03-11-2021 08:00
Strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer: BECA delegation to WHO and Lyon

Geneva (CH) and Lyon (FR)
Beating Cancer delegation to WHO in Geneva November 2021 Beating Cancer delegation to WHO in Geneva November 2021
The Beating Cancer Delegation met with WHO DG Dr Tedros to discuss ways to further intensify cooperation in the fight against cancer © European Union 2021 - European Parliament

A delegation of 7 Members of the Special Committee on Beating Cancer, including Chair Bartosz Arłukowicz and Rapporteur Véronique Trillet-Lenoir, travelled to Geneva and Lyon on 3 - 4 November 2021. They met with public health experts, academics, researchers and health care professionals to see what is being done on the ground to step up the fight against cancer, not least in the context of the current pandemic, which has affected cancer prevention and care greatly.

Some of the main themes of interest, particularly in light of the BECA draft report by Véronique Trillet-Lenoir and the 1,500 + amendments that have been tabled were:

  • Strengthening health systems in cancer prevention and control and accelerate R&I with a focus on childhood, adolescent and rare cancers;
  • Impact of the COVID-19-health emergency on the continuity of cancer care delivery;
  • Addressing inequalities in cancer prevention and care across the EU

BECA MEPs met with WHO DG Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director Dr Mikkelsen, Director Dr Weiderpass (International Agency for Research on Cancer), Mr Deniel, SG of the Hospices Civils de Lyon (HCL, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lyon), Prof. Freyer, Medical Director of the Cancerology Institute in HCL, Prof. Dumontet, Cancer Research Center of Lyon (CRCL), Director of the Institute of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (IHOPe), Prof. Bertrand, and Director Cancéropôle Lyon Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (CLARA), Prof. Hainaut.