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Cancer World Newsletter - Patients are paying a price for spending cuts PDF Print E-mail
Spotlight on: Systems & Services

Patients are paying a price for spending cuts

In this Systems & Services article, doctors and patient advocates across Europe describe how the debt crisis and cuts in public spending are impacting on the care cancer patients receive. Thanks to all our readers who participated in the survey on this topic, the results of which are presented in the article.

What is happening to cancer care in your country?

Are patients suffering as a result of cuts?
Are the authorities working with clinicians on ways to evaluate and improve the efficiency of services to make the best use of resources and maximise value for money?

You can read the full article in Cancer World.
Health EU-newsletter PDF Print E-mail
Health EU-newsletter  presents the latest version of its newsletter.

Features in the Issue 94 include:
- Welcome
- News from the EU
- Reporting from across Europe
- Forthcoming Events
- New Publications
- Focus

o see the Newsletter, please click here.

Putting Evidence to Practice PDF Print E-mail
The Use of Clinical Guidelines by Oncology Nurses in Cancer Symptom Management

Healthcare delivery is becoming more and more complex and keeping up to date is challenging in most fields, but particularly difficult for nurses in Europe where access to latest research is not always available in the language of each country. Furthermore training is lacking in how to use existing evidence. An additional challenge is that many nurses feel disempowered to make change despite evidence that the use of clinical guidelines is one of the factors that lead to quality improvement, as well as enhancing cost effectiveness and job satisfaction. The European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS), in partnership with, the USA- based Oncology Nursing Society is working to fill this gap in the field of cancer care.

The programme is implemented in 2 phases of work.

Phase one comprises various steps through which 5 symptom guidelines have been evaluated by a panel of European experts at a consensus meeting in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2012. This work was to identify European differences to USA specifications for clinical implementation.

The second phase of the project will focus on dissemination and implementation. The guidelines will then be made available as an electronic resource and toolkit ready for dissemination at a workshop in Brussels in September 2012. Oncology nurses are invited to participate in an intensive workshop in Brussels in September on Putting Evidence into Practice with a joint European and USA faculty. Nurse Managers are also invited to help support nurses in their implementation.

Findings will be shared at a final workshop in Prague in 2013 and disseminated widely.
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EU Health Prize for Journalists 2012 PDF Print E-mail

The European Commission has launched a prize to stimulate and reward high-quality journalism that raises awareness of

healthcare and patients’ rights issues.

Journalists are invited to submit articles that have appeared in print or on-line publications between 25/07/2011 and 31/07/2012. The final date to submit your entry is 31/07/2012.

A national finalist for each EU country will be nominated by a national jury. The national finalists will then compete for the

EU level prizes: € 6 000 for the winner, € 2 500 for the second prize and € 1 500 for the third prize. A special prize of € 3 000 will be awarded to the best article on ‘smoking cessation’.

For more information please visit EC Webpage and Facebook page

Equity in Access: Promoting a Cervical Cancer Prevetion Strategy PDF Print E-mail

The European Institute of Women's Health organised a Roundtable to celebrate and support the European Week against Cancer. The Roundtable was held in the European Parliament on 6 June 2012.

The Roundtable focused on the need for a multi-pronged European cervical cancer prevention strategy that includes screening as well as vaccination and reaches out to women, including disadvantaged and hard to reach groups. Cervical cancer is a prominent example of existing health inequalities as not all women across the EU 27 are benefitting from best practice of cervical cancer prevention.

We are pleased to present the Report and Recommendations of the Meeting.

ECNIS 2 Project (Environmental Cancer Risk, Nutrition and Individual Susceptibility) PDF Print E-mail
The EU FP7 project ECNIS2 ("Towards the establishment of a virtual European Centre for Research and Education on Cancer, Environment and Food - ECRECEF") is a follow-up of the FP6 Network of Excellence ECNIS (Environmental Cancer risk, Nutrition and Individual Susceptibility) and has as its aim to promote the durable integration of European research in the area of environmental carcinogenesis. More Information related to the project can be found here

Promoting a Cervical Cancer Prevention Strategy for Europe PDF Print E-mail
In celebration of the European Week Against Cancer, Nessa Childers, MEP from Ireland, Vice President of MEPs against Cancer (MAC), and Alojz Peterle, MEP from Slovenia, President of MAC, in conjunction with the European Institute of Women's Health, held a Roundtable in European Parliament, Brussels on 6 June 2012,entitled: "Promoting a Cervical Cancer Prevention Strategy for Europe" to discuss the need for a multi-­?pronged European cervical cancer prevention strategy.

To see the Press Release, please click here.


Cancer World Newsletter - Fixing the holes in the opioid supply lines PDF Print E-mail
Spotlight on: Fixing the holes in the opioid supply lines

Patients are still dying in agony despite concerned efforts over many years to change attitudes towards the use and control of opiates. Could a new initiative, which works with NGOs, governments and policy makers to address practical problems, finally hit the spot?

You can read the full article in Cancer World.
Cancer World Newsletter - Can the Reverend Bayes help deliver proven therapies for patients with rare cancers? PDF Print E-mail
Spotlight on: Can the Reverend Bayes help deliver proven therapies for patients with rare cancers?
Building an evidence base for treatment using traditional methodologies is more difficult, less economically viable, and takes longer in diseases that are uncommon. To help speed progress in improving evidence-based treatments for patients with rare cancers, many researchers are now turning to a 250-year-old theorem that offers a supplementary way to gather evidence.
You can read the full article in Cancer World.
World No Tobacco Day 2012 PDF Print E-mail
The European Institute of Women's Health invites you to celebrate World No Tobacco Day 2012 to work to stop women from smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Europe for women.

To see the press Release, please click here.

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