The Concerted Action in the Europe Against Cancer Programme has enabled the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) to:
increase the number of participating institutes and patients in the studies coordinated through the Data Center;
develop a programme for quality control, which on a short term basis has already increased the quality of treatment;
install the EuroCODE computer network to facilitate entry of patients into clinical trials and spread knowledge of cancer treatment in the European Union (EU) Member States;
organize consensus meetings resulting in a better coordination of cancer treatment research in Europe.
Almost 28 000 patients were entered into trails handled by the Data Center over the past 4 years. New speciality units and fellowship programs have been set up within the Data Center and new research activities developed. Special attention has been paid to the expansion of quality control activities and the diffusion of EORTC technology within Europe.
The spread of information to doctors in Europe will be improved through the continuing expansion of the computer network and through publication of treatment methods in national and international scientific journals. This programme has had a large impact on cancer treatment standards already as a short term effect.