European Cancer Organisation

NEWS: Specialist cancer nurses: the key to best care for cancer patients

RECAN: Recognising European Cancer Nursing Brussels, 11 May 2017: Nurses make a central contribution to cancer care and are integral to effective multidisciplinary team working. A new position statement released by the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) ahead of the 1st European Cancer Nursing Day on 18th May 2017 reveals that specialised cancer nursing continues to be frustrated by a continuing lack of uniform regulation and recognition across Europe. Yet, despite this situation, cancer nursing provides an undeniable added value in terms of patient outcomes.

Peter Naredi, ECCO President states: “ECCO stands for multidisciplinarity in cancer care, and therefore seeks to advance the case for all professions involved in ensuring the best outcomes and experiences for patients. That naturally includes the role of specialised cancer nursing which is why ECCO has been pleased to support the European Oncology Nursing Society’s project Recognising European Cancer Nursing (RECaN). This project aims to consolidate evidence to clarify and effectively position the contribution of specialised cancer nursing as an essential supportive function during the cancer journey for the benefit of all patients, as well as European health systems.” 

Daniel Kelly, EONS President continues: “Specialist care should be delivered by specialist cancer nurses! Cancer care is increasingly complex and the nurses that deliver, monitor, evaluate and follow-up on cancer treatment need specific skills, education and recognition through appropriate career structures.” 

Through the RECaN project, ECCO supports the following characteristics of contemporary cancer nursing:

  • Cancer nurses as core members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Cancer nursing should be a recognised speciality across Europe based on a mutually agreed educational curriculum.
  • Education for specialist cancer nurses (across all tumour types and phases of care) should be made available.
  • Enhanced free movement of cancer nurses across Europe should be promoted and facilitated to help address rising demand.  


    Value of Specialised Cancer Nursing


For interviews and further details, please contact:
Agnese Abolina
Communication and Marketing Coordinator
ECCO – European Cancer Organisation 
Tel +32 2 775 02 01

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