Professor Erik Van Limbergen is a leading Radiation-oncologist.

The debate will be hosted by TheMerode CEO Isabel Casteleyn.

Delphine Remy

Delphine is a certified Holistic Nutrition and Eating Psychology Coach with a strong passion for food, nutrition, wellness and life. She teaches people – including cancer survivors –  how to gain back their power over food and, ultimately, their life.

Delphine is an incredibly talented superwoman. From her friends to her clients and her business partners, Delphine shows deep concern and commitment. Her energy is focused on helping everyone live their best and healthiest life, and everything she does (work, projects, partnerships) she does with that in mind.


Bernard Depypere, MD received his medical degree from the University of Ghent. He started his training to become Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon in 2013 and is now chair member at the department of Plastic Surgery at the University Hospital and AZ Maria Middelares both in Ghent. He is a founding member of GATE, Ghent Advanced Therapies & Tissue Engineering, a platform to promote collaboration and innovation in regenerative medicine. In his practice he treats women with breast cancer who need a breast reconstruction after amputation. He is one of the few lymphatic surgeons in Belgium and studies the effect of preventive lymphatic surgery to prevent lymphedema (“swollen arm”) in breast cancer patients. He is a member of the Beautiful After Breast Cancer foundation, a global pro bono charity organization devoted to help patients suffering from breast cancer.

Professor Herman DEPYPERE

Herman Depypere, MD PhD is full time Professor at the University Hospital in Ghent since 1998. He is currently head of clinic for menopause and breast. He is associated professor at the laboratory of experiment oncology. He runs a private practice at the Coupure rechts 4 in Ghent. He is past president of the Belgian Menopause Society. He has published more than 100 A1 publications, 6 chapters in books. He is member of many national and international organizations. Current scientific interests are the development of tumormarkers for breast cancer; fat metabolism and breast cancer; breast safety of phyto -estrogens. He is the author of two books “Menopauze” and “Menopauze, Menostart”.

Professor Erik Van Limbergen

Erik Van Limbergen (1953) MD PhD is Professor Emeritus (KULeuven). He had his professional activity as radiation oncologist working in the fields of breast and gynecological cancers and soft tissue sarcomas. He was also coordinator of the Leuven University Centre for Cancer Prevention (LUCK) and took actively part in the implementation of the Flemish breast screening program (2001) and the development of guidelines on screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. He is the present chair of board directors of the CvKO (Centrum voor Kanker Opsporing) which organizes the screening of breast, cervix and colon cancers in the Flemish Region in Belgium


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