Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan Implementation Roadmap published


The implementation roadmap for the Europe's Beating Cancer Plan has now been published by the European Commission. It highlights the necessary steps to be taken in concrete actions towards a strong European Health Union.

The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan consists of major actions under the following 7 frameworks, to be rolled out step by step from 2021 to 2025, jointly with multiple supporting actions.

  • Putting research, innovation and new technologies at the service of cancer prevention and care

  • Saving lives through sustainable cancer prevention

  • Improving early detection of cancer

  • Ensuring high standards in cancer care

  • Improving the quality of life for cancer patients, survivors, and cares

  • Reducing cancer inequalities across the EU

  • Putting childhood cancer under the spotlight

With a budget of €4 billion, the Commission’s plan aims to help Member States turn the tide against cancer through setting out actions to support, coordinate or supplement Member States' efforts at every stage of the disease, from prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, to an improved quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.

At the end of its first year of implementation, this roadmap offers a summary of what have been achieved, and what needs to be done in the coming years.

Please click here to view the document.

High-quality surgery remains the best chance to cure solid cancer when diagnosed early and is fundamental in preventing, diagnosing and staging cancer, treating metastatic disease, preserving quality of life and alleviating symptoms. The vital role played by surgical oncology in cancer care can no longer be overlooked. Yet it still lacks political, financial as well as public attention it deserves.

To contribute proactively to the implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, and to raise public awareness on the importance of surgical oncology, ESSO calls political leaders to unlock the potential of surgical oncology through:

  • Recognition of surgical oncology as a specialist discipline

  • Support to research and innovation

  • Improved screening & early detection to maximise outcomes of surgical oncology

  • Surgical oncology as a key component of multidisciplinary cancer care

More information of these recommendations can be found on ESSO open letter.

Today, surgical oncology remains the most cost-effective treatment for the majority of non-metastasised tumours. It is a crucial step that surgical oncology is recognised as a specialty so that every cancer patient in Europe can benefit from optimal cancer surgery.

The necessity and the urgency of recognition surgical oncology is acknowledged in the report of the European parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA): "Strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer " by Véronique Trillet-Lenoir. ESSO is pleased to learn that some of our recommendations, in particular the development of a core curriculum and training programme in surgical oncology have also been included in the compromised amendments to the report (under paragraph 45). These will be voted on the coming BECA meeting on 6 December 2021. The full draft report is available here.

Beating cancer is a long way. It is time for change, gladly we are on the road.


ESSO Industry Partner