CanCon Joint Action - European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control
The CanCon Joint Action is set to build upon the cooperation and results of the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC). In line with the definition of a Joint Action, CanCon is led mainly by Member States with the support of the EU and also involves other stakeholders including NGOs working across Europe.
The Joint Action is coordinated by the National Institute of Public Health of Slovenia.
ECCO is an Associated Partner supporting the core Work Package 4 - Guide Coordination, and also active as Collaborating Partner in Work Package 8 on Survivorship.
Why this initiative?
The European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC) came to an end in February 2014. Prior to this, representatives of EU Member States met in Luxembourg to discuss the content and the organisation of a future Joint Action, which culminated in a final proposal to the European Commission in March 2013.
As a result, cancer control remains on the EU agenda with the Joint Action 2014-2017, entitled "Development of the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control" (CanCon).
CanCon continues with the goal of reducing cancer incidence by 15% by 2020. Its concrete mission is to help decrease cancer mortality by:
- Improving the quality of cancer care among member states;
- Improving the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors with proposals on survivorship;
- Ensuring reintegration and palliative care and a decrease in inequalities at various levels of the cancer control field;
- Combining the above key elements with other relevant aspects of cancer control to create a European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control.
In addition, a Member State platform will enable exchange expertise and the development of position papers completing the Guide on up to six “hot topics” of cancer policy selected and discussed by Member states with the support of experts.
CanCon runs in the period 24 February 2014 - 24 February 2017. It was officially launched in March 2014 in Luxembourg and will conclude with a conference in Malta in February 2017.
CanCon is divided into 9 Work Packages (WP). Three (3) of them are cross-cutting packages, while six (6) are core, or thematic, packages.
Thematic work packages in the CanCon Joint Action are as follows:
- WORK PACKAGE 4: GUIDE COORDINATION
(ascertains the methodology for preparation of the Guide, the content, its quality and coherence between the chapters and compiles the final Guide)
- WORK PACKAGE 5: PLATFORM FOR MEMBER STATES COOPERATION
(enables sharing knowledge, capacity and expertise between Member States so that problems are addressed across the continent more effectively)
- WORK PACKAGE 6: INTEGRATED CANCER CARE
(gives recommendations for the organisation of comprehensive cancer services and optimal care for the population of a particular area)
- WORK PACKAGE 7: COMMUNITY LEVEL CANCER CONTROL
(improves community cancer care through early detection, more coherent continued care and survivor support)
- WP 8: SURIVORSHIP AND REHABILITATION
(develops a European framework for high-quality cancer survivorship care and rehabilitation as well as tools, European distress thermometer, and personalised rehabilitation and survivorship care plan - by taking into account the contextualisation to specific Member States and associated countries.)
- WORK PACKAGE 9: SCREENING
(creates guidance and principles for good practices in the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of the population-based cancer screening as a part of national cancer control policies.)
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