European Cancer Organisation

About ECCO


ECCO - the European CanCer Organisation

Through its 27 Member Societies - representing over 150 000 professionals - ECCO is the only multidisciplinary organisation that connects and responds to all stakeholders in oncology Europe-wide.

ECCO exists to provide a cohesive platform for European cancer societies and organisations to work together to improve cancer patient outcomes and to be the unified voice of the European cancer professionals community when addressing common policy issues.

ECCO’s core values
The essential and enduring values that guide ECCO in all of its activities are:

  • Patient Centricity – ECCO puts cancer patients at the centre of its concerns and activities and strives to do the very best for them
  • Commitment to Science – ECCO’s policies reflect the very latest scientific knowledge and are independent of any vested interests
  • Cohesiveness -  ECCO believes that combining the efforts of its members goes further towards achieving common goals than the sum of its members’ individual efforts
  • Inclusiveness – ECCO seeks to include all non-profit organisations that share its vision and values
  • Equality and Fairness – All ECCO members have a voice in the organisation and ECCO strives to transcend the interests of any one member
  • Openness and Transparency – ECCO is committed to be transparent in and accountable for all it does


ECCO Oncopolicy

ECCO is the voice of healthcare professionals involved in delivering care to cancer patients in Europe.

The strategic objectives that underpin all ECCO policy activity are:

  • the advancement of multidisciplinarity and patient-centricity in cancer care; and,
  • the promotion of policy recommendations for the improvement of cancer care, drawing on ECCO’s unique multidisciplinary reach.

ECCO’s current policy priorities are to:

  • Drive improvement in quality of cancer care in Europe via multidisciplinarity;
  • Ensure patients gain access to innovation, in all forms of care;
  • Advocate for step change improvement in the integration of care; and
  • Highlight the core requirements of the oncology workforce to deliver the best care.

Through initiatives such as its Essential Requirements in Quality Cancer Care, ECCO harnesses the expertise and experience of the entire oncology community to address questions of common concern, looking collectively for answers that will result in the best possible outcome for cancer patients through informed policy making.


ECCO European Cancer Summit 

ECCO organises the annual European Cancer Summit. This event is devised by world leading experts and ECCO member societies bringing worldwide leaders from the cancer healthcare, patient advocacy and stakeholder communities together in a unique multidisciplinary forum.

The Summit offers a platform to:

  • Debate leading-edge ideas on outcomes research, health economics and organisation of cancer care delivery
  • Determine consensus resolutions for improving health systems
  • Decide on an action plan for the way forward to ensure ideas translate into policies that will impact daily clinical practice.

ECCO Patient Advocacy

ECCO is committed to engaging cancer patient advocates in its mission to uphold the right of all European cancer patients to the best possible treatment and care.

To emphasise ECCO’s commitment, the Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) was established providing European patient advocacy organisations with a solid platform to express their expectations in solidarity with the professional organisations. The PAC afford ECCO direct insight into the issues and challenges faced by cancer patients and provides the patient perspective on initiatives and projects that foster ECCO’s mission in all areas of activity, including multidisciplinary education, oncopolicy and quality assurance.


ECCO Education

ECCO’s multidisciplinary educational initiatives are specifically tailored to meet the scientific, educational, and professional needs of oncology specialists.

Of European focus and scope, these activities add value to the educational portfolio of ECCO’s member activities on the basis of the subsidiarity principle. The Workshops on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research and other courses in developments will provide the European cancer community with further training opportunities at various career stages.

ECCO Publications

ECCO disseminates scientific advancement, knowledge and insight through its publications.



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