European Code of Cancer Practice
The European Code of Cancer Practice (The Code), translated in several languages, is a citizen and patient-centred manifesto of the core requirements for good clinical cancer practice, in order to improve outcomes for all of Europe’s cancer patients. It has been co-produced by a team of cancer patients, patient advocates and cancer professionals. It has its origins in the European Cancer Patient Bill of Rights, which was launched in the European Parliament on World Cancer Day 2014 and won the prestigious 2018 European Health Award.
The Code focusses on informing and assisting cancer patients at all stages of their cancer journey. It sets out a series of 10 key overarching rights, and in particular signposts what patients should expect from their health system, in order for them to achieve the best possible outcomes. It is an empowerment tool to ensure the best available care is delivered for European citizens and patients. Each of the 10 overarching rights is linked to three questions that a patient/parent/guardian may choose to ask their healthcare professionals.
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