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From lab to life: transforming childhood, adolescent and rare cancer care

03-03-2021 - 19:31
Teddybear, yellow ribbon and hands on a background of yellow, the international colour for childhood cancer
Cancer remains the principal cause of death by disease in children beyond the age of one © image used under the license from Adobe Stock
Chiara Gemma MEP speaks in the Beating Cancer Committee about childhood and rare cancers during a public hearing
Chiara Gemma MEP (NI, Italy) © European Union 2021 - European Parliament / EH
Loucas Fourlas MEP (PPE, Cyprus) speaks about his experience with childhood cancer during a public hearing organised by the Beating Cancer committee
Loucas Fourlas MEP (PPE, Cyprus) © European Union 2021 - European Parliament / AH
Delphine  Heenen from KickCancer speaking remotely (on a screen) for the Beating Cancer committee hearing about childhood cancer
Delphine HEENEN, Committee Member at Childhood Cancer International –Europe and Managing Director of KickCancer © European Union 2021 - European Parliament / PB
Patricia   Blanc contributes remotely to the Beating Cancer Committee public hearing on childhood and rare cancers
Patricia BLANC, President of Imagine for Margo, Member of ChildhoodCancer International-Europe, Member of the Cancer Mission Assembly © European Union 2021 - European Parliament / EH
Dr  Andrea  Ferrari contributes remotely via video to the Beating Cancer Committee hearing on childhood, adolescent and rare cancers
Dr Andrea FERRARI, Chair of the European Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOPEurope) Adolescents and Young Adult (AYA) Committee © European Union 2021 - European Parliament / AH
BECA Committee special committee on Beating Cancer - European Parliament meeting room
BECA Hearing "From lab to life: transforming childhood, adolescent and rare cancer care" © European Union 2021 - European Parliament / AH

On 23 February, the Special Committee on Beating Cancer put the spotlight on paediatric, adolescent and rare cancers. The public hearing addressed

  • research, treatment and rare cancer care
  • rights and needs of patients, parents and survivors and caregivers.

Though there are many different rare cancers, due to their rarity they share similar problems concerning diagnosis and treatment. On the patients' side it leads to difficulties in accessing timely and accurate diagnosis, highly specialised care and adequate treatments. In healthcare systems, it manifests in poor research opportunities, difficulties in clinical trials and lack of therapies.

Paediatric cancers are all rare cancers and share the same challenges; but given their age-related, biological, clinical and organisational specificities, they need to be addressed distinctively.

Rare cancers represent approximately 25% of all cancer cases, making it a major public health issue.

Click on the link below to watch the hearing again.


Image with a Covid tissue mask, placed on a EU flag
25-02-2021 - 16:21

The deadline for replying to the BECA call for contributions on the Impact of the COVID19-pandemic on cancer care and research has been EXTENDED to 11 March 2021.

European Parliament Brussels' meeting room with screens showing Commissioner for Health Kyriakides
22-02-2021 - 10:29

On World Cancer Day, the Special Committee on Beating Cancer reviewed Europe's Beating Cancer Plan with Health Commissioner Kyriakides who had unveiled the Plan the day before. Watch the meeting again by clicking on the link below.

4 February is World Cancer Day, an opportunity to focus on the causes, treatment and prevention of one of the EU’s top health priorities.
22-02-2021 - 10:29

Fighting cancer is one of the EU’s health priorities. Launched in 2000, World Cancer Day on 4 February is a global initiative to raise awareness and increase action. Research and innovation on cancer has always been one of the EU’s health priorities. Read more about what the EU does to improve public health.

short haired young adult woman wearing protective facial mask on face against wall indoors
22-02-2021 - 10:28

On World Cancer Day, 4 February, the BECA Committee examined the alarming impact of the COVID19-pandemic and other health threats on cancer.

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15-02-2021 - 16:52

On 28 January MEPs from the Beating Cancer committee discussed with ten leading experts how to deliver the best possible care to cancer patients in the EU. Topics ranged from cancer drugs to multidisciplinary cancer care with a specific angle on paediatric and rare cancers and the social determinants in accessing cancer care.

Image with several areas involved in the Coronavirus pandemia
01-02-2021 - 12:56

The COVID19-pandemic has affected certain groups more severely, globally and across Europe. Cancer patients are among the more vulnerable population groups, and cancer care has also suffered from the impact of the pandemic on the functioning of the healthcare systems.

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29-01-2021 - 14:02

Ahead of the its Public Hearing "Mind the gap: For equal access to cancer medicines and treatments"" on 28 January 2021, the Beating Cancer Committee prepared a briefing covering a wide range of issues related to cancer treatment.

Have your say! BECA Survey on impact COVID19-pandemic on cancer care

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