Because all cancer patients should know their rights | Anticancerfund

Because all cancer patients should know their rights

25 September 2020
The Anticancer Fund helps cancer patients

Brussels - We endorse The European Code of Cancer Practice, a new tool for patient empowerment published by the European Cancer Organisation. The organisation listed up 10 Rights for the benefit of cancer patients and their loved ones.

Earlier this week the European Cancer Organisation launched The European Code of Cancer Practice during a virtual event in presence of the EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. The organisation presented 10 key rights for cancer patients and their relatives, developed by oncology experts, patient advocates, policy-makers and politicians from around Europe. Their goal was to provide a guide for people with cancer, because they should know what they can expect from their healthcare system.

The Anticancer Fund endorses The European Code of Cancer Practice and its 10 overarching rights, as they are in line with our mission and our values. Patient empowerment and helping cancer patients to get access to evidence-based information about their therapies, is part of our daily activities.

We inform patients through our personal service for cancer patients, My Cancer Navigator, a specific implementation of patient empowerment: shared decision making and information about the disease and treatment are the foundations of this service for patients.

The Anticancer Fund also participates to the Community 365 platform from the European Cancer Organisation, where patient rights have been discussed, especially on equal access for all to cancer care.

You can read more about how we help patients here.

An overview of the 10 rights published by the European Cancer Organisation:

  1. Equal access to affordable and optimal cancer care, including the right to a second opinion.
  2. Information about your disease and treatment from your medical team and other reliable sources, including patient and professional organisations.
  3. Information about the quality and safety of care, the level of expertise and the outcomes achieved for your type of cancer in the centre where you are being treated.
  4. Specialised care from a multidisciplinary team, ideally as part of a cancer care network.
  5. Participate in shared decision making with your healthcare team about all aspects of your treatment and care.
  6. Be informed about ongoing research relevant to you and your ability and eligibility to participate in research.
  7. Discuss with your healthcare team how to achieve the best possible quality of life.
  8. Receive optimal supportive and palliative care.
  9. Receive and discuss a clear, managed and achievable plan for your survivorship and rehabilitation.
  10. Be fully reintegrated into society and protected so that you can return to a normal life, so far as is possible.

To find out more about the 10 rights, please have a look at the website of the European Cancer Organisation.