The quality of cancer care matters. The management of cancer care is complex and to achieve best results for the patient coordination and cooperation between disciplines is essential. Each profession brings unique skillsets and insights to the decision-making process on individualised patient treatment. It is multidisciplinarity that ensures such teamwork occurs, and lies at the heart of ECCO’s guiding mission.
In order to advance the benefits that multidisciplinarity brings, ECCO is currently developing a series of charters for better patient care, entitled ‘The Essential Requirements for Quality Cancer Care.”
The Essential Requirements set out the checklists and explanations of organisation and actions that are necessary to give high-quality care to patients who have a specific tumour type. They are written by European experts representing all disciplines involved in cancer care.
The Essential Requirements give oncology teams, patients, policymakers and managers an overview of the elements needed in any healthcare system to provide high quality of care throughout the patient journey. References are made to clinical guidelines and other resources where appropriate, and the focus is on care in Europe.
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