To coincide with World Cancer Day, February 4th, 2014, a powerful coalition of patient advocacy organizations and health care professionals developed a Bill of Rights to address the inequalities that cancer patients in Europe face every day.

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The launch, hosted by the European Cancer Concord (ECC) and European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) in association with the Members of the European Parliament Against Cancer (MAC) Group, calls for a commitment to tackle the cancer epidemic in Europe which will result in the death of 1 cancer patient every 10 seconds in the next 20-25 years.

The European Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights is a catalyst for change to provide every European citizen with the right to the optimum standard of care.


The Three Patient-Centered Principles

Article 1
The right of every European citizen to receive the most accurate information and to be proactively involved in his/her care.
Article 2
The right of every European citizen to optimal and timely access to appropriate specialised care, underpinned by research and innovation.
Article 3
The right of every European citizen to receive care in health systems that ensure improved outcomes, patient rehabilitation, best quality of life and affordable healthcare.

 

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Video

The European Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights, Prof. Mark Lawler on behalf of the European Cancer Concord (6:07)

Articles

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The Oncologist

Speeches

Commissioner Tonio Borg delivers a speech at the launch of the European Cancer Patients' Bill of Rights in Strasbourg on 2014-02-04

Speech by Alin Petrarche, ECPC ambassador and Head of the Romanian Rugby Federation

Presentations

Research and Cancer care; twin collaborators against our common enemy - Francoise Meunier, Director General EORTC

Moving forward in partnership: Developing a roadmap to promulgate and implement the European Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights - Mark Lawler, ECC Project Lead and Queen's University Belfast, and Francesco de Lorenzo, President, European Cancer Patient Coalition

Cancer and the European Citizen – it's time to deliver! - Francesco De Lorenzo, President, European Cancer Patient Coalition

Lets put the Patient First! The European Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights: A Catalyst for Change - Mark Lawler, ECC Project Lead and Queen's University Belfast, and Francesco de Lorenzo, President, European Cancer Patient Coalition

 

SARBU and DE LORENZO

 

Daciana Octavia SARBU, S&D MEP, Romania, and Francesco De Lorenzo, President, European Cancer Patient Coalition. February 4, 2014.