"The co-creation of the European Code of Cancer Practice by patients and healthcare professionals is about partnerships. Partnership between health care professionals and patients all working together to improve the realities of cancer."

Stella Kyriakides - European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

The European Code of Cancer Practice (The Code), translated in several languages, is a citizen and patient-centred manifesto of the core requirements for good clinical cancer practice, in order to improve outcomes for all of Europe’s cancer patients. It is a new tool for empowering citizens and cancer patients with ten key overarching rights, signposting what cancer patients should expect from their health system.

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is life-changing. Through the tireless activities of countless patient associations across Europe, support, information, and other services are available to assist cancer patients in navigating their care journey and gaining a greater sense of empowerment. More information about Europe's cancer patient associations is available below.


Patient Advisory Committee

The European Cancer Organisation is privileged to work with 20 European and international level patient associations who help to steer our initiatives. Their hands-on involvement ensures our projects are meaningful for improving the care received by cancer patients.

More information about the Patient Advisory Committee, previously chaired by the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides, is available here.

"The European Cancer Organisation strongly believes that the voice of patients should help guide our actions. We live by that value in having patients as members of the Executive, advising us in all that we do. Meeting the challenges of cancer prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and survivorship together, in partnership with the Patient Advisory Committee, gives enormous spirit to our work." - Dr Matti Aapro, President of the European Cancer Organisation