ECCO launched Access to Innovation paper

ECCO and its members have now set out a manifesto for improved access to innovation in a consensus paper published in the European Journal of Cancer.

Policy Priorities

  • Essential Requirements for Quality Cancer Care
  • Integration of Care
  • Access to Innovation
  • Oncology Workforce

The paper emphasizes that:

  • Important innovations need not be complex or expensive.
  • Structured pathways are required to regularise and systemise the introduction of innovation within health systems;
  • There must be greater readiness to remove or discontinue practices or interventions that are inefficient;
  • Patient benefit should be placed at the heart of any valuation of an innovation, giving adequate weight to quality of life and progression-free survival
  • Real world data should be used to assess the benefit of innovations beyond the pharmaceutical domain
  • The information provided to patients and healthcare professionals about ongoing and completed research should be improved
  • The potential savings that certain innovations can create in the longer term for healthcare budgets and society should be better understood
  • The sharing of registry data across countries should be improved via common protocols, structures and transparency
  • A whole-system approach to innovation should be promoted via multi-disciplinary leadership

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