EU launches the Bill of Rights for cancer patients

by Paola Battista - 2014.02.05
EU launches the Bill of Rights for cancer patients
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Yesterday, on occasion of the World Cancer Day, the European Parliament in Strasbourg launched the European Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights. A “catalyst for change” to address the significant disparities that exist for European cancer patients and empower these citizens, the European Cancer Concord (ECC), promoter of the initiative, says. The result of over two years of work is based on three patient-centered articles: 1) The right of every European citizen to receive the most accurate information and to be proactively involved in his/her care. 2) The right of every European citizen to optimal and timely access to appropriate specialized care, underpinned by research and innovation. 3) The right of every European citizen to receive care in health systems that ensure improved outcomes, patient rehabilitation, best quality of life and affordable healthcare. A first step to reduce a burden that impacts on patients, families and healthcare systems too, since in 28 of the 53 European countries, cancer has replaced cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of premature death.

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