As the biggest cancer-fighting and independent organisation, we see it as our duty to strive and secure political engagement in the fight against cancer at a European level. Cancer research and treatment needs to be embraced by governments to achieve sustainable results.
In addition to the distress that a cancer diagnosis can cause to patients and their families, its treatment represents a huge burden on healthcare systems and national economies. The total economic cost of cancer worldwide in 2010 was estimated at approximately US $1.16 trillion. Major intellectual and financial efforts have meant that many cancers that were previously thought to be incurable can now be successfully treated, allowing patients to resume normal lives.
It is vital we rethink how we can power progress for the benefit of our patients while safeguarding our health systems. In this effort, EORTC officially embarked on the publication of a European manifesto for treatment optimisation, in 2019. Together in a coalition with like-minded partners, we have begun advocating for reforms at the European Parliament that we hope will lead to positive change.
The EORTC initiated action aims to secure the support of the majority or all of the European Union country members, and together, work through critical challenges for health systems today: