Quality Cancer Care is at the heart of the European Cancer Organisation’s guiding mission: “To reduce the burden of cancer, improve outcomes and the quality of care for cancer patients, through multidisciplinarity and multiprofessionalism”.
For this purpose, in 2017 the European Cancer Organisation launched its programme of publications: The Essential Requirements of Quality Cancer Care.
The Essential Requirements of Quality Cancer Care (ERQCC) papers are organisational specifications, not clinical guidelines, and are intended to give oncology teams, patients, policymakers and managers an overview of the elements needed in any healthcare system to provide high-quality care throughout the patient journey. References are made to clinical guidelines and other resources where appropriate, and the focus is on care in Europe.
Written by European experts representing all disciplines involved in cancer care, including our Member Societies, the ERQCC papers provide roadmaps to high-quality multidisciplinary cancer care for a specific tumour type.
The full list of Essential Requirements for Quality Cancer Care published so far is provided below.
Essential Requirements for Quality Cancer Care for Ovarian Cancer is currently being finalised.
This position paper on the EU propositions for Comprehensive Cancer Infrastructures (EU Network of Comprehensive Cancer Centres) in the EU Cancer Mission and Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan was produced by the European Cancer Organisation’s Quality Cancer Care Network and the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI). It was compiled via processes of outreach and consultation with the European Cancer Organisation’s Member Societies, Patient Advisory Committee and Community 365, in particular with participants in the Quality Cancer Care Network and in line with the European Cancer Organisation’s policy decision-making process.
You can read the full paper here.
The Community 365 Roundtable Meeting on Lung Cancer, which took place on 7 December 2020, brought together leading policy-makers, politicians, oncology experts, industry partners and advocates to mark the launch of the European Cancer Organisation Essential Requirements for Quality Cancer Care (ERQCC): Lung cancer, published in the journal Lung Cancer and to discuss this important area of cancer care.
The action report ‘Leave No One Behind - Delivering Innovation in Lung Cancer Care’ was produced as the outcome of the Community 365 Roundtable meeting on Lung Cancer in December 2020, and a basis for advocacy with ERS, ESR, LUCE and others.
On 23 September 2020, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides officially launched the European Code of Cancer Practice. Recording from the virtual launch event and video statements can be found here.
The European Code of Cancer Practice 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 sets out a series of 10 key overarching rights, and in particular signposts what patients should expect from their health system, in order for them to achieve the best possible outcomes.
It is an empowerment tool to ensure the best available care is delivered for European citizens and patients, translated into many languages.
Many organisations have already endorsed the European Code of Cancer Practice.
More information about the European Code of Cancer Practice is available here.
The European Code of Cancer Practice is also underpinned by a supporting paper on the Medical Literature and Evidence upon which the recommendations are based.
In June 2021, the article on the European Code of Cancer Practice was published in the Journal of Cancer Policy. You can read the article here.
Cancer care in Europe is supported by a range of scientific, healthcare professional, patient and institutional organisations and collaborations that provide a range of essential tools for raising standards and outcomes in the delivery of care.
The Quality Cancer Care Network of the European Cancer Organisation is now collating and profiling many excellent examples in a central repository: The Quality Cancer Care Catalogue.