ECPC and OECI will organize together the Conference ‘How uniform is cancer care in Europe’. The event will take place on the 18th of February 2014, in the European Parliament.

The growing cancer incidence is posing a huge challenge on the health systems of European countries. Improving survival through high quality care is an overlying challenge for all agencies involved.

Despite improvements made so far in cancer treatments and care, there is still unequal access to services, treatments (i.e. drugs/radiotherapy), social care and follow-up for cancer patients and survivors. Even, at Member State level, there are great variations in the implementation of national policies, plans or strategies to tackle cancer. The economic crisis in Southern European countries has made frontline cancer care inaccessible as a result of drastic cuts in healthcare budgets. EU cancer patients in Southern Europe do not have access to medicines, therapies and hospitalization, and many individuals find themselves uninsured, after months of unemployment, as in many countries health insurance is linked to employment.

During the conference expert speakers will try to find answers for the patients and for the public health services in order to propose solutions that could reduce the fragmentation in high quality cancer treatments.

The roundtable will include patient organisations, representatives of national and international public institutions involved in health and cancer care policy, research, health technology assessment. Attached you can find the draft agenda for the conference.

Should you be interested to attend the event, please communicate us your date of birth, postal address and ID or passport number. The places are limited and participation will be on a first come first served basis.

Please see below the programme of the Conference:

Program of the Conference on the 18th of February