The ECCO 2018 European Cancer Summit was much more than a coming-together of leaders in the cancer policy field. By forming high level resolutions on the organisation of cancer care, the Summit represented an important ‘working together’ of diverse stakeholder interests, creating and expressing new consensus on the change required within European health systems to deliver the best care to cancer patients.
Improving the measurement of quality cancer care, addressing financial discrimination endured by cancer survivors and better integrating primary care to improve cancer care were the three major themes of the ECCO 2018 European Cancer Summit resolutions.
The draft resolutions were formed via meetings of the ECCO Oncopolicy Committee and ECCO Patient Advisory Committee in April 2018, followed by a wider process of virtual consultation with ECCO members and patient advocates thereafter. The final resolutions were passed at the Summit and provide a powerful charter, and roadmap,
for organisational improvement in all European health systems.