ESSO statement on the implementation of the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan released
The Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP), first presented in February 2021, is the EU’s response to growing challenges and developments in cancer control and represents a political commitment in the fight against cancer. With its ten flagship initiatives and supporting actions, the plan aims to supports Member States’ work to prevent cancer and to ensure a high quality of life for cancer patients, survivors, their families and carers.
Last November, the European Commission published the implementation roadmap for the EBCP, which provides a clear timeline for stakeholders and experts to maximise their support towards the realisation of the plan. The indicators set out shall help monitor and evaluate the success of the work carried out, and recalibrate efforts where needed.
The realisation of the EBCP cannot be achieved without an inclusive approach embracing all cancer treatment modalities, of which surgical oncology is an integral part.
ESSO is fully committed to supporting the activation and success of this ambitious Plan, by channelling the expertise of the surgical oncologists’ community from all over Europe and by spreading awareness and knowledge transfer, always in accordance with the best scientific evidence available .
In the statement, ESSO stresses the pivotal role of surgery in multimodal cancer care and expresses its commitment of offering specialist advice and multi-faceted support to realise the plan, thus demonstrating how surgical oncology can be a nonsubstitutable pillar in such an ambitious program, providing significant support to advance many EBCP initiatives:
PILLAR: ‘PUTTING RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES AT THE SERVICE OF CANCER PREVENTION AND CARE’
Action: Knowledge Centre on Cancer and Cancer Mission Board and Harmonised Curriculum
PILLAR: ‘IMPROVING EARLY DETECTION OF CANCER’
Action: European Guidelines and Quality Assurance schemes on cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, follow-up and palliative care for breast and colorectal cancer
PILLAR: ‘ENSURING HIGH STANDARDS IN CANCER CARE’
Action: EU Network of National Comprehensive Cancer Centres (CCCs) including ‘EU Cancer Treatment Capacity and Capability Mapping’ project
Action: Inter-specialty cancer training programme
PILLAR ‘REDUCING CANCER INEQUALITIES ACROSS THE EU’
Action: Cancer Inequalities Registry Action: New European Reference Networks in poor prognosis cancers, and specific conditions related to genomics in cancer care
Beyond these examples, ESSO is committed to support each pillar of the plan, notably taking part in initiatives in the areas of cancer prevention, and improving the quality of life of patients and families.