View the Recording from the Roundtable meeting here.
Download the Action Report from the Roundtable meeting here.
Increasing cancer survivorship alongside a desire to treat and care for patients in locations more convenient for, and less disruptive to, their daily lives, is bringing an increasing attention to how we can better care and treat patients in the community setting, and support their caregivers, families and friends.
Our October 2022 roundtable event on cancer care needs in the community setting sought to provide a spotlight to a range of policy needs inherent to meeting this goal. This includes, but is not limited to:
- How to achieve successful long-term management of cancer in the community setting, including ensuring suitable survivorship care planning
- Identifying and implementing the roles of primary care and allied healthcare professionals in long term management of cancer
- The experiences and learnings of those working with cancer
- New forms of treatment and care that can better support those living with cancer in the community setting.
The discussions referenced throughout the session the means by which the rights of cancer patients to quality cancer care, as described in the European Code of Cancer Practice, can be met in the community setting. This includes the right to Quality of Life, Supportive and Palliative Care, Survivorship and Rehabilitation, and Reintegration.
Following the roundtable, a formal report of the meeting captured the recommendations articulated during the sessions, after its submission to the membership and Patient Advisory Committee of the European Cancer Organisation for review and approval as a formal policy mandate document.
Recommendations from the meeting took into consideration the relevant current policy opportunities provided for progress on the topics, including:
- A range of pertinent initiatives included within Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan
- The build back of cancer services across Europe following the Covid-19 pandemic
- European and International legislative programmes supporting advances in digital innovation in cancer care.
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14:30-14:35 – Introduction
- Kathy Oliver, Co-Chair, ECO Patient Advisory Committee; and founding Co-Director, International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA)
- Mirjam Crul, ECO Board Member; Co-Chair, ECO Special Network on the Impact of Covid-19 on Cancer and Workforce Network; and ESOP Vice-President
14:35-15:20 – Session 1: Living with cancer. The metastatic breast cancer case study
- Fatima Cardoso, Director, Breast Unit, Champalimaud Clinical Center; and President, ABC Global Alliance
- Matthijs Van-Meerveld, Head of Global Public Affairs for Breast Cancer, Sanofi
In discussion with:
- Tanja Spanic, President, Europa Donna Slovenia
- Taylor Puhl, Manager, Health Policy & Insights, Economist Impact
- Barbara Wilson, Founder and Director, Working With Cancer
- Thomas Frese, President-Elect, Wonca Europe
15:20-16:05 – Session 2: Cancer in the Community Setting: Lessons from Covid-19
- Mark Lawler, ECO Board Member; Co-Chair, ECO Special Network on the Impact of Covid-19 on Cancer; and Professor of Digital Health, Queen’s University Belfast
- Faisal Mehmud, Head of Medical for International Developed Markets, Pfizer Oncology
In discussion with:
- Federico Pratellesi, European Commission Official, 'Performance of National Health Systems' Unit, DG SANTE
- Roger Wilson, Patient Advocate, Sarcoma Patients Advocacy Global Network (SPAGN)
- Rayna Patel, CEO and Co-Founder, Vinehealth
16:05-16:50 – Session 3: Caring for cancer patients in the community setting: using digitisation to ensure safety and efficiency
- Gilly Spurrier-Bernard, Vice-Chair, ECO Patient Advisory Committee; and Vice-president of Melanoma Patients Network Europe
- George Valiotis, Executive Director, European Health Management Association (EHMA)
In discussion with:
- Nicolás González Casares MEP, Member, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
- Grant Carroll, National Cancer Information System Chief II Pharmacist, National Cancer Control Programme
- Kyriacos Hatzaras, Programme Officer, EU Policies of Unit H3 - eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing, Directorate-General CNECT, European Commission
- Ülle Helena Meren, Lead Pharmacist, East Tallinn Hospital
16:50-17:00 – Session 4: Closing Session
Every Community 365 Roundtable event hosted by the European Cancer Organisation looks ahead to key policy opportunities for advancing the improvement of cancer care across Europe. With this in mind, the closing session of the roundtable distilled key recommendations heard during the discussions of the event and sought to inform the formal report of the event. The roundtable resulted in fresh policy positioning of the European Cancer Organisation.