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EIWH Press Release: Mind the Gender Gap! Smoking and Drinking in Girls and Women PDF Print E-mail

In support of the European Week Against Cancer and in celebration of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) held a workshop entitled “Mind the Gender Gap: Smoking and Drinking in Girls and Women” at the Irish Cancer Society’s Healthy Lifestyle for Cancer Prevention Conference.  The workshop, bringing together European and Irish experts in the field,sounded the alert about the serious health challenges facing women in the future due to their increasing consumption of tobacco and alcohol.

To see the Press Release please click here. More on the work of European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) can be found on their web page.
EHMA Newsletter, 29 May 2013 PDF Print E-mail


The European Health Management Association launched a “crisis questionnaire” with the aim to create better understanding of the impact that the financial crisis is having on health care. In particular we are seeking to understand at which tier of service (national, regional or organisational) these decisions are made, i.e. does each healthcare provider make the savings necessary to cope with the budgetary constraints based on their own understanding of the population needs or is there a (regional or national) policy framework to guide organisations and units, for example reducing the availability of some services or procedures.

To respond to the questionnaire, please click here for questions and guidelines. We encourage all EHMA members to participate to make findings and lessons as valuable as possible!

To see more content of the Newsletter please click here.

Health-EU e-newsletter - Issue 110, 28 May 2013 PDF Print E-mail
The May edition of the Newsletter can be found here.
Cancer World Newsletter - Patient Voice, What counts as a 'successful' outcome? PDF Print E-mail
Doctors frequently feel they have failed a patient if they are unable to cure them. But when a cancer
cannot be cured, there are other yardsticks patients use to judge the success of their treatment.
This Patient Voice hears from four people who speak from personal experience. And it asks whether
we need to adopt a more nuanced understanding of ‘success’, based on matching the patient’s
priorities to the best outcome that can be hoped for.

What do you think?

  • How do you measure the success of a treatment?
  • Do you try to reach agreement with your patients about what would constitute a successful
  • Could a ‘tool’ that helps doctors and patients look at their goal in terms that go beyond the
    strictly medical, to incorporate wider aspects of living with cancer, help both sides feel they
    can achieve success even when there is no cure?
 You can read the article here. Press the comment button at the end and share your views.
Cancer World Newsletter - Crosstalk PDF Print E-mail
Are dysfunctional relations between academia and industry hindering the process of turning progress
in our understanding of cancer into truly effective treatments? We asked Lex Eggermont, director of
the Gustave Roussy Cancer Institute and Bill Hait, global head, Janssen Research & Development

What do you think?

  • Is the current drug development model broken?
  • Can the drug development business model that gave us imatinib (Glivec) and trastuzumab
    (Herceptin) deliver effective treatments for more complex tumours?
  • Will making sense of more complex tumours require putting much more data into the public
    domain – and can this be done without jeopardising the commercial sustainability of
    pharmaceutical companies?
 You can read the article here. Press the comment button at the end and share your views.
Cancer World Newsletter - Agnès Buzyn: protecting France's AAA rating for cancer care PDF Print E-mail
How does France maintain its ranking as one of the world leaders in five-year cancer
survival? In this Cover Story, the head of France’s national cancer institute INCa talks
about the benefits of a joined up approach to research and care, the advantages of
national priorities, targets and deadlines in raising the quality of care, the value of
rapid adoption of innovation… and the need to tackle inequalities in access − one of
the tougher challenges.
  • Could the rest of us learn something from the French approach to tackling
  • And if so, what
 You can read the article here. Press the comment button at the end and share your views.
Cancer World Newsletter - Don't play with numbers PDF Print E-mail
Headline writers and advertisers can opt for impact over clarity, leaving the public confused
about cancer risks and prevention. This makes it all the more important that those of us whose
priority is to inform people and help them make the best choices are clear and consistent in the
way we do it. This editorial looks at how to present statistical information in a way that is easy for
readers to interpret and apply, and calls on everyone involved writing educational material and
press releases to make a conscious effort to use the most effective statistical formats.

What do you think?

  • Could more consistent use of statistics that give absolute instead of (or as well as) relative
    risk/benefit help people make better sense of information about cancer?
  • Is the medical community ever guilty of (mis)using statistics to grab attention, even though
    this may add to the widespread confusion about cancer?
  • How can we do things better?
You can read the editorial here. Press the comment button to share your views.
Best Cancer Reporter Award 2013 - LAST CALL FOR NOMINATIONS PDF Print E-mail
Nominations close 30 April

The European School of Oncology (ESO) is seeking nominations for its annual Best Cancer Reporter Award which honours excellence in cancer journalism. The Award is presented each year to a professional journalist who has made an outstanding contribution to enhancing public understanding about cancer. 

2013 Best Cancer Reporter Award winner will receive a prize of €10,000. The runner up will receive €5,000. Special Merit Awards will also be given to journalists who the jury believe have excelled in different areas of cancer journalism. In addition, articles from the award-winning journalists will be published in ESO’s Cancer World magazine (www.cancerworld.org)   

Do you think that you should be rewarded for your critical and accurate reporting on cancer?

Would you like to nominate a journalist from your country who deserves to be recognised for excellence in cancer journalism?

If so, submit a nomination form to ESO by April 30, 2013. 

 For full details and a nomination form visit
or contact Corinne Hall
+39 02 85 46 45 22
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Cancer World Newsletter - Focus: Is there an app for that? PDF Print E-mail
  • Do your patients ever ask you if they may record the consultation so they can refer
    back to it later, or share it with others?
  • Do you think any of them have ever recorded a consultation without telling you?
  • Would it bother you if they did?
In this Focus, a medical oncologist talks about how he felt when it happened to him, and asks
whether clinics should adopt guidelines to protect the bond of trust between patient and doctor.

You can read the article here. Press the comment button at the end to share your experiences
and views.

This article was first published in The Oncologist and is reprinted with permission © 2013 AlphaMed Press.
Health-EU e-newsletter, Issue 108 PDF Print E-mail

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