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Taking stock on the progress of an EU-funded project that aims to link up European cancer registries was the aim of a recent summit organised by the European Cancer Organisation (ECCO).

At the summit titled 'Eurocourse Oncopolicy Summit' that took place at the end of November...
Linking up cancer registries: EU-funded project on track
Taking stock on the progress of an EU-funded project that aims to link up European cancer registries was the aim of a recent summit organised by the European Cancer Organisation (ECCO).

At the summit titled 'Eurocourse Oncopolicy Summit' that took place at the end of November in Brussels, project stakeholders got the chance to reflect on how the EUROCOURSE ('Europe against cancer: optimisation of the use of registries for scientific excellence in research') project was going.

EUROCOURSE, which received EUR 1,999,408 of funding under the 'Health' Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), brings together project partners from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

One of the main problems when it comes to tackling cancer is linking up cancer registries and reducing fragmentation and it is with this in mind that the project was set up. There is an increasing need for more elaborate quality assessment of cancer management and clinical databases are becoming more and more frequent at national, regional and European levels. To be more efficient it is necessary to link up and synergise these various databases.

The project's main aim is to find new ways of linking up and integrating national and regional programmes that aim to support cancer registries and research carried out using data from these registries. EUROCOURSE also aims to improve how cancer registration data is used to better control cancer and the strengthening of population-based cancer research in Europe.

Jan Willem Coebergh, project coordinator form Stichting Integraal Kankercentrum Zuid in Eindhoven, the Netherlands praised the work that had gone on at a workshop held in Iasi, Romania for 12 registries. He stated that this workshop helped the stakeholders involved in the registries grasp the scale of the problems that oncological care faces in the southeast of Europe.

The preliminary results show that southeast Europe experiences problems unique to the area. There is a higher magnitude of incidence and mortality rates.

The project works when funding organisations exchange information, best practice and technical know-how to harmonise the way cancer registries are funded and organised. These cancer registries are then provided with the infrastructure necessary for harmonising their data through exchange of technical know-how, best practices and the development of recommendations. Additionally, the process of data collection will be streamlined in order to provide comparable, accurate and timely statistics at the European level.

There are still another six months to go until the end of the EUROCOURSE project and the project partners hope that they can continue to come up with fresh ideas to help combat cancer in Europe.
Source: European Commission

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Record Number: 34121 / Last updated on: 2011-12-09
Category: Project
Provider: EC