10-05-2021 11:15
Lessons from a public health crisis: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care

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BECA MEPs discussed the results of the public consultation on the "Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer prevention, health services, cancer patients and research" on 10 May 2021. A copy of the synopsis report with a summary of the findings and recommendations is available in the link below.

The following organisations that contributed to the BECA survey participated in the exchange of views:
  • European Cancer Organisation (E.C.O.)
  • European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO)
  • European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
A recent E.C.O. study found a significant decrease in newly diagnosed cancer patients and cancer-screening tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in backlogs. Speakers called for a multipronged approach to tackle the current and future effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, inter alia: vaccinating patients highest at-risk against COVID-19, re-start prevention programmes, rebuild and modernize cancer services, invest in the cancer workforce and in more resilient and equal health systems.

MEPs stressed the importance of clear communication between patients, health care professionals and health care authorities, the necessity to vaccinate cancer patients against COVID-19 and the need for real-time data on backlogs in cancer care.