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The European Cancer Forum, Issues in Cancer Care – The Early Bird Debate: Diagnosed but not treated? Prioritizing timely care in Europe’s cancer plans


13 Oct 2021 08:30




Health & Consumers

Event Description

Timely access to optimal treatment has great promise for significantly improving outcomes for cancer patients. For instance, the early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer provides a 99% chance of 5-year survival – yet in later stages, the odds drop to just 27%. As well, the length of time it takes for cancer treatments to reach patients is vitally important to European and national cancer policies, including Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.

Current political debates around access cancer medicines often overlook the interplay of factors that cause suboptimal treatment rates. Ineligibility requirements, late diagnostic testing, treatment delays, poorly defined clinical guidelines, and resource constraints worsen a patient’s access to timely and adequate treatments.

How can we ensure that patients are diagnosed promptly and can access treatment in a timely manner? Why does reimbursement not always correlate to access to innovative treatments across Europe? How should we prioritize treatment rates in cancer plans?

The debate, started at the European Cancer Forum, continues with a new webinar in the series Issues in Cancer Care – The Early Bird Debate.

One issue, two speakers, two opinions, register now for the next webinar "Diagnosed but not treated? Prioritizing timely care in Europe’s cancer plans" on 13 October 2021, from 8:30am CET to hear from:

·    Mike Morrissey: Chief Executive, European Cancer Organisation

·    Thomas Hofmarcher: Research Manager, The Swedish Institute for Health Economics

·    Moderated by Duane Schulthess, Managing Director, Vital Transformation