WP leader: Catalonia Institute of Oncology, Spain (Josep M. Borras Andres)

The aim of the work package is to define strategies to improve the quality of cancer care by optimising the use of healthcare resources and promoting realistic and evidence-based responses to existing needs. While cancer care has evolved, showing better organisation and specificity with regards to treating different cancer diseases, cross-cutting and disease-based challenges remain. Specific tasks are the following:

  • To review and assess of the situation for neglected cancers with a special focus on pancreatic cancer, highlighting the challenges and opportunities for improving detection, diagnosis and access to expert clinicians in order to increase the quality of care and outcomes, and raising awareness within the EU Policy and Research agenda.
  • To identify the potential use and existing barriers for shared information systems, decision support systems, information and communication technologies, and ‘big data’ in the context of MDTs and cancer care management, and its consequences for the implementation of MDTs in EU countries.
  • To propose a set of measures aimed at improving the sustainability of cancer care in European countries, taking into account the challenges posed by trends in cancer incidence, assessment of clinical effectiveness, efficient resource allocation, affordability, and equity of access to good quality cancer care.
  • To assure that pain control is considered a priority in cancer and to distinguish the needs of long term survivors from those of palliative care patients. Identify evidence based guidelines and areas for improvement in guidelines implementation, education of oncologists and in organization of multidisciplinary approaches including oncologists, pain and palliative care specialists
  • To highlight a homogenous approach to palliative care based on CANCON recommendations including patient care pathways, national policy and sustainability, innovative therapies, cancer registry and clinical databases. Identify areas of development and challenges posed by innovative therapeutic approaches such as early integration of palliative care in the oncology care pathways, focusing on the available models of integration and on how palliative care and oncology can respond to the availability of personalized medicine guiding the use of target therapies