European Cancer Organisation

Recognising European Cancer Nursing (RECaN) project

RECaN Project: Recognising European Cancer Nursing

RECAN: Recognising European Cancer Nursing

Recognising European Cancer Nursing (RECaN) is a 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. Their contribution takes place across a variety of roles including expert cancer nursing skills, research, education, clinical leadership, strategy and management roles, advocacy, and policy development. 

Through the RECaN project, ECCO intends to support the following characteristics of contemporary cancer nursing to be better recognised:
  • 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.


Value of Specialised Cancer Nursing