World Cancer Day on the 4th of February was celebrated in the European Parliament in Strasbourg with the launching of the “European Cancer Patients’ Bill of Rights”.

Led by the non for profit organization “European Cancer Concord” (based in Belfast, Northern Ireland), a unique group of professionals, patients and patient group representatives worked together over two years on a comprehensive paper which demands equal rights and possibilities for  cancer patients all over Europe. The outcome is a patient centred document which was signed at its launch in Strasbourg by many of the initiators together with several members of parliament.

EU Commissioner, Tonio Borg, stressed his willingness to priorities the topic of cancer prevention and cancer treatment in the European parliament. The bill includes three so called ‘articles’ each with a number of concrete demands on the following topics:

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

Gerlind Bode represented ICCCPO at this event.
Find the text of the “Bill of Rights” here (already translated into several languages) and see also

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