On 23rd September, the European Cancer Organisation launched the European Code of Cancer Practice in the virtual presence of EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides. The Code 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. The rights are based on the best available medical evidence and this is summarised in a supporting paper on the Medical Literature and Evidence.
The Code 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. Each of the 10 overarching rights (see below) is linked to three questions that a patient/parent/guardian may choose to ask their healthcare professionals. Each right is supported by a short section of Explanation (one page, <500 words) which is intended to be accessible to cancer patients and to all other interested parties including citizens, carers, parents/guardians, advocates and healthcare professionals.
The European Code of Cancer Practice has been co-produced by a team of cancer patients, patient advocates (including the IBTA’s Chair Kathy Oliver) and cancer healthcare professionals. It has its origins in the European Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights, which was launched in the European Parliament on World Cancer Day 2014 and won the prestigious European Health Award in 2018. The Code focusses on informing and assisting cancer patients at all stages of their cancer journey. It sets out a series of ten 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.
The Code also been translated into seven languages, which are available here.
Read more about the code and view it online here.