European Cancer Organisation

PRESS RELEASE: European Cancer Nursing Day – 18 May 2019

European Cancer Nursing Day (ECND) focuses on a different theme each year, based on EONS’ strategic priorities, recognising and celebrating the positive impact that cancer nurses have on the quality of cancer care across Europe. 

Our theme for ECND2019 is SAFETY – for cancer patients and for nurses.

ECND2019 will be hosted in the city of Prague, Czech Republic.  A series of activities will take place from 16-18 May, with the main focus on the 18th with the launch of the EONS Safety Manifesto on the EONS website at  

EONS President Lena Sharp said: “Recent improved cancer treatments also carry with them new patient safety risks. Cancer nurses’ knowledge and actions are of great importance in reducing these risks: they play a pivotal role in the safe delivery and management of therapies used to treat cancer. The position of the cancer nurse is unique in that s/he is present along the entire care pathway.

EONS Safety Manifesto – Some key messages for cancer nurses: 

  • Provide information to patients and their significant others and encourage them to take an active part in their care 
  • Always speak up and question if something is, or appears to be, wrong
  • Always follow safety precautions; use personal protective equipment
  • Avoid direct contact with cytotoxic and radiation drugs when planning pregnancy or during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


ECND2019 Itinerary

In our host city of Prague – 

17 May  – A roundtable discussion – ‘How to achieve cancer nursing specialty education in the Czech Republic’, with high-profile speakers from the world of politics and cancer nursing, including Czech MEP Pavel Poc
18 May –  Launch of the EONS Safety Manifesto 

Across Europe –

18 MAY – ECND Campaign Splash: EONS members and national societies celebrate with events and activities on the theme of safety.

A huge social media drive brings cancer nursing to the attention of the world, using the hashtag #ECND19Go4Safety


For more information
(There will be live updates throughout the day on 18 May 2019)

Visit the EONS ECND web page  
EONS website
Follow us on Facebook at
Twitter @cancernurse.EU  #ECND19Go4Safety

Notes for Editors 

European Cancer Nursing Day is part of the Recognising Cancer Nursing in Europe (RECaN) project led by the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) and supported by the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO). The project is being delivered over three years with the goal of increasing recognition of the value and contribution of oncology nursing across Europe, based on the following principles:

  • Cancer nurses are core members of the multi-professional 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.

Specialist cancer nurse 
Based on available literature (ESNO 2015, CANO 2016), the following definition of a specialist cancer nurse is used: “On an international level, specialist cancer nurses are expected to be educated to a degree level (or higher), have a formal training in cancer, and to care for cancer patients as a specialised population, and this across different cancer types and the entire cancer care continuum.”

For more information, photos or interviews contact:
EONS Communications Manager Helen Oswald at 

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