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 European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control (CANCON - https://cancer-fi.directo.fi/en/organisation/cancon/) 2014-2017)

The EU keeps cancer on its agenda with the Joint Action 2014-2017 "Development of the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control" ("CanCon"). It is again led by the National Institute of Public Health Slovenia and as with EPAAC, CANCON's actions are toward achieving the goal of reducing cancer incidence by 15% by 2020:

1) by identifying key elements and quality standards for comprehensive cancer control in Europe and preparing an evidence-based European guide on quality improvement in comprehensive cancer control; and

2) by facilitating cooperation and exchange of best practice between EU countries, to identify and define key elements to ensure optimal, comprehensive cancer care. Its core technical areas of work are in the following areas:

- Work package 4: Guide Coordination
- Work package 5: Platform for Member States' cooperation
- Work package 6: Integrated cancer care
- Work package 7: Community-level cancer control
- Work package 8: Survivorship & Rehabilitation
- Work package 9: Screening

ECL member Cancer Society of Finland is responsible for the horizontal work package on dissemination (Work Package 2), led by its Secretary General Sakari Karjalainen. ECL is the Cancer Society's Associated Partner for dissemination at the European level. ECL will organize policy conferences annually to inform policy makers, health professionals, and NGOs on the status of CANCON. The first CANCON Policy Conference is planned for Autumn of 2014, and subsequent Policy Conferences during the European Week Against Cancer end of May in 2015 and 2016.

More information on CANCON is available on the ECL website and on the Cancer Society of Finland's CANCON section https://cancer-fi.directo.fi/en/organisation/cancon/.

 

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Survivorship in cancer needs innovation in health care

CanCon Joint Action calls for policy dialogue

The European wide effort on cancer control will concentrate on survivorship is its first policy conference 13 May on Brussels, Belgium.

The aim of this first policy conference is to generate a policy dialogue on how we all can raise cancer survival and reduce cancer mortality by improving the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors.

This first Policy Conference was opened by Mr Markku Markkula, the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), hosting the event. He is an expert of innovation processes and policy development.

“Health care innovation rises from the everyday needs of the citizens“, said Mr Markkula. The Committee of Regions is a voice of regions and cities in Europe.

“Testing health care innovation not only locally but in collaboration with other European regions enables new techniques to be transferred to national and international use in finding innovative treatments for cancer.  This is especially important if we are to improve survivorship.”

Mr Markkula added that more funding is needed especially on the so called ‘Proof-of-Concept’ phase for clinical testing.

Survivorship high on the agenda, says cancer expert

“Increasingly, cancer patients are overcoming their disease. This is why we chose survivorship as the main theme of the first policy conference of CanCon Joint Action. CanCon means cancer control. This joint action develops policy solutions for the member states of the European Union”, says Dr Sakari Karjalainen, Secretary General of the Cancer Society of Finland and Board member of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), the co-organiser for this policy conference.

“Our specific goal is to produce a guide on quality improvement in comprehensive cancer control. Hundreds of cancer experts are collaborating in this endeavour”, Dr Karjalainen adds.

The CanCon Policy Conference aims to update key stakeholders on the Joint Action efforts after one year and it is calling upon decision-makers and policy influencers from European institutions to support cancer control efforts.

The importance of data

Speaking on the issue of data and the vital role it can play to progress cancer research, Professor Michel Coleman said “before the European Union can make rational policy to meet the needs of cancer survivors, it must have reliable information on trends and international variations in cancer survival, and the number of cancer survivors (prevalence). Cancer registries are the only source of such information. The current draft of the EU Regulation on data transfer, now in "trilogue" negotiations between Parliament, Commission and Council, remains a serious threat to the viability of cancer registries - it is not possible to obtain informed written consent from 3 million cancer patients a year. The EU must ensure that public health research is protected. Without data on the cancer burden that registries provide, policy-makers will be flying blind.”

CanCon is a joint action initiative, co-funded by participating institutes, organisations, universities and health care units, and the European Union. It started in 2014 and will continue until 2017.

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This Policy Conference arises from the CANCON Joint Action, which has received funding from the European Union in the framework of the Health Programme.

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Cancon network shows how cancer control experts are connected in EU co-funded Joint Action. "The structure provides a good basis for effective communications", say Finnish WP2 team members.

Cancon communications team believes in networks!

 

Cancon Final conference 14-15 February 2017

Over 200 experts from all over Europe and Malta participated in Cancon Final conference 14-15 February 2017 with high-level speakers. Three years of Cancon joint action resulted in various recommendations for improving cancer control. Two days of Cancon conference in Malta concentrated in discussing the outcomes in detail.
The European Guide on Quality Improvement in Cancer Control was released at the conference. It will provide a key strategic tool for governments and policy-makers. It was accompanied with five Policy papers, dealing with specific themes of cancer control.
The Cancon conference was a part of Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

A call for affordable cancer drugs
Minister for Health of Malta, Mr. Chris Fearne took the opportunity to call for affordable cancer medicines. He said that new medicines were coming on the market at very high prices, putting healthcare systems across Europe under financial pressure.
Joint action partners had a meeting after the conference. Final reporting and how to get the Guide well disseminated were on the agenda. National conferences to explain Guide topics are a good way towards implementing the recommendations of the Guide.
More information:
• @EU_CanCon and #CanconGuide at Twitter, and Facebook for more news on the Malta meeting news and the Guide dissemination information
Download Cancon Guide and Policy papers

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First Policy Conference of the Cancer Control Joint Action, Committee of the Regions, May 13 2015, Brussels

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Description and presentations here

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CanCon WP2 Network Meeting, November 18 2014, Brussels

Cancon meeting Nov 18 The communications team held its first meeting for its partners in Brussels, on 18 November. The meeting was well attended and gave a good perspective of activities. Cancon work packages presented their status of work.

Cancon communications strategy is based on network analysis and there was common understanding that learning from each other results in more effective outcomes in dissemination.
Cancon has just started this year. First year of collaboration is internal and on the 2nd and 3rd year the aim is to grow outreach.
Cancon communication partners have a lot of activities, websites, connections and newsletters that can benefit all participants.
Tools for presenting Cancon are on the website www.cancercontrol.eu, including Powerpoint templates and brochure.

The communications strategy is also on the web, under the section WP2 Dissemination.
The next meeting for communications will be held in the last week of May 2015 when the European cancer meetings and cancer prevention are topical.
The Association of the European Cancer Leagues ECL is an associative partner in Cancon communications and is working closely with the WP2 team, led by Secretary General of the Cancer Society of Finland, Dr Sakari Karjalainen, ECL board member.
Please give your feedback on any issue concerning dissemination and communications via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And if you want to follow on Twitter, look for @2014CanCon !

 

 

 

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European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control (CANCON - www.cancercontrol.eu) 2014-2017)

The EU keeps cancer on its agenda with the Joint Action 2014-2017 "Development of the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control" ("CanCon"). It is again led by the National Institute of Public Health Slovenia and as with EPAAC, CANCON's actions are toward achieving the goal of reducing cancer incidence by 15% by 2020:

1) by identifying key elements and quality standards for comprehensive cancer control in Europe and preparing an evidence-based European guide on quality improvement in comprehensive cancer control; and

2) by facilitating cooperation and exchange of best practice between EU countries, to identify and define key elements to ensure optimal, comprehensive cancer care. Its core technical areas of work are in the following areas:

- Work package 4: Guide Coordination
- Work package 5: Platform for Member States' cooperation
- Work package 6: Integrated cancer care
- Work package 7: Community-level cancer control
- Work package 8: Survivorship & Rehabilitation
- Work package 9: Screening

ECL member Cancer Society of Finland is responsible for the horizontal work package on dissemination (Work Package 2), led by its Secretary General Sakari Karjalainen. ECL is the Cancer Society's Associated Partner for dissemination at the European level. ECL will organize policy conferences annually to inform policy makers, health professionals, and NGOs on the status of CANCON. The first CANCON Policy Conference is planned for Autumn of 2014, and subsequent Policy Conferences during the European Week Against Cancer end of May in 2015 and 2016.

More information on CANCON is available on the ECL website and on the Cancer Society of Finland's CANCON section www.cancercontrol.eu.

 

 

  
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